1992 album remastered. The deluxe edition boxset features previously unreleased material, including 20 never-before-heard demos, and the previously unreleased tracks 'Mike's Pop Song' and 'Devil Rides Backwards.' A Blu-ray disc offers the full album (with bonus track 'Photograph' featuring Natalie Merchant) mixed in Dolby Atmos, plus a high-resolution master of the album, music videos, and the original 1992 EPK. Also included is Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92 ñ a live set performed in R.E.M.'s hometown of Athens, GA. Housed in a 12î x 12î box, the Deluxe edition features a 60-page book, offering photos by Anton Corbjin and Melodie McDaniel, plus expanded liner notes by Tom Doyle who conducted new interviews with all 4 band members.
Widely considered to be one of the best albums of the ’90s, 1992’s ‘Automatic for the People’ followed R.E.M.’s breakthrough album, ‘Out of Time’, and did not disappoint. Beloved by critics, the band’s eighth studio album topped charts worldwide, and was certified 4x platinum in the US. Features hit singles “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and ’90s anthem “Everybody Hurts”.
The band formed in Athens, Georgia, USA in 1980 featuring singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry. They quickly assumed a local following and after their debut single “Radio Free Europe” released on independent label ‘Hib-Tone’ which got rotation on college radio they began to acquire a fanbase across the US. In 1982 they signed to the IRS label who first issued a mini album, ‘Chronic Town’ before their full debut ‘Murmur’ the following year.
By the time of their fifth album ‘Document’ (1987) they had finally cracked the American market with the song “The One I Love” which led to a big bucks deal with Warners. A world tour in 1989 to support the album ‘Green’ paved the way for 1991s ‘Out Of Time’ which proved to be their world wide breakthrough. The band didn’t rest of their laurels and in eighteen months readied ‘Automatic For The People’ which would prove to be even bigger.
The band continued for nearly twenty years after this despite Berry’s departure in 1997, scoring hit albums and tours around the world until calling it a day in 2011. Since then the band have acquired full rights to their back catalogue and this reissue is their latest vault mining exercise.