Cover art to Reckoning

Reckoning is the second studio album by R.E.M., recorded between December 9, 1983 and January 16, 1984 and released on April 9, 1984 to critical acclaim and promising record sales. It was again produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon and released on the I.R.S. Records label.

The album reached #27 in the U.S. and went gold in 1991, and peaked at #91 in the United Kingdom.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, except as indicated.

  1. "Harborcoat" – 3:54
  2. "7 Chinese Bros." – 4:18
  3. "So. Central Rain" – 3:15
  4. "Pretty Persuasion" – 3:50
  5. "Time After Time (AnnElise)" – 3:31
  6. "Second Guessing" – 2:51
  7. "Letter Never Sent" – 2:59
  8. "Camera" – 5:52 [1]
  9. "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville" – 4:32
  10. "Little America" – 2:58 [2]
  • On the vinyl release, side one (tracks 1–5) was labelled "L" and side two (tracks 6–10) labelled "R".

The I.R.S. Years reissueEdit

On August 10, 1992, EMI (which owns the I.R.S. catalogue) re-released Reckoning in the EU with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Wind Out"[3] (with friends), guest vocalists Bertis Downs, IV and Jefferson Holt
  2. "Pretty Persuasion"[3] (live-in-studio)
  3. "White Tornado"[3] (live-in-studio)
  4. "Tighten Up" (Archie Bell, Billy Butler) (live-in-studio – originally released with Bucketful of Brains magazine, January 1985)
  5. "Moon River"[3] (Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini) (live-in-studio)


  1. A brief, informal jam takes place at the end of the track
  2. A 28-second noise collage followed this song on the initial vinyl pressing and the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab gold CD release. It can be heard as incidental music during the Left of Reckoning video
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 previously unreleased


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