Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool – Special Edition

I ordered the special edition ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ months ago, and yesterday it arrived, finally! I’ve had to resist buying the normal edition the whole time, knowing that I’d already bought it but that I would have to wait until the end of September for it to arrive, fortunately I have been able to listen to it digitally, but it’s not the same.

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It’s a beautiful thing. This is what you get:

  • Case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France
  • 32 pages of artwork
  • The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12″ vinyl records
  • Two compact discs: one with the album and one with two extra tracks
  • Recording tape belly band applied *
  • 320kbit MP3 or 16-bit WAV of the 11 track album available to download now

Regarding the tape, this is what they have to say:

*This is a piece of a Radiohead ½ inch master tape from an actual recording session.
The tape degrades over time and becomes unplayable. We thought rather than it ending up as landfill we would cut it up and make it useful as a part of the special edition. A new life for some obsolete technology…
Each loop contains about ¾ of a second of audio – which could be from any era in the band’s recording past going back to Kid A. You may have silence, you may have coloured leader tape, you may have a chorus… It’s a crapshoot.
We have copies. Don’t worry.

There’s a rather creepy video of the unboxing on twitter here:

https://twitter.com/radiohead/status/781131694514565120/video/1

The extra tracks are”Ill Wind” and the previously released “Spectre”, which was way better, in my opinion, than the Sam Smith track.

I haven’t had a chance to have a good look at it all yet but at first viewing it does appear to be really well put together and thought out.

6The bit of recording tape that comes with it is a nice artifact to have, although it acts as a band that goes around the book/box and I can’t get the bloody thing back on.

Was it worth the money, yes it was I think and, though I have no plans to sell any of my vinyl, I think it’s value will rise over time, which is nice, but not my reason for buying it.

 

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (105)

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It’s out! I’ve listened to the entire album through once and my first impression is that it is just wonderful. Right now, I can’t fault it at all. In fact I don’t think I’ve had this good a first impression of a Radiohead album since ‘OK Computer’.

I’ve ordered a vinyl copy of course but have listened to it as soon as it appeared on Apple Music. Here is the track listing:

A MOON SHAPED POOL

  1. BURN THE WITCH
  2. DAYDREAMING
  3. DECKS DARK
  4. DESERT ISLAND DISK
  5. FUL STOP
  6. GLASS EYES
  7. IDENTIKIT
  8. THE NUMBERS
  9. PRESENT TENSE
  10. TINKER TAILER SOLDIER SAILOR RICH MAN POOR MAN BEGGAR MAN THIEF
  11. TRUE LOVE WAITS

There’s also a special edition which contains the following:

  • Case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France
  • 32 pages of artwork
  • The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12″ vinyl records
  • Two compact discs: one with the album and one with two extra tracks
  • Recording tape belly band applied *
  • 320kbit MP3 or 16-bit WAV of the 11 track album available to download now

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You have to wait until September for it though, presumably due to it being a bit more complicated to put together.


I am listening again now. It is so damn good.

I only had chance to listen to Daydreaming earlier today and to watch the video. I loved it immediately, and I hope Thom eventually found his car keys. For me, this is without doubt the best release of 2016 so far and it’s going to take a lot to top it.

Rating: 9.5