the (new) vinyl villain included some fine works by R.E.M. that reminded me of this obsolete 12" single from my own collection. Boy, this one made my blood boil. I bought
'Fables of the Reconstruction' the moment it came out, back in '85, yikes, and I was pretty excited when, a short time later, I found this "Can't Get There From Here" maxi. There it was, plain as day... "Extended Mix" right on the front cover. I ran home and threw it on with the anticipation of more horns, more ahhs, more everything. Hmm, it sure sounded an awful lot like the LP version. In fact, it was exactly the same as the album. Oh, well, at least I had two B-sides that didn't appear on the new one. Well, the odds and sods 'Dead Letter Office,' released in the spring of '87, indeed, killed any reason to ever own this 12" single.
There would be many more disappointments from R.E.M to follow, but enough has been written here on that subject. I could have been lazy and ripped these two B-sides from my CD copy of 'Dead Letter Office,' but I opted to pull out my 28-year-old single. You know what? Somehow, it made me feel better. Long live vinyl!
R.E.M. - Bandwagon (mp3)
R.E.M. - Burning Hell (mp3)