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29 "Why is the actual song order on Lifes Rich Pageant different from that listed on the back cover? And do some copies actually list the song 'Superman' as 'Superwoman'?" (R.E.M.)




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This article is from the R.E.M. FAQ, by Ron Henry (rgh3@cornell.edu) with numerous contributions by others.

29 "Why is the actual song order on Lifes Rich Pageant different from that listed on the back cover? And do some copies actually list the song 'Superman' as 'Superwoman'?" (R.E.M.)

Reportedly, the song order on LRP was changed at the last minute, too late
for the cover art to be changed. While it's anybody's guess why this was
not subsequently corrected for later domestic vinyl and CD pressings, it
*has* been corrected for many foreign and record club versions. Bear in
mind that the off-beat creativity of the mixed-up list, and the cryptic
"lyrics clues," is typical of the band.

Note also that some European issues of LRP have the proper track order, but
list "Superman" as "Superwoman."

On a related note, the song "When I was Young" is listed on the sleeve of
Fables of the Reconstruction, but was dropped at the last minute, destined
to reappear later in quite revised form on LRP as "I Believe."

 

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