R.E.M. have revealed that a reissue a special deluxe edition of ‘Monster’ is on the cards. That’s to celebrate the landmark record’s 25th anniversary which will drop in November.
There’s also a new remix of ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth?’, which you can check out below. There are also pre-order details at the bottom of the page.
A five-CD, one-Blu-ray deluxe box set will contain the original album, a special 2019 remix from Monster producer Scott Litt, a CD of previously unreleased demos from the album and a complete live 1995 performance captured in Chicago.
The accompanying Blu-ray will also feature ‘Monster’ in both hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as a host of video content: the 90-minute film Road Movie, which documents R.E.M.’s 1995 tour, and all six music videos from the landmark LP.
The collection will be packaged in a five-and-a-half-inch portfolio book, featuring liner notes by journalist Matthew Perpetua and new insight from band members and archival photographs.
An expanded edition of ‘Monster’, offering the original album and the 2019 remixed version, will also be available on two 180-gram vinyl LPs or two CDs, both featuring reimagined cover art by longtime R.E.M. designer Chris Bilheimer.
The NME reports that the remastered album will also be available as a standalone 180-gram vinyl LP, with Bilheimer’s original ‘Monster’ art.
Digital editions of the album will mirror the complete deluxe audio content—remastered, remixed and live— available across all streaming and download platforms. Digital breakouts will also offer the remastered and remixed album in hi-resolution (88.1/24).
Remastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, the reissue will be available on various physical formats, as well as digitally, on November 1. You can pre-order Monster25 as a deluxe box set, on CD or LP here.