Vinyl Pre-Order Roundup: Radiohead, Beyoncé, Fleet Foxes and more
It was just last Thursday when we were speculating about a rumored OK Computer 20th anniversary box set, and well, now it’s officially here – thanks for sharing your insider information, random Redditor. The announcement was made at 3:00pm BST, so for all of us Radiohead diehards in the States, we were just waking up and finishing a cup of coffee when we had to drop everything and figure out what pre-order to jump on.
The first and most obvious choice was the “Boxed Edition,” coming in at a not-so-wallet-friendly $143 shipped. For people with too much money or too little sense, this was an insta-buy, but for those of us with bills and budding families, which necessitate a vinyl budget, it was cause for some thought – I mean, you can only hide so many records from your significant other. Everything about the box set looks to be done to perfection, from the bonus 104-page notebook and a further 48-page sketchbook of artwork and notes, to a cassette mixtape compiled by the band and all newly remastered songs (OK Computer, three previously unreleased studio tracks and eight B-sides).
If going all-in is not in the budget, then your choices are either the standard black vinyl in a triple gatefold sleeve or the indie exclusive on opaque blue wax, both housing three records with the exact same mastering that’s included in the box set. Prices vary depending on where you buy, but you can expect to pay about $40 shipped for these two options. As of now, the limited blue vinyl is basically sold out everywhere, so if you missed the boat, keep an eye out for sites that don’t have their online game as dialed in as Bullmoose. And even if that doesn't work, you can always drop by your local shop on June 23rd, when they are expected to hit shelves.
On any other day, a Beyoncé box set pre-order would be the talk of the interwebs, but pandemonium surrounding OK Computer ripped away most of the thunder from Queen Bey’s long-awaited vinyl release for Lemonade, last year’s massively successful, award-winning album. We liked it juuust a little bit over here, but with the box set ringing in at $300 for what is basically a 600+ page hardcover book and fancy box cover with lemon artwork, it's too rich for our blood. Luckily, there is a yellow vinyl variant that is priced fairly at $30 and is expected to be widely available.
It has been six long years since Fleet Foxes have released any music, so fans have been clamoring over a possible LP3 for some time now and were starting to wonder if it was ever going to happen. The indie-folk band from Seattle has certainly gone through some turmoil after their fantastic 2011 album, Helplessness Blues, most notably the much-publicized exit of drummer Josh Tillman, who has found mega-success under his Father John Misty moniker. When Robin Pecknold, Fleet Foxes frontman, talks of those days, it’s obvious the band was broken and would need years to piece themselves back together. It’s also reasonable to assume that Tillman’s solo stardom is a chip on the shoulder of the group, so I’m expecting their third studio album to be a contender for our year-end top 10 list.
After time off and various side projects by the remaining members, a new record is finally slated to drop on June 16th, fittingly titled, Crack-Up. Unfortunately, those wanting a colored variant or limited edition will have to wait, as the only option for now is standard black. Grab it here.
Other notable pre-orders:
- Fiona Apple, Tidal - May VMP ROTM
- Alt-J, Relaxer - June 9th
- King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Murder of the Universe - June 23rd
- Amber Coffman, City of No Reply - June 2nd
- Phoenix, Ti Amo - June 9th
- Portugal. The Man, Woodstock - June 16th
- Lorde, Melodrama - June 23rd
- The Cranberries, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? - "Coming Soon"
- Tokyo Police Club, A Lesson In Crime/Smith EP - June 9th