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Out of Time 25th Anniversary Reissue Due Out November 18 via Concord Bicycle

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R.E.M. are releasing a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1991 album Out of Time next Friday, November 18, via Concord Bicycle. Now they have shared a previously unreleased demo of the hit “Shiny Happy People.” It’s such an early demo that it doesn’t even have lyrics or vocals yet. Listen below via The Wall Street Journal, followed by the video for the original version of the song.

Out of Time was an album that grew the band’s fanbase thanks to radio hits “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.” The album sold 12 million copies worldwide and was nominated for seven Grammys (it won three). The reissue comes in various formats, including a 2-CD set, a 3-LP set, and a 4-disc set. All three versions include a set of demos recorded at John Keane Studio in early 1990. The 4-disc set includes the band’s rare performance at Mountain Stage in 1991 (the band did not tour to promote Out of Time), and a Blu-ray disc with all of the music videos from the album and the 1991 electronic press kit “Time Piece” that features in-studio footage and exclusive performances.


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January 1st 2017

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