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R.E.M. retrospective looks at a trailblazing career

From left: Peter Buck, Michael Stipe, and Mike Mills of R.E.M. From left: Peter Buck, Michael Stipe, and Mike Mills of R.E.M. (CASS BIRD)
By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / November 15, 2011

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When R.E.M. called it quits a few months back, the response was somewhat muted. The consensus seemed to be that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-ensonced rockers who sold over 85 million records were a terrific band whose, if not best, biggest days were behind them. With the release today of the 40-song, two-disc retrospective “Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982 - 2011’’ makes a good case for the latter-day R.E.M.

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