OK Computer

~ Release group by Radiohead

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
OK Computer CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) TOCP-50201 4988006729254
OK Computer CD 12 Parlophone 8 55229 2 724385522925
OK Computer CD 12 Parlophone 7243 8 55229 2 5, CDNODATA 02 724385522925
OK Computer 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Parlophone NODATA 02 724385522918
OK Computer Cassette 12 Parlophone TCNODATA 02 724385522949
OK Computer CD 12 EMI Music Canada 7243 8 55229 2 5 724385522925
OK Computer CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7243 8 55229 2 5 724385522925
OK Computer CD 12 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. CDP 7243 8 55229 2 5, D 120057
OK Computer CD 12 Parlophone 7243 8 55229 2 5 724385522925
OK Computer CD 12 Parlophone 7243 8 55229 2 5 724385522925
OK Computer CD 12 XL Recordings XLCD781 634904078126
OK Computer 2×CD 12 + 3 Parlophone 7243 8 21338 2 7 724382133827
OK Computer Cassette 12 Parlophone 7243 8 55229 4 9 724385522949
OK Computer CD 12 Parlophone PRL2-552294 724385522925
OK Computer CD 12 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-53834 4988006846333
OK Computer CD 12 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-70473 4988006860612
OK Computer 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7243 8 55229 1 8 724385522918
OK Computer 2×CD + DVD-Video 12 + 15 + 6 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) RHEADCDX 3 5099969362620
OK Computer 2×CD 12 + 15 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) RHEADCD 3 5099969362323
OK Computer 2×CD + DVD-Video 12 + 15 + 6 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 50999 6 93629 2 7 5099969362927
OK Computer (Special collector’s edition) 2×CD 12 + 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 50999 6 93623 2 3 5099969362323
OK Computer 2×CD 12 + 15 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-70716 4988006871472
OK Computer 2×CD + DVD-Video 12 + 15 + 6 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-70728 4988006871502
OK Computer CD 12 XL Recordings XLDA781 634904078164
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 Digital Media 23 XL Recordings 634904086831
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 2×CD 12 + 11 XL Recordings XLCD868 634904086824
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 2×CD 12 + 11 XL Recordings XLCDJP868 4580211852187
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 3×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 + 11 XL Recordings XLLP868 0634904086817
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (deluxe boxed edition) 3×12" Vinyl + Cassette + Digital Media 6 + 6 + 11 + 43 + 2 XL Recordings XLLP868 634904086800
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (mastered for iTunes) 2×Digital Media 12 + 11 XL Recordings
OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 2×CD 12 + 11 XL Recordings XLCD868 634904086824

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
included in: 5 Album Set (Pablo Honey / The Bends / OK Computer / Kid A / Amnesiac)
Album Box Set
part of: Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1997)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 162)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000024289 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/21491 [info]
Wikidata: Q202996 [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Radiohead/Ok-computer [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/Radiohead:OK_Computer_(1997) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/Radiohead/Discography/OK_Computer/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/radiohead/ok_computer/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/30875 [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.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/wcp2 [info]
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20202376,00.html [info]
http://www.inmusicwetrust.com/articles/01r36.html [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.