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R.E.M.'s Two Unplugged Performances to Be Released on 4-LP Vinyl Set on Record Store Day

Image courtesy of Rhino Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Rhino Records (via ABC News Radio)

R.E.M.  made two very memorable appearances on MTV's  Unplugged , in 1991 and 2001. Weirdly, those two performances have never been available on official releases -- until this year's Record Store Day, that is.

Next month, R.E.M. will release both shows -- called  Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions  -- as a limited edition four-LP vinyl set. Besides the complete aired  Unplugged  performances, the set will contain 11 songs that didn't make it to the televised show.

On the day of vinyl release, bassist  Mike Mills  will sign copies at the Bull Moose record store in Scarborough, ME.

R.E.M. Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions  will also be released on CD and in digital format, on May 20.

Each Record Store Day, a wide variety of artists release limited-edition album reissues, new singles and rare and unreleased materials -- all on vinyl -- to support independent record stores. 

National Record Store Day falls on April 19 this year.

Here is a track listing for the vinyl set:

Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
1991 Unplugged 
Side One
"Half a World Away"
"Disturbance at the Heron House"
"Radio Song"
Side Two
"Perfect Circle"
"Fall on Me"
"Love Is All Around"
Side Three
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)"
"Losing My Religion"
"Pop Song 89"
Side Four
"Swan Swan H"*
"Rotary 11"*
"Get Up"*
"World Leader Pretend"*

2001 Unplugged 
Side Five
"All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
"At My Most Beautiful"
Side Six
"So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"
"Losing My Religion"
"Country Feedback"

Side Seven
"Imitation of Life"
"Find the River"
"The One I Love"*
Side Eight
"Beat a Drum"*
"I've Been High"*
"I'll Take the Rain"*
"Sad Professor"*
* Not included in original television broadcast

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