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Pyramid Song [Single, Maxi, Import]

Radiohead Audio CD
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1. Pyramid Song
2. The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
3. Trans-Atlantic Drawl
4. Kinetic

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Lead single from the band's '01 full-length 'Amnesiac'; includes exclusive B-side 'Fast Track'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Feb. 22 2004
By Notlob
Format:Audio CD
Since the release of Ok Computer, Radiohead have been known for their creative song writing and interesting production. This incredible single is a perfect demonstration of how creative they can be both in terms of writing and production, and the result is beautiful.
'Pyramid Song' is an emotive and eerily beautiful piece of music. The song is built upon a relatively simple (but certainly not common) repeating chord progression played on the piano, over which subtly eerie orchestral sounds echo, before Yorke's gentle vocals enter. The timing is unusual yet comfortable, and upon first listen you may think that there's no definate timing at all. About two minutes in, strings become more prominant, and the calmly jazzy rhythm reveals itself on the drums, making sense of the unusual timing you've been listening to. The song builds in intensity and eventually the string ensemble takes the song to it's climax. If you're anything like me, repeated listens will have this song grow on you more and more. Moody, emotive, and powerful.
As usual, Radiohead have treated us to some interesting B-sides, too. This single is quite possibly their most creatively interesting, with the fragmented beats and beautiful harmonies of 'Kinetic', the dark, evil jazz of 'The Amazing Sounds of Orgy', and the schizophrenic 'Trans-Atlantic Drawl', which has the band rock out, before breaking suddenly into a slow, dark, synthesised piece that is somewhat reminiscent of a choral requiem. Overall a very enjoyable listen, and one that you'll get more out of the more you listen to it.
As a musician myself, this single, along with the albums 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' have been extremely encouraging, demonstrating that there is still a market for creativity and innovation in the music industry. This single is a very good representation of Radiohead's creative freedom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it! Nov. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
This single, the first off of Amnesiac, proves out to be a sure fan pleaser... Not only does it give you 3 b-sides, but also some amazing guitar work...
Pyramid song is simply great, the jazzy ambient created is wonderfull and truly takes you on a ride along the tune.
"The amazing sounds of orgy" is probably the third best b-side off of the "amnesiac/ kid a" sessions, with an amazing bassline and fuzzy guitars playing in the background while power drums fill the atmosphere of thoms lyrics "the amazing sound of the killing hordes/the day the bank collapsed."
Even more interestingly enough is contained the second best b-side of the sessions, "Trans-Atlantic Drawl" a rocking song with high pitched guitars, fast paced bass and leads, and amazing lyrics... it concludes with a very slow and ambiented atmosphere on the second part, which is a completely different song.
"kinetic" is very good as well, very electronic and with a gloomy atmosphere surrounding the bass while the chant goes on "kinetic... kinetic... kinetic."
This has to be the single that is most worth your money, and if you are a true Radiohead fan, one that you cannot afford to miss. The true greatness of the band's talent can be contemplated with further insight within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "So glad your mine" Aug. 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
I knew the b-sides that would come out of this studio session were going to be something unreal. And Radiohead didn't dissapoint me at all. We all know Pyramid Song, beautiful just beautiful. Almost trance inducing.
But the highlights on this disc isn't even that. The b-sides are amazing, very experimentive and very electronic.
The Amazing Sounds of Orgy is breathtaking, it has a creepy atmosphere and is lyrically the strongest b-side on this single. It has become one of my favorite Radiohead songs along with another b-side on here Kinetic. It's built along strange electronics and odd drumming. "Better keep moving"
Trans-Atlantic Drawl took some time to get into but I really like it now too. The only song on here that features a guitar but also contains an almost jazz like bass line and breaks down about halfway into the song and fades into a sweet ambience.
Fasttrack is the only song I don't really like, too boring. Not enough substance to keep me interested.
This is Radioheads best single to come out with tunes that could of easily of been on Amnesiac. Though I have gotten the Knives Out single early I can say that that one barely eclipses Pyramid Song's b-sides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moon full of stars and Astral Cars June 25 2001
By chris.
Format:Audio CD
"Pyramid Song" is a wonderful song, not quite like anything else on Amnesiac particularily, but that's okay. Its a very beautiful song, and I absolutely love it. But, the rest of the songs on this EP/Single are quite strange.
"The Amazing Sounds of Orgy" absolutely SCARE ME. Very beautiful in a strange way, but also very odd. Unlike anything Radiohead has EVER done, and I really do mean EVER. VERY different. Haunting sounds in the background and very dark and deep. Crashes and screams are lined throughout the song. Thoms voice appears in two octaves, Tenor and Alto. (mid-deep and regular). I really do mean scary for this song, quite frightening but strangely comforting. Sounds like a thunder storm or something.
"Trans-Atlantic Drawl" starts off with a heavy folksy-blues melody and guitar, but then just moves into this heavy electronic sound, very much like the works of artists like Paul Lansky (I only mention him because Radiohead sampled him for Idioteque for the keyboard voicings).
"Kinetic starts off very smoothly from "Trans-Atlantic Drawl" (I have a slightly different import than this, mine if from Australia) and has a very electronic sound as well, drums are there, lots of drums, and the keyboard is also there, but the rest is left up to electronics and Thom's voice. Very odd but also very pretty, sounds like the work of Laurie Spielgel, an electronic artist at the end a little. Perhaps one of my favorite Radiohead songs, I really love it.
This is excellent for anyone who is looking for a very electronic Radiohead. That is what makes this EP/Single SO VERY UNIQUE, even for Radiohead. Sounds very new, and not like anything else theyve ever done, excellent continuation to a Radiohead collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2/3 great...
I actually own the import cd-single which only features "pyramid song" and "fast track," but i also own "kinetic" on the maxi cd single. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2002 by Roger I. Camara Lemarroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible B-Sides from these sessions
Pyramid Song is beautiful, but the more I listen to the B-Sides that came out of recording Kid A and Amnesiac, the more they strike me as some of the best work the band has done to... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2001 by Daniel Cherney
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pyramid, Part 2 (Nothing to Doubt)
The first single from Amnesiac and the first commercially available single from Radiohead in nearly four years. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2001 by Derek J. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars a good value
It's a bit of a test of devotion to shell out over 20 bucks for 4 b-sides and if you've got that devotion, then this is a great deal. Read more
Published on July 16 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing remains constant except change...
Ok, so you've heard Radiohead's last two studio albums ('Kid A' and 'Amnesiac') and you're thinking "This is *not* the Radiohead we all know and love", right? Read more
Published on June 25 2001 by M. Burchill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
This was a surprise; the b-sides on this disc are much stranger than anything Radiohead has done before. Read more
Published on June 18 2001 by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back...? Well, sort of.
As an avid Radiohead b-side collector, I was really exited about the release of "Amnesiac" because it meant Radiohead would start releasing singles again. Read more
Published on June 7 2001 by Hansol Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars good tune
Radiohead is far from the norm in popular music. I think this is why many can't accept the "post-Bends" Radiohead. Read more
Published on May 25 2001 by christopher schmidt
4.0 out of 5 stars good tune
Radiohead is far from the norm in popular music. I think this is why many can't accept the "post-Bends" Radiohead. Read more
Published on May 25 2001 by christopher schmidt
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