OKNOTOK — described so poetically in the official press release as being “rescued from defunct formats, pried from dark cupboards, and brought to light after two decades in cold storage”— features the original OK Computer 12-track album, eight B-sides, and the Radiohead completists’ dream: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War.” The original studio recordings of these three previously unreleased and long-sought-after OK Computer-era tracks finally receive their first official release.
All material on OKNOTOK is newly remastered from the original analog tapes, and we here at HRAC expect that hi-res 24-bit versions of this important work will join the trio of Radiohead releases currently cataloged on HDtracks.
Digital formats, double CD, and triple 180-gram LP versions of the 23-track album will be released widely on June 23, while the OKNOTOK Boxed Editon will ship in July. This box set features a black box emblazoned with a dark image of a burned copy of OK Computer containing three heavyweight 180-gram black 12-inch vinyl records and a hardcover book containing more than thirty pieces of artwork (many of which have never been seen before) and full lyrics to all the tracks (except the ones that haven’t really got any lyrics). Included in this weighty tome are yet more surprises: a notebook containing 104 pages from Thom Yorke’s library of scrawled notes of the time, a sketchbook containing 48 pages of Donwood and Tchock’s “preparatory work,” and a C90 cassette mixtape compiled by the band, taken from OK Computer session archives and demo tapes.
OK Computer was originally released on various dates ranging from May to July 1997. Produced by the band and Nigel Godrich, the album features the singles “Paranoid Android,” “Karma Police,” “Lucky,” and “No Surprises,” and is widely cited as one of the band’s greatest works (and we have to agree). OK Computer was the first Radiohead record to reach #1 in the UK and to be nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. In 2015, The National Recording Registry selected OK Computer to be preserved in the Library of Congress as a recording that has proven “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”