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  • Audio CD (20 Dec. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Jap Import
  • ASIN: B0001BDD5C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 2 + 2 = 5 (Live At Earls Court)
  2. Remyxomatosis - Cristian Vogel RMX
  3. I Will (Los Angeles Version)
  4. Paperbag Writer
  5. I Am A Wicked Child
  6. I Am Citizen Insane
  7. Skttrbrain - Four Tet Remix
  8. Gagging Order
  9. Fog (Again) (Live)
  10. Where Bluebirds Fly

Product Description

Product Description

Japanese Limited Tour Edition enhanced CD featuring 10 audio tracks and CD-Rom video for Ed Holdsworth's 'Sit Down, Stand Up' plus an excerpt from Radiohead.TV, digipak picture sleeve + integral booklet & lyrics booklet in English & Japanese

Rather than follow the predictable path of a hits collection to fulfil their Parlophone contract, Oxford's Radiohead instead release, Com Lag, a compilation of recent B-sides (plus an exclusive and explosive live take of "2+2=5") from the ground-breaking Hail to the Thief. The schizophrenic mix of clattering technology and traditional (yet inventive) guitar rock is all the more pervasive here than anywhere else in the band's catalogue, with wildly differing results. Although this is mostly desirable to completists and the curious, that isn't to say they're not good; even on a bad day, Radiohead manage to be far more interesting than their contemporaries--as the eerie bass and strings of "Paperbag Writer" or the acoustic "Gagging Order" prove.

Though these songs don't quite hit the heights of previous B-sides, such as "Polyethylene" and "Killer Cars", they almost get there; the live "2+2=5" is incendiary, while the Los Angeles version of "I Will" is a fuller much improved version of the Hail to the Thief track, but the highlight has to be "Fog (Again)", stripped down to a simple and beautiful piano and vocal, and proves to be one of Radiohead's most affecting recent moments. --Thom Allott

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Another must-have for RH fans. I was lucky enough to actually be standing there at Earls Court for the recording of 2+2=5 live and listening to the track again on CD after experiencing it for real just sends shivers down my spine. The song has so much energy live and you can sense Thom's crazy dance around the stage through the sound of his voice as the song explodes. The CD as a whole holds a mix of different styles and contains some fantastic previously unreleased material such as 'Gagging Order' (a pleasant sounding acoustic number) 'Paperbag Writer' (sounds like an amnesiac trialist) and 'I Am A Wicked Child' (a bit different...funky folk rock with a harmonica!). However, 'Fog, live' stands out as its best track and is the definitive version of the song. It considerably out-performs the studio recording in a similar way to how 'Like Spinning Plates, live' on the 'I Might Be Wrong EP' is the better version.
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When I first listened to this 'album' I was a bit freaked out by it. Some of the songs make you feel like you are tripping in some way, what helps add to the trippy feeling is the way it's been produced, heavy panning from side, songs that really shouldn't be merged together being squashed on top of each other.
For example the first track (2+2=5 live) has the audience applause drifting onto track 2 (Remyxomatosis (Cristian Vogel Remix)) which is a studio track with synths remimisant to their 'Kid A' period. Don't get me wrong I'm not insulting the music production, mostly everything weird that you hear they somehow pulled off to make it a nice little creative touch.

Going back to what I said about the 'trippy' feel off the CD, alot of the tracks are very pessimistic, which Thom's vocals coming off as very haunting. After all this is radiohead.... so at points the 'trip' can be referred to as a bad trip I guess.

But not all of the tracks are downers, if you own 'hail to the thief' you will notice that they have redone 'I will', and I actually prefer the version on here, it's much more uplifting with real beautiful guitar parts throughout.

My personal favourites are 'Gagging order' which is one of the most hopeful and beautiful piece's of music Radiohead have ever wrote, and 'Fog (again)' which is another amazing song, which consists only of vocals and a piano, from the live performance Thom played at Le Reservoir.

Overall I would have to say it's a very mixed album, I personally don't like Kid A too much, so the 'electro' tracks I guess you could call them which make up half of the CD aren't really for me. If you are a Kid A fan then you will love this compilation, but for those looking for more of The Bends and OK computer you won't be too downhearted by the gems on this disc which in my opinion definitely make it worth purchase.
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Format: Audio CD
To label "Com Lag" a B-side anthology would be to do it an injustice. Many, lesser bands would give this a full release- and with some reason. The EP reaches new stretches of originality in places, showing off the band's intense ingenuity. "I Am a Wicked Child" would have fitted snuggly into 'OK Comupter', while the live recording of 2 + 2 = 5 is indescribably spectacular, displaying Radiohead's ability to lift recorded material to a new level of brilliance on a big stage.
However, the EP does have its faults. Christian Vogel's mix of 'Hail to the Theif''s "Myxamatosis"- depressingly named 'Remyxamatosis' in a supposedly ironic, post-modern style- is dreadful, truly dreadful. It only rises from its deep, deep monotony in the last few moments, by which point its too late. Similarly, "Where Bluebirds Fly", whilst being far more listenable, is nothing original, and seems to have FILLER stamped all over it. "Skttrbrain (Four Tet remix)" is at least inventive, adding a new dimension to HTTT's closer, but again it doesn't come close to some other tracks.
"Paperbag Writer", for example, could be used as a four-minute definition of Radiohead's genius. Thom's haunting 'It was nice while it lasted but now its gone', Jonny's twisting riff and a few electronice beats in the back- so simple; so beautiful. "Fog", as has been noted, shines, and for similiar reasons. Its heartbreaking, both in its content and in the way it contrasts with recent Radiohead in its simplicity. "Gagging Order" is another archetypal indie ballad, though does not reach the same levels as "Fog", and remind's one of a stripped-done "Go to Sleep" to such an extent that it lacks any real edge.
Perhaps I have been overly critical, but it is Radiohead themselves who have lifted the bar, they who demand that 'good' not be good enough. Get the CD and admire- just skip track 2.
Com Lag
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I first heard about this CD on Friday 7th. I ordered it on Saturday the 8th. Today, the familiar cardboard parcel was waiting for me in the hallway. Eager and excitable, I opened the packaging and to my amazement, saw a shiny card-based CD case with mainly Japanese writing on the cover! I thought I had the wrong CD, but then read Radiohead near the bottom so knew it was the album I'd been so keen to buy...
...and what an album! You'll probably only have heard of this LE release if you're a Radiohead fan already, and if you're not, I'd probably best tell you that it's an album needing quite an acquired taste. The tracks are all unsurprisingly similar to what was on Hail To The Thief, and may take two or three playings to get into. But once you've achieved that, they're stunning, blissful works of genius!
I'm not going to bore you all with track-by-track reviews and commentary, but if you're a fan of the band and haven't bought all the singles, I urge you to buy this CD! Even the packaging and inlay booklet are works of art alone! And who knows, it might be valuable in the near future!
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