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R.E.M. announce 25th anniversary reissue of Monster

Featuring a new mix of the album by producer Scott Litt

R.E.M.'s Monster 25 artwork
R.E.M.’s Monster 25 artwork
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    R.E.M. have announced a deluxe edition of their ninth studio album, 1994’s Monster. It’s the latest installment in the band’s ongoing archival series of 25th anniversary reissues.

    The deluxe set of Monster is highlighted by a new mix of the album by its original producer, Scott Litt. “The original 1995 version was dense in guitars and feedback with the vocals mixed within the sonic wall, but on this alternative version the guitars are pulled back and the vocals pushed forward to create a more open sound and showcase often-revealing lyrics,” a press release explains.

    The package also includes 15 previously unreleased demos, a live performance from the 1995 “Monster Tour”, a copy of the documentary film Road Movie, official music videos from the era, and new liner notes, featuring interviews with the band. It’s all packaged with reimagined artwork by the album’s original cover artist, Chris Bilheimer.

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    Due out on November 1st, the 25th anniversary edition of Monster will be available as a 6-disc box set. Litt’s new remix will also be available as a standalone double vinyl release.

    Below, listen to the remixed version of “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” and see the complete tracklist.

    Monster (25th Anniversary Reissue) Tracklist:

    Disc: 1 – Monster (Remastered)
    01. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
    02. Crush With Eyeliner
    03. King Of Comedy
    04. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream
    05. Star 69Strange Currencies
    06. Strange Currencies
    07. Tongue
    08. Bang And Blame
    09. I Took Your Name
    10. Let Me In
    11. Circus Envy
    12. You

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    Disc: 2 – Monster (Demos)
    01. Pete’s Hit
    02. Uptempo Mo Distortion
    03. Uptempo Ricky
    04. Harlan County with Whistling
    05. Lost Song
    06. AM Boo
    07. Mike’s Gtr
    08. Sputnik 1 Remix
    09. Black Sky 4-14
    10. Revolution 4-21
    11. Rocker with vocal
    12. Time Is On Mike’s Side
    13. 1Experiment 4-28 no vocal
    14. Highland Fling 4-29
    15. Cranky 4-29

    Disc: 3 – Monster (Remixed)
    01. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (2019 Remix)
    02. Crush With Eyeliner (2019 Remix)
    03. King Of Comedy (2019 Remix)
    04. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (2019 Remix)
    05. Star 69 (2019 Remix)
    06. Strange Currencies (2019 Remix)
    07. Tongue (2019 Remix)
    08. Bang And Blame (2019 Remix)
    09. I Took Your Name (2019 Remix)
    10. Let Me In (2019 Remix)
    11. Circus Envy (2019 Remix)
    12. You (2019 Remix)

    Disc: 4 – Live in Chicago 6/3/95 – Monster 1995 Tour Part 1
    01. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
    02. Circus Envy
    03. Crush With Eyeliner
    04. Near Wild Heaven
    05. Welcome To The Occupation
    06. Undertow
    07. I Took Your Name
    08. Strange Currencies
    09. Me In Honey
    10. Revolution
    11. Tongue
    12. Man On The Moon
    13. Country Feedback
    14. Monty Got A Raw Deal

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    Disc: 5 – Live in Chicago 6/3/95 – Monster 1995 Tour Part 2
    01. Losing My Religion
    02. You
    03. Departure
    04. Orange Crush
    05. Get Up
    06. Star 69
    07. Let Me In
    08. Everybody Hurts
    09. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
    10. Pop Song 89
    11. Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

    Disc: 6 Blu-ray
    01. Monster – 5.1 Surround Sound
    02. Monster – Hi-Resolution Audio
    03. Road Movie (concert film)
    04. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (music video)
    05. Crush With Eyeliner (music video)
    06. Star 69 (music video)
    07. Strange Currencies (music video)
    08. Tongue (music video)
    09. Bang and Blame (music video)

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