Coming on October 29th is the 25th anniversary reissue of R.E.M.’s 1996 New Adventures In Hi-Fi set. The new edition is available for pre-order and features a bonus-filled double-CD/Blu-ray “Deluxe Edition” offering 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.

New Adventures In Hi-Fi was released on September 9th, 1996 and was the final album to feature co-founding drummer Bill Berry. The set featured four singles — “E-Bow the Letter,” “Bittersweet Me,” “Electrolite,” “How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us.” The album topped the UK charts and peaked at Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

According to the official announcement:

R.E.M.‘s new New Adventures In Hi-Fi Blu-ray features the album in Hi-Res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus five HD-restored music videos including “Bittersweet Me,” “Electrolite,” and “E-Bow the Letter.”

Housed in a 52-page hardcover book, the collection includes archival photographs — many of which have never been published — plus new liner notes from journalist Mark Blackwell and reflections from all four original band members, as well as from Patti SmithThom Yorke, and producer Scott Litt.

The tracklisting to the tracklisting to R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures in Hi-Fi: 25th Anniversary Edition’:

Disc One: Remastered
“How the West Was Won And Where It Got Us”
“The Wake-Up Bomb”
“New Test Leper”
“E-Bow The Letter
“Bittersweet Me”
“Be Mine”
“Binky The Doormat”
“So Fast, So Numb”
“Low Desert”
Produced by Scott Litt & R.E.M

Disc Two: B-sides & Rarities
“Tricycle” (Instrumental)
“Departure” (Live Rome Soundcheck / Rome, Italy / 2/22/1995)
“Wall of Death”
“Undertow” (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
“Wichita Lineman” (Live / Houston, TX / 9/15/1995)
“New Test Leper” (Live Acoustic / Seattle, WA / 4/19/1996)
“The Wake-Up Bomb” (Live / Atlanta, GA / 10/4/1995)
“Binky The Doormat” (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
“King Of Comedy” (808 State Remix)
“Be Mine” (Mike on Bus version)
“Love Is All Around”
“Leave” (Alternate Version)

Disc Three: Blu-ray
E.M. Outdoor Projections – Saturday Sept 7, 1996 – 5 cities (64:56)
New Adventures In Hi-Fi EPK – previously unreleased 30 min version (29:13)
New Adventures In Hi-Fi – 5.1 Audio
New Adventures In Hi-Fi – Hi-Resolution Audio
 “E-Bow The Letter” (Music Video)
“Bittersweet Me” (Music Video)
“Electrolite” (Music Video)
“How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us” (Music Video)
“New Test Leper” (Music Video)

SOURCE: Press release


  • An “Expanded Edition” of R.E.M.’s 1996 New Adventures In Hi-Fi is also available as a two-CD or digital collection, including the remastered album along with B-sides and rarities. The two-CD offers an exclusive 24” x 24” poster and four collectible postcards, as well as a booklet featuring new liner notes and archival photos.
  • Additionally, the newly remastered album will be available as a double-LP set, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. 
  • A limited-edition pressing on clear and black marbled vinyl is also available exclusively at R.E.M.’s official store (limited to 1,000 worldwide), along with special New Adventures In Hi-Fi merchandise.

CHECK IT OUT: The 25 Anniversary Edition unboxing trailer for R.E.M.’s ‘New Adventures In Hi Fi’: