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Radiohead.com unveils “The Radiohead Library,” an official band repository

  • Welcome to the new Radiohead Library. This is the band's A Moon Shaped Pool collection, as seen in a desktop browser. Radiohead
  • The same collection, as seen on a mobile browser.
  • The Kid A selection.
  • It's not all just audio and video; a lot of the site comes with high-resolution scans of the albums' original CD booklet artwork. This page comes from the special hardbound-book edition of Kid A. Radiohead
  • And this unhappy look at former British PM Tony Blair comes from a different Kid A edition.
  • Go back to the Pablo Honey era, and you'll find documents like this first-ever letter to Radiohead Fan Club members.
  • Can we buy that exact shirt, Thom?
  • Notice that you can create a "library card" at the site without a single iota of data going back to Radiohead. Nice touch, mates.

On Monday, British rock band Radiohead rolled out arguably the most comprehensive one-stop website for a single band we've ever seen—and for an Internet-savvy band like Radiohead, that's saying something.

The Radiohead Library, which can be found at the sensible URL of radiohead.com/library, includes nearly every official studio release since the band's debut album Pablo Honey launched in 1993, along with much, much more. Full concerts, TV appearances, CD booklet art, long-lost promotional videos: they're all here.

Whether you visit the site on a smartphone or desktop browser, it's formatted to present each Radiohead era as a series of squares and rectangles. The top of the site includes generic, single-colored squares, which each represent a major studio album. Click any of them to reveal the album, its associated EPs and singles, and a scattershot assortment of official music videos, full concert recordings, and other audio and video samples from that album's era. While you're picking through each era, you may notice squares with T-shirt logos. Turns out, these link to reprints of classic tour shirts and merchandise from almost every Radiohead album, back on sale for the first time in years.

If you're a fan of YouTube as a music-consumption service, however, you're out of luck. Each Radiohead studio recording is linked to Spotify and Apple Music stream options, arguably for the sake of guaranteeing greater global access as opposed to linking to YouTube videos that can suffer from region-restriction headaches. The collection's direct video links, meanwhile, rely on Vimeo; as of press time, that's resulting in some serious video-streaming hitches and stutters, perhaps owing to one of the world's biggest bands uploading dozens of never-before-seen concert and TV-appearance footage in one fell swoop.

Should the full collection prove intimidating, Radiohead offers a bit of curation. Bassist Colin Greenwood is the first band member to appear on the site's &quoRead More – Source

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