R.E.M. may be gone, but new greatest hits release won’t soon be forgotten 

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They may be gone, but they certainly won’t be forgotten very soon.

Ergo, no sooner did those Athens, Ga., trailblazers R.E.M. announce that they were calling it quits than they were putting out this new-release announcement: On Nov. 15, through their most recent imprint Warner Brothers, they’ll be issuing a 40-track retrospective, “R.E.M., Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982–2011.”

And with this last official release, they’ll be forging more creative inroads — the cover will be an actual animated GIF.

And this truly is a greatest-hits collection, as it dates all the way back to the band’s crucial I.R.S. recordings, and definitive early work like “Gardening At Night” and “Radio Free Europe.”

Naturally, it leads all the way up R.E.M.’s pugnacious recent comebacks, the Jacknife Lee-produced “Accelerate” and  “Collapse Into Now.”

Lee also oversaw three bonus tracks, cut this summer in Athens: “Hallelujah,” “A Month Of Saturdays” and new single “We All Go Back To Where We Belong.”

For more, visit www.remhq.com.

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