Craft Recordings is celebrating the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.'s 10th studio album, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, with a special reissue, currently available for pre-order and set for release Oct. 29.
The bonus-filled 2-CD/1-Blu-ray Deluxe Edition offers a trove of audio-visual content, including the newly remastered album, 13 B-sides and rarities, a never-before-released 64-minute outdoor projection film (shown on buildings across five cities in 1996 to promote the album's original release), and a previously unreleased 30-minute EPK.
Additionally, the Blu-ray features New Adventures in Hi-Fi in stunning Hi-Res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus five HD-restored music videos including "Bittersweet Me," "Electrolite," and "E-Bow the Letter."
An Expanded Edition is also available as a 2-CD or digital collection, including the remastered album along with B-sides and rarities. The 2-CD offers an exclusive 24" x 24" poster and four collectible postcards, as well as a booklet featuring new liner notes and archival photos.
Available via digital platforms, ahead of the album, is the advance single "Leave — Alternate Version." Originally recorded for the A Life Less Ordinary soundtrack, the single offers a new version of New Adventures album track "Leave," for which Michael Stipe (the queer lead singer of R.E.M.) re-recorded the vocals.
First released in September 1996, New Adventures in Hi-Fi was a global success, achieving platinum certification in the United States and peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Elsewhere, the album went to No. 1 in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada.
To pre-order the 25th-anniversary edition, visit found.ee/rem-newadventures25.