The Best of Radiohead [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

June 3, 2008 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Digital Booklet: The Best Of
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 28, 2008
  • Release Date: May 28, 2008
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2008 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 1:16:51
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B0019K9XR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,537 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

One of the best greatest hits cd I had bought.
Pen Name
I'm not versed in Radiohead to the extent that I would criticize the inclusion of exclusion of any particular song, but this album seems to have a number of successes.
S P
I really like it and would recommend it wholeheartedly, sorry to disagree with the Radiohead die-hard fans.
Wizard

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Music: 5 Stars... Compilation: 4 Stars

When Radiohead decided with the "In Rainbows" album not to re-up with EMI, it was only a matter of time before the label would squeeze a few more drops out of the money machine that Radiohead was for EMI. The label simply had to find a good time and excuse to do so, and that time has come (new tour!). The band has made clear that it has nothing to do with this "best of", all the while also acknowledging that EMI has the legal right to do this. Now the question is: is this compilation any good?

"The Best of Radiohead" (17 tracks; 76 min.) not surprisingly focuses on tracks from three albums: a whopping 6 tracks from 1995's commercial breakthrough album "The Bends", including the singles Just, My Iron Lung, High and Dry, Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit (Fade Out) and also the fabulous title tracks. 1997's "OK Computer" album, viewed by many as one of the most important albums of the 90s, gets 4 tracks, including the singles Paranoid Android, Karma Police, No surprises, and also Lucky. 2000's "Kid A" gets 3 tracks: Optimistic, Idioteque, and Everything In Its Right Place. With that, 75% of this "best of" compilation is filled. The remaining 3 studio albums get a mere 4 tracks: the monster hit Creep from 1993's "Pablo Honey"; Pyramid Song from 2001's "Amnesiac; and finally There There and 2+2=5 from 2004's "Hail to the Thief".

In all, it is difficult to argue with that selection. Only 2 singles did not make in on here (Knives Out from "Amnesiac" and Go to Sleep from "Hail to the Thief", but this is not "The Singles of Radiohead". I will say that I am not crazy with the sequencing of the album (notice that the 3 tracks from "Kid A" are buried in the second half).
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Kennedy on June 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Each of these songs is fantastic, so if you're the kind of person who would like to be able to say that you've "heard" Radiohead, this purchase will be ok. You will at least have 17 great songs that you didn't have before. On the other hand, if you listen to the samples and notice that you like what you hear, you might be interested in knowing that Radiohead now have seven whole albums of songs at least as good as what's presented here.

You should also know that each of their albums is a fairly cohesive work, and is best taken as a whole. So, even if you're not looking to buy seven disks straight up (which is still a great idea if you like what you hear), I think you'd do better to buy one of the complete albums rather than this collection.

Pablo Honey is their first and easily their weakest album, but is still fairly good (and yes, it has "Creep" on it). If you're looking to just satisfy your curiosity about this Radiohead that you keep hearing about (and I'm sorry about that; Radiohead fans can be a rabid bunch), then buy OK Computer. I guarantee you that having one complete album with 12 tracks is better than having this collection of 17. Once you have OK Computer and you want more, you can either go to Kid A and Amnesiac for more weird and electronic, or to The Bends for less weird.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josh Worsham on September 30, 2008
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If you are a true Radiohead fan, then you won't need this album. But if you are a beginner, then buying this compilation would give you a good feel of what the band is made of. Given the full spectrum of their sounds, you get a chance to experience the many stages of what the band has been able to put together over the years. IF you already own many of the albums, don't waste your money. There is nothing new here.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By finulanu on June 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
First off, let me say that I am somewhat obsessed with Radiohead - they're my favorite band other than the Beatles, and easily the best group currently making music. So when I first learned of a Radiohead compilation, I almost flew into a "Pacifist's rampage". That is, I almost threw assorted harmless objects such as cloth napkins and pillowcases within a five-inch radius in an otherwise empty room. But then I calmed myself down, and realized that this is a great intro to a fantastic band. See, the thing about Radiohead is that a compilation actually works for them. Their albums (particularly the Bends, OK Computer, Kid A and In Rainbows, though they have yet to disappoint me) are all very good, or at least have very good moments, and they've never made a bad one. But their best songs make perfect sense out of album context (other than "Treefingers", a brief instrumental that serves no purpose other than to link the first and second halves of the album). So they're not like Pink Floyd, whose albums you have to hear entirely in order to get where they're going. Nor are they the Beatles (the greatest band ever, by the way) who have too many hits, famous songs, and whatnot, to fit on four CD's.
So, basically, the casual Radiohead fan should just go for it. It contains all of Radiohead's most significant hits not found on In Rainbows, after all - "Creep", "High and Dry", "Fake Plastic Trees", "Just", "Paranoid Android", "Karma Police", "No Surprises", "Lucky", "Optimistic", "Pyramid Song", "There There" and so forth; and a few album tracks, too! I have to give them the thumbs-up for including "The Bends", which rocks like hell, and the apocalyptic techno "Idioteque", a fan favorite.
I don't know what else to say, really. If you're new to Radiohead, and just want all the hits on one disc, scoop it up. But be warned: this group can be addicting.
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