OK Computer CD (1997)

Artist: Radiohead

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One of the greatest albums ever! I love the beatles, but i think this is possibly the best ever. buy it, i dont care what u have to do, rob a bank if you must!

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One of the All-time Greats

by chad on 12/6/2003

One of the greatest albums ever! I love the beatles, but i think this is possibly the best ever. buy it, i dont care what u have to do, rob a bank if you must!

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Product Overview

Third album from Radiohead, released in 1997.


Label Emd/capitol
SKU 60135192
UPC 724385522925
UPC 14 00724385522925
Format CD
Release Date 7/1/1997
Author Radiohead
Associated Artist/Work Rockabye Baby!
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
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Technical Info
Lable Name Capitol
Released 05/01/1997
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 21s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724385522925
Album Notes and Credits
Radiohead: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway.
Additional Personnel: Adam Cummings (guitar).
Engineers include: Nigel Godrich.
OK COMPUTER was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year and won the 1998 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Recording information: 07/1996-03/1997.
Photographer: Stanley Donwood.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Colin Greenwood ; Ed O'Brien ; Jonny Greenwood ; Phil Selway; Thom Yorke.
OK COMPUTER, Radiohead's third album, is the bombastic follow-up to 1995's sleeper hit THE BENDS, which left critics and listeners as impressed with the band's ability as they were curious about their potential. In spite of its technological-sounding title and apocalyptic sci-fi themes, OK COMPUTER is firmly grounded in the rock verities. Waves of guitars rage beneath the haunting melodies and near-hysterical fits of singer Thom Yorke. This complex, intense swarm of guitars is held aloft by a solid, inventive rhythm section and an impressive array of piano and keyboard textures.
"Paranoid Android" is a six-minute-plus epic with alternating time signatures, wild dynamic shifts, drama and adrenaline to spare. "Let Down," with its double-tracked vocals and rhythmic throb, may give a brief glimpse back at Radiohead's past, but at no point is OK COMPUTER anything but a hurtle forward.
Artist Overview
Radiohead, one of the few alternative bands of the early '90s to draw heavily from the grandiose arena rock that characterized U2's early albums, internalized that epic sweep and turned it inside out to tell tortured, twisted tales of angst and alienation. Vocalist Thom Yorke's pained lyrics were brought to life by the group's three-guitar attack, which relied on texture instead of virtuosity. As Radiohead's fame grew, so did their penchant for experimentation, culminating in two of their best and most polarizing works, 1997's art rock masterpiece OK Computer and 2000's sparse and largely electronic Kid A. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]anicked, paranoid and product-coded; tranquilized, arena-size and indelible."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.65) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (7/10-24/97, pp.117-118) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...OK COMPUTER - a stunning art-rock tour de force - will have you reeling back to their debut, PABLO HONEY, for insight into the group's dramatic evolution..."
Spin (9/99, p.122) - Ranked #9 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin (1/98, p.86) - Ranked #2 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."
Spin (8/97, pp.112-113) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Unlike their majestic models U2, Radiohead take on techno without switching instruments or employing trendy producers....As with post-rockers Tortoise, Laika, and Seefeel, Radiohead have a fuzzbox or two and obviously know how to use 'em..."
Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166) - Ranked #4 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"
Entertainment Weekly (7/11/97, pp.65-66) - "...Shrouded in wafting guitars, swoony rhythms, and moody-blue strings, it shrugs off mosh-pit conventions for a poignant delicacy and breadth, with Yorke's cracked-throat voice the album's melancholy center....For all of Radiohead's growing pains...their aim--to take British pop to a heavenly new level--is true..." - Rating: B
Q (6/00, p.91) - Ranked #2 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"
Q (12/99, p.92) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (10/01, p.112) - Ranked #1 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
Q (1/98, p.114) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."
Melody Maker (12/20-27/97, pp.66-67) - Ranked #2 on Melody Maker's list of 1997's "Albums Of The Year."
Melody Maker (6/14/97, p.49) - "...unlike anything I've ever heard....I definitley know it isn't good for me, and I'm certain it says more about my life than I'd like....in terms of composition and performance, it's very impressive. Radiohead have excelled themselves. They've seen the future."
Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.67) - Ranked #3 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "OK COMPUTER sought to disturb as much as delight. It's still succeeding."
NME (Magazine) (12/20-27/97, pp.78-79) - Ranked #2 in NME's 1997 Critics' Poll.
Pitchfork (Website) - "[R]eal songs and tunes, but ones that didn't shrink from the increasingly unlimited possibilities of modern music-making. In that sense, Radiohead were not only record-collectors but futurists..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a brilliant album....[V]isual, visceral and complete..."
Artist Bio
RadioheadIn 2001, around the time that his first child was born, Thom Yorke took the habit of spending the early evenings driving alone around the fields and by-ways surrounding his home just as dusk was drawing in. "I've got one of these cars with the natty blue headlights and the colours of the headlights got mixed in with the wild-life running into the bushes. The twilight invoked a dream-state within me. It's incredibly beautiful where we live but I used to listen to this Penderecki tune that's really ominous and scary and I'd just get this perverse sense of foreboding."These solitary drives helped inspire the ideas that bolster up much of what would eventually become Radiohead's 6th album. "I wrote a lot of stuff quickly: pages and pages of notes that seemed pretty incoherent at first. Most of it was taken from the radio because - suddenly being a parent - I'd be confronted by the radio giving a news report every hour of the day. It was during the Afghan war and it would ring bells in my head. I'd sit there making mad lists on pieces of paper of the people in the public eye that I had it in for." (laughs).
Disc 1
1 Airbag
2 Paranoid Android
3 Subterranean Homesick Alien
4 Exit Music (For A Film)
5 Let Down
6 Karma Police
7 Fitter Happier
8 Electioneering
9 Climbing Up The Walls
10 No Surprises
11 Lucky
12 Tourist, The

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