Vinyl #12 – Maps and Legends


I first saw R.E.M. when they opened up for the Gang of Four at the old Metro on Landsdown Street. I was there to see the Gang, and barely noticed the opening act. Later, I’d catch on.  I’ve probably seen R.E.M. live more often than anyone, except possibly Neil Young.

Maps and Legends (Live) was recorded in 1987. It was released as the flip side of”The One I Love”, but I manged to avoid hearing it until I found it on a jukebox in a bar in Cambridge. By then, the single was no longer available, so I had to buy it for $5 some time later at a record show. I prefer it to the album version.

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