R.E.M. formally announced its 25th anniversary expanded reissue of Document on Tuesday, and while we’d already reported on the release, there was one interesting new tidbit: the band dredged up a short recording made by guitarist Peter Buck to be played at 1987’s New Music Seminar in which he “introduced” the attendees to the band’s then-forthcoming and heavily anticipated fifth album (“And just keep telling yourself, ‘It’s only a record… it’s only a record'”). Check it about below.
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- R.E.M.’s ‘Document’ 25th anniversary reissue to include unreleased 1987 concert
- R.E.M.’s Peter Buck recording solo album — and it could be a vinyl-only release
- Stream: R.E.M.’s final fan-club holiday single — ‘Perfect Circle,’ ‘Life and How to Live It’ live
- Stream: R.E.M. ‘Radio Free Europe’ original Mitch Easter mix from ‘Cassette Set’ demo
- R.E.M. unveils ‘Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011’ tracklist
- R.E.M., 1980-2011: Genre-defining college rock band breaks up after 31 years