R.E.M. Announce “Monster” Box Set Reissue, Share “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix) | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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R.E.M. Announce “Monster”  Box Set Reissue, Share “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix)”

Monster 25th Anniversary Reissue Due Out November 1 via Craft Recordings

Sep 04, 2019 Photography by Keith Carter
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R.E.M. have announced a 25th anniversary deluxe box set reissue of their 1994 album Monster and have shared a new remix of the album's single "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by original producer Scott Litt. The Monster reissue is due out November 1 via Craft Recordings and comes in a six-disc set that includes the original album, a disc of demos, the whole album remixed, two live concerts, and a Blu-ray featuring all the album's music videos and the Road Movie concert film. It's also available in other CD, LP, and digital configurations. Check out "What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix)" below, followed by the full tracklist for each version and the box set's cover art.

Monster found R.E.M. experimenting with their sound. It followed the release of 1992's mammoth Automatic For the People, which sold 18 million copies worldwide, and so the band took a chance on a rawer, more rock and glam sound.

"We were trying to feel like a different band," the band's Peter Buck says in a press release. "We wanted to get away from who we were."

As a result, Monster was still a success, debuting at #1, but perhaps not quite as much as the album before it and it did divide some fans and critics.

Monster's producer Scott Litt was never happy with the original mix of the album and so has remixed the whole thing. "I had told the band through the years that if there was ever a chance to take another shot at mixing the album, I wanted to do it," says Litt in the press release. The band's Mike Mills adds: "I think as he listened to it over the years, he began to hear a different way to realize those songs." 

Monster Reissue Tracklists:

Deluxe Box Set:

  1. Disc 1 (CD) - Monster (Remastered)
  2. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  3. Crush With Eyeliner 
  4. King Of Comedy 
  5. I Don't Sleep, I Dream 
  6. Star 69 
  7. Strange Currencies 
  8. Tongue 
  9. Bang And Blame 
  10. I Took Your Name 
  11. Let Me In 
  12. Circus Envy 
  13. You    

Disc 2 (CD) - Monster (Demos) 

  1. Pete's Hit  
  2. Uptempo Mo Distortion  
  3. Uptempo Ricky  
  4. Harlan County with Whistling 
  5. Lost Song 
  6. AM Boo 
  7. Mike's Gtr 
  8. Sputnik 1 Remix 
  9. 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 (CD) - Monster (Remixed)    

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix) 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner (Remix) 
  3. King Of Comedy (Remix) 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream (Remix) 
  5. Star 69 (Remix) 
  6. Strange Currencies (Remix) 
  7. Tongue (Remix) 
  8. Bang And Blame (Remix) 
  9. I Took Your Name (Remix) 
  10. Let Me In (Remix) 
  11. Circus Envy (Remix) 
  12. You (Remix)   

Disc 4 (CD) - Live in Chicago 6/3/95 - Monster 1995 Tour (Part One) 

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  2. Circus Envy 
  3. Crush With Eyeliner 
  4. Near Wild Heaven 
  5. Welcome To The Occupation 
  6. Undertow 
  7. I Took Your Name 
  8. Strange Currencies 
  9. Me In Honey 
  10. Revolution 
  11. Tongue 
  12. Man On The Moon 
  13. Country Feedback 
  14. Monty Got A Raw Deal 

Disc 5 (CD) - Live in Chicago 6/3/95 - Monster 1995 Tour (Part Two) 

  1. Losing My Religion 
  2. You 
  3. Departure 
  4. Orange Crush 
  5. Get Up 
  6. Star 69 
  7. Let Me In 
  8. Everybody Hurts 
  9. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) 
  10. Pop Song 89 
  11. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)   

Disc 6 (Blu-ray)   

  1. Monster - 5.1 Surround Sound 
  2. Monster - Hi-Resolution Audio 
  3. Road Movie (concert film) 
  4. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (music video)
  5. Crush With Eyeliner (music video)
  6. Star 69 (music video)
  7. Strange Currencies (music video)
  8. Tongue (music video)
  9. Bang And Blame (music video)

Expanded 2-CD:

Disc 1 - Monster (Remastered) 

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner 
  3. King Of Comedy 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream 
  5. Star 69 
  6. Strange Currencies 
  7. Tongue 
  8. Bang And Blame 
  9. I Took Your Name 
  10. Let Me In 
  11. Circus Envy 
  12. You

Disc 2 - Monster (Remixed)  

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix) 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner (Remix) 
  3. King Of Comedy (Remix) 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream (Remix) 
  5. Star 69 (Remix) 
  6. Strange Currencies (Remix) 
  7. Tongue (Remix) 
  8. Bang And Blame (Remix) 
  9. I Took Your Name (Remix) 
  10. Let Me In (Remix)
  11. Circus Envy (Remix)
  12. You (Remix)    

Expanded 2-LP: 

Side A - Monster (Remastered) 

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner 
  3. King Of Comedy 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream 
  5. Star 69 
  6. Strange Currencies   

Side B - Monster (Remastered)  

  1. Tongue 
  2. Bang And Blame 
  3. I Took Your Name 
  4. Let Me In 
  5. Circus Envy 
  6. You    

Side C - Monster (Remixed) 

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix) 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner (Remix) 
  3. King Of Comedy (Remix) 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream (Remix) 
  5. Star 69 (Remix) 
  6. Strange Currencies (Remix) 

Side D - Monster (Remixed) 

  1. Tongue (Remix) 
  2. Bang And Blame (Remix) 
  3. I Took Your Name (Remix) 
  4. Let Me In (Remix) 
  5. Circus Envy (Remix) 
  6. You (Remix) 

Standard 1-LP 

Side A - Monster (Remastered) 

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner 
  3. King Of Comedy 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream 
  5. Star 69 
  6. Strange Currencies 

Side B - Monster (Remastered)  

  1. Tongue 
  2. Bang And Blame 
  3. I Took Your Name 
  4. Let Me In 
  5. Circus Envy 
  6. You 

Deluxe Digital Album:

"Disc 1" - Monster (Remastered)

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner 
  3. King Of Comedy 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream 
  5. Star 69 
  6. Strange Currencies 
  7. Tongue 
  8. Bang And Blame 
  9. I Took Your Name 
  10. Let Me In 
  11. Circus Envy 
  12. You 

"Disc 2" - Monster (Demos) 

  1. Pete's Hit  
  2. Uptempo Mo Distortion  
  3. Uptempo Ricky  
  4. Harlan County with Whistling 
  5. Lost Song 
  6. AM Boo 
  7. Mike's Gtr 
  8. Sputnik 1 Remix 
  9. Black Sky 4-14  
  10. Revolution 4-21 
  11. Rocker with vocal 
  12. Time Is On Mike's Side 
  13. Experiment 4-28 no vocal 
  14. Highland Fling 4-29 
  15. Cranky 4-29 

"Disc 3"- Monster (Remixed)*

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix) 
  2. Crush With Eyeliner (Remix) 
  3. King Of Comedy (Remix) 
  4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream (Remix) 
  5. Star 69 (Remix) 
  6. Strange Currencies (Remix) 
  7. Tongue (Remix) 
  8. Bang And Blame (Remix) 
  9. I Took Your Name (Remix) 
  10. Let Me In (Remix) 
  11. Circus Envy (Remix) 
  12. You (Remix) 

"Disc 4"  - Live in Chicago 6/3/95 - Monster 1995 Tour

  1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  2. Circus Envy 
  3. Crush With Eyeliner 
  4. Near Wild Heaven 
  5. Welcome To The Occupation 
  6. Undertow 
  7. I Took Your Name 
  8. Strange Currencies 
  9. Me In Honey 
  10. Revolution 
  11. Tongue 
  12. Man On The Moon 
  13. Country Feedback 
  14. Monty Got A Raw Deal 
  15. Losing My Religion 
  16. You 
  17. Departure 
  18. Orange Crush 
  19. Get Up 
  20. Star 69 
  21. Let Me In 
  22. Everybody Hurts 
  23. So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) 
  24. Pop Song 89 
  25. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) 

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