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Radiohead: The Best Of


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Radiohead created a rock grunge sound influenced by Nirvana and the Pixies in the nineties, with albums like Pablo Honey and The Bends. In the 2000s, they Merged electronica with abrasive guitar with Kid A and Amnesiac. They inspire the listener to be uplifted and reflective in equal measure. Their most critically acclaimed album, 1997's OK Computer, has been nominated as one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Radiohead Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B00172MAO4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Just
2. Paranoid Android
3. Karma Police
4. Creep
5. No Surprises
6. High and Dry
7. My Iron Lung
8. There There
9. Lucky
10. Fake Plastic Trees
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Airbag
2. I Might Be Wrong
3. Go To Sleep
4. Let Down
5. Planet Telex
6. Exit Music (For A Film)
7. The National Anthem
8. Knives Out
9. Talk Show Host
10. You
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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RADIOHEAD The Best Of (2008 UK Special Edition 29-track 2-CD album set - the first ever Radiohead retrospective featuring the singles key album tracks and live favourites from their twelve-year career on Parlophone [1992-2004]. Includes Just Paranoid Android Creep No Surprises There There Fake Plastic Trees The Bends Pyramid Song Exit Music [For A Film] Knives Out Anyone Can Play Guitar and much more. Housed in a hype stickered picture slipcase)

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3.0 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Barber on 28 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Enough has been said about this compilation not being representative of what the band are about, but for an objective test I compared the track listing with what they performed live when I saw them at Victoria Park earlier this week. They played just five songs from the first disc and another four from the second out of a total of twenty five performed. Were it not for the second disc that would be a terrible hit rate for a supposed "Best Of" album; even with it that's barely over a third of their live set covered. There are no two ways about it; this is a fundamentally backward-looking compilation.

That said, the songs are still great and stand on their own merits even outside their original album contexts. If you want a Radiohead sampler, this is about as good as it gets at the moment, despite the flaws.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bubo on 7 Nov. 2012
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I love this double compilation album. I think the negative reviews miss the point. These are highlights from Radiohead's albums blended together and specially sequenced in a thought-out fashion that offer an alternative approach to their vast library of music compared to a rigid album per album listening, which I agree is also beneficial.

In addition, you will not find "Talk Show Host", an amazing song featured in the film Romeo + Juliet, on any of their albums so that is a worthwhile inclusion. Granted this album is not for purists, but for more flexible people who do not have fixed ideas about what Radiohead is about and how their music "should" be listened to, I think this is a darn fine double compilation album. I also agree with the choices made and I think they are representative of that special Radiohead energy that took me years to fully grasp.

The Bends and OK Computer are the most featured albums with a total of seven tracks each (on the double album version), then comes Kid A with four, Hail to the Thief with three, Amnesiac with three and Pablo Honey with three.

Of course, Radiohead have produced great works since those days, most notably In Rainbows but also King of Limbs (which I'm very fond of) and, at the very least, this compilation album shows the extent of their genius as an alternative Rock/Electro band.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Red Mosquito on 15 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Personally I don't do compilations and I agree that they are not suited to most of Radiohead's music anyway, since every album after 'The Bends' has had its own concept. You could ask 10,000 different people what should go on a compilation album and you would probably get 10,000 different opinions. Lets be quite clear here, all these tracks are great and anyone checking out Radiohead for the first time will hopefully enjoy it. No one needs to feel guilty about buying this album. I find it quite hypocritical when anyone living comfortably in the western world talks about exploitation. We've all been reaping the benefits of exploitation for years, unless you live with the fairies at the bottom of the garden and make a living from selling daisy chains to squirrels, so I think it's unfair to single out the men in grey suits at EMI. Anyway I've given this review 5 stars in support of the music and I'll leave the politics to the hypocrites and the Guardian editorial. Enjoy the music.
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By Magic Lemur VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
A lot of people take real offence to the idea of a 'best of'. They see it as selling out, giving-the-plebs-what-they-want, etc. Personally, I'm not bothered either way as most bands are in the business of making money these days & Radiohead are no exception (given their tendency to label every album after OK Computer as 'OK Computer 2' in NME interviews...)

If what you're after is the 'Best of Radiohead' then the first CD of this double album does the business.
Slightly biased in favour of The Bends, it feels like it breaks free of the ethos surrounding everything since 'OK Computer' via its selection of the more textured tracks off of all the albums. Who'd have thought Just flowed so well into Paranoid Android? Furthermore, who'd have thought the rich darkness of Street Spirit would work so well with Pyramid Song, 'The Bends' & 'Everything in its Right Place'?
If there's one thing to be said about 'Best of's it's that they can play games with a bands back catalogue & blend them in interesting new ways. True - this could be done better by something like the Beatles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Denkov on 20 Feb. 2012
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The compilatation is good, though there are no never released before songs. Also, some of the most famous tracks are missing (for instance, All I Need). Anyway, I recommend it.
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