Hail to the Thief [2CD/DVD]

Hail to the Thief [2CD/DVD]

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by Radiohead

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Compared to the all-live Kid A extra disc and the grab-bag of Amnesiac bonus material, the addendum on EMI's 2009 expanded reissue of Hail to the Thief is a more conventional collection of B-sides and rarities. Of course, this is partially down to the source material: …  See more details below


Compared to the all-live Kid A extra disc and the grab-bag of Amnesiac bonus material, the addendum on EMI's 2009 expanded reissue of Hail to the Thief is a more conventional collection of B-sides and rarities. Of course, this is partially down to the source material: Radiohead released three singles from Hail to the Thief, which is more than either of its predecessors, so there were more stray tracks to round up. Many of these were either instrumentals or remixes, with the notable exception of the tense, tightly wound "Paperbag Writer," the moody acoustic "Gagging Order," and the slow, blues-tinged crawl of "I Am a Wicked Child," three cuts that stand out against the murky atmosphere that surrounds them, atmosphere that intrigues but doesn't quite tantalize. The rest of the disc is rounded out by live performances. [A triple-disc set adds a DVD containing five promo videos ("There There," "Go to Sleep," "2+2=5," "Sit Down, Stand Up," and a live "2+2=5"), and a four-track set from Later...With Jools Holland from May 2003.]

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Disc 1

  1. 2 + 2 = 5 (The Lukeworm)
  2. Sit Down. Stand Up (Snakes & Ladders)
  3. Sail To The Moon (Brush The Cobwebs Out Of The Sky)
  4. Backdrifts (Honeymoon Is Over)
  5. Go To Sleep (Little Man Being Erased)
  6. Where I End And You Begin (The Sky Is Falling In)
  7. We Suck Young Blood (Your Time Is Up)
  8. The Gloaming (Softly Open Our Mouths In The Cold)
  9. There There (The Boney King Of Nowhere)
  10. I Will (No Man's Land)
  11. A Punchup At A Wedding (No No No No No No No No)
  12. Myxomatosis (Judge Jury & Executioner)
  13. Scatterbrain (As Dead As Leaves)
  14. A Wolf At The Door (It Girl. Rag Doll)

Disc 2

  1. Paperbag Writer
  2. Where Bluebirds Fly
  3. I Am Citizen Insane
  4. Fog (Again)
  5. Gagging Order
  6. I Am A Wicked Child
  7. Remyxomatosis
  8. There There
  9. Skttrbrain
  10. I Will
  11. Sail To The Moon
  12. 2+2=5
  13. Go To Sleep

Disc 3

  1. There There
  2. Go to Sleep
  3. 2+2=5
  4. Sit Down. Stand Up
  5. 2+2=5
  6. There There
  7. Go to Sleep
  8. 2+2=5
  9. Where I End and You Begin

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Radiohead   Primary Artist
Colin Greenwood   Bass,Sampling,Synthesizer Strings
Jonny Greenwood   Guitar,Glockenspiel,Toy Piano,Ondes Martenot
Ed O'Brien   Guitar,Vocals
Phil Selway   Percussion,Drums
Thom Yorke   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Darrell Thorp   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Radiohead   Composer,Producer
Rob Lewis   Producer
Andy Rogers   Producer
Nigel Godrich   Producer,Engineer,Live Recording,Operation
Cristian Vogel   Remixing
Thom Yorke   Composer
Alison Howe   Producer
Graeme Stewart   Engineer
Stanley Donwood   Paintings
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Four Tet   Remixing
Alexander Rutterford   Director
Ed Holdsworth   Director
Mark Cooper   Producer
Fabien Raymond   Director
Chris Hopewell   Director
Janet Fraser Crook   Director

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Hail to the Thief 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many of Weird Al's 1990s albums, Running With Scissors is something of a mixed bag, although devoted fans will definitely find enough of interest to add it to their collections. As usual, the highlights tend to be song parodies; "The Saga Begins" is a retelling of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace from Obi-Wan Kenobi's point of view set to the tune of "American Pie," while "Jerry Springer" is a clever rewrite of the Barenaked Ladies' "One Week." Not all of them quite hit the mark, though: "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi" has the same borderline ethnic condescension of the Offspring's original, and Yankovic's mimicry of the sound of his source material on the Puff Daddy takeoff "It's All About the Pentiums" isn't quite up to his usual standards. The originals tend to come off as forced, as though Yankovic is trying way too hard to live up to his nickname; although the snarky rip of "My Baby's in Love with Eddie Vedder" hits pretty close to the mark, the eleven-minute closer "Albuquerque" is interminable. Overall, there are some songs worthy of adding to Yankovic's next best-of, and some more that no one will miss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd i cant wait to hear it when it is completely done this will be a great cd if you are a radiohead fan or even fi you arent you will be hooked on them and others of the same type of music. My friend got my hooked on them and i cant thank him enough and i hope you will get hooked on them too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really don't know about any other radiohead fan thoughts about this album but i really enjoy it. So if any body don't agree with me, thats your disition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a good cd. I truly like the songs there there,backdrifts,we suck youngs blood,i will, and everything else. Its a really intresting cd to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They've done it again, and as usual it's brilliant like everything else they do. As I write this review I want those reading it to understand that I own all their other cd's and have followed their career for years now. I think that this cd is much like OK Computer in that it's more rock-influenced, but yet adds a little bit of Kid A to make it "Hail to the Thief." I think that there even is a little bit of Amnesiac in there. For instance, in Sit Down Stand Up you can hear a little bit of Pyramid Song. I call this cd a culmination of all their cd's...maybe Pablo Honey can be left out, but if you don't own any radiohead cd's I would listen to this one and it would help you decided whether or not to buy any of their others. If you decide not to buy any other their cd's as a result of hearing this one.....your loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh My God!!! this is an album i ve been waiting for years it s fantastic another RADIOHEAD's masterpiece highly recomended for people who like good music
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those Radiohead fans who've been listening since "Pablo Honey" aren't likely to hear anything new or innovating or exciting on this cd. Those fans that climbed aboard after hearing "OK Comptuer" will probably enjoy this cd. Even though they've pulled back a little bit on the electronic noise it's still very "Amnesiac" and "Kid A" like. Other than the songs "2+2=5" and "Go to Sleep" this album is sadly uneventful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes it's a procession of progress and it's ok. He got his sixgun back but was amnesia just a holiday? Trust me that's all I am going to say. Ok... ok. Yes they're exhuming angels with one foot on display. It's the shiny spires that are showing the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars actually & certainly best since OK Computer. Standouts inc 2 + 2 = 5; There There & Myxtomatis.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fierce, original--their message to U.S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of people started to worry about Radiohead when Kid A came out. Even more got nervous when Amnesiac came out. I personally liked both of those disks, and I commend them for doing styles that no one else would ever dream of doing in this day and age. They are way ahead of their time. Those that weren't huge fans of the ambient/alternative style that came out of those last two disks will be happy to know that this album, while still very experimental, fits into a groove closer to the old styles found in OK Computer and so on. Expect more of an edge than in Kid A or Amnesiac. But don't expect the rock/alternative style that you would've found way back on some of their earlier albums. In 10 years, people will be looking back at Radiohead much like People look back (now) at Talking Heads. No one else does the styles of tomorrow today quite like Radiohead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hail to the Thief continues the streak of superior albums recorded by Radiohead. Since the release of The Bends in 1995 the band has remained amongst the most original in the realm of popular music. This album is no different. Tracks like "Sail to the Moon", "We Suck Young Blood", "A Punchup at a Wedding" and "A Wolf at the Door" will be considered staples in the repetoire of the band's greatest songs, in my opinion. In these days of corporate sponsored boy bands and tired frat-rock, Radiohead remains a source of hope in the music industry. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone is saying the new Radiohead is either a mix between Ok Computer and The Bends, or OK Computer and Kid A and Amnesiac, and they are basically right. It contains elements of all those albums, but that doesn't really make it better than any of them. This is a very good album, I'd say better than Amnesiac and Kid A, maybe better than the Bends, but not better than OK Computer. Now that I'm writing this I'm not sure why I feel the need to rank all the Radiohead albums, especially since this one just came out so it's really impossible to tell how it will hold up. The thing about this album is, about 75% of the songs are incredible, and the other quarter are just decent. Other Radiohead albums are more consistent. Thom Yorke said this is a good album to listen to with a lover, or it's a romantic album, he said something to that effect, but who knows what the hell he meant by that. I think it's a good album to listen to while chopping vegetables for dinner. By the way, Bastone, thanks for recommending Nirvana, I never heard of them before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd, I think I am getting an unhealthy addiction to it. I got it on midnight of the day it was released, and literally haven't stopped listening to it (unless there isn't a cd player around) This is just an incredible cd. My favorite tracks: 2+2=5, We suck young blood, Myxomatosis, A punchup at a wedding, A wolf at the door. Basically all of them are great, but if I continued, I'd just be giving the entire tracklist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before "Hail to the Thief" was released I was thinking, "Radiohead can't get any better. They have reached the pinnacle of genius. I don't see how the new album can be that original." Fusing jazz, techno, straight ahead guitar rock with Thom Yorke's signature passionate voice Radiohead have proven to me once again that they are more than just another cryptic, artsy-alternative band. Lyrically the songs on "Hail to the Thief" are more literal and less esoteric. Thom sings about love, loneliness, being the outcast, being ugly, being a freak with sincerity, passion and absolutely no melodrama. This album lacks the pretentiousness of "KID A" (thankfully) and the obscurity of "Amnesiac." If you are still reading this you are obviously a fan and therefore already know all this. If you don't know what I'm talking about GO OUT AND BUY THE CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love raidohead, but I was a bit disappointed. There's only one really good track. It seems as if they are trying out different styles....they have a great fan base and their other albums were great…. So, they wanted to do something a bit more experimental. But it fell short. Buy it just to support their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best album of 2003!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm having great difficulty following Radiohead's evolution (if it can be called that). Some may call it artistic expression or musical genius or their "new sound". Yes, there is some creativity but the bottom line remains the same: too much fluff and little substance. The band's songs used to be guitar-driven (rock and acoustic) and very melodic (remember Pablo Honey and The Bends and OK Computer?). Now, the songs are excessively electronic (didn't it get on everyone else's nerves when the trend was for bands to use excessive electronic effects and call it music during the early 80s???????). Radiohead is progressively sounding more like a jazz band rather than a rock group (for a lack of a better term). When Radiohead came out with OK Computer, I thought it was pure gold and the most impressive step up from their previous work. Since then, they've not put out anything that's greatly impressed me. The electronics and attempts at writing songs on piano (which sounds more like jazz) are only distractions from their real musical talent and creativity. Anybody can disagree with me. I can't stand to listen to Backdrifts, The Gloaming, or I Will. The worst song on the CD is We Suck Young Blood. Was the in-your-face clap throughout the song really necessary? Maybe it was a joke. 2 + 2 = 5 sounded much like their heavier stuff from The Bends. Go to Sleep is great, with the acoustic guitars. Thom's best songs have been written on an acoustic. There There is awesome. My favorite song on the CD is Scatterbrain. It's a little jazzy but the melody is so pretty that it's maybe one of the best songs in a long time (Knives Out was the only song I liked on Amnesiac). I hope the fans will not support this work but will beg Radiohead to lay off the electronics and pianos and please get back to the guitars!!! Strip away the fluff and turn out some real gold. Regardless of their new stuff, there are no better songs than Airbag or Fake Plastic Trees or High And Dry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I suppose it is sort of cliche' to praise radiohead at this point. Sometimes I wonder with all the critics constantly droaning about the band's brilliance (of you never know if you should believe critics at any time). Hail to the Thief, is of course, spectacular. The boys from Oxford continue to do more of the same, (namely a lot of the blips and whirs of the post 'OK Computer' era) and mix it with new things that blow you away -- like the dirty bass line heading my favorite track - 'myxomotosis.' Quickly approaching my 30s, I remember discovering the band in college w/ Pablo Honey. As many fans will say though, the record that will hook you is "The Bends." It was all over for me. Now, I can't seem to tolerate the 'fridge buzz' of mainstream radio; and radiohead are my solace. I am seeing them for the first time at the Auburn, WA show -- Aug. 31. I have a feeling it will be something of a religious experience. The moral of the 'review?': Buy this record, buy all the others, buy the maxi-single / imports, and buy the DVD "Meeting People is Easy." You're doing your musical conciousness a huge favor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During the sessions for this album, the word was that this was going to be Radiohead’s return to guitar-based rock. Well, no such luck. 'Hail To The Thief' is a continuation of the experimental leanings heard on 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac', but with diminishing returns. The band is still staying away from anything resembling traditional verse-chorus-verse songs, and your enthusiasm for the album will be in direct proportion to your tolerance for the direction their music has taken. Even so, this is not a strong set of songs; the music is simply unmemorable, with little to draw the listener in and stay in the mind. Atmospheric and impressionistic, but ultimately self-indulgent and snooze-inducing, it’s their weakest album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though it may be a little difficult on first listening, as most of RH albums, this one grows on you quickly. Its unique sound drives you to new, magical worlds and every RH fan, from The Bends through Ok Computer and Amnesiac should be satisfied.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tough its mixed recieving, this album is one who every music lover should listen to. Radiohead won't make new fans with this album - as they have so many fans already - because it combines OK Computer with Kid A and Amnesiac. Yet they try to push further. Maybe some songs could be left out - hmmmm, or maybe not, i miss them already :-).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this CD! I've been listening to Radiohead since Pablo Honey, and do you know what I've noticed? I've noticed that they have always sounded agitated in the studio. Eaven when they came out with OK Computer they sounded like they were trying too hard to make the perfect studio release. When they put their heads together to make Amnesiac, Radiohead had finally did make the perfect studio release. Now with the release of Hail To The Thief, Radiohead continued to head in the direction that Amnesiac pointed them in an created annother tour de fource!