R.E.M.'s 'Unplugged' Performances to be Released on Audio
R.E.M. may have broken up, but fans won‚Äôt be missing those jangly guitars for too long‚ÄĒas the godfathers of alternative rock are releasing their MTV Unplugged performances for the first time on audio.
Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions will be released by Rhino Records on May 20.
The quartet out of Athens, Georgia was reportedly the only artists to record two episodes of the acoustics-only MTV show--the first at the height of the band‚Äôs popularity in 1991, and the second ten years later, when they‚Äôd settled into a role as 40-something-year-old rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll elder statesmen.
While long out on video, this release marks the first time the performances will be available on CD and digitally. In honor of international Record Store Day this month, the album will be available April 19 as a 4-LP vinyl set at participating independent record stores.
The Unplugged set lists are heavy on songs from R.E.M.‚Äôs acoustic catalog, including ‚ÄúLosing My Religion,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúWorld Leader Pretend,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúHalf a World Away,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSo. Central Rain (Sorry)‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúPerfect Circle.‚ÄĚ Also featured are de-electrified versions of ‚ÄúGet Up,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúPop Song 89,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúRadio Song,‚ÄĚ and a previously unbroadcast performance of ‚ÄúThe One I Love.‚ÄĚ
For those R.E.M. fans in the North East, bassist Mike Mills will reportedly be signing copies of the 4-LP set on Record Store Day at Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, Maine.
Check out the above video of R.E.M.‚Äôs ‚ÄúLosing My Religion‚ÄĚ from their Unplugged appearance in1991.