I bought a used copy of R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi online. Everything's fine, except on the album cover I noticed the word "Hi-Fi" is missing — it just says New Adventures in (see below).

No picture of the album I found online has the same mistake, and I could find no other references to the missing Hi-Fi. The word wasn't simply erased either, since the text alignment is actually different. The booklet seems genuine too.

Now of course this isn't a grave issue, but it's one that has me curious. Is this a known misprint, and if so, what's its history? May it have been deliberate?

Album cover with a word missing Closeup of the disc itself

  • Check the matrix on the disc, this sounds like it could be an imported bootleg. – Rocky Bennett Feb 5 '17 at 17:10
  • It matches the matrix number mentioned here, so it seems genuine. – vvye Feb 5 '17 at 18:40
  • Does the matrix match this? img.discogs.com/wclz3G5Wcz9M1sW5hIaF-WSayCU=/fit-in/600x600/… Is it exactly the same? – Magnilex Feb 6 '17 at 18:50
  • Interestingly enough, it doesn't! The writing on the back matches the one on the page I linked to, but the text on the front suggests it's from Mexico instead. I've added another picture up there. – vvye Feb 6 '17 at 22:58
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    Well, at least one more person thinks it is a misprint: ebay.com/itm/… To me, the matrix seems legit, and could be a rare mexican misprint. In this case, it must have been withdrawn by warner, because otherwise it really should exist on Discogs, which it doesn't. The catalog number as seen by the matrix seems legit too, what is the catalog number on the cover? – Magnilex Feb 7 '17 at 21:40

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