"Imitation Of Life," the first single from R.E.M.'s forthcoming album "Reveal" (Warner Bros.), will be released as a CD and 12" vinyl single on May 8. Both versions will feature an alternate recording

"Imitation Of Life," the first single from R.E.M.'s forthcoming album "Reveal" (Warner Bros.), will be released as a CD and 12" vinyl single on May 8. Both versions will feature an alternate recording of album track "The Lifting" and a demo of album track "Beat A Drum," while the CD single will sport the instrumental "2JN" plus the video and lyrics for "Imitation Of Life."

The track goes to radio next week, but is already receiving airplay at stations such as KENZ Salt Lake City. "Imitation Of Life" blends the sweeping, string-tinged feel of 1991's "Out Of Time" album with a strong melody reminiscent of "The Great Beyond," R.E.M.'s No. 11 Modern Rock Tracks hit from 1999's "Man On The Moon" soundtrack.

"Reveal," the follow-up to 1998's "Up," is due in stores on May 15.

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