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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Wall of Death

The second CD single I bought in the Aberfeldy Thrift Shop was E-Bow the Letter by R.E.M.
It was the first in a series of CD singles released from their last great album New Adventures in Hi-Fi.
Each single contained three extra tracks compiled exclusively for the single releases and to be honest they interested me more than E-Bow
The first is Tricycle taken from a St Louis soundcheck with another soundcheck this time from Rome of the song  Departure.
Finally is a version of Wall of Death recorded at an Athens Studio.
I immediately recognised  it as a Richard Thompson song and went to the shelves to track it down.
It is from Shoot Out the Lights  his final album with his then wife Linda.
I was surprised to find out that I don't have it .... yet.

R.E.M. - Tricycle (St Louis Soundtrack)

R.E.M. - Departure (Rome Soundcheck)

R.E.M. - Wall of Death

Richard & Linda Thompson - Wall of Death


  1. This single is a great little find, but you really do need 'Shoot Out the lights' in your collection CC.

    1. Ageed - I was convinced that I had it but apparantly not

  2. REM's version was, I think, my introduction to this particular Richard Thompson song. It originally featured on a Richard Thompson tribute album, and it was probably the best cover on there.

  3. REM's version of "Wall Of Death" on the Beat The Retreat album was good but I think "A Heart Needs A Home" by Shawn Colvin/Loudon Wainwright III topped it.

  4. THat Tricycles track, are you sure it's REM and not Sir Hank Marvin?