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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005QXXO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
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1. The National Anthem
2. I Might Be Wrong
3. Morning Bell
4. Like Spinning Plates
5. Idioteque
6. Everything in its Right Place
7. Dollars And Cents
8. True Love Waits

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Given that Radiohead are one of the most zealously bootlegged bands in the world--nearly every public utterance is out there somewhere--the emergence of I Might Be Wrong, the band's first ever official live album, would seem a tardy and superfluous gesture. Conversely, Radiohead have never gone out of their way to actively discourage the black market trading of their live wares. Which makes you wonder just what is the intention of this live album? Could it be for hardcore fans who wish to remain on the right side of the law? Or could it be symbolic; the drawing of a double-ledger line under the sporadically interesting but frustratingly contrary anti-guitar rock intransigence of the Kid A/Amnesiac era and the opening-up of whole new chapter? Or perhaps it's because they just wanted to put out a live album? We must wait and see. And so, in all probability, must they. Nevertheless, I Might Be Wrong--featuring eight songs culled from live shows in Berlin, Oslo, the Roman amphitheatre at Vaison le Romaine (how very Pink Floyd of them) and their triumphant homecoming gig at Oxford's South Park--is pretty much beyond reproach, even if the renditions here--"National Anthem" (Charlie Mingus inspired with a raspy Motorhead bass line) "I Might Be Wrong" (Led Zeppelin meets Blondie's "Rapture") deviate little from the script of the original studio versions. The notable exception is an enchanting recital of "Like Spinning Plates", wherein the backwards electronica of the Amnesiac original is superseded by a romantic, ornate piano accompaniment for a classic Radiohead moment. Long-term devotees will also notice the first ever appearance on record of "True Love Waits" (Yorke with solo acoustic guitar), a song which Radiohead have grappled with for years and which finally finds a handle--and a home--right here. --Kevin Maidment

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Format: Audio CD
I'd give this 4.5 if I could because the length (or lack of) is made up for with the quality of the performances here. Every song on here is done incredibly. 'I Might Be Wrong' is played with more distortion and a lot faster so that's nice plus. There's a little intro to 'Everything In Its Right Place' which is interesting...it sounds like Thom is saying "Here comes the bride" but I'm not sure. Colin adds a bass riff to 'Everything...' which is just so good it made me wonder why it wasn't on the album version. 'Like Spinning Plates' is awesome, so is 'True Love Waits'. I don't know why everybody says 'Dollars & Cents' is such a disappointment, Phil does an excellent job on the drums of this song. 'The National Anthem' is great, of course, and Thom even tries to make up for the lack of horns by mimicking (or more accurately, panting) the sounds himself. 'Idioteque', in my opinion, has always been better live than on the album. There's so much more energy that isn't reached on the album version. Phil's drumming and the addition of the shaker makes it so much better. Finally, 'Morning Bell' is excellent with the energy of being live.
There are no disappointments on this album except it being too short. Highly recommended.
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There are valid criticisms of this album: the abbreviated length, the fact that anyone with a high-speed internet connection can make up their own collection of live tunes. But the availability of complete live shows doesn't negate what this is: a superb little record that chooses quality over quantity, resulting in flawless music all the way through. That's the rarest of all accomplishments, for a live or studio album.
Radiohead open up on stage in ways they never do in the studio. They manage to convey a range of sound comparable to their albums' production effects, but without the calculated distance. The result is that each of the songs here seems a truer version of itself: noisier, more powerful and more genuine. Like Spinning Plates and Everything in Its Right Place, in particular, crackle with new emotion. And all the songs benefit from what's best about live work: they're energized by the fact that they balance constantly on edge of possible failure (though of course these were selected because they succeed).
Anyone who has only listened to Radiohead's albums will benefit from hearing how they flourish on stage; and anyone who already knows live Radiohead should cherish these outstanding mixes. In the company of only their fans, Radiohead finally aren't afraid to be a great band.
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This CD is very good, but as has been stated before, there are many versions of these songs online that are better. To their credit, the versions of I Might be Wrong, the National Anthem and Like Spinning Plates are great, and for many new fans this version of LSP is the first time they've heard it done by Thom on the piano.
However, the version of True Love Waits, beautiful as it is, is nothing compared to the first version played in 1995. The original featured a keyboard loop near the end of the song that seemed out of place, yet just... worked.
In the end, however, the raw energy of the National Anthem, I Might Be Wrong and Idioteque, the laid-back Dollars and Cents, the inferior version of True Love Waits, the beautiful acoustic Like Spinning Plates, the bleh Morning Bell (the only Radiohead song I dislike), and the 2003-2004 tour closer and ambient masterpiece Everything in its Right Place make this a great choice for any Radiohead fan.
To truly capture the feeling that Radiohead should leave you with, you must see them live, though.
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Remember how the Beatles stopped touring in 1966, when their music became so complicated that live shows seemed impossible?
Well, Radiohead has reached that point - at the moment, they're expending a great deal of energy just duplicating what they achieve on their records. Apparently the only way they can play Everything In It's Right Place in concert is to sample Thom's voice on the spot, and loop it through a machine to achieve - astonishingly - exactly the same thing they did in the studio.
There are only two songs that make this worth buying. The arrangement of Like Spinning Plates is beautiful - it is, I dare say, the way it should have been done in the first place. And True Love Waits is a return to the older Radiohead - beautiful lyrics and a beautiful song, carried with a simple acoustic guitar strum, although I'm disappointed that it isn't a particularly crisp live recording.
The rest of the songs are all vastly superior on the studio versions. Which makes sense - this is a studio band now. That's where the bulk of their effort goes.
How can anyone justifying charging what a full album costs for a much shorter collection of live recordings, only two of which are worth listening to? Dollars & cents, pounds and pence: someone at their record company has figured out that people are getting fanatical enough about this band to pick up anything they put out.
Their B-sides have been great so far: this is the first thing that I can, without qualification, tell you not to buy.
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I gave in to the tempation to buy this CD when I saw it sitting on the shelves of a music store for only $10. Unlike the rest of my impulse purchases, however, I Might Be Wrong turned out to be both satisfying and rewarding.
Considering the source material for these live performances--the notoriously experimental albums Kid A and Amnesiac--the very existence of this disc seems impossible. How can Radiohead replicate a year and a half of studio haggling in concert? Inexplicably, the band can play these songs and even improve them onstage; I Might Be Wrong is a beautiful example of that fact.
The first track, "The National Anthem," removes the horn section that stole the show on the Kid A version and replaces it with brilliant beatbox vocals by Thom and some nice synth work (I don't THINK it's a guitar, at least...) by Johnny. The overall edgy, "live" feel perfects an already great song. "Idiotheque," one of the best songs on Kid A, receives an equally rousing treatment later, complete with an estatic crowd singing along.
The now-classic "Everything in its Right Place" is probably the standout track--Johnny manipulates Thom's vocals using an odd machine, and turns this into a solo that encompasses the second half of the song. "Morning Bell," "I Might Be Wrong," and "Like Spinning Plates" are also present, and very well done in my opinion.
The disc ends with a powerful rendition of "True Love Waits," unavailable on any other Radiohead album. Unconditional love is a universal emotion that has received some of the worst (and less frequently some of the best) songwriting in history, but Thom, armed with only his acoustic guitar, takes it on anyway.
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