Ahead of the release of the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of ‘Monster’ this Friday, R.E.M. have launched an A/B web player that allows you to compare their new remix of the album to the remastered original.
The anniversary reissue of ‘Monster’, which was originally released September 1994, features both a version of the album remastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, as well as a 2019 remix by Scott Litt, the original producer on ‘Monster’.
According to a press release, Litt, who had struggled with the original mix of ‘Monster’, had long wanted another try at mixing it: “I had told the band through the years that if there was ever a chance to take another shot at mixing the album, I wanted to do it.”
Now fans have an easy way to compare the two versions of the album. The new web player, which R.E.M. unveiled on Tuesday (October 29), plays 30-second samples of ‘Monster’, and allows you to toggle between the remastered original tracks and the new remixes, letting you hear the differences in the audio in real-time. If you have a Spotify or Apple Music account, you can login to the player and compare the tracks in their entirety.
Compare & preview every track on #Monster25 by toggling between the '94 original version & the new mix by longtime R.E.M. producer Scott Litt. :30 samples are available for all pre-release songs now w/ the full track versions launching Friday. Dive in: https://t.co/ypjWcqDIZ2! pic.twitter.com/NOPsgVTdMm
— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) October 29, 2019
R.E.M. have teased the anniversary reissue of ‘Monster’ with several advance tracks, including a previously unheard demo of ‘Revolution’ and the new remixes of ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth?’ and ‘Let Me In’, the song frontman Michael Stipe had written in memory of Kurt Cobain.
The band also premiered a live version of their hit song ‘Losing My Religion’ on NME, alongside an interview with bassist Mike Mills.
In other R.E.M.-related news, earlier this month Michael Stipe released his debut solo single, ‘Your Capricious Soul’, after revealing in the summer that he was returning to music.