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R.E.M. to Reissue Lifes Rich Pageant


Over the past three years, R.E.M. have released deluxe 25th-anniversary reissues of their first three albums: Murmur, Reckoning, and Fables of the Reconstruction. On July 12, they’ll reissue album number four, 1986’s Lifes Rich Pageant. The CD reissue, coming from Capitol/I.R.S., features the remastered album on one disc and 19 previously unreleased demos on another. It also includes four postcards, a poster, and new liner notes from writer Parke Puterbaugh, all in a lift-top box. On the same day, Mobile Fidelity will release a 180-gram vinyl edition of the original album, with packaging replicating the original.

On Lifes Rich Pageant, R.E.M. worked with John Mellencamp collaborator Don Gehman in Mellencamp’s own Indiana studio. It was the first of R.E.M.’s albums to go gold, and singles “Fall on Me” and “Superman” stayed in the alt-rock radio rotation for a long time afterward.

Below, we’ve got the tracklist for the double-disc reissue, as well as a clip of the band playing “Fall on Me” live, from their 1989 Tour Film.

Lifes Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary Edition:

CD1:

01 Begin the Begin
02 These Days
03 Fall on Me
04 Cuyahoga
05 Hyena (Album Version)
06 Underneath the Bunker
07 The Flowers of Guatemala
08 I Believe
09 What If We Give It Away?
10 Just a Touch
11 Swan Swan H
12 Superman

CD2 (The Athens Demos, all unreleased):

01 Fall on Me
02 Hyena
03 March Song (King of Birds)
04 These Days
05 Bad Day
06 Salsa (Underneath the Bunker)
07 Swan Swan H
08 Flowers of Guatemala
09 Begin the Begin
10 Cuyahoga
11 I Believe
12 Out of Tune
13 Rotary Ten
14 Two Steps Onward
15 Just a Touch
16 Mystery to Me
17 Wait
18 All the Right Friends
19 Get on Their Way (What If We Give It Away)
(via pitchfork)