On November 1st, R.E.M. will release the 25th anniversary edition of its 1994 Monster collection. The six-disc deluxe reissue features the original album fully remastered, as well as a contemporary remix by original producer, Scott Litt. The set is filled with previously unreleased demos, rare concert recordings from 1995, and extensive new liner notes.
A Blu-ray disc features hi-res audio and 5.1 Surround Sound versions of Monster, the documentary Road Movie, and all six music videos from the album. Scaled-down versions of the set include a double-CD, double-LP, and a standalone 180-gram single vinyl LP.
Monster, R.E.M.'s ninth studio album, was released on September 27th , 1994 and debuted at Number One on both the U.S. and UK album charts. The album featured such instant band standards as the album's lead single, “What's the Frequency, Kenneth?,” “Bang And Blame,” “Strange Currencies,” and “Tongue.”
Back in the day, when R.E.M. was still an ongoing concern, bassist Mike Mills was confident that the band's demos and live tracks would eventually be released in some capacity: “I wouldn't be surprised. I mean, we always joke about, 'Well, we'll save that for the box set.' But, y'know, who knows, by the time we get ready to put out a box set, there may not be any such thing as box sets anymore — so, who knows? But, yeah, we do a have a ton of stuff sitting around that may or may not see the light of day.”
Michael Stipe told us he believes in the power to reach people on an emotional level: “I go to music for certain things. I go to the Internet and newspapers and television for other things. I don't go to music to receive political ideas or messages or to be hectored or lectured. I go to music for something more emotional and more personal and something that's about me and that's the beauty of the medium.”