Contact Us

R.E.M. Unleash a Ton of Rarities With Remastered Digital Catalog

Laura Levine

R.E.M.‘s entire catalog — the I.R.S. albums, the Warner Bros. albums — has been remastered and is now available on iTunes. That’s not really the news here. Artists do stuff like this all the time.

The big news is that a s— ton of the band’s stray tracks over the years — B-sides, leftovers, etc. — have been compiled and are now available for download too. And it’s a treasure trove for fans.

Newly remastered versions of classic albums like ‘Murmur,’ ‘Document’ and ‘Automatic for the People’ are collected in bundles called ‘Complete I.R.S. Studio Albums’ (six records) and ‘Complete Warner Bros. Studio Albums, Vol.1′ (five records). Five other remastered albums from the band’s Warner Bros. years are also available separately.

Additionally, two new rarities sets — ‘Complete Rarities – I.R.S. 1982-1987′ and ‘Complete Rarities – Warner Bros. 1988-2011′ — fill in all the missing pieces. The I.R.S. collection includes 50 tracks; the Warner Bros. set features a whopping 131 songs. That’s a lotta R.E.M.!

The rarities collected on the two sets include everything from the original single version of the group’s debut single ‘Radio Free Europe’ and a cover of the Velvet Underground’s ‘There She Goes Again’ to a dance mix of ‘Shiny Happy People’ and ‘The Great Beyond,’ which they wrote and recorded for the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic ‘Man on the Moon.’

These new remasters follow the recent release of ‘Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions,’ which includes the songs R.E.M. recorded for the MTV show.

Speaking of R.E.M. rarities, here’s one of our favorites: an alternate mix of ‘Sitting Still’ recorded during the ‘Murmur’ sessions:

Next: 10 Best R.E.M. Songs

Best of The Moose 95.1 FM

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://mooseradio.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on The Moose 95.1 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on The Moose 95.1 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!