R.E.M. have shared a previously unreleased demo version of ‘Revolution’ – listen to it below.
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The demo version of ‘Revolution’ will appear on a special deluxe edition of ‘Monster’ that is being released to mark the landmark album’s 25th anniversary.
Released November 1, the five-CD, one-Blu-ray deluxe box set will include the original album, a special 2019 remix from ‘Monster’ producer Scott Litt, a CD of previously unreleased demos from the album and a complete live 1995 performance captured in Chicago.
‘Revolution’ didn’t end up making it on to ‘Monster’ but it later appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 Batman & Robin movie starring George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwartzenegger and Uma Thurman.
Listen to the unreleased version of ‘Revolution’ below:
An expanded edition of ‘Monster’, offering the original album and the 2019 remixed version, will also be available on two 180-gram vinyl LPs or two CDs, both featuring reimagined cover art by longtime R.E.M. designer Chris Bilheimer. The remastered album will also be available as a standalone 180-gram vinyl LP, with Bilheimer’s original ‘Monster’ art.
You can pre-order ‘Monster 25’ as a deluxe box set, on CD or LP here.
“I think it had a consistency,” Mills said. “When we made records, we always saw them as a journey. You’re inviting the listener to go on a 40-45 minute trip with you. If a mood is sustained for that trip, unless you’re trying to jerk from one place to the next which is fine, but if you’re trying to achieve a flow, then this record has that – in a way that I don’t think that any of our records other than maybe ‘Murmur’ or ‘Collapse Into Now’ had.”