Another archival R.E.M. release is lined up to hit brick-and-mortar and online retailers in time for fans to include it on their holiday gift wish lists. This one is a box set of all of their 7-inch vinyl singles from their years on I.R.S. Records – basically the years 1983 through 1988. The A-sides all are culled from their albums from that period – Murmur through Document – while the B-sides are an assortment of cover songs, live tracks and outtakes – several released, at the time, only in the U.K. The records will be packaged in replicas of their original sleeves, and all housed in a hardcover box.
Capitol/I.R.S. releases 7IN – 83 – 88 on December 9th. What R.E.M. completists are really itching for, however, is an official release of all of their Christmas fan club-only singles from over the years. So far, there’s no indication such a treat is planned.