2011 career-spanning two CD retrospective that collects, for the first time ever, songs from R.E.M.'s entire back catalog, including their years on both the IRS label (1982-87) and Warner Bros. Records (1988-2011). In addition to all the hits and exceptional album cuts, the album also features three new songs: "A Month of Saturdays," "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," and "Hallelujah," which were recorded over the summer with Jacknife Lee. Widely credited with inventing the college-rock genre, R.E.M. became the most influential American alternative rock band in history -- inspiring such artists as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Nirvana, and Radiohead -- for achieving multi-platinum mainstream success while maintaining their distinct identity.