R.E.M.’s ‘Lifes Rich Pageant’ Turns 25 Today

XFM reminds us that one of my favorite bands, R.E.M., is having its 25th anniversary of their breakout album, Lifes Rich Pageant. It is getting the full Expanded & Remastered treatment, according to Paste.

The band‘s fourth album, Lifes Rich Pageant re-release date is today (July 12) for the album’s 25th anniversary. A special 2-disc edition will feature a digitally remastered version of the original album plus 19 previously unreleased demo recordings.

The album recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry was R.E.M.’s first Gold record, reaching #21 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. It included the hit singles Fall On Me and Superman.


Must Own Albums:

Murmur (1983)

Reckoning (1984)

Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

Document (1987)

Videos after the jump . . .


Radio Free Europe (on Letterman)

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine…)

Losing My Religion

Man on the Moon


REM Official Website

REM Wikipedia Entry

Concert Project

R.E.M. Attempts to ‘Accelerate’
The Veteran Rock Band, Facing Fleeing Fans, Ramps Up Its Publicity
WSJ, March 28, 2008; Page W6

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