R.E.M. announce 25th anniversary reissue of ‘Up’

September 21, 2023

R.E.M. is releasing a 25th anniversary reissue of their 11th studio album ‘Up’! And yes, you should expect extras! 


Housed in a 32-page hardcover book, the collection has liner notes from journalist and Talkhouse Executive Editor Josh Modell, and new interviews with members of R.E.M.!

‘Up’ was originally released in 1998 and was co-produced by R.E.M. alongside Pat McCarthy (U2, Counting Crows), with assistance from Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), the album features the singles ‘Daysleeper’, ‘Lotus’, ‘At My Most Beautiful’ and ‘Suspicion’.

The ‘Up’ reissue will be released on November 10 via Craft Recordings. You can pre-order here.

The deluxe 2CD/1 Blu-ray edition of ‘Up’ includes the band’s previously unreleased set from their guest appearance on Party Of Five in 1999.

The accompanying Blu-ray has HD music videos from the 1998 album (‘Daysleeper’ ‘Lotus’, ‘At My Most Beautiful’), a six-song performance from the era titled Uptake, the record’s original EPK, plus hi-resolution and 5.1 surround sound audio!

Right? Fans are currently salivating.

Meanwhile, if you pick up the 14-track, 2LP album, it comes as a 180-gram vinyl. A limited-edition pressing on Green Marble vinyl is also available at R.E.M.’s official store.

R.E.M. announced their break-up in 2011. Singer Michael Stipe has said the band will “never reunite”, saying, “We decided when we split up that [a reunion] would just be really tacky and probably money-grabbing, which might be the impetus for a lot of bands to get back together. We don’t really need that, and I’m really happy that we just have the legacy of the 32 years of work that we have.”

Is ‘Up’ R.E.M.’s best album? If not, which one is?


Written by Todd Hancock