Radiohead - Hail To The Thief. (2003) {Capitol 180g LP} 24-bit/96kHz Vinyl Rip with CD compatible

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Radiohead - Hail To The Thief.
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Hail to the Thief is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Radiohead, released in June 2003 through Parlophone Records. After two Radiohead albums that featured heavily processed vocals, less guitar, and strong influence from experimental electronica and jazz, Hail to the Thief was seen as a slight return to the band's older alternative rock influences, drawing its sound from every era of the band's existence. Recorded relatively quickly in Los Angeles, the album was described by band members as an attempt to find a more "swaggering" sound and a relaxed recording process, in contrast to their tense sessions for Kid A and Amnesiac several years earlier.

At nearly an hour in length, Hail to the Thief is the band's longest album, although many of its songs are within the three minute range, shorter than the band's average. Thom Yorke said he was inspired by Beatles songs of that length. Yorke said his songwriting on the album had been much affected by current events, but he denied having a strictly political intent. It debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and at number three in the United States, where it sold a greater number of copies in its first week than any other Radiohead album to date. Hail to the Thief largely received positive reviews, and the singles taken from it were "There There", "Go to Sleep" and "2 + 2 = 5".

Production and release

Album history

Hail to the Thief was recorded in autumn 2002. The band performed 12 of its 14 songs at concerts in July and August 2002, with only "Backdrifts" and "The Gloaming" absent from the sets. Several of the songs, like "I Will" and "Sit Down. Stand Up.", date from the 1990s; and the band originally worked on "A Wolf at the Door" during sessions for Kid A, according to an Internet studio diary kept by Ed O'Brien. Some of the lyrics of "Myxomatosis" were taken from the chorus of the Amnesiac B-side "Cuttooth" and artwork by Yorke and Stanley Donwood for the "High and Dry" single in 1995. The song "I Will" was probably inspired by the Amiriyah shelter massacre of 1991, which left Yorke deeply depressed.

Most of the tracks were recorded in two weeks in a Los Angeles studio, the shortest studio sessions for Radiohead since Pablo Honey. Additional sessions, along with months of mixing work, were later done in Oxford. The album's quick recording process was a compromise so that band members could spend more time with their families (most members had children by this time) and also helped protect against the tension of previous recording sessions. In an interview with Yahoo!, O'Brien said, "This is the first album where, at the end of making it, we haven't wanted to kill each other."

An unmastered version of the album was leaked onto the Internet several months before it was officially released. Although producer Nigel Godrich posted a message on the official Radiohead message board expressing disappointment over the leak because he felt the band's work was being heard in an incomplete form, Jonny Greenwood said: "Shame it's not a package with the artwork and all, but there you go. I feel bemused, though, not annoyed. I'm glad people like it, most of all. It's a little earlier than we'd expected, but there it is." Those that had heard both versions noted only certain differences when the final CD appeared (for example, "The Gloaming" was one minute shorter in the final version, and there was no guitar-without-vocals introduction to "I Will"). Regardless of the leak, Hail to the Thief sold more copies in its first week than its predecessors, Kid A and Amnesiac, though its overall sales to date have not matched those of Kid A.

Track Listing
All songs written by Radiohead.

1. "2 + 2 = 5 (The Lukewarm.)" – 3:19
2. "Stand up. Sit down. (Snakes & Ladders.)" – 4:19
3. "Sail to the Moon. (Brush the Cobwebs out of the Sky.)" – 4:18
4. "Backdrifts. (Honeymoon is Over.)" – 5:22
5. "Go to Sleep. (Little Man being Erased.)" – 3:21
6. "Where I End and You Begin. (The Sky is Falling in.)" – 4:29
7. "We suck Young Blood. (Your Time is Up.)" – 4:56
8. "The Gloaming. (Softly Open our Mouths in the Cold.)" – 3:32
9. "There There. (The Boney King of Nowhere.)" – 5:23
10. "I will. (No man's Land.)" – 1:59
11. "A Punchup at a Wedding. (No No No No No No No.)" – 4:57
12. "Myxomatosis. (Judge, Jury & Executioner.)" – 3:52
13. "Scatterbrain. (As Dead as Leaves.)" – 3:21
14. "A Wolf at the Door. (It Girl. Rag Doll.)" – 3:23

Released 9 June 2003
Recorded September 2002 – February 2003 at Ocean Way, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:35
Label Parlophone
Producer Nigel Godrich, Radiohead

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