OK Computer

~ Release group by Radiohead

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • JP1997-05-21
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)TOCP-502014988006729254
OK Computer (made in Italy)RadioheadCD12
  • XE1997-06-16
Parlophone (UK)8 55229 2724385522925
OK Computer (UDEN)RadioheadCD12
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 55229 2 5, CDNODATA 02724385522925
OK Computer (EMI SWINDON)RadioheadCD12
  • XE1997-06-16
  • GB1997-06-16
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 55229 2 5, CDNODATA 02724385522925
OK ComputerRadiohead2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
  • GB1997-06-16
Parlophone (UK)NODATA 02724385522918
OK ComputerRadioheadCassette12
  • GB1997-06-16
Parlophone (UK)TCNODATA 02724385522949
OK ComputerRadioheadMiniDisc12
  • GB1997-06-16
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 55229 8 7724385522987
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • CA1997-06-17
EMI Music Canada7243 8 55229 2 5724385522925
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • US1997-07-01
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)CDP 7243 8 55229 2 5724385522925
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • US1997-07-01
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)CDP 7243 8 55229 2 5, D 120057
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 55229 2 5724385522925
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 55229 2 5724385522925
OK ComputerRadiohead2×CD12 + 3
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 21338 2 7724382133827
OK ComputerRadioheadCassette12
Parlophone (UK)7243 8 55229 4 9724385522949
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • -1997
Parlophone (UK)PRL2-552294724385522925
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • JP2006-09-06
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-538344988006846333
OK ComputerRadiohead2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)7243 8 55229 1 8724385522918
OK ComputerRadiohead2×CD + DVD-Video12 + 15 + 6
  • XE2009-03-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)RHEADCDX 35099969362620
OK ComputerRadiohead2×CD12 + 15
  • GB2009-03-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)RHEADCD 35099969362323
OK ComputerRadiohead2×CD + DVD-Video12 + 15 + 6
  • CA2009-03-24
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)50999 6 93629 2 75099969362927
OK Computer (Special collector’s edition)Radiohead2×CD12 + 15
  • US2009-03-24
Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.)50999 6 93623 2 35099969362323
OK ComputerRadiohead2×CD12 + 15
  • JP2009-04-01
EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint)TOCP-70715, TOCP-707164988006871472
OK ComputerRadiohead2×CD + DVD-Video12 + 15 + 6
  • JP2009-04-01
EMI Music Japan Inc. (2007-06-30 to 2013-04-01 - record company, do NOT USE as release label - check the back cover or CD surface for the imprint)TOCP-70727, TOCP-707284988006871502
OK ComputerRadioheadDigital Media12
  • XW2016-04-01
XL RecordingsXLDA781634904078164
OK ComputerRadioheadCD12
  • XE2016-05-13
XL RecordingsXLCD781634904078126
OK ComputerRadiohead2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
XL RecordingsXLLP781634904078119
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017RadioheadDigital Media23
  • XW2017-06-22
XL Recordings634904086831
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017Radiohead2×CD12 + 11
  • XE2017-06-23
XL RecordingsXLCD868634904086824
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017Radiohead2×CD12 + 11
  • JP2017-06-23
XL RecordingsXLCDJP8684580211852187
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017Radiohead3×12" Vinyl6 + 6 + 11
  • GB2017-06-23
  • US2017-07-07
XL RecordingsXLLP8680634904086817
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (deluxe boxed edition)Radiohead3×12" Vinyl + Cassette + Digital Media6 + 6 + 11 + 43 + 2
  • GB2017-06-23
  • US2017-07-07
XL RecordingsXLLP868634904086800
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (mastered for iTunes)Radiohead2×Digital Media12 + 11
  • US2017-06-23
XL Recordings
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017Radiohead2×CD12 + 11
  • US2017-07-07
XL RecordingsXLCD868634904086824
OK Computer (Bandcamp)RadioheadDigital Media12
  • XW2021-10-21
XL Recordings634904078164
OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (Bandcamp)RadioheadDigital Media23
  • XW2021-10-21
XL Recordings634904086855

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:I Promise
Karma Police
Let Down
Lift
Lucky
Man of War
No Surprises
No Surprises / Running From Demons
Paranoid Android
covers:A Tribute To OK Computer by Various Artists
KO Computer by Various Artists
OK Computer (8-bit) by Quinton Sung
OK Computer Turns 10 by Various Artists
Radiodread by Easy Star All‐Stars
Stereogum Presents… OKX: A Tribute to OK Computer by Various Artists
Strung Out on OK Computer: The String Quartet Tribute to Radiohead by The Section Quartet
included in:5 Album Set (Pablo Honey / The Bends / OK Computer / Kid A / Amnesiac)
Album Box Set
Radiohead Box
part of:Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 1998 winner) (order: 8)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 39) (order: 39)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 42) (order: 42)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1997) (order: 60)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2003 edition (number: 162) (order: 162)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 162) (order: 162)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/21491 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Radiohead/Ok-computer [info]
reviews:http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-07-04/entertainment/9707040186_1_ambition-ugly-star [info]
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,986902,00.html [info]
http://web.archive.org/web/20010303103405/www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/r/radiohead/ok-computer.shtml [info]
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20202376,00.html [info]
http://www.inmusicwetrust.com/articles/01r36.html [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/wcp2 [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/Radiohead/Discography/OK_Computer/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/30875 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/radiohead/ok_computer/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000024289 [info]
Wikidata:Q202996 [info]

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As an occasional admirer of this band, I've never quite got my head around the fact that OK Computer *is considered by many (British) music fans to be one of the Greatest Albums of All Time. On its release, I listened to it just once and, unmoved, moved on. Ten years after its release, *OK Computer's slow-growing appeal has finally worked its magic. I still wouldn't rate it as a desert island disc, but it is undeniably a great album, well deserving of the 'classic rock' tag.

Recorded during the dying days of Conservative rule in the UK, perhaps it was the despairing-yet-hopeful tone and the theme of alienation that captured the Zeitgeist of the time. Intelligent without being intellectual, and political (Electioneering) yet never literal or linear enough to be hectoring, it also must have represented a sophisticated alternative to mainstream Britpop, which by then had lost much of its spark. The 'prog rock for the nineties' tag that some critics lumbered it with doesn1t really stand up, even if the three-part structure and ambition of "Paranoid Android" does have more than a whiff of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" about it. But contrasted with the muscular economy of the opening "Airbag" and the wonderfully evocative, saturated soundscape of "Subterranean Homesick Alien", it makes perfect sense as part of a seamless sequence that runs all the way (via tunes as memorable as "Karma Police" and "No Surprises"), to the emotionally bruised finale of "The Tourist". This is one of those rare albums that can be listened to as a single piece of music.

The dense instrumental textures never seem over-stuffed and are wide-ranging and often thrilling, driven by Phil Selway1s meaty drumming, layered with growling guitars and the varied use of keyboards, synthesisers and electronic treatments. Tom Yorke's dread-filled voice will get on some peoples' nerves. It sometimes rises into a trademark falsetto and is often partly buried in the mix, but when it emerges, there are none of the usual boy-meets-girl clichés. And for that, we must be thankful.