I have been having some second thoughts about this endeavour. Namely, that R.E.M.'s IRS-controlled catalog is itself controlled by Universal, notorious for slapping down blogs and posts without mercy.
Today, I received the following DMCA takedown notice for - get this - the band's Cassette Set.
Tell me, what role does the IFPI (of which Universal is obviously a member) have to do with *unreleased* material recorded when the band had no record contract?
These were demos *freely* given away by the band. On low-fi C45 cassettes. And the IFPI thinks it's their business how?
It's possible they were so...err...frightened that "White Tornado" (which admittedly did see release, unmodified from the Cassette Set version, as a B-side and later on via Dead Letter Office) is - gasp - freely available they had to use the nuclear option.
So you can see why I'm very hesitant to move forward with this blog, only because I don't want to see my efforts as a writer/archivist/engineer wasted.
The file "REM_CassetteSet_ALmaster.zip" has been suspended
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