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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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Posted on 18 May 2008 15:38:28 BDT
B. Michele says:
Thank you Jonathan,
I would never have been able to find better words.

Posted on 21 May 2008 13:12:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2008 13:13:37 BDT
vnllaS0ulMan says:
I agree with you to some extent; I've noticed there's a lot of tracks from The Bends and OK Computer. But I'm sure there are people out there who haven't heard enough Radiohead, and this may persuade them to go and get their back catalogue.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2008 22:17:06 BDT
Not a singles band ???????????????
They have had more top 40 chart hit singles so far than most shortlived pop single bands have in a lifetime !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18 top 40 hits , 12 inside the top 20 of which 7 went top 10 .
I dont own any Radiohead albums so this is likely to be my only purchase of theirs

Posted on 28 May 2008 21:19:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2008 21:20:20 BDT
S. Webster says:
I get the feeling people are only saying Radiohead's albums should remain as whole units cos the band themselves say it. When I want to listen to Radiohead, I usually listen to a mix from the different albums. If I want to hear Paranoid Android, I certainly don't sit and listen to the whole album just to listen to one song! If Radiohead seriously think their albums shouldn't be chopped up and messed around with and blah blah blah, then they need to get their pretentious heads out their backsides. It's only music

In reply to an earlier post on 29 May 2008 18:05:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2008 10:35:43 BDT
I'm not suggesting anyone *only* listens to the albums from start to finish [apparently some people do]. But doing so is an experience you don't want to miss out on altogether, especially when the albums are only 5.

For example, hearing Idioteque alongside In Limbo and Morning Bell is a very different experience to hearing it alongside Fake Plastic Trees and 2+2=5. I have to say I have never played anything like the "Best Of" playlist, because it's so random and silly.

(edited for anal reasons)

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2008 14:06:39 BDT
Hammo says:
The photo on the album cover clearly shows Thom Yorke shaking hands with the emi exec signifying his agreement for the best of album. End of discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2008 14:32:34 BDT
Good point...

Posted on 2 Jun 2008 13:03:40 BDT
Piperboy says:
Start from the start, not the Bends but Pablo Honey. Enjoy Creep, Everyone Can play guitar, stop whispering start shouting, lurgee and then feel the excitement when you get the bends as you would have done if you were eagerly anticipating it in 94. Pablo Honey is the start of the radiohead journey and in my opinion gives you the thirst for more.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2008 11:43:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jun 2008 23:29:05 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
Nice one Ezer, who do you think is carrying the case full of money. Thom or the EMI exec? !!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2008 11:53:10 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
Another assumption here, as I only listen to the albums from start to finish

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