R.E.M.’s multiplatinum eighth album Automatic For the People will receive a 25th anniversary reissue this fall on the newly christened Craft Recordings reissue arm of Concord Bicycle Music, which in late 2015 signed a worldwide licensing deal for the band’s Warner Bros. albums.
Concord today announced the launch of its new reissue label, and revealed that the Automatic anniversary edition is due out this year. R.E.M., on its Facebook page this evening, confirmed the reissue, and was more specific about the timeframe, saying it will be released this fall.
It’s not yet known what extras will be included on the Automatic re-release. Concord handled last year’s multiformat Out of Time 25th anniversary reissue, which included, as bonus material, previously unreleased demos and a live concert recording.
R.E.M. released the dark, introspective Automatic For the People on Oct. 5, 1992. It was the band’s second largely acoustic record in a row, and, despite once again not touring behind its new album, the period surrounding Out of Time and Automatic marked R.E.M.’s greatest commercial success.
Automatic spawned the singles “Drive,” “Man on the Moon,” “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite,” “Everybody Hurts,” “Nightswimming” and “Find the River.”
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