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Radiohead: The Best Of is a greatest hits compilation of songs by the English rock band Radiohead, released on 2 June 2008 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by Capitol Records in the United States, subsidiaries of EMI. It contains songs from Radiohead's first six albums plus the live EP I Might Be Wrong, recorded while under contract with EMI.[6] The compilation debuted at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and critical reception was generally positive. Radiohead, who were not involved, were critical of the release.

Radiohead: The Best Of
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Greatest hits album by
Released2 June 2008
Length75:30
130:50 (special edition)
Label
Producer
Radiohead chronology
Radiohead Box Set
(2007)
Radiohead: The Best Of
(2008)
In Rainbows - From the Basement
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
NME(8/10)[2]
Pitchfork(4/10)[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]
The Times4/5 stars[5]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

EMI released Radiohead: The Best Of after Radiohead did not renew their recording contract following the release of their sixth album, Hail to the Thief, in 2003.[7] According to EMI CEO Guy Hands:

They wanted money and they wanted control over their music ... The financial department came to me and said they could make X amount of money by just [releasing The Best Of]. We put it on hold when we were having the negotiations with them ... I said, "We have a bank that is staring us down and now they have basically told us to eff off, I don’t think we have a huge amount of reasons to be nice to them."[8]

Singer Thom Yorke said:

There's nothing we can do about it. The work is really public property now anyway... It's a wasted opportunity in that if we'd been behind it, and we wanted to do it, then it might have been good ... And now it's like when you move house — you don't want to peer through the window and see what they've done with the wallpaper because it will only upset you.[9]

ReleaseEdit

The standard edition contains 17 tracks. The "special edition" contains a second CD with 13 additional tracks. A DVD compilation with 21 music videos, including nine never before released on DVD, was also released.[10]

In 2016, Radiohead's back catalogue was transferred to XL Recordings, who had released the physical editions of their subsequent albums and most of Yorke's solo work.[11] The Best Of and the "special editions" of Radiohead albums, issued by EMI in the same year without Radiohead's approval, were removed from streaming services.[11][12][12]

ReceptionEdit

The compilation debuted at number 4 on the UK Albums Chart and critical reception was generally positive.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, Philip Selway, and Thom Yorke), except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Just" (from The Bends, 1995) 3:54
2."Paranoid Android" (from OK Computer, 1997) 6:27
3."Karma Police" (from OK Computer, 1997) 4:24
4."Creep" (from Pablo Honey, 1993)Radiohead, Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood3:57
5."No Surprises" (from OK Computer, 1997) 3:49
6."High and Dry" (from The Bends, 1995) 4:17
7."My Iron Lung" (from The Bends, 1995) 4:36
8."There There" (from Hail to the Thief, 2003) 5:21
9."Lucky" (from OK Computer, 1997) 4:18
10."Optimistic (Radio edit)" (from Kid A, 2000) 4:53
11."Fake Plastic Trees" (from The Bends, 1995) 4:51
12."Idioteque" (from Kid A, 2000)Radiohead, Arthur Kreiger, Paul Lansky4:37
13."2 + 2 = 5" (from Hail to the Thief, 2003) 3:19
14."The Bends" (from The Bends, 1995) 4:05
15."Pyramid Song" (from Amnesiac, 2001) 4:49
16."Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (from The Bends, 1995) 4:13
17."Everything in Its Right Place" (from Kid A, 2000) 4:11
Disc two (special edition only)
No.TitleLength
1."Airbag"" (from OK Computer (1997)4:47
2."I Might Be Wrong"" (from Amnesiac, 2001)4:52
3."Go to Sleep" (from Hail to the Thief, 2003)3:22
4."Let Down" (from OK Computer, 1997)4:59
5."Planet Telex" (from The Bends, 1995)4:18
6."Exit Music (For a Film)" (from OK Computer, 1997)4:27
7."The National Anthem"" (from Kid A, 2000)5:47
8."Knives Out" (from Amnesiac, 2001)4:15
9."Talk Show Host" (from "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", 1996)4:39
10."You" (from Pablo Honey, 1993)3:28
11."Anyone Can Play Guitar" (from Pablo Honey, 1993)3:37
12."How to Disappear Completely" (from Kid A, 2000)5:55
13."True Love Waits" (I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings, 2001)5:04
Radiohead: The Best Of
 
Video by
Released2 June 2008
Recorded1992–2003
GenreAlternative rock
LabelParlophone
Radiohead chronology
The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time
(2004)
'''Radiohead: The Best Of'''
(2008)
In Rainbows – From the Basement
(2008)

DVDEdit

  1. "Creep" (directed by Brett Turnbull)
  2. "Anyone Can Play Guitar" (directed by Dwight Clarke)
  3. "Pop Is Dead" (directed by Dwight Clarke)
  4. "Stop Whispering" (directed by Jeff Plansker)
  5. "My Iron Lung" (directed by Brett Turnbull)
  6. "High and Dry" (UK version) (directed by David Mould)
  7. "High and Dry" (US version) (directed by Paul Cunningham)
  8. "Fake Plastic Trees" (directed by Jake Scott)
  9. "Just" (directed by Jamie Thraves)
  10. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" (directed by Jonathan Glazer)
  11. "Paranoid Android" (directed by Magnus Carlsson)
  12. "Karma Police" (directed by Jonathan Glazer)
  13. "No Surprises" (directed by Grant Gee)
  14. "Pyramid Song" (directed by Shynola)
  15. "Knives Out" (directed by Michel Gondry)
  16. "I Might Be Wrong" (directed by Sophie Muller)
  17. "Push Pulk/Like Spinning Plates" (directed by Johnny Hardstaff)
  18. "There There" (directed by Chris Hopewell)
  19. "Go to Sleep" (directed by Alex Rutterford)
  20. "Sit Down. Stand Up." (directed by Ed Holdsworth)
  21. "2 + 2 = 5" (Live at Belfort Festival) (directed by Fabien Raymond)

Charts and certificationsEdit