~ Release group by R.E.M.


  • JP1987-03-21
CBS/Sony (imprint used in Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia 1968–1991; also used in Spain until 1997)CSCS 60854988009608525
  • CA1987-08-31
I.R.S. RecordsIRSD-42059[none]
Document (Manufactured in Japan)CD11
  • US1987-09-01
I.R.S. RecordsIRSD-42059076742205928
  • GB1987-09-14
I.R.S. RecordsIRLD 191440008811914424
I.R.S. Records465383 25099746538323
Document12" Vinyl11
I.R.S. RecordsILP 460105 15099746010515
I.R.S. RecordsDMIRG 10255013747102529
Document12" Vinyl11
I.R.S. RecordsIRS-42059076742205911
I.R.S. RecordsIRSC 42059076742205942
Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987)CD17
I.R.S. Records0777 7 13200 2 6077771320026
I.R.S. Records72434-93480-2-8724349348028
Document (The I.R.S. Years Vintage 1987)CD17
  • GB1997-09-01
CTMCD 3370077771320026
Document12" Vinyl11
I.R.S. Records72435-21276-1-0724352127610
  • US2003-02-11
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), I.R.S. Records72434-90149-9-2724349014992
DocumentDualDisc (CD side) + DualDisc (DVD-Audio side)11 + 25
  • US2005-11-08
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)72435-99398-2-7724359939827
Document2×CD11 + 20
  • XE2012-09-24
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)50999972006285099997200628
Document (25th anniversary deluxe edition)2×CD11 + 20
  • US2012-09-25
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), I.R.S. Records50999972006285099997200628
DocumentDigital Media11
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)5099901538656
Document (manufactured in U.S.A.)CD11I.R.S. RecordsIRSD-42059076742205928


associated singles/EPs:Finest Worksong
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
The One I Love
included in:Document / Lifes Rich Pageant
The Collection
part of:Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 462) (order: 463)
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Wikidata:Q904490 [info]

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Back in 1987 R.E.M. were the darlings of college radio and their quirky alternative act had not yet registered on the global stage.

Document was to change all that by being so bloody marvellous that even the mainstream listening audience took the Athens, Georgia-based four-piece to their hearts and propelled them on the road to international superstardom.

Containing their first top 10 hit in the States, The One I Love, and also providing the band with their first platinum album, Document showcases a band at the top of their game and hints at more stunning work still to come.

Featuring Michael Stipe's increasingly political lyrics and distinctive vocals, combined with Peter Buck's elegantly twisted guitar lines and the superb rhythm section of Mike Mills and Bill Berry, Document doesn't lose a trick and is a complete rock album from start to finish.

The second single off the album, It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine), cracks along at a scintillating pace and, whilst it didn't make a big impression on the mainstream charts, is a firm favourite with fans at live shows.

R.E.M. display a wonderful versatility in their songwriting here, and are not content to pen tracks aimed simply for radio play. Other highlights include the wonderfully feedback laden intro to Oddfellows Local 151, the catchy Exhuming McCarthy and Finest Worksong which gives us the cue that this is definitely their finest hour.