R.E.M. to Reissue ‘Monster’ for 25th Anniversary: Listen to New Remix of ‘What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?’


Craft Recordings announced Wednesday (Sept. 4) that R.E.M.’s ninth album, Monster, will receive a special 25th-anniversary reissue Nov. 1.

The physical deluxe box set, which comes in CD or LP format, includes the original 1994 album, a special 2019 remix of the album by Monster producer Scott Litt, unreleased demos and a complete live performance from June 3, 1995, during the Chicago stop of the Monster Tour. It also includes a Blu-ray of the 90-minute film Road Movie, which documents the group’s 1995 Monster Tour, and all six music videos from the album.

Additionally, the physical set will feature liner notes by journalist Matthew Perpetua and archival photos. The deluxe digital package includes remastered, remixed and live versions of the album across all streaming and download platforms. An advance single release of “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Remix)” came out Wednesday.

The album spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 1994, and Litt has been waiting ever since to mix it again. “I had told the band through the years that if there was ever a chance to take another shot at mixing the album, I wanted to do it,” he said in the official release of the anniversary reissue. Perpetua says Litt’s work embodies “entirely different vocal takes and instrumental parts that were either buried or excised from the original album mix.”

Fans can pre-order the deluxe box set here and view special bundles in the R.E.M. store.