R.E.M.'s fourth studio album, Lifes Rich Pageant
was recorded by vocalist Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry at John Mellencamp's Belmont Mall Studios in Indiana. Produced by Don Gehman, renowned for producing a string of punchy, soulful heartland-rock albums by Mellencamp, Pageant
includes the singles "Fall On Me" and "Superman". The album was R.E.M.'s first to achieve Gold certification status, and it reached #21 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and #43 in the UK Album Chart. This 25th Anniversary Edition
• The classic album digitally re-mastered
• Plus bonus disc "The Athens Demos" containing 19 demos previously unreleased, recorded in Athens, Georgia 1986.
• "The Athens Demos" include drafts of Lifes Rich Pageant
’s 12 songs, plus additional demos of songs that were later recorded for other releases.
• Includes early versions of "Bad Day", "Rotary Ten", "Two Steps Onward", "Mystery To Me", "All The Right Friends" and "March Song (King Of Birds)", an early instrumental version of "King Of Birds" from Document
. One track, "Wait", has never before been officially released by R.E.M. but it has shown up on bootlegs over the years.
• Presented in a 2CD lift top box, along with a poster, four postcards and booklet containing liner notes by music journalist and author Parke Puterbaugh.
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