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25 / 5: “Lifes Rich Pageant” May.

25 / 5: “Lifes Rich Pageant” May.

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“Lifes Rich Pageant” was R.E.M’s fourth album – and marked the transition point between their indie-college roots and the international success that lay ahead. It was also the album that saw Michael Stipe’s vocals and lyrics pushed to the forefront of the band’s sound. In this edition of “25” – we look back 25 years at the emergence of R.E.M’s political voice and examine the recording process behind this landmark album.

Contributors include R.E.M’s bass player / backing singer Mike Mills, the producer of “Lifes Rich Pageant” Don Gehman and Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets and Xfm Manchester.

XFM 25; April 2011 “Lifes Rich Pageant” by R.E.M.

Presenter; Ian Camfield
Producer; Sam Coley
Assistant Producer; Oliver Carter
Exec. Producers; Andy Ashton, Mike Walsh