Radiohead are set to re-release their two iconic albums ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’. The albums originally came out in 2000 and 2001 respectively, and are viewed by many Radiohead fans as their finest works.
The reissues have been planned since May and were initially set to be released as double 10” vinyl records. However, it has now been decided that the albums will be made available as heavyweight double 12” records.
‘Kid A’ marked a huge change in direction for the band, and for a while completely split their fanbase. After the release of 1997’s ‘OK Computer’, Radiohead were viewed by many as the greatest rock band in the world. ‘OK Computer’ had been evidence of the band’s mastery of modern rock music, and shimmered with a grandeur that could be compared to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.
Radiohead could perhaps have ridden this wave for the rest of their musical careers, but instead chose to retire into the shadows and work on something different.
The subsequent songwriting sessions led to a wealth of material that would go on to become the moody, synthetic, frozen world of ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’. Guitars had been replaced by synthesizers, drum machines and strange electroacoustic instruments, and tightly structured songs had given way to atmospheric soundscapes.’OK Computer’ had been dubbed progressive but listeners only needed the first 8 bars of ‘Everything In It’s Right Place’ to realise that this was something entirely different.
Unbelievably it has been over 15 years since these albums were released, and very few bands since have pushed the boundaries in such a pronounced way.
The reissues are set for release on XL Records and will be made available to the public on October 14. Radiohead fans can now own the complete set of reissued vinyl records as the bands entire back catalogue will soon be available.