Reissues — September 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

R.E.M.’s 4-disc ‘Automatic For the People’ reissue to include demos, Greenpeace live set

R.E.M.’s multiplatinum Automatic For the People will mark its 25th anniversary with a 4-disc reissue this November, with the original 1992 album joined by a live disc featuring the band’s famed Greenpeace benefit concert at the 40 Watt Club, another disc of 20 unreleased demos and a Blu-ray featuring a surround mix of the album and its accompanying videos.

Though not yet officially rolled out by the band, the details of the reissue appeared on Amazon Germany today — and were revealed by The R.E.M. Timeline as well. The reissue, which had been announced earlier this year, is due out Nov. 10 via the Craft Recordings reissue arm of Concord Bicycle Music, which in late 2015 signed a worldwide licensing deal for the band’s Warner Bros. albums.

The reissue will include:

  • A disc featuring the original 12-track album.
  • A third disc of 20 unreleased demos, including early versions of many of the songs that ended up on Automatic, and some that didn’t.
  • A fourth disc, a Blu-ray, that includes a surround mix of the full album, along with its accompanying music videos, and press kit.

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.”

Check out the full tracklist below.


Tracklist: R.E.M., Automatic For the People: 25th Anniversary Edition

Disc 1: The Album
1. “Drive”
2. “Try Not To Breathe”
3. “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite”
4. “Everybody Hurts”
5. “New Orleans Instrumental No. 1”
6. “Sweetness Follows”
7. “Monty Got A Raw Deal”
8. “Ignoreland”
9. “Star Me Kitten”
10. “Man On The Moon”
11. “Nightswimming”
12. “Find The River”


Disc 2: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, 19 November 1992
1. “Drive”
2. “Monty Got A Raw Deal”
3. “Everybody Hurts”
4. “Man On The Moon”
5. “Losing My Religion”
6. “Country Feedback”
7. “Begin The Begin”
8. “Fall On Me”
9. “Me In Honey”
10. “Finest Worksong”
11. “Love Is All Around”
12. “Funtime”
13. “Radio Free Europe”


Disc 3: Automatic Demos
1. “Drive” (Demo)
2. “Wake Her Up” (Demo) (The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite)
3. “Mike’s Pop Song” (Demo)
4. “C To D Slide 13” (Demo) (Man On The Moon)
5. “Cello Scud” (Demo) (Sweetness Follows)
6. “10K Minimal” (Demo) (Find The River)
7. “Peter’s New Song” (Demo)
8. “Eastern 93111” (Demo)
9. “Bill’s Acoustic” (Demo)
10. “Arabic Feedback” (Demo) (Fruity Organ)
11. “Howler Monkey’ (Demo) (Ignoreland)
12. “Pakiderm” (Demo)
13. “Afterthought” (Demo)
14. “Bazouki Song” (Demo) (Try Not To Breathe)
15. “Photograph” (Demo)
16. “Michael’s Organ” (Demo) (Everybody Hurts)
17. “Pete’s Acoustic Idea” (Demo)
18. “6-8 Passion & Voc” (Demo) (Monty Got A Raw Deal)
19. “Hey Love” (Mike Voc / Demo) (Star Me Kitten)
20. “Devil Rides Backwards” (Demo) (Big Talk)


Disc 4: Blu-Ray (Surround Mix & Videos)
1. “Drive” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
2. “Try Not To Breathe” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
3. “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
4. “Everybody Hurts” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
5. “New Orleans Instrumental No. 1” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
6. “Sweetness Follows” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
7. “Monty Got A Raw Deal” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
8. “Ignoreland” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
9. “Star Me Kitten” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
10. “Man On The Moon” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
11. “Nightswimming” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
12. “Find The River” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
13. “Photograph” (Dolby Atmos Mix)
“The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite”
“Everybody Hurts”
“Man On The Moon
“Nightswimming” (British Version)
“Find The River”
“Nightswimming” (R Version)
Automatic For The People Press Kit





  1. “Drive” was played twice that night, the first was as the opener the second time was an encore

  2. Scott Stalcup

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd still no fan club singles compilation.


  3. 25 years? How is that possible?

  4. 25 years? How is that possible?

  5. Love the press kit video – “Automatic”

  6. Please don’t fuck up the remaster, please.

  7. And the Limited Edition contains a 5th disc of remastered B-sides?!

    Uh, can’t get too greedy, I guess. :/

  8. Yeah, B-Sides and Remixes get no love. Bring on the box set.

  9. So what are the chances track 15 on the Demo disc 3 is “Photograph” by Def Leppard? With substituted mandolin riffs of course.

  10. I’m thinking “Photograph” will be the song they did with Natalie Merchant that came out on the “Born To Choose” compilation in 1993. The question is, will this be the version with her or an R.E.M.-only version?

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