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1.0 out of 5 stars Who is it for?, 3 April 2008
This review is from: The Best Of Radiohead (Audio CD)
This is an unnecessary compilation not approved by the band. Radiohead's record deal with EMI has expired and EMI is cashing in by releasing tracks from their six EMI LPs. Politics aside, I strongly recommend buying the individual albums and skipping this compilation. All the albums are cohesive wholes, and savouring them from start to finish takes the experience to a new level. Start with The Bends or OK Computer: these two masterpieces dominate the compilation and are only *£4* each on Amazon! All the "best of" songs are of course very good, but there is no unity or flow to this compilation and it does not represent value for money.
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Initial post: 4 May 2008 13:01:03 BDT
Mr. Shy says:
Was there unity or flow to the songs when they were released as singles? No, they stood alone. They stand alone on this compilation and in the days of random mp3 play, isn't that enough?

Yes, it's a cash in. But is it unnecessary and unwanted? There are probably thousands of people for whom this is all the Radiohead they would ever want to listen to.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2008 16:50:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2008 16:51:16 BDT
Were they big hits as singles? Are Radiohead a singles band? In my opinion, the songs stand up better in context - which is why I said so above. I don't think much of compilations that fail to match the quality of their parent albums. This (like the newly released "Best Of Joy Division" compilation) is an artistically redundant cash-in.

Unnecessary - yes. Unwanted by me - yes. Obviously I don't speak for the whole world in my reviews, and some people may want the record.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2008 11:12:21 BDT
Wyart Lane says:
It IS approved by the band as they signed the record contract which would have included a compilation album. I'm sure Thom at al have cashed all the cheques from the big evil record company.

Stop being so precious about it. No wonder Radiohead fans have such a bad reputation for being pretentious.

Posted on 12 May 2008 13:55:43 BDT
ThirdPrize says:
Some of us just want the "Best" of a particular band. I think you will find that not EVERYTHING they ever wrote is essential.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2008 09:10:15 BDT
The old contract included the back catalogue. The band fell out with EMI because they wanted some of those rights. It stretches credulity to say the band "approved" it - the alleged artist of this record had no say in the tracklist, the artwork or even the existence of this album. Personally that's the sort of thing I would want to know before buying a record.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 May 2008 09:22:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 May 2008 09:23:44 BDT
S. Pryszlak - I'm not here to stop you buying the album.

Thing is, if you buy it and enjoy it, you'll want the real albums. And if you buy it and don't enjoy it, a major factor in that will be the poor tracklist (because you won't be hearing the songs as intended).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2008 18:04:04 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
Yes Radiohead are a singles band because they choose to release singles.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2008 18:07:53 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
Are your sure about that. Have a good, honest look at your record collection

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2008 18:23:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 May 2008 18:28:12 BDT
You must know that that isn't what's meant by "singles band". As far as I remember only Pyramid Song and There There have even enjoyed modest chart position, as they were promotional singles before the corresponding album release. Everyone knows Radiohead are best at the album format.

"Have a good, honest look at your record collection" -- are you saying that I simply /must/ own some cynical cash-in where an album artist had no say in the tracklist, artwork or existence of the record? Because I don't think I do, and I won't be starting my collection with this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2008 12:28:35 BDT
BS on parade says:
Not everyone is a music nut. Some people only buy two CDs a year. So look on the bright side, some "square" (Noel Gallagher's phrase for the non-music buying public) will probably pick this up along with the new Coldplay at some point this year. Of course they'll hate it because it takes proper effort and commitment to enjoy Radiohead's music.

I have created the Best Of as a playlist on my iPod. I think the first disc is very well sequenced and acceptably representative of their albums. The second disc is a bit more patchily selected and sequenced, but I think it's considered to be more of a bonus disc rather than an actual continuation of the Best Of?

For fans, don't bother. For the curious, then yes, this is as good an introduction as you can get. I would recommend it, but bare in mind that their music is very obtuse and atonal on first listen. Personally, I find it takes months and a lot of listens to find the melody among their densely produced music, so don't expect to like it without putting in the time and effort.
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