Radio Free Europe
Label: Capitol Records
Possibly the most modest-sounding album ever to start a revolution, Murmur's chiming guitar riffs and mumbled lyrics inspired a generation of bands. Featuring re-recorded versions of R.E.M.'s debut single, plus a passel of equally impressive (and just as unintelligible) tracks, it sounded at once like nothing anybody else was doing and something anyone could do. College radio and the new FM Alt Rock format gave "Radio Free Europe" and "Talk About the Passion" major airplay, and the rest is history. This remastered version adds a fantastic 1983 concert.