R.E.M.'s Complete Catalog Of Studio Albums And Rarities Collections Now Mastered For Itunes
Formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, R.E.M. recorded 16 influential studio albums that continue to inspire new generations. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 before retiring in 2011. Universal Music Enterprises and Warner Bros. Records today announced that R.E.M.'s complete catalogs of studio albums and rarities-from both labels-are now Mastered for iTunes. This ensures that the music is delivered to listeners with increased audio fidelity that more closely replicates what the artists, recording engineers and producers intended.
The music is available now on the iTunes Store worldwide (iTunes.com/REM). Fans may download albums and tracks individually, or in four special bundles: COMPLETE I.R.S. STUDIO ALBUMS, COMPLETE RARITIES - I.R.S. 1982-1987, COMPLETE WARNER BROS. STUDIO ALBUMS, VOL. 1, and COMPLETE RARITIES - WARNER BROS. 1988-2011.
COMPLETE I.R.S. STUDIO ALBUMS is comprised of six studio albums, including R.E.M.'s debut EP Chronic Town (1982) and the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking albums Murmur (1983), Reckoning (1984), Fables of The Reconstruction (1985), and Lifes Rich Pageant (1986); as well as the group's double-platinum Document (1987).
The COMPLETE RARITIES - I.R.S. 1982-1987 bundle collects 25 hard-to-find tracks, including several versions of "Gardening At Night;" the b-sides "White Tornado" and "Voice of Harold;" "Windout" from the Bachelor Party soundtrack; and live, in-studio covers of Roger Miller's "King of the Road," Andy Williams "Moon River," and the Velvet Underground's "Pale Blue Eyes" and "There She Goes Again."
COMPLETE WARNER BROS. STUDIO ALBUMS, VOL. 1 covers the height of the band's commercial success with five albums that were all certified multi-platinum, including Green (1988), Out Of Time (1991), Automatic For The People (1992), Monster (1994) and New Adventures In Hi-Fi (1996). The remaining five studio albums that R.E.M. recorded for Warner Bros. are available individually, including Up (1998), Reveal (2001), Around The Sun (2004), Accelerate (2008) and the group's final album, Collapse Into Now (2011).
The COMPLETE RARITIES - WARNER BROS. 1988-2011 bundle is massive, with 131 tracks that span more than two decades. Among the countless highlights are: non-album tracks "Memphis Train Blues" and "Redhead Walking"; live performances from Glastonbury ("Everybody Hurts") and Saturday Night Live ("Bang And Blame"); as well as covers of Syd Barrett's "Dark Globe" and Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan."
Also available now is UNPLUGGED: THE COMPLETE 1991 AND 2001 SESSIONS. This collection includes-for the first time ever-both of R.E.M.'s stellar performances on MTV's popular "Unplugged" series. The set includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired.