When Monster was released in September 1994, the members of R.E.M. were at a crossroads in their career. Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry were decompressing from the massive commercial and critical success of 1991’s Out of Time and 1992’s Automatic for the People. In just a few years, the Athens, GA, four-piece had become one of the biggest, most recognizable bands in the world. It had also been six years since the group had toured. By the time that work began on Monster, they were itching to end their self-imposed hiatus and get back on the road. The band was also looking for a sonic shake-up. While R.E.M.’s last two albums were full of ballads, acoustic rock songs and intricate arrangements, the group was ready to record something grittier, brasher and highly playable on stage.
Celebrating Monster's 25th anniversary, this expanded 2-LP edition offers the original album remastered, plus a special 2019 remix from producer Scott Litt. The set also features liner notes by journalist Matthew Perpetua—with new insight from band members—and archival photographs, as well as imagined cover art.
Highlights include the singles “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?,” “Crush with Eyeliner,” “Star 69,” “Strange Currencies,” “Tongue,” and “Bang and Blame.”
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LP 1 – Monster (Remastered)
A1. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? A2. Crush With Eyeliner A3. King Of Comedy A4. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream A5. Star 69 A6. Strange Currencies B1. Tongue B2. Bang And Blame B3. I Took Your Name B4. Let Me In B5. Circus Envy B6. You
LP 2 – Monster (Remixed)
A1. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix) A2. Crush With Eyeliner (Remix) A3. King Of Comedy (Remix) A4. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (Remix) A5. Star 69 (Remix) A6. Strange Currencies (Remix) B1. Tongue (Remix) B2. Bang And Blame (Remix) B3. I Took Your Name (Remix) B4. Let Me In (Remix) B5. Circus Envy (Remix) B6. You (Remix)
Featuring the hits: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?," "Bang and Blame," "Crush With Eyeliner" and more
Remastered Album; from the original analog master
2019 Completely Remixed Album, by original producer, Scott Litt
Plus new liner notes, featuring interviews from members of the band
2-LP, 180-gram vinyl
Reimagined artwork by the original cover artist, Chris Bilheimer
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