Continuing its trend of milking Radiohead’s back-catalog for what it’s worth – and how can you blame them? – Capitol/EMI will be re-issuing collectors editions of 2003’s “Hail To The Thief,” 2001’s “Amnesiac” and 2000’s “Kid A” on Aug. 1.
These CD/DVD packages will include alternative and live recordings of songs, video clips and television appearances. For instance, “Kid A” features a session for BBC Radio One in 2000, Radiohead’s 2001 appearance on “Later… With Jools Holland” and live recordings from Canal+ Studios.
The British band got the re-issue treatment earlier this year, in March, for its first three albums, 1993’s “Pablo Honey,” 1995’s “The Bends” and 1997’s “OK Computer.” Vinyl reissues of 12 Radiohead “Capitol Vault” EPs hit shelves in April.
It’s not a bad time for the label to vie for Radiohead fans’ attentions, as the band has been largely quiet since the ground-breaking release of “In Rainbows” and a subsequent tour last year. Be warned though: the band is back in the studio with Nigel Godrich already.
“Hail To The Thief” was the last album Radiohead released contractually under Capitol/EMI. They famously let “In Rainbows” loose on the internet in late 2007 on their own, with the pay-what-you-want model. They released the physical copies of the album in 2008 via ATO imprint TBD Records.
Oh and because it’s Friday and it finally quit raining here in New York, here’s the winner to the video-making contest for Radiohead’s “15 Step,” our favorite track from “In Rainbows.”