R.E.M. are to release a new boxed collection of vinyl seven-inch singles on 8 December by UMC/Capitol. The singles were between 1983 and 1988 with I.R.S. Records and will feature replicated original picture sleeve art.
The band featured on a magazine cover during their rise to fame in December 1987, it was Rolling Stone’s year-end issue with R.E.M. on its cover as “America’s Best Rock & Roll Band.” Towards the end of R.E.M.’s run with I.R.S. Records, the band’s success had paved the way for a new generation of alt-rock.
“7IN – 83-88” is out on 8 December 2014.