Radiohead To Reissue New “OK Computer” With 3 Previously Unreleased Tracks
Tue, 02 May 2017 10:41:31
First, there came the announcement that Radiohead would be headlining this year's Glastonbury Festival. Then there were rumors that the band was planning something special by way of tribute to their groundbreaking album OK Computer, which provided the material for their legendary performance at the English rock festival twenty years ago.
Then, adding to the gravity of rumors, a series of posters were spotted at cities around the world. The posters contained cryptic messages, and included the years 1997 and 2017. Radiohead fans joined the dots, and saw the signs pointing toward the album's anniversary. Adding further heat to the fever pitch that fans were working themselves toward, the band then shared a teaser with "Climbing Up the Wall" Lyrics.
Now, to end speculation and in answer to global longing, the band have just announced a twentieth anniversary edition of OK Computer — to be released digitally on June 23rd.
The twentieth anniversary edition is called OKNOTOK and it contains, as you might expect, a whole bunch of added extras. Along with the back-to-back classic songs contained on the original album there will be no less than eight B-sides, selections from Thom Yorke's notebook and three previously unreleased songs.
Amongst the unreleased songs, is a track called "Lift" which Ed O'Brien had previously called "a bogshite B-Side" — the other tunes are "I Promise" and "Man of War".
Radiohead — a band who appreciate the value of occasion — are offering a "Boxed Edition" of the reissue — this is a black box containing heavyweight 180 gram 12" vinyl records, a notebook of Thom Yorke's scribbled notes, thirty pieces of artwork, a forty-eight page sketchbook of Stanley Donwood and Yorke's "preparatory work". There's also a cassette mixtape with demos and session tapes from the OK Computer material.
You can also step back in time by visiting Radiohead's website, where the band have uploaded a great deal of Donwood and Yorke's artwork, in a recreation of the band's website as it appeared in 1997.
In June Radiohead will return to the road on a tour they've been working in support of their most recent album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Following a series of highly praised live dates in North America they wrapped up their shows in the USA with a couple of sets at Coachella.
With news of the reissue, and the band heading back on tour — stopping in at Glastonbury, it seems like the summer is going to belong to Thom and the lads once again.
OK Computer (OKNOTOK Edition):
02 Paranoid Android
03 Subterranean Homesick Alien
04 Exit Music (For a Film)
05 Let Down
06 Karma Police
07 Fitter Happier
09 Climbing Up the Walls
10 No Surprises
12 The Tourist
01 I Promise
02 Man of War
05 Meeting in the Aisle
07 A Reminder
08 Polyethylene (Parts 1 & 2)
10 Palo Alto
11 How I Made My Millions
—The ARTISTdirect Staff