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Bends (Audio Cassette) Import

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (April 4 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TQW
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 459 customer reviews
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2009 expanded two CD edition of this 1995 album from one of the biggest and most critically successful UK bands of all time. From their beginnings sandwiched between the Grunge and Britpop music scenes to their groundbreaking internet releases, Radiohead has consistently and successfully challenged themselves musically with each album and continue to raise the bar with every passing year. Disc One contains the original album while Disc Two is filled with rarities, B-sides, BBC sessions and more. 30 tracks. EMI.

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After the massive success of Pablo Honey--or, more specifically, the single "Creep"--had made them a household name, most had written Radiohead off as one-hit wonders. That they could return with an album as awesome and monumental as The Bends, therefore, must have been particularly unexpected. Not that Pablo Honey is a bad album, but rather, when compared to the epic grandeur of The Bends, it's obvious that the five Oxford-based boys had matured immensely since the release of their debut. "High And Dry", "Just", "Street Spirit", "Fake Plastic Trees": nary a pop song among them, yet it's testament to their greatness that they all were hit singles. And really, it's easy to see why: Thom Yorke's falsetto crying over a wall of acoustic and electric guitars, as lyrics and music blend to create a masterpiece of melancholy beauty. The Bends is one of the most essential albums of the 1990s, and a spectacular indicator of further greatness to come. --Robert Burrow --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


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Format: Audio CD
Over the past 3 generations, music industry executives (most with no or little musical education) have reduced the quality of popular music to the lowest common denominator. Vapid lyrics, forgettable tunes, total absence of original music composition and absolutely no innovation. The creativity well is so dry that remakes have become the norm, not the once-in-a-while. Yet, by controlling most of the radio air-play, music CDs still get sold by the millions.

The patient is supposed to be dead, his electroencephalogram flat-lined, when unpredictable spikes such as this one occur. THE BENDS is one of the rare exceptions of a great group putting out a MONUMENTAL album.

If I had a nickel every time I heard that OK COMPUTER is a better album...I have them both and let me tell you: whereas I do take out and listen to OK COMPUTER once in a while, THE BENDS never comes out of the 18CD-charger of my car.

This Album has a beginning, a middle and a finish. No, I cannot distinguish any of the pieces above the rest - they are all gems and part of a ever-shifting musical picture. The level of this Album's artistry is simply unsurpassed - even by RADIOHEAD themselves.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Format: Audio CD
Brilliant lyrics. Brilliant songs. It was "overrated" if you didn't understand how important it was for British rock to crack the American mainstream. These songs are 90's guitar rock classics. They were the perfect songs to learn how to play guitar to & to understand what songwriters could do with only the four basic instruments.
I also recommend 'Pablo Honey' for it is in the same vein of "pretty melodies mixed with thrashing guitars."
A classic.
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Probably one of the top albums of all time.Melodic,powerful and Thom Yorke at his best.

First time I heard this I fell off my chair.I could't stop listening to the album.Fake Plastic Tree,Street Spirit (fade out),Just...Basically,the whole album is wonderful.

My favorite is Sulk...what a song!

Stuck on a desert island...The Bends is my choice.Personnaly the best album I have in my collection!!!
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Maybe the most emotionally powerful rock album of the 90s. Critics realized their mistake by not giving the band their due when this was released, so they jumped on the bandwagon for the very good, but not great, OK Computer. The Bends is a faultless collection. The climax to the title track makes my head spin. They will be hard-pressed to top this album for the rest of their career. I hope they do!
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No doubt, this album sticks right with you the whole way and never loses consistency. Truly, this album is worshipped by many. Personally, as someone who has watched Radiohead develop and morph what seems like a hundred times over the last decade, this album doesn't quite do the trick the way OK Computer does. However, in context of the year 1995, when rock was finally dragging itself from the ashes of the emotionally valueless glam rock of the 80s, this album stands on its own.
I won't right an individual song review, but I cannot write a review of the album without mentioning that with all else aside, Street Spirit is the best song that Thom Yorke has ever written, and that is a large accomplishment. It is the only song I can find that defines Radiohead through every album they have put out, even the notorious but brilliant Kid A. The emotion shines right out of this song from the opening guitar riff to the brilliant final orchestration ("immerse your soul in love"). A spectacular song. The only people on earth (and I mean this literally) who would not love this song are those who are so out of touch with their emotions that they never admit to feeling sad. Street Spirit captures sadness at a basic level and puts it to song. Without it, The Bends would be not much better than Pablo Honey. With it, the album crushes all other traditional alt-rock albums to that date. And then along came OK Computer...
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(...with the top prize going to Bon Jovi's "These Days", in my subjective opinion - don't click "no" if you don't know it)
Do not bother with this album unless you are serious about your music. I personally maintain that mantra for all albums. This won't work if you are one of those people who only buys music that "seems to be popular" so you can have it on as background aural wallpaper in your house. It needs time to grow on you, and that can only be done with highly attentive listening.
I have a pretty firm grasp on my 700+ cd collection. All in all, I make it a point to be aware of as much music as possible. This cd, however, was one that slipped through the cracks of my rigid listening routine. Technically speaking, I am in the agegroup of people who was supposed to worship Nirvana and friends in the 90's heyday of 80's extermination camps. I am proud to say I put my musical alliances elsewhere, but not proud to admit I made a mistake with Radiohead; I lumped them in with the rest.
I did like "Creep," but for some twisted reason I liked it just enough to avoid the first album but buy "The Bends" right when it came out ... and I barely ever paid attention to it, there was much better stuff on my priority map. It collected dust for years. The whole grunge/alternative thing was a huge turnoff for me, essentially because there wasn't as much substance in it as there was record-company-brainwashing, and the "rock songs" never really rocked. Mr. Cobain never learned more than 4 power chords, so I thought his message would have been better to the music industry (popularity aside) had he chose to express it in a medium other than music (and I don't know if I was all that wrong, look at where the biz is now!!!).
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