Former college rock greats turned global mega-band R.E.M. will release their two MTV Unplugged sessions on Record Store Day, making the recordings available for the first time.
The band, who split up in 2011 after thirty years together, were the only act ever to be invited to headline MTV: Unplugged twice and the two acoustic sets will be released as a limited edition four album-set entitled Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions on April 19 and will include recordings not included in the original broadcasts.
Guitarist Peter Buck worked in Wuxtry Records in Athens before joining R.E.M. and the band were always advocates for independent record shops. On Record Store Day, bassist Mike Mills will be signing copies of the limited-edition, four-LP set at Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, Maine.
The full tracklisting is: 1991 Unplugged: Half A World Away, Disturbance at the Heron House, Radio Song, Low, Perfect Circle, Fall on Me, Belong, Love Is All Around, Its The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), Losing My Religion, Pop Song 89, Endgame, Fretless, Swan Swan H, Rotary 11, Get Up, World Leader Pretend.
2001 Unplugged: All The Way To Reno (You’re Gonna Be a Star)Electrolite, At My Most Beautiful, Daysleeper, So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry), Losing My Religion, Country Feedback, Cuyahoga, Imitation of Life, Find the River, The One I Love, Disappear, Beat a Drum, I’ve Been High, I’ll Take the Rain, Sad Professor.