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R.E.M.: Wall Of Death – B Sides and reminiscences

The Athens darlings R.E.M. have shared their nice and gentle cover of Richard Thompson’s song “Wall of Death” which was originally recorded by Richard & Linda Thompson for their album, Shoot Out The Lights in 1982. You know how the R.E.M. played nice and easy tunes. Off of the cult classic, taken from the 25th anniversary edition of New Adventures in Hi-Fi, releasing October 29.

The bonus-filled 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Deluxe Edition offers a trove of a/v content, including the newly remastered album, 13 B-sides and rarities, a never-before-released 64-minute outdoor projection film (shown on buildings across five cities in 1996 to promote the album’s original release), and a previously unreleased 30-minute EPK.

Additionally, the Blu-ray features New Adventures in Hi-Fi in stunning Hi-Res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus five HD-restored music videos including “Bittersweet Me,” “Electrolite,” and “E-Bow the Letter.”

Housed in a 52-page hardcover book, the collection includes archival photographs—many of which have never been published—plus new liner notes from journalist Mark Blackwell and reflections from Bill, Peter, Mike and Michael, as well as from Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, and producer Scott Litt.

An Expanded Edition is also available as a 2-CD or digital collection, including the remastered album along with B-sides and rarities.

The 2-CD offers an exclusive 24” x 24” poster and four collectible postcards, as well as a booklet featuring new liner notes and archival photos. Additionally, the newly remastered album will be available as a 2-LP set, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

Fans can preview all physical formats via the official unboxing trailer here. A limited-edition pressing on clear and black marbled vinyl is also available exclusively in the Official Store at REMHQ.com (limited to 1,000 worldwide), along with special New Adventures in Hi-Fi merchandise. (Elly Strumming/PR)

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