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  • Artist(s): Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck
  • Summary: The nine-disc box set for the alternative rock band features performances on various BBC radio and TV programs between 1984 and 2008 as well a BBC 60-minutes long retrospective called Accelerating Backwards.
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  1. Oct 23, 2018
    90
    Live at the BBC is obviously preposterously big (I'm kind of relieved not to have been sent the accompanying DVD), but actually that’s kind of fine in the digital era – it’s not that old fashioned beast ‘the live album’, but a whole sprawling history to immerse yourself in, eras hurtling by.
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    89
    Though repetition of "Losing My Religion" and "Man on the Moon" exhaust, there's a mighty pop to R.E.M. at the BBC.
  3. Oct 23, 2018
    85
    While it may feel like there's no more to say on the subject of R.E.M.'s music, there's certainly plenty more that's worthwhile to listen to here.
  4. Nov 1, 2018
    80
    Freed from the studio sheen that bogged down much of the material in the post-Berry years, the songs are given the room they need to breathe, and make a case for R.E.M.'s second act being filled with overlooked gems.
  5. Nov 2, 2018
    80
    We get to see and hear almost all the stages of R.E.M.'s woozy path to superstardom on At the BBC. ... For the slightly more conservative R.E.M. fan (or those of you unwilling to spend the time or the cash on negotiating your way through hours of R.E.M. live material) there's a double CD, which bolts together a healthy selection of the archive. ... There is a ton of great stuff here. It's time to retire those hissy bootlegs and remind yourself how great this band were.
  6. Nov 1, 2018
    80
    This may be familiar to the dedicated whose allegiance never wavered, but for those who believed R.E.M. faltered after Berry's departure, R.E.M. at the BBC is a gateway into the band's last act.
  7. Nov 1, 2018
    74
    Recorded far from home, these tracks document a band made restless by history, the blur caught in a distant mirror. ... The breadth of R.E.M. at the BBC does become a little absurd; as much as I love “Losing My Religion,” I’ve never wanted to compare six slightly different versions.

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