TWO-LP SET OFFERS 18 ESSENTIAL HITS, INCLUDING “LOSING MY RELIGION,” “DRIVE,” “MAN ON THE MOON” AND “EVERYBODY HURTS”, AVAILABLE JUNE 14th.
Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2019) - Craft Recordingsis pleased to announce the vinyl reissue of R.E.M.’s platinum-selling collection, In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. Available for the first time on vinyl in over 15 years, the album includes 18 songs from the Athens, GA alt-rockers, spanning 1988’s Green to 2001’s Reveal, plus two previously unreleased tracks. The double-LP set—which makes its debut on audiophile-quality, 180-gram vinyl on June 14th—is housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket. In addition to the wide reissue of In Time, a special version—pressed on translucent blue vinyl—will be available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.
The songs included on In Time offer more than just a collection of charting hits. Rather, listeners will hear the evolution of a band on the rise, reaching and surfing the peak of its fame. In his original song-by-song liner notes, Peter Buck writes, “If you think about it, our career can be divided into…two parts: pre-‘Losing My Religion’ and post-‘Losing My Religion’.” Buck explains that before the band’s breakthrough, chart-topping 1991 hit, “R.E.M. was a large cult band touring ten months a year. Respected and successful, we were still considered kind of minor league. Afterward, we had hit singles, platinum albums, we were on the covers of all kinds of unlikely magazines, and, at least for a couple of years, were one of the biggest bands in the world. All of which is irrelevant.”
Highlights from In Time include fan favorites like “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” (off 1994’s Monster), “Orange Crush” from Green (1988), and “Daysleeper,” from 1998’s Up. Listeners can also expect R.E.M.’s most iconic hits, like Automatic for the People’s soulful hit single “Everybody Hurts,” a song which, Buck recounts, “doesn’t really belong to [the band] anymore; it belongs to everybody who has ever gotten any solace from it.”
Having established a powerful legacy as one of the most enduring and essential rock bands in popular music history, R.E.M. pioneered the alt-rock movement of the ’90s, influencing the likes of Nirvana, Pavement and Pearl Jam. Formed in 1980, the group enjoyed an extraordinary three-decade-long run of creative vitality and multi-platinum sales before amiably disbanding in 2011. Despite great success, the band members never lost track of their core values—remaining outspoken in their views about political, social and environmental issues, and never wavering when it came to artistic integrity. Throughout the course of their career together, R.E.M. released a total of 15 studio albums, won three GRAMMY® Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
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