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'reckoning', their second album, "confirms rem as one of the most beautifully exciting groups on the planet" wrote the nme in 1984. twenty-five years later, 'reckoning' remains a fan favourite for capturing rem during the youthful freshness of a new, fiercely independent american music scene. the 2cd 'reckoning' - deluxe edition, assembled in conjunction with the band, features the original album remastered plus a second disc of a previously unreleased concert recorded on the band's little america tour at chicago%'s aragon ballroom on july 7, 1984. the second disc sees the group not only performs eight of 'reckoning's ten songs, 'gardening at night' from 1982's 'chronic town ep' and 'radio free europe,' '9-9' and 'sitting still' from 'murmur' but also new songs that had yet to make it onto tape: 'driver 8' would later debut on rem's third album and 'hyena' on their fourth. the deluxe edition also includes liner notes by noted author and rem biographer tony fletcher.
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