Beverly Hills, CA (September 15, 2017)—Craft Recordings is releasing R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People on November 10, 2017, in a variety of formats, including a Dolby Atmos version, to commemorate the album’s 25th anniversary.
The album, plus bonus track “Photograph,” featuring Natalie Merchant, was remixed in Dolby Atmos by the album’s original producer, Scott Litt, and engineer Clif Norrell. Craft Recordings states that R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People is the first album to be commercially released in the format.
In addition to the Dolby Atmos version, the 4-disc Deluxe Edition will offer a wealth of previously unreleased material. The band selected 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 2-disc 25th Anniversary and Deluxe Edition of the album—which was remastered from the original analog tapes by Stephen Marcussen—is a full live set, 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.
Housed in a 12-in. x 12-in. lift-top box, the Deluxe Anniversary Edition features a 60-page book, offering never-before-seen photos by Anton Corbjin and Melodie McDaniel, plus expanded, new liner notes by Scottish music journalist Tom Doyle who conducted new interviews with all four band members.
Also included is a companion Blu-ray, offering the Dolby Atmos mix, plus a high-resolution master of Automatic For The People, seven music videos and the original 1992 EPK video. Automatic For The People will also be reissued on 180-gram vinyl (with digital download card), and will be available across all digital and streaming outlets.
After its release in 1992 the record reached #1 on the UK charts and #2 in the US, selling over 18 million copies worldwide. It also received multiple 1994 Grammy nominations.