Automatic For The People (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [3 CD/Blu-Ray][Deluxe Edition]
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Widely considered to be one of the best albums of the 90s, 1992’s Automatic For The People features R.E.M.’s iconic hit singles “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.”
Commemorating the album’s 25th Anniversary, this remastered Deluxe edition boxset features previously unreleased material, including 20 never-before-heard demos, and the previously unreleased tracks “Mike’s Pop Song” and “Devil Rides Backwards.” A Blu-ray disc offers the full album (with bonus track “Photograph” featuring Natalie Merchant) mixed in Dolby Atmos, plus a high-resolution master of the album, music videos, and the original 1992 EPK. Also included is Live At The 40 Watt Club 11/19/92 – a live set performed in R.E.M.’s hometown of Athens, GA.
Housed in a 12” x 12” box, the Deluxe edition features a 60-page book, offering photos by Anton Corbijn and Melodie McDaniel, plus expanded liner notes by Tom Doyle who conducted new interviews with all 4 band members.
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This seems to be happening a lot with the LP popularity surge. I continually find that QC is seriously lacking, especially concerning "First Time on Vinyl", "Remastered" and "pre-ordered" selections... in other words, "brand-new pressings." The good news here is that the pressing companies usually respond quickly after the fact, and by watching the reviews, you can tell when they make the needed changes. Just have to wait them out.
Maybe I just got a couple of really early bad pressings in this run. Hope so. Buyer beware.
(1) First and foremost, the music is fantastic and were the review basic solely on the music, it would deserve a 5 star. I followed REM through their first 5 LPs and have always been impressed with their music. I have known the songs from this LP that receive radio play. After listening to the recent REM interview on NPR, I decided to buy this LP. There is a musicality and maturity to this LP that goes well beyond the early LPs. Yes, it is REM's music, but their is something more. Having recently purchased the remastered Led Zeppelin LPs, I learned why. It is John Paul Jones's arrangements. He has done for REM on this LP what George Martin did for the Beatles.
(2) Second, Amazon should be acknowledged for their seamless return policy. This enabled me to get to an acceptable copy. Also, a 5 star.
(3) Last, this batch has manufacture defects and I recommend that Amazon return the entire batch and somehow inform REM that their music is being distributed in an inferior product. Every copy I received had a pattern of residue on the LP surface. While the residue cleans off with a VPI model 16.5, whatever created it contacted the LP surface an left damage to the grooves. One of the copies even came without the inner sleeve glued together! Watching modern record pressing machines on youtube, which also package the LPs into their inner sleeves, I can see how these manufacture defects came to be. The product and manufacture earns a 1 star or less.
Secondly, the live disk of the one gig they performed locally is very good. On that recording, they claimed feeling unprepared and, well, you would never know it as you listen - it is tight. Absolutely one of the all time best live bands. IMHO.
Not really feeling it as much as I'd hoped, but it's still a good album and does sound good.
I would not have purchase it outside of the advertised "Dolby Atmos" sound due to current tech (streaming).
I don't think I'd recommend it to anyone if they are purchasing it for dynamic / spherical / dimensional sound (like in a movie with good surround, including ceiling.) It does not move around the room spherically or even surround as much as I'd expect. I wanted to feel like I was in the studio or on stage. Sadly, I did not.