18 hours of Radiohead's 'OK Computer' sessions leaked online
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18 hours of Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ sessions leaked online

A massive source of Radiohead session material taken from the recording of their iconic album OK Computer has been leaked online.

Back in 2017, the band released OKNOTOK, an extended version of their landmark 1997 album and it came equipped with 8 b-sides, three unreleased tracks and added rarities.

At the time of its release, the band said: “Rescued from defunct formats, prised from dark cupboards and brought to light after two decades in cold storage… OK COMPUTER: the original twelve track album, three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides, all newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.”

While Radiohead fans were admittedly blown away by the inclusion of mysterious OK Computer rarities, it has now emerged that the band are sitting on as many as 18 Minidiscs of material taken from the original recording sessions in 1997.

As a user on the Radiohead subreddit has pointed out for fellow Radiohead fans, the leaked the content has surfaced on Discord. The Radiohead fans on Reddit have since set up a Google Doc which details the included material on each of the 18 discs but bans the actual sharing of the leaked music.

The archive is said to include in excess of 18 hours of demos, unheard takes of iconic tracks and early live recordings of multiple well-known singles. On top of that, fans seem to be over the moon about the inclusion of a previously unreleased version of ‘Lift.’

“The sessions have been leaked. The genie is out of the bottle and it is now the witching hour,” the post on Reddit says. “Feel free to share your thoughts about the tracks, or keep the ethical discussion of listening to these stolen goods.”

Upon viewing the material, one fan said: “It’s unfortunate this stuff has come out under these circumstances but on the bright side, the mystery of the fate of the OK Computer recordings for ‘Last Flowers’, ‘True Love Waits’, and several other unreleased songs is finally laid to rest.

“It will be interesting to see how the band addresses this if the decision to address it at all.”

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