- Audio CD (1 Jan. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: EMI
- ASIN: B001AG5B3E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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SPECIAL EDITIONDISC 11. JUST2. PARANOID ANDROID3. KARMA POLICE4. CREEP5. NO SURPRISES6. HIGH AND DRY7. MY IRON LUNG8. THERE THERE9. LUCKY10. FAKE PLASTIC TREES11. IDIOTEQUE12. 2+2 = 513. THE BENDS14. PYRAMID SONG15. STREET SPIRIT (FADE OUT)16. EVERYTHING IN ITS RIGHT PLACEDISC 21. AIRBAG2. I MIGHT BE WRONG3. GO TO SLEEP4. LET DOWN5. PLANET TELEX6. EXIT MUSIC (FOR A FILM)7. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM8. KNIVES OUT9. TALK SHOW HOST10. YOU11. ANYONE CAN PLAY GUITAR12. HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY13. TRUE LOVE WAITS (RECORDED LIVE IN OSLO, 2001)
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What I mean by that is that, even chronologically put in order, it does not work - every Radiohead album needs its context to work....ok I give you that songs like Creep and The Bends can work fine...but how about the staggering differences between albums like....KID A...and Amnesiac?
Conceptually the only thing that links them together is Thom's voice...and that goes for Hail to The Thief and Pool Shaped....
What I am trying to say is - try to do a Pink Floyd Greatest....I know has been done, but how would See Emily Play sit with Another Brick in The Wall?? They are different moments in their evolution path...1967 and 1975 (?)...not a century but the difference is the context.
Nonetheless ... obviously I am one guy that owns all Radiohead's albums and EPs...like Com Lag, Itch, My Iron Lung and more...I only recently got myself Pool Shaped.....and I was really impressed that after over 20 years from Pablo....they are still on top of their game.
So if you are not a Radiohead fan and want to get to know them...you could get this one as it is good value....but I would advise you to grab Pablo Honey and The Bends first....and once you warmed up to them with these 2....you are then ready to embark into the more... "introspective and complicate" albums like OK Computer, Amnesiac, etc....
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 Love - but in the first CD of this album, I felt that something different was achieved with old things.
However, move to the second CD & you'll experience a similar effect to switching from a Great novel to its stodgy appendix. CD 2 is dreary & filled with all the bland, second rate stuff Radiohead have done.
Admittedly there are exceptions, such as Planet Telex, although where CD one's ethos made the songs better, CD 2's makes them all the worse.
It reminded me of the Red Dwarf episode 'Demons & Angels', where one clone of Red Dwarf was made Heavenly, and the other Hellish. So it is true of this CD that, although the songs are merit-worthy in their place, the bland ones seem to have landed on CD2 & the great ones on CD 1!
So, if you want a new experience of Radiohead, I suggest buying CD 1 & seeing the tracks from a new & enlightening perspective. And if you've never heard Radiohead before, then I suggest skipping CD 2 & getting a copy of The Bends &OK Computer. By experiencing their finest works & rogueing the bad you will see them for how they really are, and not as some blinkered fans do...
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.