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R.E.M. Revisited

REMReissues of R.E.M.'s nine albums for Warner Bros. arrive this week via Rhino in newly created CD/DVD editions. The initiative encompasses the studio albums "Green," "Out of Time," "Automatic for the People," "Monster," "New Adventures in Hi-Fi," "Up," "Reveal" and last year’s "Around the Sun," as well as the retrospective "In Time: The Best of R.E.M." They have sold more than 11 million copies combined in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In addition to the album in its original form, the new packages boast a DVD with a 5.1 Surround Sound version remixed by Elliot Schiener, who has a prior remixing credit on R.E.M.'s 1987 album "Document." In addition, the albums include unreleased documentary footage and expanded booklets with new liner notes.

R.E.M.'s 1989 Warner Bros. debut, "Green," is bolstered with a previously unreleased making-of documentary and two live clips from the home video "Tour Film." The unreleased documentary "Time Piece" is found on the new edition of 1991's "Out of Time," while a rarely seen promotional film has been tacked on to "Automatic for the People."

The DVD on the new edition of 1994's "Monster" features live performances of album tracks "I Don't Sleep, I Dream," "Let Me In," "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?," while 1996's "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" includes an unreleased video documentary.

The 1998 album "Up," R.E.M.'s first following the exit of drummer Bill Berry, sports portions of the unreleased film "Uptake," performances of three songs and interview clips. Its follow-up, 2001's "Reveal," is appended with a making-of documentary and a remixed video for album track "I'll Take the Rain."

“In Time" includes two versions of the video for the new song "Bad Day," while "Around the Sun" offers up a photo gallery, behind-the-scenes footage and lyrics. R.E.M. is currently touring internationally in support of the latter set.