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Radiohead: In Rainbows December 15, 2007

Posted by Richard Foote in Music, Radiohead.

One of my favourite bands is Radiohead, from Oxford in the UK.

It’s been a full 10 years since they released what is probably my favourite album of all time, the classic “OK Computer”. Since then, they’ve become one of the most influential and innovative bands around, with Thom Yorke’s distinctive vocals and Jonny Greenwood’s guitar work creating their uniquely beautiful “sound”.

A new Radiohead album is always in big event in my life and it’s been a long wait since their last album was released in 2003, “Hail To The Thief”. For the past few months I’ve been enjoying their new release “In Rainbows”.

It created quite a bit of press and controversy when Radiohead decided to release the new album as a download only release with no record label affiliation, with the buyer choosing how much to pay for it. You could pay as little (0.45p was the minimum I think) or as much as you liked. As a marketing move, it was a very very clever initiative.

It did however distract attention away somewhat from the music itself and what is quite simply a stunning collection of songs. From the bouncy opening “15 Steps”, to haunting beauty and tragedy of the closing “Videotape”, it’s arguably their best album since “OK Computer”. A wonderful surprise is the release finally of the 1997 era “Nude”, a live favourite for years which Thom has finally got right in the studio. I just love “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”, it just has so many twists and turns but the highlight for me is Weird Fishes/Arpeggi which just sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. It’s incredibly emotional and has a profound sense of sadness but at the same time an incredible energy that perfectly encapsulates what music is all about.

As my Christmas treat (as I’ve been a really really good boy this year), I’ve got on order the “In Rainbows” box-set which includes a second CD of unreleased tracks. I can’t wait.

However, the album is released commercially in CD and vinyl formats via the usual channels on the 31st December.  Do yourself a favour, buy “In Rainbows” and enjoy what I’m sure will be considered a truly classic album in the years ahead.

Remember where you heard it first.


1. controlling chaos - December 15, 2007

I’LL PAY AGAIN FOR THE ALBUM IN STORES. Having a real copy of “IN RAINBOWS” will be great! Thom Yorke is one of the best in the business. I thought IN RAINBOWS offered a wide range of songs. I wish I could get the second disc. I’m hoping RADIOHEAD will sell an additional CD that offers the second Disc. Otherwise I’ll have to pay the extra money for the boxset. [ IN RAINBOWS was my favorite album for 2007] [ I liked it better than “Hail to the Thief ]


2. Mathew Butler - December 17, 2007

I have to say that In Rainbows is truly awesome. My limited box set arrived last week.

Also, if you like Radiohead you might enjoy this:

Enjoying reading the blog.



3. Don Seiler - December 17, 2007

You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman.


4. Richard Foote - December 18, 2007

Matthew, I’m still waiting for mine to a arrive, just 8 sleeps till the big day so time is running out !!

Don, I know 😉


5. controlling chaos - December 20, 2007

the set arrived today! In Rainbows Disc 2 is AMAZING!

THOM YORKE is a musical god.

[ can’t wait for the 2008 tour ]


6. Richard Foote - December 20, 2007

I’m sooooo jealous !!

Please, I’ve been soon good this year, let it arrive before Xmas.

Please !!


7. Mathew Butler - December 27, 2007

Just picked up on this that you might be interested in – live Radiohead webcast on NYE on current TV. See here:



Mathew Butler


8. Richard Foote - December 28, 2007

Hi Mathew

Thanks for the links, they’re great !! I love their version of Faust Arp out in the country-side !!

I’m slowing soaking up the excitment that is the “In Rainbows” box set that finally arrived today. I’ll give the whole thing a full review in the coming days for those not fortunate to own one 🙂


9. Mathew Butler - January 16, 2008

One of these days, I will actually mange to comment on some of the technical content here. For now though, check this:


A webcast tonight Wednesday 16th Jan.



10. Richard Foote - January 17, 2008

Hi Mathew

Can’t just talk about technical stuff, this is just as important !!

Will check out YouTube for the replays, thanks for the heads-up.


11. Mathew Butler - January 24, 2008

A busy night – my third post here:

I’ve yet to listen to this, not sure if it will be possible for you to stream to your location.




12. Richard Foote - January 25, 2008

Yes, I managed to listen to the first half, they like some really good music. I’m not too sure they’re very good at impressions though !!

BTW, thought I might write up a bit of a review of the In Rainbows Box set in the coming days.


13. Mathew Butler - January 25, 2008

I shall look forward to that.

My box set is currently sitting in the corner of our lounge where I can give it the occasional stroke :o).



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