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What are your highlights of the leak?


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It’s been a bit of a blur but 

Lift obviously

what else? 

 

For me the best thing about all this is hearing how crap all these songs could have potentially been and how different history could have turned out. A decent song is a decent melody and chord changes but great songs are often made in the arrangement 

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Full band versions of Attention (both finished and as a working progress) are very nice to have. 100% unknown song until OKNOTOK, and now it appears that they spend quite some time with it. Also, the OKNOTOK version was a Thom solo demo.

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As stuff I'll treasure and listen to once the novelty is gone.
Probably the jams, the band stuff from disc 15, still poring through it

Some of the Thom solo guitar work is scrappy fun and inventive and heartfelt even if the lyrics sometimes stink. Could be inspiring.

I'm starting to see the whole thing in a lesson in whittling down and refining... With the end product being OK Computer, which I'm already starting to appreciate even more!

I've always seen music as sculpture... Here we have a band bursting with sound. And sometimes it's about removing, to find the final form. Stuff like the riff-happy Airbag, a clear example, vamping is fun but no form here is a patch on the OKC version.

The TLW versions, I can see why it didn't happen, although I long for it like the 96 version, Gagging Order production with arpeggiated bleeps... I think they strive too much sometimes, and throw too much on for an epic feel. Some songs suit being stark, heartfelt, and naked

MPS I'm not sure is in the same boat. I'm REALLY liking it in its various forms here... The full band arrangement hints more at a true lost song than TLW's clunky takes.

I suppose the stuff I'll most treasure is Radiohead being Radiohead. The parts where I can listen and not have to compare. And tbh, it's fucking excellent and personally uplifting that my favourite period of the band is here in such a document.

If you asked me a week ago, what Radiohead stuff I want in my heart of hearts, I don't think I would dared to have dreamt this big

 

 

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Here are my highlights.
 

Disc 1
15:54 - 22:29 True Love Waits (early version, full band arrangement)
38:13 - 43:11 Airbag (early version, The Bends-esque arrangement)

Disc 2
1:00:53 - 1:06:18 unknown instrumental piece

Disc 3
12:10 - 16:11 Nude (early version, alt OKNOTOK cassette version, more vocals)

Disc 4
33:01 - 38:04 Motion Picture Soundtrack (very different early version)
43:02 - 48:02 Airbag (early electric version)
48:03 - 53:27 The Tourist (early version)
53:21 - 57:34 Palo Alto (early)
 
Disc 5
5:43 - 13:44 Paranoid Android (early version, longer)
13:45 - 16:45 jamming w/ tape loop effects (pretty cool jam)
18:08 - 25:53 unknown song (synth-heavy, crazy chorus chords, interesting)
33:58 - 37:41 No Surprises (alternate studio take)
38:14 - 42:40 Attention (unreleased song, full band studio version)

Disc 7
2:42 - 7:16 Last Flowers (full band early version)
7:17 - 9:28 Melatonin (alternate version, cool but not essential)
9:29 - 11:42 unknown song (loose but composed, pretty cool)
11:43 - 15:02 instrumental jam (spacey)
27:52 - 28:20 unknown song (incredible! full band)
29:18 - 35:04 Airbag (cool early version! full band)
35:05 - 42:09 Let Down (early version, full band, incredible)
44:00 - 55:29 Radiohead funk jam (!)

Disc 9
2:40 - 7:30 unknown new song (very un-Radiohead, 90s w/ organ)
12:51 - 15:03 Karma Police (organ version, interesting)
17:32 - 20:40 Last Flowers (absolutely bonkers version)
35:23 - 37:59 Life in a Glasshouse (full band, pretty weird)
38:00 - ??:?? Life in a Glasshouse (Thom acoustic demo)
51:01 - 53:38 A Reminder (acoustic demo, real nice)
 
Disc 10
13:13 - 18:01 The Bends (4-track demo, previously released but new to me)

Disc 13
1:45 - 5:42 Palo Alto (Thom acoustic demo, early version)
47:33 - 50:20 Polyethylene Pt. 2 (Thom acoustic demo, early version)

Disc 14
0:05 - 3:21 Lull (early version, different key)
34:25 - 39:18 Attention (new unknown song, complete full band arrangement)
39:19 - 40:25 unknown jam (nice full band stuff for about a minute)

Disc 15
10:12 - 14:43 Lift (maybe the definitive version?)
 
Disc 16
56:25 - 1:00:14 Lift (different mix, not as dynamic)
1:00:15 - 1:04:01 Lift (loudest mix)

Disc 17
21:29 - 25:54 unknown new song (Thom piano demo)
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2 minutes ago, Glitchd said:

That's actually quite a handy guide, thanks dude (hate the doc with people going OMG THIS MADE ME CRY)

Thanks. I dove in hard and took notes as I went along.

I agree with your earlier comments about how this shows how good they are at editing and being discerning with regard to their songs, melodies, tones, style, etc ... editing and perspective may be Radiohead's best skill. That was my big takeaway. They're obviously geniuses, but the true genius might be their ability to hone in on the best of what they've created and make it as good as can be. I would say that the cream definitely rose to the top for the OK Computer material. That said, a lot of this stuff is pure gold to someone like me who loves to speculate about and learn from their creative process. I hope they're at peace with the leak.

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