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Watch R.E.M.'s Never-Before-Seen 'Unplugged' Performance Of 'I've Been High'

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R.E.M. performs on "Unplugged." | Scott Gries via Getty Images

In honor of Record Store Day, R.E.M. released "Unplugged" performances from both of the sessions the alt-rock band recorded in 1991 and 2001 in a massive vinyl set. Now, MTV debuted an unaired clip of R.E.M. performing "I've Been high" during the 2001 session.

The band promised to include unaired songs, like "I've Been High," in the massive collection, called "Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions." The original version of the song, which appeared on the group's 2001 album "Reveal," featured heavy electronics, but the rendition performed on MTV is restrained. Lead singer Michael Stipe takes his time with the words, and the band uses organs and guitars to create a mellow effect.

"The Complete Sessions" features 11 songs, mostly from "Reveal" and R.E.M.'s 1998 LP "Up." A box set in digital and CD configurations will be released on May 20.

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