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R.E.M. - November 24, 1981, Merlin's, Madison, WI, USA

Here is a copy of the information about this bootleg as received by Gary.  Just thought I'd give you a little background on these recordings.   "The tape of the first is incomplete as he had it lying around the bar and mistakenly taped over some of it. The copy of the incomplete '81 show that you are getting has been run through Sonic Solutions at a CD mastering studio and is as good as it ever can be. That show has been traded around a bit but not in this improved form"
I also want to make a note that the correct date for this show is 11/24/81 and not 11/17/81 as many of your collections might suggest. In comparing this copy to the copy that I have it is an immense improvement.   

The quick review would be that the version of 'Stumble' which only a handful of recordings exist is monumental and worth every penny.

Whenever there are gems lying around, even if they are only half a show they are still a prized possession.
Special thanks to Gary Huested for sharing this. 

Merlins, Madision, WI
1. Sitting Still
2. Mystery to Me
3. Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars)
4. Ages of You/1,000,000
5. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
6. Wolves, Lower
7. Pretty Persuasion
8. Stumble
9. Gardening At Night (Cut)