RadioheadThe Bends

Label:XL Recordings – XLLP780
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
Style:Alternative Rock


A1Planet Telex
A2The Bends
A3High And Dry
A4Fake Plastic Trees
A6(Nice Dream)
B2My Iron Lung
B3Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was
B4Black Star
B6Street Spirit (Fade Out)


Recorded at Rak, The Manor, Abbey Road. Mixed at Forte Apache & Abbey Road. Mastered & edited at Abbey Road.

Dedicated to the late Bill Hicks. Also to Indigo.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 634904078010
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): PCS 7372 A-01-01-2 SHE'S OUT WITH HER ANSWERPHONE D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): PCS 7372 B-01-01-2 (NICE DREAM) D
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side A, Stamped): PCS 7372 A-01-01-
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side A, Etched): B SHE'S OUT WITH HER ANSWERPHONE D 8296261-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side B, Stamped): PCS 7372 B-01-01-
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, Side B, Etched): B (NICE DREAM) D 8296261-1A

Other Versions (5 of 178)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Bends (Cassette, Album, Promo)Capitol RecordsnoneUS1994
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The Bends (CDr, Album, Test Pressing, Stereo)Not On LabelnoneUK1994
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The Bends (LP, Album, Repress)Parlophone, ParlophonePCS 7372, 7243 8 29626 1 8UK1995
The Bends (CD, Album)Parlophone, Parlophone7243 8 29626 2 5, CDPCS 7372UK1995
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The Bends = ザ・ベンズ (CD, Album)EMI, EMITOCP-8489, CDPCS 7372Japan1995
  • Plumcrazyfx's avatar
    Edited 3 months ago
    Not good. Compressed. Snap, crackle, and pop all over both sides. Has a repeating light woosh on the second half of both sides. Best thing I can say is mostly flat and heavyweight vinyl. Was purchased new. Unfortunately more than half the Radiohead albums I've purchased have been crappy like this - they need to focus more on quality control rather than presentation.
    • Turd_on_the_Run's avatar
      What a nightmare trying to determine which of these reissues is actually a decent pressing- the reviews go back and forth between 'great' and 'poor'. I'd expect a pressing using the same original UK stampers should sound good, but not according to several reviews here :/
      • Andrewslattery's avatar
        This uses the same stampers as the original UK press that goes for HUNDREDS. Pressed at Optimal. Buy with confidence.
        • SourisGrise's avatar
          Just received a sealed copy of this and I'm playing it for the first time. I can only discuss this release, as I don't have any other versions on Vinyl. That said - this one sounds really poor. I'm surprised to read positive comments below. It sounds terribly compressed with distortion all over the place. I even changed my stylus to see if I had a technical problem! But nope, it is what it is. Honestly, it can't be better than anything that went before, can it? Ouch.

          Fortunately, I have the CD too. That's what I'll be playing in the future. Horrid.
          • Reesdog's avatar
            Played my copy of this today and it sounds fantastic, no issues. Big, full sound, great clarity with the required crunch on the guitars. Very happy with this particular pressing. The record is not dead flat though, has a minor warp. The music itself - outstanding.
            • Dozyparker's avatar
              I purchased my copy upon release in 2016.
              It has the XL sleeve and the XL inner sleeve.
              The vinyl has the Parlophone label and Matrix / Runout: 8296261 1A PCS 7372 A-01-01- B SHE'S OUT WITH HER ANSWERPHONE
              Matrix / Runout: D 8296261 1B PCS 7372 B-01-01- B (NICE DREAM)
              I would say the vinyl was from the 2014 Parlophone reissue
              Does anyone else have this problem and copy?
              • whitespyder's avatar
                I was afraid to get this one but it turned out to be alright.
                Nothing fancy but the record sounds OK in most parts. No skipping or sibilance or harshness.
                Sill, nothing can be perfect since i can hear noise in between tracks which points to a not totally dead silent record, plus i can hear some saturation on Thom's voice on Street Spirit.
                • fezagc's avatar
                  This pressing is not that great for some reason my XL reissues skip and theyre new. Talking about pablo honey and the bends. Newer albums play great
                  • pw.coulson's avatar
                    Edited 5 years ago
                    Only experienced slight sibilance on "Sulk," so I'm starting to think that XL had some QC issues with this pressing. For what it's worth, my copy is pretty quiet and sounds fine. No skipping or warping at all. I'm using a U-Turn Orbit with the stock cartridge.
                    • cooked71's avatar
                      Edited 5 years ago
                      Agree with some of the other posters, there is sibilance here and there, particularly on the crunchy guitar sounds.



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