Having already reissued Murmur and Reckoning, R.E.M. is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Fables of the Reconstruction by releasing a fancy new remastered and expanded edition of the album that brought “Driver 8,” “Life and How to Live It,” and “Can’t Get There From Here” into our lives.
The reissue (due July 13) comes with a bonus disc of demos including Lifes Rich Pageant‘s “Hyena” and the previously-unreleased “Throw Those Trolls Away” (known as “When I Was Young” to the R.E.M. obsessives out there). And right here, right now, you can stream the demo version of “Can’t Get There From Here,” which is the closest any of us are gonna get to being in that Athens rehearsal studio in 1985. When you’re done geeking out, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. Psyched for this reissue? Hoping they unearth any other unreleased gems during these anniversary digs? As we progress through the R.E.M. catalog, which album re-release are you gonna be first in line for? (Monster: coming fall 2019!)
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