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The Best of Radiohead

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The year 2008 might have been a slightly early point in time to release expanded editions of the first several Radiohead albums, so Capitol greased the reissue pipeline with The Best Of, a 17-track disc with a track list that is as debatable as any other. The idea of squeezing the band's first six albums into something resembling a definitive one-disc introduction seems almost as wise as presenting A Collection of Great Dance Songs incidentally a Capitol release as the one true and useful introduction to Pink Floyd, but to be more fair, the disc does cover just about all of the basics: all the singles and emphasis tracks, from Pablo Honey's "Creep" through Hail to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The year 2008 might have been a slightly early point in time to release expanded editions of the first several Radiohead albums, so Capitol greased the reissue pipeline with The Best Of, a 17-track disc with a track list that is as debatable as any other. The idea of squeezing the band's first six albums into something resembling a definitive one-disc introduction seems almost as wise as presenting A Collection of Great Dance Songs incidentally a Capitol release as the one true and useful introduction to Pink Floyd, but to be more fair, the disc does cover just about all of the basics: all the singles and emphasis tracks, from Pablo Honey's "Creep" through Hail to the Thief's "2+2=5," along with a small assortment of the band's better-known album cuts. One track apiece comes from Pablo Honey 1993 and Amnesiac 2001; three are from Kid A 2000, four are from OK Computer 1997, and six are off The Bends 1995. The primary problem, of course, is that Radiohead are much more an albums band than a singles band, especially from OK Computer onward, so a natural reflex for someone who has valued the band since The Bends is to shriek in mild agony; in principle, a best-of Radiohead compilation is similar to a DVD containing somewhat thoughtfully picked scenes from films made by a specific director. For a very casual fan who has absolutely no interest in exploring beyond the songs he or she heard on the radio or through MTV and the like, this set will do it has "Creep" and half of The Bends, after all, and then a bunch of "the weird stuff", but otherwise it clearly serves a purpose more meaningful for the label than anyone else.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • EAN: 5099921642524
  • Catalog Number: 791440
  • Sales rank: 20,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just (3:54)
  2. 2 Paranoid Android (6:27)
  3. 3 Karma Police (4:24)
  4. 4 Creep (3:57)
  5. 5 No Surprises (3:49)
  6. 6 High and Dry (4:17)
  7. 7 My Iron Lung (4:36)
  8. 8 There There (5:21)
  9. 9 Lucky (4:18)
  10. 10 Optimistic (4:53)
  11. 11 Fake Plastic Trees (4:51)
  12. 12 Idioteque (4:37)
  13. 13 2+2=5 (3:19)
  14. 14 The Bends (4:05)
  15. 15 Pyramid Song (4:49)
  16. 16 Street Spirit (Fade Out) (4:13)
  17. 17 Everything in Its Right Place (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Radiohead Primary Artist
Colin Greenwood Group Member
Jonny Greenwood Group Member
Ed O'Brien Group Member
Phil Selway Group Member
Thom Yorke Group Member
Technical Credits
Radiohead Composer, Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie Producer, Engineer
John Leckie Producer, Engineer
Sean Slade Producer, Engineer
Jim Warren Producer
Nigel Godrich Producer, Engineer
Jeremy Plumb Artwork
Stanley Donwood Artwork
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Tchocky Artwork
Chris Salmon Liner Notes
Lisa Bunny Jones Artwork
Chris Brown Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing. Period

    Purists will insist that Radiohead is a band that should never be captured on a 'Best Of' light - they may be right, but this, nonetheless, is an amazing collection of music. I could listen to the album for hours ¿ take a listen yourself - I promise you they will not dissapoint.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    most excellent - empirically is

    yup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing band is hard to sum up

    Radiohead has the honor of being one of the greatest bands from the last two decades. They also have the ability to be musically varied while simultaneously cultivating a unique and distinct sound, a near impossible feat. This makes for a tough task of summing up their catalogue into 17 songs, yet this collection does a fairly decent job of covering the basics. Most of the major singles are present, along with a few fan favorites. Unfortunately, the selection tends to lean towards the more coventional rock songs, focusing on material from The Bends and Ok Computer. Less room is given for material off of albums like Kid A and Amnesiac, and nothing from the lovely In Rainbows is included due to the timing and nature of that release. If you've heard a few Radiohead songs, pick this up and you'll like it. But you'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't check out Radiohead's complete albums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great songs

    "Karma Police," "Creep," "My Iron Lung," "There, There," "High and Dry," "Optimistic," and "Idioteque" are on one CD. I can't believe it. I've been waiting for years for Radiohead to release a "Best of" CD, and now they finally have done it. Thank you Radiohead. Play all the samples.

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