Three R.E.M. Albums Being Reissued on Vinyl

via Press Release

R.E.M. has teamed with Capitol/UMe for the July 29 reissue of three of the band's I.R.S. Records releases: Lifes Rich Pageant, Dead Letter Office, and Eponymous. The three standard weight vinyl LPs are presented with their original sleeve art. Long out-of-print on vinyl, Dead Letter Office and Eponymous are both restored to wax with these new LP editions for the first time since their original release.

Released in 1986, Lifes Rich Pageant is R.E.M.'s fourth studio album, recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana. Produced by Don Gehman, renowned for producing a string of punchy, soulful heartland-rock 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 No. 21 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the band's then-highest chart position.

Released in 1987, Dead Letter Office was R.E.M.'s first compilation, collecting B-sides and rarities. A fan favorite, Dead Letter Office includes R.E.M.'s covers of Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic, the Velvet Underground's Pale Blue Eyes, Pylon's Crazy, and a freewheeling, rough-hewn take on Roger Miller's King Of The Road.

Eponymous, released in 1988, features singles and alternate mixes spanning R.E.M's first five albums, including the original Hib-Tone single of Radio Free Europe and alternate mixes of Gardening At Night and Finest Worksong.

The track lists:

Lifes Rich Pageant

Side 1
  • Begin The Begin
  • These Days
  • Fall On Me
  • Cuyahoga
  • Hyena
  • Underneath The Bunker
Side 2
  • The Flowers Of Guatemala
  • I Believe
  • What If We Give It Away?
  • Just A Touch
  • Swan Swan H
  • Superman
Dead Letter Office

Side 1
  • Crazy
  • There She Goes Again
  • Burning Down
  • Voice Of Harold
  • Burning Hell
  • White Tornado
  • Toys In The Attic
Side 2
  • Wind Out
  • Ages Of You
  • Pale Blue Eyes
  • Rotary Ten
  • Bandwagon
  • Femme Fatale
  • Walter's Theme
  • King Of The Road

Side 1
  • Radio Free Europe [Original Hib-Tone Single]
  • Gardening At Night [Alternate Vocal Mix]
  • Talk About The Passion
  • So. Central Rain
  • (Don't Go Back To) Rockville
  • Can't Get There From Here [Album Version]
Side 2
  • Driver 8
  • Romance
  • Fall On Me
  • The One I Love
  • Finest Worksong [Mutual Drum Horn Mix]
  • It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

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