R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People Gets 25th Anniversary Treatment

R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People Gets 25th Anniversary Treatment

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.”

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