Bends

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Bends was Radiohead's peak as an adventurous guitar band and their creativity wasn't limited to the album proper -- it spilled over to that album's B-sides, resulting in their most consistent string of singles, which, in turn, makes the double-disc reissue of The Bends the best of all the 2009 deluxe Radiohead reissues. This collects all the B-sides from the singles for "My Iron Long," "High & Dry"/"Planet Telex," "Fake Plastic Trees," and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," adding four BBC sessions to comprise a bonus disc totalling 21 tracks. Compared to the Pablo Honey and OK Computer reissues, this doesn't rely heavily on live tracks or remixes, so there is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Bends was Radiohead's peak as an adventurous guitar band and their creativity wasn't limited to the album proper -- it spilled over to that album's B-sides, resulting in their most consistent string of singles, which, in turn, makes the double-disc reissue of The Bends the best of all the 2009 deluxe Radiohead reissues. This collects all the B-sides from the singles for "My Iron Long," "High & Dry"/"Planet Telex," "Fake Plastic Trees," and "Street Spirit (Fade Out)," adding four BBC sessions to comprise a bonus disc totalling 21 tracks. Compared to the Pablo Honey and OK Computer reissues, this doesn't rely heavily on live tracks or remixes, so there is a pretty hefty amount of valuable non-LP songs here, including "Talk Show Host," "Bishop's Robes," "Banana Co.," and "Molasses," which all point the way toward the vibrant twitchy progressive rock of OK Computer. Even with these tunes hinting toward the future, the 21 tracks on the bonus disc are connected strongly to the muscular, imaginative present of Radiohead in 1995, building and expanding upon the sound of The Bends and, when presented in conjunction with the album, enhancing it, illustrating that this was when the band found its voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099969361425
  • Catalog Number: 93614

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Planet Telex (4:19)
  2. 2 The Bends (4:06)
  3. 3 High And Dry (4:17)
  4. 4 Fake Plastic Trees (4:50)
  5. 5 Bones (3:08)
  6. 6 (Nice Dream) (3:53)
  7. 7 Just (3:54)
  8. 8 My Iron Lung (4:36)
  9. 9 Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was (3:28)
  10. 10 Black Star (4:07)
  11. 11 Sulk (3:42)
  12. 12 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (4:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Trickster (4:42)
  2. 2 Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong (4:41)
  3. 3 Lozenge Of Love (2:17)
  4. 4 Lewis (Mistreated) (3:20)
  5. 5 Permanent Daylight (2:49)
  6. 6 You Never Wash Up After Yourself (1:44)
  7. 7 Maquiladora (3:26)
  8. 8 Killer Cars (3:03)
  9. 9 India Rubber (3:26)
  10. 10 How Can You Be Sure? (4:21)
  11. 11 Fake Plastic Trees (4:41)
  12. 12 Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was (3:35)
  13. 13 Street Spirit (4:25)
  14. 14 Talk Show Host (4:40)
  15. 15 Bishop's Robes (3:25)
  16. 16 Banana Co. (2:21)
  17. 17 Molasses (2:27)
  18. 18 Just (3:45)
  19. 19 Maquiladora (3:29)
  20. 20 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (4:21)
  21. 21 Bones (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radiohead Primary Artist
Caroline LaVelle Cello
Colin Greenwood Bass, Bass Guitar
Jonny Greenwood Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Recorder
John Matthias Violin, Viola
Ed O'Brien Guitar, Vocals
Phil Selway Drums
Thom Yorke Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dianne Swann Vocals
Jon Greenwood Organ, Guitar, Piano
Technical Credits
Radiohead Producer, Audio Production
Miti Adhikari Producer, Audio Production
Chris Blair Digital Editing, Mastering
Barry Hammond Engineer
Chris Hufford Management
John Leckie Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jim Warren Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Live Sound
Nigel Godrich Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jonny Greenwood String Arrangements
Fred Kay Engineer
Thom Yorke String Arrangements
Stanley Donwood Artwork
Bryce Edge Management
Chris Brown Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Beginning Of The Best

    When Radiohead first emerged with their 1993 hit single, "Creep", some were hoping they would become a band that was just as exciting and integral as The Beatles or Nirvana. While Radiohead didn't turn out to be another Beatles or Nirvana, the music they have created has been spectacular on its own terms. Lead singer and songwriter Thom Yorke has taken the gloom of alternative music to heart and created music that is sometimes danceable, sometimes depressing, yet always compelling. The first step towards that was this album.

    "The Bends" was released in 1995 and remains a pithy, churning classic. Loosely inspired by George Orwell's vision of computerized, dehumanized societies and by the angry, groudnbreaking comedy of Bill Hicks (in fact, the album is dedicated to him), "The Bends" was like smart arena rock for the flannel shirt generation. True, "High And Dry", "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Just" were timeless rockers. However, the rest of the album reveals a sense of generational surrender, particularly in the title track and the final cut, "Street Spirit", which remains one of their greatest songs.

    The second disc of the deluxe edition contains probably more material than we care to. Yet, much of it is very good, ranging from the unintentionally funny "You Never Wash Up After Yourself" to the heartbreaking "How Can You Be Sure?" There are also some impressive live concerts here from a BBC-1 Radio session and some striking acoustic live versions of "Fake Plastic Trees" and "Street Spirit". Radiohead would go on to make even better records in the future. Though it's nice to know that these guys went from making an average debut album and nearly all of their records since have been nothing short of original brilliance.

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