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R.E.M. Hopes to Release Rare Fan Club Singles for Charity

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Records (via ABC News Radio)

R.E.M. may not be making any new music, but you may soon be able to get your hands on a number of singles the group released to members of their fan club between 1988-2011.  Former guitarist Peter Buck says he has a plan for the rare tracks, which were originally dished out on seven-inch vinyl at Christmas time.

"Every year, R.E.M. put out a record…it was all material that had never been released anywhere else," he tells BBC News .  "There were like 24 of them, which makes about 50 songs.  We'll put them in a big box set for charity one day."

The singles boast duets with Radiohead and Neil Young , and feature a number of covers, including Television 's "See No Evil" and "Ghost Reindeers in the Sky," a holiday-themed spoof of the country track "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" by Stan Jones .

While the band has yet to reveal a release date for the compilation, you can purchase vinyl copies of the singles on memorabilia website Eil.com .

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