RADIOHEAD – ” Kid A Mnesia ” 3 LP Set

Posted: September 7, 2021 in MUSIC
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Radiohead’s iconic albums “Kid A” and “Amnesiac” are getting reissued together this fall. They’ll arrive with “Kid Amnesiae”, another LP of offcuts from the companion albums, which were recorded together during sessions spanning 1999 and 2000. The collection is out November 5th via XL Recordings.

The triple album will include both records as well as an album titled “Kid Amnesiae”. That third disc the band referred to as “a memory palace of half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions & unreleased material.” Kid Amnesiae includes unearthed sessions, a previously unheard recording of “Follow Me Around,” and “alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac album tracks and B-Sides,” according to its press release. It also includes previously unheard outtake  “If You Say the Word,” Listen to “If You Say The Word” Plus, find the cover artwork for the triple-LP, titled Kid A Mnesia.

Kid A” got a special collectors edition reissue in 2009. Last year, to mark the 20th anniversary of Kid A, Radiohead shared an extended version of the album track “Treefingers”.

KID A and Amnesiac were released just a few months apart, in October 2000 and May 2001 respectively. They were recorded and produced in the same sessions, split into two separate LPs as the band decided against a double album. Both featured large amounts of sonic experimentation, pushing the band further away from the conventions of indie rock.

In the years since 2016’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” , Radiohead members have stayed busy on projects of their own. Thom Yorke scored Luca Guadagnino’s film “Suspiria” in 2018, and in 2019, he released the solo album “Anima”.

Jonny Greenwood scored Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phanthom Thread”, which earned him an Oscar nomination as well as “You Were Never Really Here”. He’s also behind the scores for two new movies: the Princess Diana biopic Spencer and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. Greenwood also launched his Octatonic Records, a label focused on contemporary classical music.

Ed O’Brien released his debut solo album last year, “Earth”, under the name EOB. When Radiohead were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, O’Brien and Phil Selway appeared at the induction ceremony. In 2017, the band reissued Kid A’s predecessor as OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017.  

‘If You Say The Word’ is taken from ‘KID A MNESIA’ out 5th November via XL Recordings

KID A MNESIA” collects Radiohead’s fourth and fifth albums, Kid A and Amnesiac (celebrating their 21st anniversaries), alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc titled Kid Amnesiae. Kid Amnesiae is comprised of unearthed material culled from the “Kid A / Amnesiac” sessions along with alternate versions and elements of Kid A and Amnesiac album tracks and B-Sides. Features the never-before-heard ‘If You Say the Word’ and a previously unreleased studio recording of ‘Follow Me Around’.

Kid Amnesiette, a two-cassette set collecting KID A, Amnesiac and KID AMNESIAE. Also features a 36-page booklet filled with “artwork of great strangeness and suffused with worrisome portents of the future – the future which we now inhabit.”

The Scarry Book, a hardback art book joined by 180g 12-inch half-speed cut vinyl pressings of KID A and Amnesiac, and a 12-inch LP of KID AMNESIAE, the art book is around vinyl record dimensions, featuring 36-pages of KID A and Amnesiac-related artwork.

KID A MNESIA hardback art catalogue, a 360-page book collating more than 300 colour artworks by Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood. These include insomniac biro scrawls to six-foot painted canvases, from scissors-and-glue collages to immense digital landscapes, all created whilst the two albums records were being created.

Fear Stalks The Land!, a paperback book gathering the writings of Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood. The 176-page book features “faxes, notes, fledgling lyrics, sketches, lists of all kinds and scribblings.”

KID A MNESIA will be released in the form of a limited edition deluxe LP or cassette, with the three LPs for the vinyl edition coming in black or red. Additionally, on November 4th Canongate will share two art books by Thom Yorke and long time Radiohead illustrator Stanley Donwood. KID A MNESIA Art Book is a 300-page look at the process and visual art for Kid A and Amnesiac. The second book called FEAR STALKS THE LAND! is a black-and-white paperback featuring notes and sketches taken by Yorke and Donwood.

The band have cleverly constructed a very unique album- using the scrapped material from the recording sessions, alternate takes, and unreleased songs, they have created a nightmarish experience very similar to… well, you probably know the album we’re talking about. It sounds like somebody attempting to remember Kid A and Amnesiac, but their mind is so broken that Kid Amnesiae is what comes out. It is a breathtakingly uncanny landscape of sound, decorated with terrifying interludes, alternate universe versions of classic Radiohead cuts, as well as new material – these new songs, while beautiful, come off almost like impostors, false memories. An unstable recollection.

releases November 5th, 2021

2021, XL Recordings Ltd

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