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Com Lag: 2+2=5
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Remixes are fine. Some really different renditioning of some Hail to the Thief songs. One is even by Four Tet. That's neat.
B-sides is the reason to purchase this though. If you don't want to pay an absurd amount for expensive B-side CD's (which why the hell would you) then this alone makes a worth while purchase. I really like Fog (again), Citizen Insane, and Where Blue Birds Fly (not a Somewhere Over the Rainbow cover, more of an ambient electronic mass of bleeps and bloops. Apex Twin-esque) This makes the disc alone worth the fifteen dollars.
Not to mention the album art on the inside is actually really clever and funny. And I guess there's a live video? Neat? If you watch videos off of Cd's (Yes all three of you) then there is one.
I can't whole heartedly give this a 5 seeing as though in some form of another all these songs have been previously released (including the remixes); but that aside, buy this, especially if you haven't heard these songs before.
"Com Lag" (10 tracks, 36 min.) was originally released in 2004 in Japan, but finally re-released for wider audiences in 2007. This compilation is a hotch-potch of (then) unreleased tracks, B-sides, live tracks and remixes, and so not surprisingly this is all over the place. It starts off very strongly with a live version of "2+2=5" (from London's Earl Court in November '03). The outstanding instrumental "I Am Citizen Insane" reminds me musically of the Thom Yorke solo album "The Eraser". Other highlights for me are "Paperbag Writer" (which is the best track on here for me personally), "Gagging Order" (just Thom Yorke and acoustic guitar), "Fog (Again") (just Thom and piano; recorded live) ; "I Am a Wicked Child" and the closer "Where Bluebirds Fly". I can do without the 2 remixed HTTT tracks: a nervous remix of "Myxomatosis", and a slightly better remix of "Scatterbrain".
In the end, "Com Lag" reflects both the scattered sense of these types of grab-all compilations and the scattered sense of the Hail to the Thief album. However, if you are a Radiohead fan, you will cherish this release. (Last but not least, I stumbled upon this recently while browsing in the used CD bin at my local indie-record store, and picked this up for only $7.99!)
I havent regret it at all. Its really good! Heres a brief:
2+2=5.(Live) Really great live performance! Almost better than the studio version!
Remyxomatosis.(Cristian Vogel RMX) A pretty weak track. I dont think that you can make Myxomatosis better than it already is on the HTTT album.
I Will.(L.A. Version) A good Version of the song, less sad than on the album.
Paperbag Writer. This is probably my favorite track on the album. Its awesome. Really scary with the Violins! Great track.
I am a Wicked Child. Another track that could have been on the HTTT album.
I am Citizen Insane. an instrumental track. I doesnt really have much to it.
Skttrbrain.(Four Tet RMX) As with Myxomatosis i dont think the remix makes the song better. But its still okay.
Gagging Order. A nice quiet track, with a good guitar riff.
Fog.(Again)(Live) Solo by Thom Yorke. A very good song about baby alligators in sewers
Where Bluebirds Fly. I dont like this one. Its just...not good.
Overall this is an exciting album that Radiohead fans must have!
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from the opening guitar riff to the finale - u wil be moved...for me - for me / the litmus test for talent is the quality of LIVE performances. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ROBERT W MCINTOSH
I purchased this track (along with others) to finish up my Radiohead discography.
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Radiohead once again provides some quality B-side tracks to the fans who can't get enough. Most tracks are of the high quality to be expected from Radiohead. Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by D. Baker
Buy this CD if only for the song Gagging Order. Listen to it. The rest of the album is mostly live stuff (they made this CD specifically for Japan, or so they claimed).Published on April 15, 2010 by J. W. Boone
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You'd probally be better of just buying the Go to Sleep sinlge, the two songs off that are really the only ones worth paying for. Read morePublished on October 8, 2008 by Can't think of good name
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