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R.E.M. Releasing 25th Anniversary Edition of "Automatic For the People" in Dolby Atmos

Rock icons R.E.M. are honoring the 25th anniversary of their landmark Automatic For The People by rereleasing the multiplatinum album in a variety of formats, the most extensive of which is the Deluxe Anniversary Edition that contains the very first commercially available music mixed in Dolby Atmos, delivering an immersive and engaging experience.

Craft Recordings, the catalog division of Concord Music Group, will release the 25th Anniversary and Deluxe Anniversary editions of the landmark album on November 10. The Deluxe Anniversary Edition will offer a wide-ranging array of previously unreleased material the band selected, including 20 never-before-heard demos from the LP’s sessions, including the fully-realized, unreleased track “Mike’s Pop Song” and the oft-mused about song, “Devil Rides Backwards.”

Also included in both the 25th Anniversary and Deluxe editions of the album, which was remastered from the original analog tapes by Stephen Marcussen, is a full live set from Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92. Performed in R.E.M.’s hometown of Athens, GA, it was the band’s only live show that year.

Automatic’s original producer Scott Litt and engineer Clif Norrell returned to oversee the album’s Dolby Atmos remix, delivering an outstanding experience with moving audio that fills the room and flows all around the listener. In addition, the album also contains the bonus track “Photograph,” featuring Natalie Merchant, mixed in Dolby Atmos.

Sig Sigworth, President of Craft Recordings, said, “Working with Dolby, Universal Music, the band and the original production team behind Automatic, we have rejuvenated this classic album into an entirely new entertainment experience with Dolby Atmos.”

Dolby Atmos® enables the artist to work in brand new dimensions that were previously unavailable allowing them to deliver a truly immersive mix, placing the audience inside the recordings like never before.

"Automatic for the People amazes in Dolby Atmos," said Curt Behlmer, Senior Vice President, Content Solutions and Industry Relations, Dolby Laboratories. "This mix transforms the listening experience and the overwhelming emotion of R.E.M.’s sound in Dolby Atmos.”

Universal Music Group (UMG), the global distribution partner of Concord Music Group, is providing marketing and promotional support for the Anniversary release. The Dolby Atmos version was mixed at UMG’s Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California.

"The Dolby Atmos remix adds an exciting new way to experience this iconic album,” said Michael Frey, President of UMG’s Operations and Advanced Media. “With Dolby Atmos, Automatic For The People delivers a powerful and emotional experience. At UMG, we’re working closely with artists, producers and other members of the creative community to release even more albums in this incredibly immersive format.”

The track list:

Disc 1
  • Drive
  • Try Not To Breathe
  • The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
  • Everybody Hurts
  • New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
  • Sweetness Follows
  • Monty Got A Raw Deal
  • Ignoreland [Explicit]
  • Star Me Kitten [Explicit]
  • Man On The Moon
  • Nightswimming
  • Find The River
Disc 2
  • Drive (Live)
  • Monty Got A Raw Deal (Live)
  • Everybody Hurts (Live)
  • Man On The Moon (Live)
  • Losing My Religion (Live)
  • Country Feedback (Live)
  • Begin The Begin (Live)
  • Fall On Me (Live)
  • Me In Honey (Live)
  • Finest Worksong (Live)
  • Love Is All Around (Live)
  • Funtime (Live)
  • Radio Free Europe (Live)
Disc 3
  • Drive (Demo)
  • Wake Her Up (Demo)
  • Mike's Pop Song (Demo)
  • C To D Slide 13 (Demo)
  • Cello Scud (Demo)
  • 10K Minimal (Demo)
  • Peter's New Song (Demo)
  • Eastern 983111 (Demo)
  • Bill's Acoustic (Demo)
  • Arabic Feedback (Demo)
  • Howler Monkey (Demo)
  • Pakiderm (Demo)
  • Afterthought (Demo)
  • Bazouki Song (Demo)
  • Photograph (Demo)
  • Michael's Organ (Demo)
  • Pete's Acoustic Idea (Demo)
  • 6-8 Passion & Voc (Demo)
  • Hey Love (Mike Voc / Demo)
  • Devil Rides Backwards (Demo)