Out of Time (album)

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Out of Time

Cover to the standard release of Out of Time
Studio album by R.E.M.
Released March 12, 1991 (1991-03-12)
Recorded September–October 1990 (1990-10), Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York, United States; John Keane Studios, Athens, Georgia, United States (recording); Soundscape Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, United States (strings); Prince's Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota, United States (mixing)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 44:08
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Scott Litt and R.E.M.
R.E.M. chronology
Tourfilm
(1990)
Out of Time
(1991)
Pop Screen
(1991)
Singles from Out of Time
  1. "Losing My Religion"
    Released: February 19, 1991 (1991-02-19)
  2. "Shiny Happy People"
    Released: May 16, 1991 (1991-05-16)
  3. "Near Wild Heaven"
    Released: August 5, 1991 (1991-08-05)
  4. "Radio Song"
    Released: November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04)
Out of Time
Spanish limited edition LP cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau A [3]
Entertainment Weekly B− [4]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars [5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [6]
Losing My Religion audio sample

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Out of Time is the seventh album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on Warner Bros. Records in 1991. With Out of Time R.E.M.'s status grew from that of a cult band to a massive international act. The record topped the album sales charts in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom, spending 109 weeks on American album charts and enjoying two separate spells at the summit, and 183 weeks on the British charts, and spending a single week at the top. The album has sold over four and a half million copies in the US and over 18 million copies worldwide.[7][8] The album won three Grammy Awards in 1992: one as Best Alternative Music Album, and two for the first single, "Losing My Religion".

Details[edit]

Out of Time combines elements of pop, folk and classical music heard on their previous album Green, with a new concentration on country elements that would continue on 1992's Automatic for the People.

Preceded by the release of "Losing My Religion", which became R.E.M.'s biggest U.S. hit, Out of Time gave them their first U.S. and UK #1 album. The band did not tour to support the release.

In Germany, it is the band's best-selling album, selling more than 1,250,000 copies, reaching 5× gold.[9]

Out of Time was the first R.E.M. album to have an alternative expanded release on Compact Disc, including expanded liner notes and postcards. In Spain, a contest was held to have a limited edition cover with the winner being an abstract oil painting.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe

Side one - "Time side"
No. Title Length
1. "Radio Song" (feat. KRS-One) 4:12
2. "Losing My Religion"   4:26
3. "Low"   4:55
4. "Near Wild Heaven"   3:17
5. "Endgame"   3:48
Side two - "Memory side"
No. Title Length
6. "Shiny Happy People"   3:44
7. "Belong"   4:03
8. "Half a World Away"   3:26
9. "Texarkana"   3:36
10. "Country Feedback"   4:07
11. "Me in Honey"   4:06

Personnel[edit]

R.E.M.
Additional musicians
  • David Arenz – violin on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Ellie Arenz – violin on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Mark Bingham – string arrangements on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • David Braitberg – violin on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Andrew Cox – cello on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Reid Harris – viola on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Peter Holsapple – bass guitar on "Radio Song" and "Low"; acoustic guitar on "Losing My Religion", "Shiny Happy People", and "Texarkana"; electric guitar on "Belong"
  • Ralph Jones – double bass on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Kidd Jordan – baritone saxophone on "Radio Song" and "Near Wild Heaven", tenor saxophone on "Radio Song" and "Endgame", alto saxophone on "Radio Song", bass clarinet on "Low" and "Endgame"
  • John Keane – pedal steel guitar on "Texarkana" and "Country Feedback"
  • Dave Kempers – violin on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • KRS-One – rapping on "Radio Song"
  • Scott Litt – echo-loop feed on "Radio Song"
  • Elizabeth Murphy – cello on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Paul Murphy – lead viola on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Kate Pierson – vocals on "Near Wild Heaven", and duet on "Shiny Happy People", "Me in Honey"
  • Jay Weigel – orchestral liaison on "Radio Song", "Low", "Near Wild Heaven", "Endgame", "Shiny Happy People", "Half a World Away", and "Texarkana"
  • Cecil Welch – flugelhorn on "Endgame"
Production

Release history[edit]

In 2005, Warner Bros. Records issued an expanded two-disc edition of Out of Time which includes a CD, a DVD-Audio disc containing a 5.1-channel surround sound mix of the album done by Elliot Scheiner, lyrics, a photo album, and the original CD booklet with expanded liner notes. In 2011 Warner Bros. released a 96 kHz, 24-bit and 192 kHz, 24 bit release of the album at HDtracks.

Out of Time
Region Date Label Format Catalog
Germany March 8, 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc 7599-26496-2
United Kingdom March 11, 1991 Warner Bros. LP 7599-26496-1
Compact Disc 7599-26496-2
United States March 12, 1991 Warner Bros. LP 1-26496
Compact Disc 2-26527
Cassette 4-26496
Canada March 12, 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc CD 26496
France March 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc WE 833
Germany March 1991 Warner Bros. Digital Compact Cassette 7599-26496-5
Argentina 1991 Warner Bros. Cassette 4-26496
Bolivia 1991 Warner Bros. LP WEA WL-1152
Brazil 1991 Warner Bros. LP 6709323
Germany 1991 Warner Bros. LP 7599-26496-1†
Israel 1991 Hed Arzi Compact Disc 9 26496-2
Japan 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc WPCP 4195
Mexico 1991 Warner Bros. LP LPNB-7069
Russia 1991 Warner Bros. LP 1092MD/RGM 7028-1A/2
South Africa 1991 Warner Bros./Tusk Compact Disc WBCD 1701
South Korea 1991 Warner Bros. LP 7599-26496-1
Zimbabwe 1991 Tusk LP WBC 1701
Australia 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc 7599264962
United States 2005 Warner Bros. Compact Disc/DVD-Audio DualDisc 73951
Internet 2011 Warner Bros. LPCM FLAC 96K/24bit, LPCM FLAC 192K/24bit

† Edition packaged with a bonus 7" single—"World Leader Pretend"/"Turn You Inside Out" from Tourfilm

Box sets
Region Date Label Format Catalog Notes
Australia 1995 Warner Bros. Compact Disc box set 9362460742 Packaged with Green

Awards[edit]

Year Award Album/Track Result
1992 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Losing My Religion" [10] Won
1992 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance Out of Time [10] Won
1992 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form "Losing My Religion" [10] Won
1992 Grammy Award for Record of the Year "Losing My Religion" [10] Nominated
1992 Grammy Award for Song of the Year "Losing My Religion" [10] Nominated
1992 Grammy Award for Album of the Year Out of Time [10] Nominated

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[33] Platinum 50,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[34] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[35] 7× Platinum 700,000^
France (SNEP)[36] 2× Platinum 825,300[37]
Germany (BVMI)[38] 5× Gold 1,250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[39] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[40] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[41] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Out of Time (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Robert Christgau: CG: R.E.M
  4. ^ David Browne (March 22, 1991). "Out of Time Review". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ Richard Cromelin (March 10, 1991). "R.E.M. Recovers as Boy George Goes Dancing". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Out Of Time | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone
  7. ^ "R.E.M. Remembrances: 31 Chart Milestones of Their 31-Year Career". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  8. ^ David Ciminelli (2011-02-09). "R.E.M. Calls 'Collapse Into Now' Their Best Album in 20 Years". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Out of Time')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "allmusic (((Out of Time > Charts & Awards > GRAMMY Awards)))". Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  11. ^ "australian-charts.com R.E.M. – Out of Time" (ASP). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "austriancharts.at R.E.M. – Out of Time" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 29, 2012
  14. ^ "dutchcharts.nl R.E.M. – Out of Time" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved April 29, 2012. Note: user must select 'REM' from drop-down
  16. ^ "Album Search: R.E.M. – Out of Time" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1985" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  18. ^ R.E.M.-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of Out of Time by R.E.M.". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "charts.org.nz R.E.M. – Out of Time" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  20. ^ "norwegiancharts.com R.E.M. – Out of Time" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  21. ^ "swedishcharts.com R.E.M. – Out of Time" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  22. ^ "R.E.M. – Out of Time – hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Chart Stats – R.E.M. – Out of Time" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  24. ^ "allmusic ((( Out of Time > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  25. ^ ARIA Charts "End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Albums 1991". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Austriancharts.at - Jahreshitparade 1991". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  27. ^ "RPM 100 Albums (CDs & Cassettes) of 1991". RPM. 1991-12-21. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1991 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Hitparade.ch - Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1991". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  30. ^ a b "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Billboard.BIZ - Year-end Charts - Billboard 200 - 1991". billboard.biz. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Billboard.BIZ - Year-end Charts - Billboard 200 - 1992". billboard.biz. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Austrian album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter R.E.M. in the field Interpret. Enter Out of Time in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  34. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  35. ^ "Canadian album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time". Music Canada. 
  36. ^ "French album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select R.E.M. and click OK
  37. ^ "Les Albums Double Platine". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  38. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (R.E.M.; 'Out of Time')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  39. ^ "Dutch album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  40. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados > 2000–2003". Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  41. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  42. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (R.E.M.; 'Out of Time')". Hung Medien. 
  43. ^ "British album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Out of Time in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  44. ^ "American album certifications – R.E.M. – Out of Time". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

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Billboard 200 number-one album
May 18–24, 1991
June 1–7, 1991
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