Hail to the Thief

~ Release group by Radiohead

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) (unknown) 14
Hail to the Thief (unknown) 14
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 Parlophone 848082 724358480825
Hail to the Thief CD 14 Parlophone 848082 724358480825
Hail to the Thief CD 14 EMI Music Australia (not for release label use!) 5845442 724358454420
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 EMI Music Australia (not for release label use!) 5845442 724358454420
Hail to the Thief 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 8 Parlophone 7243 5 84543 1 4 724358454314
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) Copy Control CD 14 Parlophone 7243 5 84544 2 0 724358454420
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 Parlophone 7243 5 84543 2 1 724358454321
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 Parlophone 584 5432 0724358454321
Hail to the Thief CD 14 Parlophone 584 5432 0724358454321
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 Parlophone 7243 5 84544 2 0 724358454420
Hail to the Thief CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 5 84543 2 1 724358454321
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 5 84543 2 1 724358454321
Hail to the Thief (special edition) CD 14 Parlophone, Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 584 8052, CDP 7243 5 84805 2 8 724358480528
Hail to the Thief. Special edition. Copy Control CD 14 Parlophone 724358480825
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) Vinyl 14 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7243 5 84543 1 4 724358454314
Hail to the Thief (2x12" 45 RPM, 180 gram vinyl reissue) 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 8 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7243 5 84543 1 4 724358454314
Hail to the Thief CD 14 Parlophone TOCP-70607 4988006867703
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) (Special collector’s edition) 2×CD 14 + 13 Parlophone 50999 697089 2 3 5099969708923
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) CD 14 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 697094 2 5 5099969709722
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) 2×CD 14 + 13 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 50999 697089 2 3 5099969708923
Hail to the Thief. (The Gloaming.) 2×CD 14 + 13 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) RHEADCD 6 5099969708923
Hail to the Thief 2×CD + DVD 14 + 13 + 9 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) RHEADCDX 6
Hail to the Thief Digital Media 14 XL Recordings XLDA785 634904078560
Promotion
Hail to the Thief CD 14

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: 2 + 2 = 5
A Punchup at a Wedding
Go to Sleep
There There
included in: Album Box Set
part of: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 2003)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000028707 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/16962 [info]
Wikidata: Q274963 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Hail to the Thief [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Radiohead:Hail_To_The_Thief_(2003) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/Radiohead/Discography/Hail_To_The_Thief/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/radiohead/hail_to_the_thief/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/30856 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/wfxm [info]

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So here it is at last. The most anticipated album release of the year. Many of you probably became sick of all the incredible hype weeks ago. Those lucky few who've been listening to Hail To The Thief, by fair means or foul, have been ranting and raving for weeks. Annoying the rest of us who have to (or want to) wait until the official release date. They've been foaming at the mouth with excitement; "The Saviours of Rock 'n' Roll return with best album in the world ever!!" and such like. But is it justified?

To be honest, I loved OK Computer but was alienated by Kid A and didn't really get into Amnesiac for one reason or another. Hail To The Thief is without question more accessible than its two predecessors. But to say it's a step backwards or disappointing in any way is foolish.

Radiohead, the most popular innovative band on the planet, haven't broken any new ground here, as they did with Kid A. This album sees a return to simple song construction. Guitar, drums and keyboards form the backbone of these 14 indie pop songs.

"Go To Sleep" and "Where I End and You Begin" are fantastic. Driving guitars attack from all sides, demanding your attention, juddering with impressive force. Yorke's vocals are in fine form here; melancholic and hypnotic.

"A Punchup At A Wedding" is sublime. The song rolls effortlessly along taking the listener on a serene journey which also provides subtle amusement along the way: 'You had to piss on our parade, you had to shred our big day...in a drunken punch up at a wedding'.

There are still the wonderfully eerie sounds ("The Gloaming") and the computerised electronic bleeps ("Sit Down, Stand Up"). These songs provide evidence that Radiohead are still capable of producing ambitious music which is remarkably enjoyable.

Current single "There There" is number four in the charts and the album is about to set up residence at number 1. How do Radiohead maintain their position as the world's most successful, non-mainstream band? Is it because Thom Yorke rarely smiles? And doesn't have a celebrity girlfriend? I suspect it's because they make some of the most amazing, anthemic, inspiring music around today.

All Hail Radiohead.