Radiohead: The Bends Collector’s Edition Disc 2 (2009


RADIOHEAD
THE BENDS COLLECTOR’S EDITION DISC 2; 2009
CAPITOL
My Rating: 65/100
This is a pretty solid compilation. It collects most of the relevant non-LP tracks from THE BENDS, with a few notable exceptions, and clearly demonstrates just what a great band Radiohead were becoming. The first six tracks comprised the excellent dark MY IRON LUNG EP released between PABLO HONEY and THE BENDS, and give a far clearer indication of where the band would head after THE BENDS than anything contained on that album. “Permanent Daylight” and “The Trickster” see the band shifting away from British mope-rock and incorporating post-punk sensibilites. “Maquiladora,” released as a b-side after the album’s release, is one of the best tracks the band has ever recorded, and “How Can You Be Sure” sounds like something that just missed the cut as well. My only major gripes are that the remixed version of “Planet Telex” was not included, and, more significantly, the superior Nellee Hooper remix of “Talk Show Host” is no where to be found. Not that it REALLY matters, since you can still pick it up on the ROMEO & JULIET soundtrack, but I’m just sayin. As a last criticism, it would have been nice to really dig deep on this one and show forth some ancient demos or something. All in all, not a decent compilation, and worth purchasing for Radiohead fans that haven’t jumped headlong into their b-sides yet.
TRACKS:
1. The Trickster (5/5)
2. Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong (5/5)
3. Lozenge of Love (5/5)
4. Lewis (Mistreated) (5/5)
5. Permanent Daylight (5/5)
6. You Never Wash Up After Yourself (4/5)
7. Maquiladora (5/5)
8. Killer Cars (4/5)
9. India Rubber (5/5)
10. How Can You Be Sure? (5/5)
11. Fake Plastic Trees [acoustic – live] (4/5)
12. Bulletproof  [acoustic – live] (5/5)
13. Street Spirit [acoustic -live] (4/5)
14. Talk Show Host (5/5)
15. Bishop’s Robes (3/5)
16. Banana Co (5/5)
17. Molasses (2/5)
18. Just [BBC Radio 1] (3/5)
19. Maquiladora [BBC Radio 1] (4/5)
20. Street Spriit [BBC Radio 1] (4/5)
21. Bones [BBC Radio 1] (4/5)

(1995) The BendsRadiohead
The Bends Collector’s Edition Disc 2; 2009
Capitol Records

My Rating: 65/100

This is a pretty solid compilation. It collects most of the relevant non-LP tracks from THE BENDS, with a few notable exceptions, and clearly demonstrates just what a great band Radiohead were becoming. The first six tracks comprised the excellent, dark MY IRON LUNG EP released between PABLO HONEY and THE BENDS, and give a far clearer indication of where the band would head after THE BENDS than anything contained on that album. “Permanent Daylight” and “The Trickster” see the band shifting away from British mope-rock and incorporating post-punk and paranoia. “Maquiladora,” released as a b-side after the album’s release, is one of the best tracks the band has ever recorded, and “How Can You Be Sure” sounds like something that just missed the cut as well. My only major gripes are that the remixed versions of “Planet Telex” were not included, and, more significantly, the superior Nellee Hooper remix of “Talk Show Host” is no where to be found. Not that it REALLY matters, since you can still pick it up on the ROMEO & JULIET soundtrack, but I’m just sayin. As a last criticism, it would have been nice to really dig deep on this one and show forth some ancient demos or something. All in all, a decent compilation, and worth purchasing for Radiohead fans that haven’t jumped headlong into their b-sides yet.

TRACKS:

1. The Trickster (5/5)
2. Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong (5/5)
3. Lozenge of Love (5/5)
4. Lewis (Mistreated) (5/5)
5. Permanent Daylight (5/5)
6. You Never Wash Up After Yourself (4/5)
7. Maquiladora (5/5)
8. Killer Cars (4/5)
9. India Rubber (5/5)
10. How Can You Be Sure? (5/5)
11. Fake Plastic Trees [acoustic – live] (4/5)
12. Bulletproof  [acoustic – live] (5/5)
13. Street Spirit [acoustic -live] (4/5)
14. Talk Show Host (5/5)
15. Bishop’s Robes (3/5)
16. Banana Co (5/5)
17. Molasses (2/5)
18. Just [BBC Radio 1] (3/5)
19. Maquiladora [BBC Radio 1] (4/5)
20. Street Spriit [BBC Radio 1] (4/5)
21. Bones [BBC Radio 1] (4/5)

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