REM plan special CD and DVD release

The rock giants unveil early recordings and rarities

R.E.M have unveiled plans to release a special CD and DVD charting the band’s early recordings.

‘And I Feel Fine…The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-87’ is out on two separate CD formats next month.

The single CD release features the likes of ‘Begin The Begin’, ‘The One I Love’, ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ and R.E.M‘s debut single ‘Radio Free Europe’ while the special edition comes complete with a 21 track bonus disc of rarities, alternate takes, previously unreleased mixes and live recordings.

The DVD compilation – ‘When The Light Is Mine.. The Best Of I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 Video Collection’ – comes complete with 18 clips of unreleased TV appearances from the classic music shows The Tube and The Old Grey Whistle Test, along with performances and interviews from I.R.S.’ own 1983-’84 MTV show The Cutting Edge.

There is also an acoustic performance from Athens, a 20-minute film and previously unreleased interview clips.

R.E.M‘s CD and DVD anthologies will be released on September 11.

The tracklisting for ‘And I Feel Fine…The Best Of The I.R.S. Years 1982-87’ is:

Disc One

‘Begin The Begin’

‘Radio Free Europe’

‘Pretty Persuasion’

‘Talk About The Passion’

‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville’

‘Sitting Still’

‘Gardening At Night’

‘7 Chinese Bros.’

‘So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)’

‘Driver 8’

‘Can’t Get There From Here’

‘Finest Worksong’

‘Feeling Gravity’s Pull’

‘I Believe’

‘Life And How To Live It’

‘Cuyahoga’

‘The One I Love’

‘Welcome To The Occupation’

‘Fall On Me’

‘Perfect Circle

‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’

Disc Two

‘Pilgrimage’

‘These Days’

‘Gardening at Night’

‘Radio Free Europe (Hib-tone version)’

‘Sitting Still (Hib-tone version)’

‘Life and How to Live It (Live at the Muzik Centrum, Holland)’

‘Ages of You (Live at the Paradise, Boston)’

‘We Walk (Live at the Paradise, Boston)’

‘1,000,000 (Live at the Paradise, Boston)’

‘Finest Worksong (other mix)’

‘Hyena (demo)’

‘Theme from Two Steps’

‘Onward’

‘Superman’

‘All the Right Friends’

‘Mystery to Me (demo)’

‘Just A Touch (live in-studio version)’

‘Bad Day (session outtake)’

‘King of Birds’

‘Swan Swan H (live acoustic from Athens, GA-Inside Out)’

‘Disturbance At The Heron House’

‘Time After Time’