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OK COMPUTER OKNOTOK 1997 2017 Deluxe
LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Box Set
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Featuring Remastered OK COMPUTER, B-Sides and Three Never Before Released Tracks: “I Promise,” “Lift,” “Man Of War” Rescued from defunct formats, prized from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OKNOTOK will be issued June 23 on XL Recordings, coinciding (roughly) with the original 1997 release date(s) of Radiohead’s landmark third album OK COMPUTER. OKNOTOK features the original OK COMPUTER twelve track album, eight B-sides, and the Radiohead completist’s dream: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War.” The original studio recordings of these three previously unreleased and long sought after OK COMPUTER era tracks finally receive their first official issue on OKNOTOK. All material on OKNOTOK is newly remastered from the original analogue tapes. Digital formats, double CD, and triple 180g LP versions of the 23 track album will be released widely on June 23rd. OK COMPUTER was originally released on various dates ranging from May to July 1997. Produced by the band and Nigel Godrich, the album is widely cited as one of the greatest works of Radiohead’s--or any artist’s--catalogue and was the first Radiohead record to reach #1 in the UK and to be be nominated for the Album of the Year GRAMMY. The album features singles “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “Lucky” and “No Surprises.” In 2015, The National Recording Registry selected OK COMPUTER to be preserved in the Library of Congress as a recording that has proven “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
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If you are a Radiohead fan considering upgrading their best album this is worth it. The remastering on the album was done by Bob Ludwig one of the best mastering engineers in the world and the album sounds great. There isn't anything radically different (like the Sgt peppers remix) but it definitely sounds a little more crisp then the 97 release.
The main reason to buy this anniversary edition is not the slightly better mastering but the inclusion of b-sides and previously unreleased tracks.The highlight of this release is the three previously unreleased songs and B-sides. All three of the unreleased tracks are great, my favorite being Man of War.
The CD packaging mirrors the vinyl release in that it comes in a cardboard slip case. There isn't any linear booklet which is kind of a drag but doesn't take away from the product overall.
In summary if you love Radiohead this anniversary edition is great. The new remaster is a slight improvement over the 97 release but nothing earth shattering. The bonus disc will give fans greater insight on a band during the period when they crafted one of the greatest albums of all time.
The notion of a Radiohead-approved deluxe reissue is especially odd when it comes to this particular record, one which already received a 2-disc reissue back in 2009 by the band's former label, EMI. While it is great to have a Radiohead stamp of approval on this 20th anniversary reissue, that alone is not enough to justify forking over money even for the basic 2-disc edition of "OKNOTOK". The rarities included on here have never been all that rare, and some of the songs included on this set are available digitally, or have been performed live for more than a decade. Technically this is a remaster with B-Sides and rarities added on. Avid fans and collectors will naturally go for the true 20th anniversary box set experience of this (out in July). For the fans, however, "OKNOTOK" will live or die by the 3 songs that render it unique. As with the 2009 EMI reissue, it is nice to have the many B-Sides compiled here, but anyone who owns that prior reissue will probably not really need another CD of that same material. To the uninitiated, "OKNOTOK" stands as the complete version of the album; to those well-acquainted with it, the new standard editions represent a near-duplicate entry in their CD collection. Regardless, "OKNOTOK" is an essential listen.
Note: Opaque blue 3x 180 gram vinyl features the original 12-track album, 3 unreleased tracks, and 8 B-Sides, housed in a triple-sleeve gatefold, including a digital download card; a thing of beauty!
***** for the album
***** for this edition
These 3 heavy duty records are perfectly packaged and surrounded by familiar art. The 8 newly included b-sides fit very well into the original album. On the vinyl version they've all been put together onto the third album. I actually thought they mixed in very well in the order the mp3 album placed them. I'm sure many would rather be able to listen through the original as is.
Overall very happy with the sound, appearance, quality and excuse to spend so much time with a familiar favorite.