What’s better than R.E.M.’s 1985 album, Fables of the Reconstruction? The 25th anniversary, super-duper deluxe reissue of R.E.M.’s 1985 album, Fables of the Reconstruction! Due July 13 via Capitol/I.R.S., the remastered album has been expanded with 14 previously unreleased demos and liner notes by Peter Buck (always loved his name). It’s available either digitally, on two CDs, or on 180g vinyl.
Writes Buck: “It’s a personal favorite, and I’m really proud of how strange it is. Nobody but R.E.M. could have made that record. It took our four twisted personalities and the legendary Joe Boyd to make an album that character-filled and vibey.”
As for the song “Wendell Gee”? Buck hated it. (Seriously.)