Radiohead albums boxed in time for holidays
EmptyLONDON -- A Radiohead boxed set, spanning the British band's first six studio albums plus a live record, will be available from Dec. 10 via the band's Web site.
The seven-CD limited edition sets will comprise the band's Parlophone albums "Pablo Honey" (1993), "The Bends" (1995), "OK Computer" (1997), "Kid A" (2000), "Amnesiac" (2001), "Hail to the Thief" (2003) and the live album "I Might Be Wrong" (2001). Purchasers will also have access to stream special footage.
On the same day, the alternative rock outfit will release for pre-order a limited edition USB stick, shaped in the band's iconic "bear" image. The 4GB memory stick will contain Radiohead's entire catalog in WAV files together with digital artwork. Both formats will be available only from Radioheadstore.com.
A digital bundle of all seven albums will also be available from Dec. 10 as DRM-free MP3 files, together with digital artwork.
"We are particularly excited about the USB stick," comments Parlophone's managing director Miles Leonard, "which gives fans an easy and portable way to carry the box set and provides another way of bridging the world between on-line and off-line content."
U.K. charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company recently made tweaks to its criteria, allowing the USB format to quality for the album chart.
Radiohead split with Parlophone in 2005 and recently struck a deal enabling indie label XL Recordings to handle the physical release of its new album, "In Rainbows."
That deal is expected to cover territories outside North America, leaving the band free to sign a separate deal there, but no further details have yet been made available.