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    Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:59:44

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    The now-defunct R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV's Unplugged series, the first in 1991 and the other in 2001, giving them the unique distinction of being the only band to headline the series twice. Surprisingly, audio from both shows has never been available, making these some of the most demanded music in the R.E.M. vaults. That will all change on Record Store Day 2014, when Rhino releases both performances as a limited edition, four-LP set. The collection includes every performance from the original broadcasts, as well as 11 songs that never aired, from the storied collection of the band's MTV appearances.

    UNPLUGGED: THE COMPLETE 1991 AND 2001 SESSIONS is packaged in a four-pocket gatefold will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers on April 19. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.

    This collection uncovers six songs from the session that were never broadcast, including tracks from Reveal and Up, as well as a haunting and tranquil re-imagination of the band's breakthrough single, "The One I Love" from 1987's Document.

    Following their debut on vinyl for Record Store Day 2014, both Unplugged performances will be released on CD and digitally on May 20.

    Always advocates for independent record stores, on April 19 (Record Store Day), R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills will be signing copies of the limited-edition, four-LP set at Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, Maine.

    4-LP Track Listing:

    1991 Unplugged

    Side One
    1."Half a World Away"
    2."Disturbance at the Heron House"
    3."Radio Song"
    4."Low"

    Side Two
    1."Perfect Circle"
    2."Fall on Me"
    3."Belong"
    4."Love Is All Around"

    Side Three
    1."Its The End 0f the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
    2."Losing My Religion"
    3."Pop Song 89"
    4."Endgame"

    Side Four
    1."Fretless"*
    2."Swan Swan H"*
    3."Rotary 11"*
    4."Get Up"*
    5."World Leader Pretend"*

    2001 Unplugged

    Side Five
    1."All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
    2."Electrolite"
    3."At My Most Beautiful"
    4."Daysleeper"

    Side Six
    1."So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"
    2."Losing My Religion"
    3."Country Feedback"
    4."Cuyahoga"

    Side Seven
    1."Imitation of Life"
    2."Find the River"
    3."The One I Love"*
    4."Disappear"*

    Side Eight
    1."Beat a Drum"*
    2."I've Been High"*
    3."I'll Take the Rain"*
    4."Sad Professor"*
    * Not included in original television broadcast

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    03.31.14



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