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Beatles Cover Among R.E.M.’s Gifts to Fan Club

R.E.M. offer three rarities for fan club members

To tide over fans eagerly awaiting their upcoming album, due next spring, R.E.M. dispatched their annual Christmas gift to members of their fan club last week.

The Athens-based band has turned back the hands of time — after sending out a video in 1998 and a CD last year — and has gifted their faithful with a seven-inch single. In nod to Elvis and the Beatles, the band pressed the single on blue vinyl, and included a cover of the Fab Four’s “Christmas Time (Is Here Again).” The platter also features two instrumentals recorded last May in Vancouver, British Columbia during the sessions for their yet-to-be titled album. The first track, “Hasting and Main” is a 1:22 jazz-imbued piano and bass instrumental, followed by a more poppy and longer “Take Seven,” a snippet that they played at soundcheck during their Atlanta shows on Aug. 28 and 29.

In addition to the music in their annual Christmas stocking, fans also received a calendar and R.E.M. sticker.

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