R.E.M. will continue its album-by-album reissue series with a 25th anniversary re-release of its ninth studio album Monster next October, the band’s manager, Bertis Downs, revealed today in a post on the group’s website reminiscing about the genesis of that record.
Under the headline “Early murmurs of Monster, part 1,” Downs writes that while Monster’s actual birthday — it was released Sept. 27, 1994 — won’t land until next year, the 25th anniversary period starts right around now for him, as he goes on to recall the trip he and the band took to Mexico in the fall of 1993 to start planning the record and its subsequent world tour.
In slight stream-of-consciousness, Downs rattles through the events: the decision to tour for the first time since 1989, the recording of “a hard record,” the seeds being planted for its follow-up, 1996’s New Adventures in Hi-Fi, along with the near-disaster that befell the band on tour when drummer Bill Berry suffered an aneurysm onstage.
He concludes by announcing a Monster reissue will be out next October, then noting that 2020 will bring the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation:
“Anyway, 1995 was truly ‘the year that was’ in the history of the band, and in my mind, the #Monster25 anniversary dates to those intense meetings in Acapulco 1993— reissue coming next October, with the 40th anniversary of the whole shooting match year after next! #40REM2020!”
No details, of course, have been announced for any reissue of Monster, the band’s grunge-era record that was both a multi-platinum seller and managed to alienate some of the group’s longtime fans — and has earned the reputation of one of the most ubiquitously traded-in discs of the CD era. Monster — now known as “The Scary One” — was last reissued in 2005 as a 2CD set with a surround mix.
The last release in R.E.M.’s current reissue series, Automatic For the People, arrived in November 2017 as a four-disc set with previously unreleased demos, a surround-sound mix and a live set recorded at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga., in 1992. The band also released a full Monster-era live concert, recorded in England in 1995, as part of its just-issued R.E.M. at the BBC box set.
Read Downs’ full post at remhq.com.
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