R.E.M. – Shiny Happy People

R.E.M. fans are certainly happy campers today

Just yesterday, former R.E.M. bassist, Mike Mills was telling Billboard that the band wasn’t quite ready to dump out “the vaults” of unreleased material, so instead they’ve repackaged a bunch of stuff that was already technically available.

After the recent release of their full MTV Unplugged sets and the issuing of a digital collection of B-sides from their I.R.S. years, R.E.M. have now shared, as Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, a surprise compilation of 131 rarities from their time on Warner Bros. records.

The band has also remastered and re-released their whole digital archive to iTunes, including the previously hard to come by Chronic Town EP. If you’ve got a few spare gigabytes on your iPod, it’s a good day to be an R.E.M. fan…

What’s on your mind tonite…?