- Paranoid Android
- Karma Police
- No Surprises
- High and Dry
- My Iron Lung
- There There
- Fake Plastic Trees
- The Bends
- Pyramid Song
- Street Spirit (Fade Out)
- Everything in Its Right Place
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.
Performance CreditsRadiohead Primary Artist
Colin Greenwood Group Member
Jonny Greenwood Group Member
Ed O'Brien Group Member
Phil Selway Group Member
Thom Yorke Group Member
Technical CreditsRadiohead 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
Chris Salmon Liner Notes
Lisa Bunny Jones Artwork
Chris Brown Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
A great compilation. It is best to hear each Radiohead cd as a whole though, because Radiohead's albums are very much concept albums. I speak for many when saying that ok computer is one of the best concept albums ever. Thank you, sorry to have wasted your time.
Yes, all the hits are here, for casual fans. And yes, the songs are great and it's a good mix. But, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you don't get the albums. Just get the albums
I have to start this review with two things, the first being the clarification about my rating: I love Radiohead. They are beyond words, and to a musician, someone who makes music their life, Radiohead makes every day worth living. That said, the next thing is to thank Barnes and Noble for placing the "Official Review" by Andy Kellman on the main page; it is very well done, and I love it. So why, you ask, would such a devoted listener give a one star rating? To save your life. If you heard of the legendary Radiohead and were looking for a place to start, you will not find it with this album. You MUST go out and purchase the actual albums, I recomend in order of their release, and listen to THEM and IN FULL. I will make this absolutely clear: NO SONG BY RADIOHEAD OUGHT TO BE LISTENED TO MORE THAN ANOTHER. RADIOHEAD HAS NO SINGLES- CAPITOL RECORDS STEALS SONGS AND CALLS THEM SINGLES. Now, rant aside, I truly implore you to listen to the whole albums and ignore the money-grubbing concept of "Best Of". You will thank me later. Granted, if you were the type of person who liked "Creep" and nothing else, you might enjoy this album, but you will skip the tracks that scare you. To this person I ask that you kill yourself and make the world a better place. In order to help you, I have attached at the "I also recommend" section all the albums I could fit on the website. Here is a brief synopsis of each album that might help you land on the one you enjoy most: (In order of cronological release) Pablo Honey The debut album. In retrospect, you'll feel the immaturity of the band, but appreciate how far they jumped in such short time. This album is the more punk-dipped alternative that the boys toyed with at first. You'll find nice guitar work, a lack of main theme, but a bunch of well-versed melodies and things that some musicians of this nature would put together, well, naturally. The Bends This is where things get good. This album would satisfy the mainstream ear with a more lead vocal and lead guitar song structure, and an overall 90's Alternative Rock feel. I mean this in a good way - you'll love it. OK Computer This is where the boys mixed some of Thom and Johnny's weird experiments with the alternative feel of "The Bends" In this are very deeply developed songs, almost like what the Bends would feel like if another couple of months was spent with the tracks it had. Kid A This one is crazy. Deep, electronic, and completely experimental, Kid A's opening track sets the mood for the whole album. I don't think you'll understand any of the songs on the first listen, so make time for this one. Amnesiac Similar to Kid A, and almost like an EP extention of it. Get it if you liked Kid A and vice versa. Hail to the Theif This is what George Orwell sounds like in music form. Deep, soulful, and almost scary, Hail to the Theif is catchy no matter how many times you listen to it, which sure as hell won't be ONE. More alternative-rocky than the last two, though you can feel the hints of electronica. In Rainbows This short album is perfect. A true paramount from the last albums. In this, combined, is the better sides of "The Bends", "Kid A" and some new more romantic Thom Yorke feel that will make you say "Wow". You will want to make love to this album, and you will listen to this album when you make love. I hope I c
Radiohead is a band that has great songs and bad songs. I don't like a lot of their slow songs. Their good slow songs are on this CD. Another reason not to buy all their CDs is because they are not concept albums. They are songs thrown together. Buy this CD if you want the best songs they have thrown together. This is their best CD.
"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.