A lot of Anniversary albums were released last year.
Some better some worse.
One of the better ones is Live - Automatic For The People having it's 25th birthday.
The 4 disc version holds something special, a Blue Ray with the very first album commercially released on Dolby Atmos.
Disc one gives the original album with the monsterhits "Man on the Moon" and "Everybody Hurts".
Disc two is a recording of their only live performance in 1992 at the 40 Watt Club.
This live recording also features the other huge hit "Losing My Religion" which was not on this studio album.
The orginal album was done in a rather original way.
Guitar player Buck, Bas player Mills and drummer Berry swapped their instruments with each other when they were rehearsing and writing and they first did not use drums at all while they were composing.
It was Buck on Mandoline, Mills on piano or organ and Berry on bass.
Michael Stipe was not present during these writing and composing sessions.
He got the complete baked cake when it was finished so he only thing had to do was record his voice as the icing on the cake.
The 4 disc version also holds the album demo's and the Blue Ray Dolby Atmos disc which should give a total new listening experience.