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I Want My REMTV: R.E.M. and MTV Release Special 6-Disc Set This November

I Want My REMTV: R.E.M. and MTV Release Special 6-Disc Set This November

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R.E.M. and MTV came of age together. From the start, their fates were intertwined, with the band releasing its first single in July 1981, just weeks before the network premiered its first music video. From that point on, MTV documented everything about R.E.M, their music, their stories, and ultimately, their decision to disband in 2011.

This entire story, beginning to end, is chronicled in REMTV, a new six-DVD set that includes live performances, award show highlights, and television appearances, as well as a new documentary about their shared history. REMTV will be available on November 24 at retail outlets for a suggested list price of $99.98.

“It occurred to us that there’s all this footage of some of the band’s absolute career highlights sitting in some MTV vaults in London and New York– and thanks to a lot of effort and digging and arranging, this is our chance to share that music with various generations of R.E.M. fans in a pretty unique release,” said longtime manager Bertis Downs. “And Alexander Young’s documentary is a fine way to tell the story of R.E.M. through its various twists and turns, as captured in real time by MTV’s cameras– it has some great funny bits too!”

The first disc combines both of the group’s performances on MTV Unplugged (1991 and 2001) and features the outtakes that debuted earlier this year on the audio release Unplugged: The Complete 1991 And 2001 Sessions, including songs like “Get Up,” “The One I Love” and “World Leader Pretend.”

“This is the first DVD project to unite material from all across Viacom’s networks,” said Bill Flanagan, EVP of the Viacom Music Group. “Not only are we drawing from the vaults of MTV – domestic and international – but from VH1, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon.  I don’t think anyone realized just how much terrific R.E.M. footage we were sitting on. To gather the best of it in one collection is pretty overwhelming. R.E.M. started great, stayed great and ended great – here’s the evidence.”

The band’s 1998 appearance on VH1’s Storytellers opens the second disc, and has been expanded with unaired performances of several songs, including “New Test Leper” and “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville.” Also featured are performances taken from various MTV award shows through the years, as well as the band’s 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Longtime fans will certainly delight in two vintage performances included here. First is a 1983 performance of “So. Central Rain” and “Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)” from Livewire. The next clip features five songs the band played in 1984 on The Cutting Edge, including “Driver 8” and a cover of Brownsville Station’s “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.”

The next three discs present a trove of rare live performances recorded between 1995 and 2008 in countries around the world. Of the 99 songs that are spread across these three discs, nearly half are unique song titles, offering a deep exploration of the band’s live legacy. Especially noteworthy are two massive free concerts filmed for broadcast: Live In Cologne (5/12/01) and R.E.M. Live In Athens, Greece (10/5/08). More than a dozen songs from those shows did not air during the original broadcasts. Both concerts appear here in their entirety for the first time.

Undoubtedly, the heart of this superb collection is the new feature-length documentary, R.E.M. By MTV, included on the final disc. Drawing exclusively on archival events, the film traces R.E.M. and MTV in real time, which makes it feel as exciting and immediate as it did when it was happening. “All the energy and momentum of both the band and the network come roaring through,” writes Anthony DeCurtis in the set’s liner notes.

R.E.M. By MTV will also premiere simultaneously on VH1 Classic and Palladia later in November, marking its first television run in the United States. Additional information about air dates will be announced.

REMTV DVD Listing

Disc One
Unplugged 1991
Outtakes 1991
Unplugged 2001
Outtakes 2001

Disc Two
VH1 Storytellers
Storytellers Outtakes
The Cutting Edge
Livewire
MTV 10th Anniversary Special
Video Music Awards 1993
Video Music Awards 1995
European Music Awards 1998
European Music Awards 2001
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2007
The Colbert Report 2008

Disc Three
R.E.M. In Dallas
R.E.M. Uplink At Bowery Ballroom
Live In Cologne
Live In Cologne Outtakes

Disc Four
R.E.M. At The Tabernacle, London
MTV Sonic Milan
Rock AM Ring
Rock AM Ring Outtakes

Disc Five
Live At Rolling Stone, Milan
Live At Oxegen Festival
R.E.M. Live In Athens, Greece

Disc Six
R.E.M. By MTV
Deleted Scenes

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R.E.M. UNPLUGGED: Both 1991 and 2001 Sessions To Receive Vinyl Release

R.E.M. UNPLUGGED: Both 1991 and 2001 Sessions To Receive Vinyl Release

R.E.M. delivered two knockout performances on MTV’s acclaimed “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. Earlier this year, audio from both shows was released for the first time as a limited four-LP vinyl set that sold out instantly on Record Store Day 2014. Vinyl enthusiasts that missed out on the four-LP set can rejoice as the 1991 and 2001 will both be available individually as 2-LP sets on September 2 for a suggested price of $39.98 each.

The “Unplugged” performances are sonic snapshots that capture the legendary Athens, Georgia band at important points on its journey from alternative-music trailblazers to international stars that have sold more than 85 million records.

R.E.M. Unplugged

R.E.M. Unplugged

Drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and singer Michael Stipe recorded their first “Unplugged” session in 1991, while riding a growing wave of success that began in 1987 with the commercial breakthrough of Document. Much of the performance spotlights songs from R.E.M.’s then-current album Out of Time, which sold nearly ten million copies and was the band’s first #1 album in the U.S. From the album, the band performed “Radio Song,” “Low” and its biggest American hit, “Losing My Religion.”

R.E.M. made an extremely rare second appearance on “Unplugged” in 2001, but this time without original drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997. For the show, the band focused mainly on its 12th studio album Reveal – which came out that year – with performances of the singles “Imitation of Life” and “All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be A Star).” The song selection draws from eight different albums with “So. Central Rain” from 1984’s Reckoning, “Cuyahoga” from 1986’s Lifes Rich Pageant and “Find The River,” the elegiac album closer from the 1992 classic Automatic For The People.

These two-LP sets serve to foreshadow another monumental release from R.E.M. coming later in the year that will dig further into the vaults of MTV. Look for more information to be announced soon.

Unplugged was created by Robert Small and Jim Burns.

1991 Unplugged was produced by Alex Coletti and directed by Milton Lage.

2001 Unplugged was produced and directed by Alex Coletti.

For more information please visit:

www.remhq.com

www.facebook.com/REMhq

 

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 Of 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 One

1.”All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)”

2.”Electrolite”

3.”At My Most Beautiful”

4.”Daysleeper”

Side Two 

1.”So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)”

2.”Losing My Religion”

3.”Country Feedback”

4.”Cuyahoga”

Side Three

1.”Imitation of Life”

2.”Find the River”

3.”The One I Love”*

4.”Disappear”*

Side Four

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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Ed Kowalczyk Begins “I Alone Acoustic Tour” In Support of ‘The Flood and the Mercy’

Ed Kowalczyk Begins “I Alone Acoustic Tour” In Support of ‘The Flood and the Mercy’

'The Flood and the Mercy'

‘The Flood and the Mercy’

On October 29th, Ed Kowalczyk will be releasing his second solo album The Flood and the Mercy via Soul Whisper/Harbour/Caroline Records.

With the help of producer Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M., Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and mix engineer Tom Lord Alge (Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Santana), The Flood and the Mercy became a progression toward the music Kowlczyck has been striving to write. “I definitely feel as if I’ve moved forward in a major way in terms of my songwriting and singing on this record,” he says.
Accompanying him on this album are influential friends, singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. “I’m really blessed to have Peter and Rachael on this album. It definitely feels serendipitous to have this caliber of guest musicians at this pivotal moment for me as a relatively new solo artist,” he explains. “‘Holy Water Tears’ with Rachael singing on it is such a special moment for me in my career. It doesn’t feel like a ‘duet’ to me.  There is more of a union of voices and personas than a typical duet.”
Huffington Post premiered his new video for the single “Seven”. You can view the video HERE
Emerging from York, PA in the early 90s with celebrated, multiplatinum band LIVE, Kowalczyk helped define alternative rock into what it is today. With breakthrough albums Mental Jewelry and Throwing Copper that sprouted such staples of modern rock radio as “I Alone”, “Selling the Drama” and “Lightning Crashes”, he continued on with an equally important solo career with his debut Alive that reaffirmed his rightful place in the indie rock landscape.  Now armed with his strongest, most confident album to date, he’s ready to take control again.
Ed is kicking off this next chapter of his life with The I Alone Acoustic Tour, revisiting his full oeuvre… acoustically. “This tour is my new passion for sure,” he says.  “I love blowing people’s minds with the intensity of the emotion and the intimacy the show inspires.  My fans were ready for it.  It’s selling out all over the world and it’s a testament to their ongoing and powerful devotion to my music, in whatever form it takes.”
The tour begins on 10/24.

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R.E.M. Give ‘Collapse Into Now’ A Release Date, Offer Free Download

R.E.M. Give ‘Collapse Into Now’ A Release Date, Offer Free Download

R.E.M.’s new album, Collapse Into Now, has a release date. The album, the alt-rock legends’ 15thstudio effort, will hit stores and online retailers on March 7. And, to whet fans’ appetites, the band are offering a free download of the song “Discoverer.” By entering an e-mail address at www.REMhq.com, listeners can get a taste of the new record.

Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Co. recorded the album in Berlin, New Orleans and Nashville with producer Jacknife Lee. Special guests on the release include Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye and Peaches.

Collapse Into Now track list:

  1. “Discoverer”
  2. “All the Best”
  3. “Uberlin”
  4. “Oh My Heart”
  5. “It Happened Today” (featuring Eddie Vedder)
  6. “Every Day Is Yours to Win”
  7. “Mine Smell Like Honey”
  8. “Walk it Back”
  9. “Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter” (featuring Peaches and Lenny Kaye)
  10. “That Someone is You”
  11. “Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I”
  12. “Blue” (featuring Patti Smith)

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