The Automatic Box

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The Automatic Box
Box set by R.E.M.
Released December 1993 (1993-12)
Recorded 1990–1993
Genre Alternative rock
Length 63:51
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Scott Litt and R.E.M.
R.E.M. chronology
Automatic for the People
(1992)
The Automatic Box
(1993)
Monster
(1994)
R.E.M. compilations chronology
The Best of R.E.M.
(1991)
The Automatic Box
(1993)
R.E.M.: Singles Collected
(1994)

The Automatic Box is a four-disc box set by R.E.M., released in Germany in December 1993. It was primarily a collection of B-sides from Automatic for the People, though disc four contains B-sides from Green-era singles (then collected on the 7" vinyl box set Singleactiongreen). "It's a Free World Baby," "Fretless," "Mandolin Strum," and "Organ Song" were outtakes recorded during Out of Time recording sessions. This is part of a Warner Bros. Records series, also with the Red Hot Chili Peppers Live Rare Remix Box.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe except as indicated.

Disc 1 – Vocal tracks
  1. "It's a Free World Baby" – 5:11
  2. "Fretless" – 4:49
  3. "Chance (Dub)" – 2:32
  4. "Star Me Kitten" (Demo) – 3:04
Disc 2 – Instrumentals
  1. "Winged Mammal Theme" – 2:55
  2. "Organ Song" – 3:28
  3. "Mandolin Strum" – 3:45
  4. "Fruity Organ" – 3:26
  5. "New Orleans Instrumental No. 2" – 3:48
Disc 3 – Covers
  1. "Arms of Love" (Robyn Hitchcock) – 3:35
  2. "Dark Globe" (Syd Barrett) – 1:51
  3. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (The Tokens) – 2:41
  4. "First We Take Manhattan" (Leonard Cohen) – 6:06
Disc 4 – B-sides from Singleactiongreen
  1. "Ghost Rider" (Suicide cover) – 3:44
  2. "Funtime" (Iggy Pop cover) – 2:14
  3. "Memphis Train Blues" – 1:38
  4. "Pop Song 89" (Acoustic) – 3:03
  5. "Everybody Hurts" (Live at the 1993 MTV Awards) – 4:56