R.E.M. To Release The Athens Demos With 25th Anniversary Lifes Rich Pageant Reissue
The new edition features the digitally remastered original album, plus 19 previously unreleased demo recordings cut prior to the album's studio sessions. The commemorative release also adds new liner notes by music journalist and author Parke Puterbaugh, with the 2CD package presented in a lift-top box with a poster and four postcards.
On the same date, the remastered original album will be reissued by Mobile Fidelity on 180-gram vinyl in faithfully replicated LP packaging.
Produced by Don Gehman, renowned for producing albums by Mellencamp, Pageant includes the singles "Fall On Me" and "Superman." The album was R.E.M.'s first to achieve Gold certification status, and it reached #21 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, the band's then-highest chart position.
"The Athens Demos," as R.E.M. has dubbed them, comprise the new edition's second disc of 19 previously unreleased recordings, including drafts of Pageant's 12 songs, plus additional demos of songs that were later recorded for other releases. Among them are early versions of "Bad Day," "Rotary Ten," "Two Steps Onward," "Mystery To Me," "All The Right Friends," and "March Song (King Of Birds)," an early instrumental version of "King Of Birds" from Document. One track, "Wait," has never before been officially released by R.E.M. in any form, but it has shown up on bootlegs over the years.
Disc One: digitally remastered original album (not the running order)
Disc Two: The Athens Demos – all previously unreleased (Recorded March 1986 at John Keane's Studio, Athens GA)