Friday, October 9

R. E. M. - NYC 1982 - rare show!

Peppermint Lounge
New York, NY
November 25, 1982
audience recording (sound quality VG to VG+; all-around excellent transfer from a probable first-generation tape source; almost no distracting audience chatter, but there are three brief cuts here & there for tape flip, etc.)

2-channel mono

EFFUSIVE THANKS to Rich, kingrue, and George. This is Stonecutter Collection, Vol. 55.
(Thanks also to EdA for encouraging me to post it.)

SAMPLE: "Wolves, Lower" (live 1982)

Couldn't post this one without making some cover art.

01 stage entrance, tuning
02 Gardening at Night
03 9-9
04 Moral Kiosk
05 Pilgrimage
06 Shaking Through
07 Seven Chinese Bros 
08 Wolves, Lower
09 Romance
10 Sitting Still
11 Catapult
12 1,000,000
13 West of the Fields
14 Radio Free Europe 
15 White Tornado 
In the early 1980s, there was no finer band.
16 Last Date
     (Floyd Cramer cover)
17 We Walk
18 Judy*
19 Neverland*
20 Carnival of Sorts
     (Box Cars) 

TT = 66:22 mins.

*Peter Holsapple, guest vocals
           on #18 & 19


REPERCUSSION: Peter Holsapple (solo, acoustic) was an opening act on this leg of R.E.M.'s 1982 tour. He guests here on two encores. Explore the other connections between The dB's, Mitch Easter and R.E.M. here. (And — I swear — I think I hear another member of The dB's in the audience, yelling "How 'bout them Dogs?!?" at one point during the show...)


  1. Not sure how I missed seeing this show back in the day.
    Glad I got to catch it in the present day.

  2. man, i used to LOVE taking the Amtrak up to NYC from Philadelphia in the years before this show, to the Pep Lounge, then loiter around Penn Station in the wee hours till the next train........before i moved out west you could catch the dB's, Bongos, Feelies, just about all of my faves.....thanks much!!!

    1. Oh, I think that's called BRAGGING, Ed & Jim!


      Lived in N.C. at the time, and still missed out on seeing R.E.M. until about 1985.

  3. I don't think I have this one. Thanks. Love the early REM