Last week was the 25th anniversary of Chronic Town. R.E.M.'s five-year run from Murmur through Document is about as solid as any band has ever been in my life. I bought almost everything they put out, in multiple formats. I bought the single for the B-side, an acoustic version of "Maps And Legends" from a show at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Dead Letter Office had come out a few months earlier, which compiled all of R.E.M.'s B-sides through Lifes Rich Pageant, but their Document-era b-sides haven't been as widely available. They're on the singles and the bonus IRS "vintage years" CDs and the In the Attic collection, none of which are currently "in-print" (which doesn't mean "hard to find").
Most of Document's b-sides were acoustic live songs taken from that 5/27 McCabe's show. Three songs from this gig ("The One I Love", "Maps and Legends", and "Disturbance at the Heron House") came out on various 7 and 12 inch singles. There was also a live medley of "Time After Time", "So. Central Rain", and Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" from a Dutch radio show that came out on the "Finest Worksong" single. The only studio B-side was a cover of Floyd Cramer's "Last Date" instrumental, which isn't too essential, but the acoustic versions and live medley are great. Here are all the live B-sides assembled.
(#4 from Utrecht, Holland 9/14/1987 )