Radiohead ‎– A Moon Shaped Pool

XL Recordings ‎– XLLP790X
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Optimal Media Pressing, White Opaque

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℗ 2016 LLLP, LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
© 2016 LLLP, LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.

Limited edition 2LP "opaque white" 180g vinyl exclusive for indie stores. Limited to 9000 copies.
Gatefold cover with printed inner sleeves and download card.

Assistant engineer at La Fabrique Studio.
"Thanks to Hervé and Isobel and all at La Fabrique".

Note: Two separate pressings of AMSP on Opaque White exist based on matrix runouts.
One is by Optimal Media GmbH (this pressing) and the other is by Rainbo Records (here).

"Variants 1, 4 & 5" of the Optimal Media pressing (see Barcodes and Other Identifiers) have a sticker with the correct barcode and catalog number XLLP790X stickered over the barcode of the regular black vinyl issue outside the sealing foil, indicating that white vinyl copies of the Optimal Media pressing are actually packaged in covers made for the regular issue. The catalog number on the spine of the Optimal Media pressing is "XLLP790". Records are housed in thin paper printed inner sleeves.

The Rainbo pressing has the correct barcode printed on the back cover with 'XLLP790' printed below as the catalog number. Records are housed in thick cardboard printed inner sleeves.

In memory of Vic Godrich 1936-2015.

Note that the insides of pockets housing sleeves also have images.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker over original barcode, printed (Variants 1 & 4)): 6 3490407900 0
  • Barcode (Sticker over original barcode, scanned (Variants 1 & 4)): 0634904079000
  • Barcode (Printed on back cover): 6 34904 07901 7
  • Other (Cat# (Printed on back cover)): XLLP790
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched), Variant 1): XLLP790-A3 BG32644-01 A2 SYNTHESIZED BAZZA ALCHEMY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched), Variant 2): XLLP 790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY BG32644-01 A2 111 SYNTHESIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched), Variant 3): XLLP 790-A¹ BAZZA ALCHEMY SYNTHESIZED BG32644-01 A₁ 18
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched), Variant 4): XLLP790-A3 BG32644-01 A2 SYNTHESIZED BAZZA ALCHEMY ∆I11
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched), Variant 5): XLLP-790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY vo⋏ BG32644-01 A2 SYNTHESIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A (Etched), Variant 6): XLLP 790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY BG32644 0⋏ A2 V⋏⋏ SYNTHESIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched), Variant 1): XLLP790-B3 BG32644-01 B2 SANITIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched), Variant 2): XLLP 790-B3 BG32644-01 B2 SANITIZED 1101
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched), Variant 3): XLLP 790-B⁻¹ SANITIZED BG32644-01 B₁ +Ɛ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched), Variant 4): XLLP 790-B3 BG32644-01 B2 SANITIZED TI01
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched), Variant 5): XLLP 790-B3 BG32644-01 B2 SANITIZED 5I [mirrored]
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B (Etched), Variant 6): XLLP 790-B3 BG32644-0⋏ B2 ⋏O⋏ SANITIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Etched), Variant 1): XLLP790-C1 BG32644-02 C1 STERILIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Etched), Variant 2): XLLP 790-C1 STERILIZED e = BG32644-02 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Etched), Variant 3): XLLP 790-C¹ STERILIZED e- BG32644-02 C¹
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Etched), Variant 4): XLLP790-C¹ BG32644-02 C₁ STERILIZED ∆ = ð
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Etched), Variant 5): XLLP 790-C¹ STERILIZED e I = BG32644-02 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C (Etched), Variant 6): XLLP 790-C¹ BG32644-02 C₁ STERILIZED |⨡
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Etched), Variant 1): XLLP790-D1 BG32644-02 D1 NEUTRALIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Etched), Variant 2): XLLP 790-D1 BG32644-02 D1 NEUTRALIZED 2 =
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Etched), Variant 3): XLLP 790-D¹ BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Etched), Variant 4): XLLP790-D¹ BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED 1 + ð
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Etched), Variant 5): XLLP790-D1 BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED 2 I +
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D (Etched), Variant 6): XLLP 790-D¹ BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED |⨡

Other Versions (5 of 29) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XLCD790 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD790 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
XLCD790 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool(CD, Album) XL Recordings XLCD790 Canada 2016 Sell This Version
XLDA790 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool(11xFile, FLAC, Album, 16-) XL Recordings XLDA790 2016
TROCM11 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) The Return Of Cassetteman TROCM11 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CAS-2016-00171 Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool(CD, Album) Casete CAS-2016-00171 Mexico 2016 Sell This Version


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June 18, 2019

Three years on and I find myself spinning the white edition without realising the timing. I was lucky with my copy, superb and haunting sonics and still one of the best albums I've heard in recent years.


September 6, 2018
I have four copies of this on vinyl, one black, two white and one deluxe version. all terrible. how can this be? Has it been repressed yet?


February 4, 2018

Just need a good wash guys. After that it will sound much better


November 20, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

My copy has tiny labels on each side, anyone else experience this? Here are pictures of 2 copies (one Optimal, one Rainbo)


October 9, 2017
My copy sounds like absolute crap.
Lots of surface noise, static and heavy distortion in random places all over 2 discs(it sounds lite TKOL with it heavy fuzz on instruments).
Daydreaming is unlistenable.
Cleaning, adjusting tonearm didn't help.


May 5, 2017
I ordered the Optimal pressing as well as the super deluxe one. Although I lucked out with clean records on the super deluxe I definitely think the while one sounds better. I think I'm just going to put the white vinyl in the super deluxe packaging and use that as my playing copy!


December 7, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Excellent album, don't buy this pressing.

It's as if it eroded away or is clipping throughout. I have records that are forty years old and sound better on my turntable.


October 6, 2016
Well, i do not know if I got a defective copy but the sound of this release is far from good.


September 29, 2016

Awesome pressing. It sounds really clean with no issues at all. Totally worth buying.


July 5, 2016
edited over 3 years ago

For those hoping one white vinyl pressing or the other is superior:

Got the Rainbo press here in the USA, and heard the well-noted issues with occasional pops, etc. So ordered an Optimal from overseas (people seem to've had more luck with them), and... same issues.

This is right out of the sleeve, after several passes with a carbon fibre brush. I'm also listening on a brand new cart and stylus I bought three days ago... and I listened to the Rainbo on my previous, totally different, old cart and stylus. In other words I've listened to both pressings on different needles and the sound issues are the same. (yes, I have devoted an insane amount of time to buying/listening to this album!). So safe to say, some copies have problems regardless of the pressing plant.

I will say I like the paper inners on the Optimal press better than the cardboard ones on the Rainbow. They feel like they'll be gentler on the vinyl. They also seem to slide into the outer sleeve better -- I wonder if there are more warping complaints with the Rainbos because they're in thicker inners that constrict the vinyl in the sleeve. Maybe? Maybe it's random.

I'll also say musically, this is a great freaking album, which is what the 5 stars are for. And like a lot of Radiohead records, some "imperfections" are actually part of the music (e.g. the distortion on portions of "Decks Dark"). So I say if you get a copy with some pops and glitches that weren't intended by the band, just pretend like they were supposed to be there; they kind of work with the texture of the record!