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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".

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Details[edit]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.

The album was featured in Time magazine's unranked list of The All-Time 100 Albums.[10]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written by Bill BerryPeter BuckMike Mills and Michael Stipe.

Side one – "Time side"
  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"
  1. "Shiny Happy People" – 3:44
  2. "Belong" – 4:03
  3. "Half a World Away" – 3:26
  4. "Texarkana" – 3:36
  5. "Country Feedback" – 4:07
  6. "Me in Honey" – 4:06
  • LP and Cassette releases list Side 1 (tracks 1-5) as Time Side and Side 2 (tracks 6-11) as Memory Side

Personnel[edit]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
  • Dave Friedlander – engineering
  • Tom Garneau – engineering
  • Ben Katchor – illustrations
  • John Keane – engineering
  • Scott Litt – production, engineering
  • Ted Malia – engineering
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering, at Precision Mastering, Los AngelesCaliforniaUnited States
  • Frank Ockenfels – photography
  • Tom Recchion – packaging
  • Mike Reiter – engineering
  • Ed Rogers – illustrations
  • Karina Santo – photography
  • Doug Starn – photography
  • Mike Starn – photography

Release history[edit]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-AudioDualDisc 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]Edit

Year Award Album/Track Result
1991 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Losing My Religion[11] Won
1991 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance Out of Time[11] Won
1991 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form "Losing My Religion" [11] Won
1991 Grammy Award for Record of the Year "Losing My Religion" [11] Nominated
1991 Grammy Award for Song of the Year "Losing My Religion" [11] Nominated
1991 Grammy Award for Album of the Year Out of Time[11] Nominated

Charts[edit]Edit

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart Peak

position

Australian ARIA Albums Chart[12] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 1
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[14] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 1
French SNEP Albums Chart[16] 1
German Media Control Albums Chart[17] 2
Italian Albums Chart[18] 1
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[19] 71
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 3
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[21] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[22] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[23] 3
UK Albums Chart[24] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[25] 1

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1991) Position
Australian Albums Chart[26] 12
Austrian Albums Chart[27] 3
Canadian Albums Chart[28] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[29] 2
French Albums Chart[30] 14
Italian Albums Chart[18] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[31] 3
UK Albums Chart[32] 6
U.S. Billboard 200[33] 11
Chart (1992) Position
UK Albums Chart[32] 40
U.S. Billboard 200[34] 50

Certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[35] Platinum 50,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[36] Gold 100,000
Canada (Music Canada)[37] 7× Platinum 700,000^
France (SNEP)[38] 2× Platinum 825,300[39]
Germany (BVMI)[40] 5× Gold 1,250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[41] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[42] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[43] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] 2× Platinum 100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

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