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Radiohead - In Rainbows

When a band you once feared dead returns out of nowhere with one of their greatest albums, it feels a little like a resurrection. So Radiohead fans around the globe enjoyed a collective rush of euphoria in the early morning hours of October. 10th, 2007, when the band emailed out downloads of their first album in more than four years.

Radiohead worked on In Rainbows for more than two years, beginning in early 2005. In mid-2006, after their initial recording sessions with new producer Spike Stent proved fruitless, the band toured Europe and North America performing In Rainbows material before re-enlisting their longtime producer Nigel Godrich. The album is more personal than previous Radiohead albums, with singer Thom Yorke describing most of the songs as his versions of “seduction songs”. Radiohead incorporated a variety of musical styles and instruments, using electronic instruments, string arrangements, piano, and the ondes Martenot.

As In Rainbows hit the inboxes of everyone who’d pre-ordered it — for a price of the buyer’s choosing, in a somewhat revolutionary show of goodwill on Radiohead’s part .

In Rainbows  the seventh studio album  their first release after their recording contract with EMI ended with their previous album Hail to the Thief (2003). It was a surprise in several senses, and many of them had nothing to do with the sounds contained therein. After a brief hiatus, some public struggles to find their way forward in the studio, and a blossoming of side projects that suggested the band could be finished, the biggest surprise at that time was that a new Radiohead album existed at all. The band also released In Rainbows without a label, announced it just 10 days before its release, and didn’t share any songs ahead of time a unusual and minimal rollout by today’s standards and practically unheard of in that time . Even more radical was the pay-what-you-want scheme, which set off all kinds of debates about the viability of such a plan for smaller artists and the value of recorded music going forward.

In conjunction with its release and the absence of a record-label middleman, the payment-optional approach was Radiohead’s way of both accepting and subverting the reality of album leaks, which had compromised the rollout of their previous LP. Thom Yorke and friends weren’t about to have college radio stations blasting lo-fi MP3s of their new album weeks before the release date again. By tightly controlling everything except the price point, the band seemed to be telling listeners, “OK, you can have the music for free if you wish, but you’ll have it on our terms.” Not that the band ever really risked losing money on this gambit. Hardcore fans like myself shelled out big bucks for deluxe vinyl with an entire second CD of music, a package that ensured Radiohead would still be richly rewarded for their efforts. And when the experiment ran its course and TBD Records gave In Rainbows a conventional physical release the following year, it still sold enough copies to debut at #1 in the US and UK, rendering the project a win for Radiohead on all commercial fronts.

The strategy was fascinating and worthy of examination, but it unfortunately came to overshadow the album’s creative achievements. For students of the music business and most casual observers, the mode of release is the album’s legacy. In Rainbows was another batch of classics and consider how they fit within the arc of the band’s catalogue. Not including “Last Flowers”, which Yorke recorded in the Eraser sessions, the In Rainbows sessions produced 16 songs. After the 56-minute, 14-track Hail to the Thief, Radiohead wanted their seventh album to be concise;[ they settled on ten songs, saving a further six tracks (not counting short instrumentals) for the limited edition “discbox” release. Fans could order a limited “discbox” edition from inrainbows.com, containing the album on CD and two 12″ heavyweight 45 rpm vinyl records with artwork and lyric booklets, plus an enhanced CD with eight additional tracks, digital photos and artwork, packaged in a hardcover book and slipcase. The “discbox” edition was shipped on 3rd December 2007. In June 2009, Radiohead made the second In Rainbows disc available for download on their website for £6

There are days when In Rainbows sounds like the best Radiohead album. It’s definitely in contention with 1995’s The Bends as the band’s most approachable, compulsively listenable release — the one you can just put on and enjoy without turning it into a full-blown immersive experience, the one that will meet you wherever you’re at and be beautiful in your presence. It absolutely holds together as a coherent statement, 10 songs inspired by related themes and woven from a shared sonic fabric. Yet you never get the sense you’re beholding some epic musical journey á la OK Computer or Kid A, the other albums I’m most likely to name as Radiohead’s crowning achievements. .

That In Rainbows sounded this way was nearly as unexpected as its method of release. Here was their poppiest, most guitar-based collection of songs in more than a decade, a pronounced swerve away from the chilly electronics and crushing paranoia that had been a hallmark of their sound since OK Computer and swallowed it up completely on Kid A and Amnesiac. In hindsight, the group had already edged back toward guitars on 2003 career overture Hail To The Thief, an album that begins with the hard-rocking “2+2=5″ and includes the soaring career highlight “There There” among other six-string excursions. But those were part of a wide-ranging patchwork, whereas this album largely nudged electronics into the background in favor of an upbeat, organic sound, frequently accented by Jonny Greenwood’s orchestral arrangements but firmly grounded in the sound of a guitar-driven rock combo.

In Rainbows presented Radiohead with an unprecedented warmth as it found their singer exploring a more mature version of the sad sack from “Creep.” There are bittersweet tracks, like the fatalistic torch song “Nude” and the brisk yet self-loathing schoolyard chant “15 Step” and the clattering power ballad “Reckoner,” a treatise on facing down death. And there are angry tracks, like the powerhouse rock rave-up “Bodysnatchers” and the acoustic-orchestral pocket suite “Faust Arp.” No song ever fully gives into its darker impulses, though. The feeling when the band queues up “15 Step” or rips into “Bodysnatchers” in concert is pure visceral elation, and the lingering memory of “Nude” and “Faust Arp” and especially “Reckoner” is not ache so much as aching beauty.

And then there are the love songs. Most of the favorite tracks on In Rainbows are the ones on which Yorke risks an emotional wipeout by giving himself over to entirely to breathless affection, songs that revel in real or imagined romantic bliss even as they acknowledge life’s bitter realities. “Weird Fishes (Arpeggi)” gorgeously captures the feeling of being possessed by attraction only to be left unsatisfied yet again, its plaintive guitar needlework building to a transcendent climax then careening off a cliff and into the depths. The darkly swooning “All I Need” traces similar paths; as Yorke professes his unrequited desire for a woman who seems to be missing him in plain sight, the song’s remarkably straightforward structure culminates in an overwhelming wave of melancholy.

“House Of Cards,” Radiohead’s idea of a sexy slow jam, is probably the tenderest song in Yorke’s catalog. “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” details the flickering passion of a barroom flirtation against a locomotive backbeat that very much recalls a bar band. And as In Rainbows draws to a close, the deconstructed piano ballad “Videotape” returns to the themes of fleeting ecstasy and creeping death. The lyrics are basically Yorke putting a morbid twist on Lou Reed, realizing this “perfect day” with a friend or lover will be part of the highlights montage when his life flashes before his eyes.

Many of us have had a similar epiphany moment while listening to In Rainbows. One last surprise to consider is how well this album holds up 10 years later. It felt like a private gift at first, overflowing with delights but too minor in scale and conservative in style to qualify as the latest Radiohead masterpiece. To return to it more than any other Radiohead album, and its tracklist is as stunning front to back as any of the group’s other elite LPs. A decade down the line, with two more albums in the rearview, it’s becoming increasingly clear that In Rainbows deserves to be in the conversation when discussing Radiohead’s finest recorded work.

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These two covers might not come as a surprise in the way that the Prague ’99 EP was, but having first been heard in sessions for BBC Radio 1, the band’s covers of Sign of the Times by Harry Styles and High and Dry by Radiohead are now out on youtube .

Their version of Sign of the Times, is stripped back affair to piano, double bass and vocals only, whilst High and Dry sees the whole band plus additional vocals from Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets) and singer songwriter Marika Hackman.

“Here you have two very different covers that mean very different things to us. ‘Sign of the Times’ is a massive song… could be a classic, even. The lad’s got an impressive range and we fancied giving it a crack and keeping it sparse. ‘High and Dry’ however, we wanted to go all out. We were lucky enough to be joined by two amazing musicians (Blaine from Mystery Jets and Marika Hackman) and we tried to keep it close to the original, as it’s pretty perfect as is. It’s a beautiful arrangement and I think you can hear how much we’re all enjoying it in the recording.

Earlier in the week, the band also announced that they’d be out touring Europe with Sundara Karma in December, just after their own headline tour of the UK which includes a date at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. Details of all their upcoming shows,

RADIOHEAD – ” Lift “

Posted: September 10, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The release of Radiohead‘s 20th anniversary expanded reissue OK Computer: OKNOTOK, the band shared videos for the two of three previously unreleased songs, “I Promise” and “Man of War.” Now, the third song, “Lift,” .

The three songs were not entirely new to fans, but had only been performed live and never released officially. The album also includes remasters of the original OK Computer record, as well as eight B-sides.

It’s been a long run-up to the release, with Radiohead first hinting that something was coming in April earlier this year, when mysterious posters began popping up in cities around the world. The move got fans speculating on Reddit about what the posters might signal, with many quickly and correctly foreseeing a 20th anniversary release for OK Computer. 

Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood helped stoke the mystery by posting on social media that an upcoming project is “soon to be real,” followed by photos of scaffolding.

At the beginning of May, the band then posted a video of a child singing what seemed like alternate lyrics to “Climbing Up the Walls” with some retro graphics. Midway through, the words “Program: radiohead” appear at the top and, shortly thereafter, “0 OK, 0:1″ turn up at the bottom. It was revealed that the reissue is dedicated to the memory of frontman Thom Yorke’s late ex-partner, Dr. Rachel Owen.

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Having recently relaunched their website http://www.radiohead.tv to share the full recordings of their headlining set at Coachella, Radiohead are back with some new content.

Radiohead have shared films from their European festivals online. After relaunching radiohead.tv earlier this month with a film from the band’s Coachella set, Radiohead have now added three new films to the site.

The band tweeted earlier this year when they released the Coachella footage, saying: radiohead.tv has returned once again to feature some recent live shows.”.
Rounding off their world tour with the controversial yet brilliantly expansive set in Israel, Radiohead have subsequently released yet more live recordings from recent performances at the Netherlands’ Best Kept Secret Festival, Poland’s Open’er Festival and I-Days Festival in Italy.

The decision to relaunch the website was confirmed a little while ago when the band tweeted: “radiohead.tv has returned once again to feature some recent live shows.”

Daydreaming – 1:22 Lucky – 6:53 Ful Stop – 11:34 15 Step – 17:22 Airbag – 21:48 Myxomatosis – 26:48 All I Need – 31:06 Pyramid Song – 35:28 Everything in Its Right Place – 40:42 Bloom – 46:09 Identikit – 52:37 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – 57:57 Idioteque – 1:03:34 The Gloaming – 1:07:42 The Numbers – 1:11:28 Bodysnatchers – 1:17:37 2 + 2 = 5 – 1:22:31 Encore: Nude – 1:28:40 Let Down – 1:33:22 Lotus Flower – 1:38:51 Paranoid Android – 1:44:01 Reckoner – 1:51:00 Encore 2: The National Anthem – 1:58:02 (version with Polish samples) Street Spirit (Fade Out) – 2:03:44

1 – Daydreaming – 0:57 2 – Desert Island Disk – 6:18 3 – Ful Stop – 11:15 4 – Airbag – 17:10 5 – 15 Step – 21:56 6 – Myxomatosis – 26:11 7 – The National Anthem – 30:19 8 – All I Need – 35:42 9 – Pyramid Song – 40:41 10 – Everything in Its Right Place – 45:59 11 – Reckoner – 51:17 12 – Bloom – 56:33 13 – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – 1:03:19 14 – Idioteque – 1:08:52 15 – The Numbers – 1:13:26 16 – Exit Music (for a Film) – 1:19:19 17 – Paranoid Android – 1:24:14 Encore 1 18 – No Surprises – 1:33:24 19 – Nude – 1:37:36 20 – 2 + 2 = 5 – 1:42:19 21 – Bodysnatchers – 1:45:50 22 – Fake Plastic Trees – 1:50:22 Encore 2 23 – Lotus Flower – 1:57:53 24 – Creep – 2:03:07 25 – Karma Police – 2:08:32

0:00 Intro 1:24 Daydreaming 7:14 Desert Island Disk 11:31 Ful Stop 17:11 15 Step 21:21 Myxomatosis 25:35 Climbing Up the Walls 30:04 All I Need 34:30 Pyramid Song 39:35 Everything in its Right Place 44:50 Bloom 51:15 Identikit 56:13 Idioteque 1:00:19 Gloaming 1:04:05 The Numbers 1:09:53 Exit Music (for a Film) 1:14:42 Bodysnatchers 1:19:09 Street Spirit (Fade Out) 1:26:42 Nude 1:31:24 Let Down 1:36:47 Separator 1:43:03 Paranoid Android 1:49:53 Reckoner 1:57:59 Lotus Flower 2:03:15 There There

Daydreaming – 0:00 Desert Island Disk – 6:08 / 6:30 Ful Stop – 10:43 15 Step – 16:22 Myxomatosis – 20:35 Lucky – 24:46 All I Need – 29:24 Pyramid Song – 33:50 Thom fiddlin’ on the Prophet39:30 Everything in it’s Right Place – 39:58 Bloom – 44:33 Identikit – 51:12 My Iron Lung – 56:30 The Gloaming – 1:01:39 Electric intro1:05:07 I Might be Wrong – 1:05:33 Bodysnatchers – 1:10:25 Exit Music (For a Film) – 1:14:54 Reckoner – 1:19:58 — No Surprises – 1:27:37 Paranoid Android – 1:32:05 Fake Plastic Trees – 1:39:15 Lotus Flower – 1:44:26 Idioteque – 1:49:38

Radiohead’s tour in support of last year’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ came to an end earlier this month with a controversial gig in Israel. The band have recently played a handful UK festival dates, including performances at Glasgow’s Transmit festival and Glastonbury along with a huge show at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Radiohead celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘OK Computer,’ dedicating the reissue to Thom Yorke’s partner of 23 years Rachel Owen who passed away in December 2016.

Radiohead at Coachella 2017

After Radiohead’s release last month of OK Computer OKNOTOK the extended 20th anniversary reissue of their 1997 album, they’ve also announced the return of Radiohead.tv.

The band plans to release several recent live shows on the channel, according to a tweet this morning, and the first of them is the band’s headlining Coachella set from April, which you can see in full there or on their YouTube channel — all 114 minutes of it.

In their first set at this year’s Coachella, the band played only three songs when they were hampered by feedback and sound loss. Yorke identified the problem to the crowd as “f—in’ aliens again,” and the band left the stage twice. Upon returning, he teased, “Can you actually hear me now? I’d love to tell you a joke, lighten the mood, something like that. But this is Radiohead, so f— it.”

Of course, the set now available on Radiohead.tv comes from their second Coachella set, which they played the following weekend —the one without the sound problems.

This weekend, Radiohead will headline Glasgow’s new festival, TRNSMT,

Radiohead @ Coachella 2017 Setlist:

Daydreaming – 0:00 
Desert Island Disk – 6:08 / 6:30 
Ful Stop – 10:43 
15 Step – 16:22 
Myxomatosis – 20:35 
Lucky – 24:46 
All I Need – 29:24 
Pyramid Song – 33:50 
Thom fiddlin’ on the Prophet – 39:30 
Everything in it’s Right Place – 39:58 
Bloom – 44:33 
Identikit – 51:12 
My Iron Lung – 56:30 
The Gloaming – 1:01:39 
Electric intro – 1:05:07 
I Might be Wrong – 1:05:33 
Bodysnatchers – 1:10:25

Exit Music (For a Film) – 1:14:54 
Reckoner – 1:19:58 
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No Surprises – 1:27:37 
Paranoid Android – 1:32:05 
Fake Plastic Trees – 1:39:15 
Lotus Flower – 1:44:26 
Idioteque – 1:39:34

 

Radiohead at Glastonbury

Radiohead headlined the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury 2017 on Friday night with an astonishingly mesmerising – if not a little unruly – set in what resulted in an utterly compelling two hours and 25 minutes.

The performance came on the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s first headline set at Glastonbury, a reminder of the reissue of the iconic album ‘OK Computer’ and a statement of intent of the band’s utter dominance.

Absorbing, challenging and achingly beautiful – Radiohead delivered a typically Radiohead sort of set for Glastonbury’s opening night. The Oxford quintet emerged, bathed in white light, to the haunting piano refrain of Daydreaming, from last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool album.

Two hours and 25 songs later, they closed with Karma Police, singing: “For a minute there, I lost myself.”

Such is their confidence, Radiohead’s set list was nothing short of experimental, eclectic and downright enthralling. Tracks such as ‘No Surprises’ tempted Thom Yorke into a brief political outburst when he ominously pleasured the crowd with “see you later, Theresa” as the song, with lyrics such as “bring down the government, they don’t speak for us,” came to a close.

Opening with ‘Daydreaming’ from 2016 record A Moon Shaped Pool, the band indulged fans with favourites such as ‘Airbag’ and the aptly titled ‘Pyramid Song’ before Yorke couldn’t resist busting out his new dance moves during a revised version of ‘Idioteque’.

Encore one saw the likes of ‘No Surprises’, ‘Nude’, Paranoid Android and Fake Plastic Trees before the second and final encore welcomed the three big hitters: Lotus Flower, ‘Creep’ and ‘Karma Police’ the last of which left the crowd and Yorke singing: “For a minute there, I lost myself.”

Thanks to faroutmagazine

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King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard -Murder Of The Universe

Showing no signs of slowing down, Geelong’s King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard release Murder Of The Universe, the second of their five albums set for release in 2017. Broken down into 3 distinct ‘chapters’, the track listing of the sprawling 21-track album, which is concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet. The album was recorded at Flightless HQ in East Brunswick, Melbourne Australia in early 2017 and produced by the band’s Stu Mackenzie. Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, Murder Of The Universe inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilisation, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict. A disorientating experience, the album hinges on three distinct sections that rise from larval beds, and whose lyrics should be carved in stone, squeezed from moss, discovered in ancient runes. And all the while a passing cast of characters imbue the tale with both human and non-human emotions. Snippets of earlier recordings breakthrough collection I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Nonagon Infinity resurface throughout like ghostly shadow form to haunt their latest sound. In years to come King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard will be judged not by their separate albums, but by a body of work where themes, melodies, motifs, riffs and ideas resurface and recur, each album peeling back a layer of the onion to glimpse at past and future alike.

LP – Black Vinyl with 32 page booklet and Download card included.LP+ – Limited edition Glow in the dark vinyl with scented sticker with 32 page booklet and Download card included.CD – Contains 28 page booklet.

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Big Thief  – Capacity

The trails that Brooklyn’s Big Thief – Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums) – take us down on Capacity, the band’s highly anticipated second record out on Saddle Creek Records, are overgrown with the wilderness of pumping souls. After last year’s stunning Masterpiece, Capacity was recorded in a snowy winter nest in upstate New York at Outlier Studio with producer Andrew Sarlo. The album jumps right into lives marked up and nipped in surprisingly swift fashion. They are peopled and unpeopled, spooked and soothed, regenerating back into a state where they can once again be vulnerable. Lenker’s songs introduce us to a gallery of multifacted women and deal with the complicated matters of identity — at once dangerous and curious, though never unbelievable. Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open. Tricked into love, done in and then witnessing the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it to all happen again, but this time to a sturdier soul, one who is going to take the punches better than ever before and deal some jabs and roundhouses of their own.The album is thick with raw, un-doctored beauty: most of the songs on Capacity were played for the first time in the studio and were recorded the same day. “There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” Lenker explains. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a reaction from inside the pain, whereas I feel Capacity examines the pain from the outside.”

LP – Black Vinyl with Download.

LP+ – Limited White Coloured Vinyl with Download and housed on Gatefold Sleeve. Limited to 500 Copies.

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Jeff Tweedy – Together At Last

Together At Last is a new album by songwriter and guitarist Jeff Tweedy. It features the Wilco bandleader performing eleven of his own songs, culled from the Wilco catalog as well as from side-projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog, in a solo acoustic setting. Recorded at Tweedy’s Chicago recording studio The Loft, Together At Last showcases Tweedy’s accomplished and intricate guitar playing and his expressive, plaintive voice, and while audiences have experienced Tweedy live onstage as a solo performer for years, this is the first studio recording of its kind for the acclaimed musician.

LP+ – 750 Copies on 180 Gram Solid Yellow Vinyl.

LP – Black Vinyl.

 

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The Deslondes  – Hurry Home

The Deslondes are a five-piece band from New Orleans. In the time between the release of their self-titled debut and new sophomore album, Hurry Home, The Deslondes have toured the world and drawn critical acclaim for their studied and inventive take on New Orleans country and R&B. Hurry Home represents a sonic shift from the country-folk of their debut to a sometimes-psychedelic, electrified gospel-soul sound, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar. The band split up songwriting and lead vocal duties among its five members, continuing its democratic ethos and musical versatility. The sound may continue to draw comparisons to the country-funkiness of The Band, but The Deslondes were equally inspired by the sound of early Sun Records, the punchy rock and roll of VU-era Velvet Underground and the experimental pop of Joe Meek. Perhaps most importantly, Hurry Home is the sound of a band that understands the history of American music, but is deftly finding their own contemporary approach.

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Radiohead – OK Computer – OKnotOK 1997 – 2017

Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OKnotOK is released through XL Recordings, coinciding (roughly) with the original 1997 release date(s) of Radiohead’s landmark third album OK Computer. OKnotOK features the original OK Computer twelve track album, eight B-sides, and the Radiohead completist’s dream: I Promise, Lift, and Man Of War. The original studio recordings of these three previously unreleased and long sought after OK Computer era tracks finally receive their first official issue on OKnotOK. All material on OKnotOK is newly remastered from the original analogue tapes. OK Computer was originally released on various dates ranging from May to July 1997. Produced by the band and Nigel Godrich, the album features the singles Paranoid Android, Karma Police, Lucky and No Surprises, and is widely cited as one of the greatest works of Radiohead’s – or any artist’s – catalogue. OK Computer was the first Radiohead record to reach number 1 in the UK and to be nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. In 2015, The National Recording Registry selected OK Computer to be preserved in the Library of Congress as a recording that has proven “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

3LP – A triple-sleeve Gatefold holding three 180 gram black 12″ vinyl records containing the original twelve track album, three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes. The sleeve includes a download card for a 320k MP3 or 16-bit Wav download of the 23 track album.

3LP+ – Limited to 3000 Copies. Indies only opaque blue vinyl. A triple-sleeve Gatefold holding three 180 gram blue 12″ vinyl records containing the original twelve track album, three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes. The sleeve includes a download card for a 320k MP3 or 16-bit Wav download of the 23 track album.

5LP – Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OK Computer: the original twelve track album, three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes. Inside a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of OK Computer are three heavyweight 180 Gram black 12″ vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than 30 artworks, many of which have never been seen before except by us, and full lyrics to all the tracks except the ones that haven’t really got any lyrics. Under this weighty tome are yet more surprises: a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke’s library of scrawled notes of the time, a sketchbook containing 48 pages of Donwood and Tchock’s ‘preparatory work’ and a C90 cassette mix tape taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes. Comes with a Download.

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Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain

The DNA of Purple Rain can be felt throughout pop culture at large. It is a timeless body of work with an immortal resonance exemplified by smashes such as Let’s Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, Darling Nikki, the title track Purple Rain and more. Minted Diamond by the RIAA for sales exceeding 13 million, the record stands out as the sixth best-selling soundtrack album in history, moving more than 22 million copies. Hailed by Vanity Fair as “the best soundtrack of all time,” Time Magazine placed it as the 15th greatest album ever. The album won two 1985 Grammy Awards® in the categories of “Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special.” Posthumously, it was honoured as “Favorite Soundtrack” at the 2016 American Music Awards. It was also recently nominated for a 2017 Billboard Music Award in the category of “Top Soundtrack / Cast Album.”

LP – 2015 Paisley Park Remaster. Overseen by Prince. 180 Gram Vinyl with original 1984 packaging. Includes Poster.

2CD – 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes from the soundtrack, presenting an unheard vision of the album overseen by Prince himself before his untimely 2016 passing. The 2nd disc: From The Vault and Unreleased boasts eleven gems unearthed from the heart of Prince’s storied vault. Six tracks that have never been released or distributed in the collector or bootleg community include: Possessed – the ’83 Prince solo version, never heard before; Electric Intercourse – the studio version not known to exist before it was discovered at Paisley; Father’s Song – a full, five plus minute version that prior to this fans could only find a minute and half snippet of in the movie; We Can Fuck – a track that has never circulated as the full, 10 minute version with these lyrics; and Katrina’s Paper Dolls – a finished master of the song, which has previously only circulated as a demo. Additionally, all of the material is taken from the source and mastered by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer who worked on the original album.

4CD – 3CD and 1 DVD Version. 2015 Paisley Park Remaster of the original tapes from the soundtrack, presenting an unheard vision of the album overseen by Prince himself before his untimely 2016 passing. The 2nd disc: From The Vault and Unreleased boasts eleven gems unearthed from the heart of Prince’s storied vault. Six tracks that have never been released or distributed in the collector or bootleg community include: Possessed – the ’83 Prince solo version, never heard before; Electric Intercourse – the studio version not known to exist before it was discovered at Paisley; Father’s Song – a full, five plus minute version that prior to this fans could only find a minute and half snippet of in the movie; We Can Fuck – a track that has never circulated as the full, 10 minute version with these lyrics; and Katrina’s Paper Dolls – a finished master of the song, which has previously only circulated as a demo. Additionally, all of the material is taken from the source and mastered by Bernie Grundman, the mastering engineer who worked on the original album. The Purple Rain Deluxe – Expanded Edition presents a third disc of Single Edits and B-Sides, as well as the concert DVD Prince And The Revolution Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985. With audio and video restored from the original production master tape, it offers an exclusive vignette into the passion and power of his legendary live performances during one of the artist’s most celebrated eras.

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Joseph Arthur – Redemption’s Son – 15th Anniversary Edition

Reissue of Joseph’s third album for Real World. 15th Anniversary of one of his most beloved records. Consistently inspired, occasionally frazzled, and often startlingly beautiful with its rich textures, vulnerability and acute, poetic lyrics guaranteed to raise goose bumps.

2LP – First Time on Vinyl. The download includes previously unreleased material: Morning Star, is a collection of Redemption’s Son era songs that have been selectively preserved in a time capsule waiting for the perfect time.

2CD – The second CD, called Morning Star, is a collection of Redemption’s Son era songs that have been selectively preserved in a time capsule waiting for the perfect time.

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Natalie Merchant -The Natalie Merchant Collection

Nonesuch Records releases The Natalie Merchant Collection, a deluxe 10-CD box set compiled by Merchant. The Natalie Merchant Collection comprises all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades. A ninth disc, Butterfly, is a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalogue, all arranged for string quartet. The final disc is Rarities, a collection of 15 rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017, which offers a unique view of Merchant’s creative experimentation through home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer-songwriter’s solo career – an archival treasure box for collectors.

Radiohead are in full on nostalgia mode around the 20th anniversary of their career-defining “OK Computer”, album release due the end of this month ,  they’ve just dished out a live version of an outtake that has gone largely under-appreciated in the wake of the album’s release.

“Normally, I don’t think we’re the sort of people to look back, but it was interesting when we did…” Thom told the crowd, adding “what a bunch of nutters we were, and probably still are.

“One of the crazy things we did was not release this song, because we didn’t think it was good enough,” he finishes, before easing gently into a track that not many Radiohead fans has heard live for over two decades.

Listening to the track side by side, Thom’s powerful yet delicate voice sounds as if it could have been plucked from 20 years ago, too – or perhaps even a little richer with age. Either way, this is how an anniversary celebration is supposed to be done.

“I Promise” is one of 3 previously unreleased tracks from the album OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 – 2017 – 20th Anniversary album release.

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When Radiohead releases OK Computer: OKNOTOK, an expanded edition of their groundbreaking 1997 album O.K Computer in June, fans will finally hear three tracks that have long say in the band’s vaults and brains.

Though previously unreleased, the three tracks, “Lift,” “I Promise” and  “Man Of War” won’t be completely unfamiliar to fans. “Lift” has had a regular spot in 1996 set lists , when it became a fan favorite, and was resurrected on tour in 2002. Radiohead started tinkering with it again in 2014, while they began work on 2016’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” .

According to fan site Green Plastic frontman Thom Yorke said he wasn’t happy with their live performances of “Lift” in the ‘90s, and even recorded a few versions during their sessions for OK Computer but never released it. Yorke wanted to air it out before the band began dissecting it. They toyed with putting versions it on Kid A in 2000 and “Amnesiac” in 2001, but it never came to fruition.

“We haven’t lost the song. We played it too much in a certain way that didn’t work in my opinion,” he said. “It didn’t feel right. So we need to approach it in a different way but at the time of OK Computer it was impossible to get into rearranging it because everyone had fixed ideas on what to play and we’d all just got into a habit we couldn’t break, like staring too long at strangers, know what I mean?”

Although guitarist Ed O’Brien called the song “a bogs—e B-side and we were very happy to leave it off the album,”  Radiohead unveiled a slower, more lyrically polished version of “Lift” in Lisbon, Portugal, and at a few other shows in 2002. The update also notably removes mention of Thom, the person being saved from a stuck elevator.

As recently as 2015, while confirming that the band had been working on the tune again, guitarist Jonny Greenwood told the Dutch website 3voor12 that such resurrections are common practice for Radiohead albums.

“What people don’t know is that there’s a very old song on each album, like ‘Nude’ on In Rainbows. We never found the right arrangement for that, until then. ‘Lift’ is just like that. When the idea is right, it stays right. It doesn’t really matter in which form.”

Like “Lift” and “Man Of War” both of which will also be included on the reissue of Radiohead’s  O.K Computer OKNOTOK  a reissue marking the 20th anniversary of O.K Computer, “I Promise,” which you can listen to above, was a regular on the set lists of the ’90s.

In particular, the song was played on tour in 1996, but never to return to performances or see an official release, though it has long been circulated by fans on bootlegs. Despite a large swath of unreleased Radiohead songs, all three were among those most widely topping fan’s wish lists.

“I Promise,” however, is more personal than the other two songs that are getting their first official airing, as well as the bulk of 1997’s OK Computer. Where the rest of the coming two-disc collection revolves around more abstract ideas like technology, globalization and aliens, “I Promise” seems like it might follow a couple’s argument, with the narrator’s pledge to do better.

Several fan favorites will be among the three previously unreleased tracks that will grace Radiohead’s 20th anniversary reissue O.K Computer OKNOTOK iincluding “Man of War,” .

Marking the anniversary of their groundbreaking 1997 album OK Computer, the two-disc set will also include “I Promise” and “Lift.” All three tracks, though never officially released, were setlist mainstays in the ’90s, and have floated around on bootlegs for years. The song was written around the time the band released their second album, “The Bends” , in 1995. It has alternately been called “Big Boots” or “Man o’ War.”

According to the fan site, Green Plastic, the band tried to record it several times, including for The Avengers soundtrack, but were never satisfied with the results. They were seen working on it in their 1998 documentary, Meeting People Is Easy, but it had been left in the vaults because, as frontman Thom Yorke told MTV’s 120 Minutes, they “couldn’t find a proper way into it.”

“We ditched it because we were so messed up and we went in, tried to do the track, but we just couldn’t do it. It was actually a really difficult period of time,” Yorke said. “We had a five-week break and all the s— was coming to the surface. It was all a bit weird – I mean we went in and tried to do this old track that we had and it just wasn’t happening at all. It was a real low point after it.”

After a week of fans speculating on what would an anniversary edition might include, many of them wonder when they’ll hear the updated versions of these previously unreleased tracks, like “I Promise,” live. Radiohead will begin the European leg of its 2017 tour on June 7th.

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You can pre-order OK Computer: OKNOTOK, which will be released on June 23rd, on Radiohead’s website.

 

Ryan Adams delivered a haunting, solo acoustic version of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” during a Saturday session spot on BBC Radio 2. The singer-songwriter stayed true to the epic OK Computer ballad, even creatively crooning the eerie, descending vocal melody from the song’s bridge.
Ryan Adams also commented on how AC/DC, ELO Inspired songs for his upcoming Album
“I was listening to AC/DC’s ‘Fly on the Wall,’ and that’s when I realized what I had to do for the record,” singer-songwriter said in new interview

“I woke up this morning and I was jetlagged, and I had a full day of press,” he told the BBC. “But I wanted to do a couple of covers. And I know plenty, but I wanted to do something new that I hadn’t done before. So I went, what are two or three songs I could try to learn before I have to go to my first thing. And this was one. I don’t know if I’ve learned it in a great, new and interesting way, but I also thought it’s fitting, because there’s a pretty awful person who just got elected in the United States. So I don’t know why, but that song popped into my head this morning.”
Adams also performed a solo version of “Doomsday,” the anthemic folk-rock single from his upcoming 16th LP, “Prisoner”, due out February 17th.

The songwriter recently announced the album’s limited-edition “End of the World” box set containing 17 previously unreleased B-sides, seven-inch vinyl for each of the 12 songs and a 2-D action play set with assorted action figures.
On Monday, Adams released a video for power-ballad “Do You Still Love Me?.” The clip blends onstage footage with shots of Adams and his production team in the studio.
Singer-songwriter told BBC Radio 2 his performance was inspired by “pretty awful person” Donald Trump