Editors’ Notes After the moody and mysterious Fables of the Reconstruction, R.E.M. teamed up with producer Don Gehman to make the hardest- rocking album of their career to date. Michael Stipe’s vocals were pushed to the front of the mix and Peter Buck’s jangle was punched up to a guitar roar on songs such as “Begin the Begin” and “These Days” and given an extra snarl for “Cuyahoga,” “Hyena” and “I Believe.” The single, “Fall On Me,” showcased a haunting, dizzying melody, while “Swan Swan H” played like a forlorn British folk song from centuries past. The album solidified the band’s college-radio base and set them in motion to become one of the ‘80s biggest groups.

SONG
Begin the Begin
1
3:27
 
These Days
2
3:23
 
Fall On Me
3
2:49
 
Cuyahoga
4
4:20
 
Hyena
5
2:49
 
Underneath the Bunker
6
1:25
 
The Flowers of Guatemala
7
3:56
 
I Believe
8
3:49
 
What If We Give It Away?
9
3:33
 
Just a Touch
10
2:59
 
Swan Swan H
11
2:44
 
Superman
12
2:52