The 1982 debut album by Love Tractor, part of the fertile Athens, Ga., college-rock scene that also birthed R.E.M., The B-52’s and Pylon, has been remixed and remastered by Bill Berry and Sugar’s David Barbe, and will be reissued with an unreleased bonus track this fall.

You can hear that exclusive bonus cut — “17 Days & A Night,” an alternate version of album track “Seventeen Days” — right now, as it streams below via Soundcloud.

The album reissue will be preceded by the release of a Record Store Day 7-inch featuring two songs, “60 Degrees and Sunny” and “Festi-vals,” that were recorded during the sessions for that album.

The 7-inch single will be released Oct. 24, with the expanded reissue of the fully instrumental Love Tractor following on Nov. 6, both through the HHBTM label. The album will be reissued on vinyl — both white and black LPs — as well as CD and digital formats, with a variety of bundles available for pre-order.

The new edition will feature re-imagined cover art and liner notes from Kate Pierson of The-B-52’s, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and former Rolling Stone editor Anthony DeCurtis. The music itself was remixed and remastered by Barbe and Berry, who did double duty and played in Love Tractor and R.E.M. in 1980 — he wrote “Motorcade” on Love Tractor — and drummed on 2001 reunion album The Sky At Night.

See album art and tracklists and hear the unreleased “17 Days & A Night” below:

 

 

Love Tractor, Record Store Day 7-inch

1. “60 Degrees and Sunny”
2. “Festi-vals”

 

Love Tractor, Love Tractor

1. “Buy Me A Million Dollars”
2. “Sixty Degrees Below”
3. “Motorcade”
4. “Festival”
5. “Cowboy Songs”
6. “Hairy Beat”
7. “Tropical”
8. “Wheel of Pleasure”
9. “Chilly Damn Willy”
10. “Seventeen Days”
11. “Fun to Be Happy”
12. “17 Days & A Night” (Bonus track)

 

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