American rock band R.E.M. is set to re-release its 1985 album Fables of The Reconstruction, announced the band's website on May 18. Out July 13, the expanded 25th anniversary edition will include additional demo recordings and a never-released track.
Recorded during the winter of 1985 in London, Fables marked the beginning of a more narrative, lyrical style in the Atlanta-based band's songwriting, with its songs recounting vivid tales of the American South. The album reached #28 on the US album chart and #35 in the UK, coming just before the band's major international success with 1987 album Document.
"The Athens Demos," comprising the new edition's second disc, including drafts of
Fables' 11 songs, two early versions of songs that were later recorded for other releases, and one song, "Throw Those Trolls Away," which will be released for the first time on the new edition.
The album will be issued on double-CD, on 180-gram vinyl LP, and as a digital download.