Out of Time (album)


Out of Time (album)
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
Language English
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)
Special edition Compact Disc release of Out of Time, with cardboard case, vellum sleeve, artwork, and disc
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]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [5]

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 been certified four times platinum in the US and has sold as many as 17 million copies worldwide. The album won three Grammy Awards in 1992: one as Best Alternative Music Album, and two for the first single, "Losing My Religion".

Contents

Details

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.[6]

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

All songs written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike 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

On the vinyl and cassette tape releases, R.E.M. labeled side one (tracks 1–5) as the "Time side" and side two (tracks 6–11) as the "Memory side".

Personnel

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 "Country Feedback", 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
  • Bill Berry – production
  • Peter Buck – production
  • Dave Friedlander – engineering
  • Tom Garneau – engineering
  • John Keane – engineering
  • Ben Katchor – illustrations
  • Scott Litt – production, engineering
  • Ted Malia – engineering
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering, at Precision Mastering, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Mike Mills – production
  • Frank Ockenfels – photography
  • Mike Reiter – engineering
  • Ed Rogers – illustrations
  • Karina Santos – photography
  • Doug Starn – photography
  • Mike Starn – photography
  • Michael Stipe – production, packaging, and photography
  • Tom Recchion – packaging

Release history

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 96khz, 24-bit and 192 kHz, 24 bit release of the album at HDTracks.com

Out of Time
Region Date Label Format Catalog
Germany 01991-03-08 March 8, 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc 7599-26496-2
United Kingdom 01991-03-11 March 11, 1991 Warner Bros. LP 7599-26496-1
Compact Disc 7599-26496-2
United States 01991-03-11 March 11, 1991 Warner Bros. LP 1-26496
Compact Disc 2-26527
Cassette 4-26496
Canada 01991-03 March 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc CD 26496
France 01991-03 March 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc WE 833
Germany 01991-03 March 1991 Warner Bros. Digital Compact Cassette 7599-26496-5
Argentina 01991 1991 Warner Bros. Cassette 4-26496
Bolivia 01991 1991 Warner Bros. LP WEA WL-1152
Brazil 01991 1991 Warner Bros. LP 6709323
Germany 01991 1991 Warner Bros. LP 7599-26496-1†
Israel 01991 1991 Hed Arzi Compact Disc 9 26496-2
Japan 01991 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc WPCP 4195
Mexico 01991 1991 Warner Bros. LP LPNB-7069
Russia 01991 1991 Warner Bros. LP 1092MD/RGM 7028-1A/2
South Africa 01991 1991 Warner Bros./Tusk Compact Disc WBCD 1701
South Korea 01991 1991 Warner Bros. LP 7599-26496-1
Zimbabwe 01991 1991 Tusk LP WBC 1701
Australia 01991 1991 Warner Bros. Compact Disc 7599264962
United States 02005 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 01995 1995 Warner Bros. Compact Disc box set 9362460742 Packaged with Green

Chart performance

Album
Year Chart Position
1991 Billboard 200 1 [7]
1991 UK Albums Chart 1 [8]
Singles
Year Song Chart Position
1991 "Losing My Religion" Billboard Hot 100 4 [9]
1991 "Losing My Religion" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1 [9]
1991 "Losing My Religion" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1 [9]
1991 "Losing My Religion" Billboard Adult Contemporary 28 [9]
1991 "Shiny Happy People" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 3 [9]
1991 "Shiny Happy People" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 8 [9]
1991 "Shiny Happy People" Billboard Hot 100 10 [9]
1991 "Texarkana" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4 [9]
1992 "Texarkana" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 7 [9]
1992 "Radio Song" UK Singles Chart 28 [8]
1991 "Losing My Religion" French Singles Chart 3 [10]
1991 "Shiny Happy People" French Singles Chart 10 [10]

Awards

Year Award Album/Track Result
1992 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal "Losing My Religion" [11] Won
1992 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance Out of Time [11] Won
1992 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form "Losing My Religion" [11] Won
1992 Grammy Award for Record of the Year "Losing My Religion" [11] Nominated
1992 Grammy Award for Song of the Year "Losing My Religion" [11] Nominated
1992 Grammy Award for Album of the Year Out of Time [11] Nominated

Sales certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA – United States Gold May 24, 1991 (1991-05-24) [12]
RIAA – U.S. Platinum May 24, 1991 (1991-05-24) [12]
BPI – United Kingdom Silver June 1, 1991 (1991-06-01) [13]
BPI – UK Gold June 1, 1991 (1991-06-01) [13]
BPI – UK Platinum June 1, 1991 (1991-06-01) [13]
RIAA – U.S. 2× Platinum June 19, 1991 (1991-06-19) [12]
BPI – UK 2× Platinum September 1, 1991 (1991-09-01) [13]
CRIA – Canada Gold October 4, 1991 (1991-10-04) [14]
CRIA – Canada Platinum October 4, 1991 (1991-10-04) [14]
CRIA – Canada 2× Platinum October 4, 1991 (1991-10-04) [14]
CRIA – Canada 3× Platinum October 4, 1991 (1991-10-04) [14]
RIAA – U.S. 3× Platinum October 11, 1991 (1991-10-11) [12]
BPI – UK 3× Platinum March 1, 1992 (1992-03-01) [13]
RIAA – U.S. 4× Platinum June 5, 1992 (1992-06-05) [12]
BPI – UK 4× Platinum June 1, 1993 (1993-06-01) [13]
CRIA – Canada 4× Platinum September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16) [14]
CRIA – Canada 5× Platinum September 16, 1994 (1994-09-16) [14]
BPI – UK 5× Platinum October 1, 1995 (1995-10-01) [13]
CRIA – Canada 7× Platinum September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)[15]
IFPI – Germany 5× Gold January 1, 2006 (2006-01-01)[6]

See also

  • List of best-selling albums in Germany

Notes

External links

Preceded by
Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey
Time, Love & Tenderness by Michael Bolton
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 18–24, 1991
June 1–7, 1991
Succeeded by
Time, Love & Tenderness by Michael Bolton
Spellbound by Paula Abdul
Preceded by
Spartacus by The Farm
UK number one album
March 23–29, 1991
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Eurythmics

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