Radiohead - Rocks Germany 2001
Label: Vinyl Passion – VP 80106
Format: 2 × Vinyl, 180 Grm LP, Unofficial Release
Country: Europe (Made in Holland)
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Experimental
A1 The National Anthem
A2 Morning Bell
A4 My Iron Lung
A5 Dollars And Cents
B1 Exit Music
B2 No Surprises
B3 Street Spirit
B4 You And Whose Army?
B5 I Might Be Wrong
C1 Karma Police
C2 Pyramid Song
C3 Paranoid Android
C4 Everything In Its Right Place
D4 The Bends
D5 How To Disappear Completely
Composed By – C. Greenwood, E. O'Brien, J. Greenwood, P. Selway, T. Yorke
Rock am Ring Festival, Nurburg, Germany, June 1,2001.
Radiohead Rocks Germany 2001 captures the most popular band in the world live at the Rock Am Ring Festival in Nurburg, Germany in June of 2001.
The benchmark concert finds the band showcasing a new, complex, jazz-and-classical influenced sound that the band began to explore prior to the release of the innovative albums Kid A and Amnesiac. A watershed concert from one of the most remarkable ensembles of our time. Here on Double Import Vinyl.
Germany 2001 The benchmark concert finds the band showcasing a new, complex, jazz-and-classical influenced sound that the band began to explore prior to the release of the innovative albums Kid A and Amnesiac. A watershed concert from one of the most remarkable ensembles of our time. Here on Double Import Vinyl.
the concert takes place after the release of Amnesiac and before Hail to the Thief. While some may be disappointed by the lack of HTTF material (and altogether lack of new material), this double LP is meant to document the band at a pivotal time in their career. Nine of the nineteen songs come from Kid A and Amnesiac; the other ten are pulled from The Bends and OK Computer. As could be expected from Radiohead, material from their first full-length, Pablo Honey, is not present.
The records themselves are very nice -- thick, heavy, smooth, and flat, with lots of black. The stickers are black with white text. The all-black record sleeves are also very nice, containing a protective inner lining. The sleeves are much more premium-feeling then plain white paper ones and have proven to be durable enough to keep this vinyl contained and clean. The gatefold is roomy, easily allowing the sleeves the perfect amount of space. The spine also contains a bit of extra cardboard reinforcement in matching thickness. This is really nice to see on a heavy set such as this because it ensures the gatefold won't get twisted and mangled. As far as packaging goes, Radiohead delivered everything in its right place.
The live set starts with "The National Anthem," from Kid A. The bass tone is a bit more rough than the album version, perhaps containing a slight fuzz. The ethereal guitar-whooshing from God-know-what pedals is present as would be expected... for a while. After the all the parts have come in, Thom starts making some rhythmic vocal noises (cha-ha-ah-eh-ah-ah-ahh) which really add to the overall groove of the song. As the verse begins, the guitar sounds become more pronounced and seem more intimately controlled. The rest of the songs in the live set follow this model, allowing the band to add their sonic mastery where they feel appropriate, while staying very close to the written structure of songs as heard on their studio recordings.
Jumping to side three, we hear our first deviations from this model in the now-classic track "Paranoid Android" and in the following track, "Everything In Its Right Place." Initially, "Paranoid Android" provides a great mix of acoustic guitar and drums, but the soundboard mix fails to deliver on the heavily-distorted guitar part. Compared to the studio recording, it sounds too far back in the mix. The tremolo guitar that follows is also too quiet. But this doesn't prevent the band from being intricate; we still get to hear Radiohead effectively playing a complex composition full of swirling moods and changes in intensity. While the performance of "Paranoid Android" seems the weakest of the songs on the album, its loud and distinct ending perfectly introduces the quiet of "Everything In Its Right Place." This track is another deviation from the model of expanded sonic lushness -- instead of the 4:11 Kid A version, listeners are treated to an extended 7:44 version of the song. Filled with vocal effects and live sampling, it sounds as if Thom Yorke has gotten stuck in a washing machine. But being Thom Yorke, he's obviously got it figured out, so the backwards and forwards warping of "There are two-two-col-colors-in-in-innnn-my-head" is done with great control and provides an for an incredible listening experience that captures the sonic escapism of Kid A.
Radiohead brings out the big guns on side four, which contains "Idioteque," "Airbag," "Just," "The Bends," and ends with "How To Disappear Completely." Each of these songs sound terrific here and will definitely delight fans of the band. That being said, this does seem like a package for fans only. While it does provide material from four albums, casual listeners will probably be more appreciative of the studio records that the tunes are drawn from. But is Radiohead Rocks worth your time? Most definitely -- hearing the band actually performing their tunes in a live context is captivating. While nowhere near the "required listening" level of Kid A, Radiohead Rocks will be pleasurable for people who like to hear talented musicians performing together in a live context, and even more pleasurable for Radiohead's legion of fans that squirm in delight of a 12" Thom Yorke
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gonna take the liberty of replying to myself just to reiterate how utterly astonishing the guitar work is on Morning Bell
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