R.E.M.’s Pageant Gets Deluxe Reish

 

 

Bonus disc loaded with 19 unreleased demos
from ’86.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

R.E.M. has set a
July 12 release for an expanded 25th Anniversary 2CD and digital
edition of the band’s 1986 album, Lifes
Rich Pageant
, on Capitol/I.R.S. 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.  (The remastered original album will also be
reissued by Mobile Fidelity on 180-gram vinyl in faithfully replicated LP
packaging.)

 

“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.

 

 

R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary Edition) (2CD, digital)

 

Disc One: digitally
remastered original album

1. Begin The Begin                    7. The Flowers of Guatemala

2. These Days                           8. I Believe

3. Fall on Me                            9. What If We Give It
Away?

4. Cuyahoga                             10. Just a Touch

5. Hyena (Album Version)         11. Swan Swan H

6. Underneath The Bunker         12. Superman 

 

 

Disc Two: The Athens Demos – all
previously unreleased

(Recorded March 1986 at John
Keane’s Studio, Athens GA)

1. Fall On Me                                     10. Cuyahoga

2. Hyena                                   11. I Believe

3. March Song (King Of Birds)
          12. Out Of Tune

4. These Days                                    13. Rotary
Ten

5. Bad Day                               14. Two Steps
Onward

6. Salsa (Underneath The
Bunker)       15. Just A Touch

7. Swan Swan H                       16. Mystery To Me

8. Flowers Of Guatemala                    17. Wait

9. Begin The Begin                             18. All The Right
Friends

19. Get On Their Way (What If
We Give It Away)

 

 

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