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REM Reissue Early Classic

Thursday, May 5th 2011 01:00

Life's Rich Pageant is reissued as an expanded 25th Anniversary edition in July

R.E.M reissue their 1986 classic in July (UK release date TBC) as a 2CD anniversary edition which contains a load of bonus material.

The new edition features the digitally remastered original album, plus 19 previously unreleased demo recordings cut prior to the album's studio sessions. The commemorative release also adds new liner notes by music journalist and author Parke Puterbaugh, with the 2CD package presented in a lift-top box with a poster and four postcards.

"The Athens Demos," as R.E.M. has dubbed them, comprise the new edition's second disc of 19 previously unreleased recordings, including drafts of Pageant's 12 songs, plus additional demos of songs that were later recorded for other releases. Among them are early versions of "Bad Day," "Rotary Ten," "Two Steps Onward," "Mystery To Me," "All The Right Friends," and "March Song (King Of Birds)," an early instrumental version of "King Of Birds" from Document. One track, "Wait," has never before been officially released by R.E.M. in any form, but it has shown up on bootlegs over the years.

Here's the tracklist:

Disc One:
Begin The Begin
The Flowers of Guatemala
These Days
I Believe
Fall on Me
What If We Give It Away?
Just a Touch
Hyena (Album Version)
Swan Swan H
Underneath The Bunker

Disc Two: The Athens Demos – all previously unreleased (Recorded March 1986 at John Keane's Studio, Athens GA)
Fall On Me
I Believe
March Song (King Of Birds)
Out Of Tune
These Days
Rotary Ten
Bad Day
Two Steps Onward
Salsa (Underneath The Bunker)
Just A Touch
Swan Swan H
Mystery To Me
Flowers Of Guatemala
Begin The Begin
All The Right Friends
Get On Their Way (What If We Give It Away)

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