Friday, November 11, 2011

Rarities #49: Radiohead - The King Of Limbs Newspaper Edition (2011)

Radiohead released The King Of Limbs, their eighth studio album, in February this year. It is their second album since leaving EMI, and their first in four years since 2007's In Rainbows, which was also self-released and was controversial at the time for allowing fans to pay whatever amount they felt like for the digital album. This collector's Newspaper Edition was shipped to fans in May.

I have not opened the package yet, and probably will not do so for some time. But from what I know, it contains one CD, two clear vinyls, a newspaper and a sheet of 625 tiny pieces of artwork. Everything is packed within oxo-degradable plastic wrapping, or ODB plastic, which according to the remarks on the packaging, says that "this material will outlive the owner." Do we need another reminder that we will die and not be able to take these expensive collector's items with us?



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