Special 25th anniversary editions of R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People will be released on November 10th, via Craft Recordings, the catalog division of Concord Music.
The re-mastered album, originally released in 1992, will be available in a variety of formats, the most extensive of which is the Deluxe Anniversary Edition, which will feature the album in its entirety (plus a previously unreleased song, “Photograph,” featuring Natalie Merchant) mixed in Dolby Atmos, a relatively new surround sound technology. (This reissue is the first major commercial music release to use it). Housed in a 12” by 12” lift-top box, the Deluxe Edition also offers a CD of a concert recorded at the 40 Watt Club in their Athens, Georgia hometown in November ’92 (the band’s only live show that year), a bunch of sound sketches and demos recorded in preparation for the album, and a Blu-Ray of the original music videos from Automatic. For fans on a tighter budget, a 2-CD version will feature the original album re-mastered along with the live disc.
“I think it’s our most cohesive record,” observes bassist/vocalist Mike Mills. “It’s the strongest from first to last.”