RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool

Label:XL Recordings – LLLPLLPLP01
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, 180g
2 x CD, Album
All Media, Special Edition
Country:UK, Europe & US
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Art Rock, Indie Rock


A1Burn The Witch3:41
B1Decks Dark4:41
B2Desert Island Disk3:45
B3Ful Stop
Drums [Additional Drums]Clive Deamer
C1Glass Eyes2:53
C3 The Numbers5:46
D1Present Tense5:07
D2Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief5:04
D3True Love Waits4:46
CD1-1Burn The Witch3:41
CD1-3Decks Dark4:41
CD1-4Desert Island Disk3:45
CD1-5Ful Stop
Drums [Additional Drums]Clive Deamer
CD1-6Glass Eyes2:53
CD1-8The Numbers5:46
CD1-9Present Tense5:07
CD1-10Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief5:04
CD1-11True Love Waits4:46
CD2-1Ill Wind4:16

Companies, etc.


Case bound album, inspired by the albums for 78rpm shellac records in the library of La Fabrique, France
32 pages of artwork
The 11 track album on two heavyweight 12" vinyl records
Two compact discs: one with the album and one with two extra tracks
Recording tape belly band applied *

* This is a piece of a Radiohead ½ inch master tape from an actual recording session.
The tape degrades over time and becomes unplayable. We thought rather than it ending up as landfill we would cut it up and make it useful as a part of the special edition. A new life for some obsolete technology...
Each loop contains about ¾ of a second of audio - which could be from any era in the band's recording past going back to Kid A.

Assistant engineer at La Fabrique Studio: Maxime LeGuil

℗ 2016 LLLP LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
© 2016 LLLP LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd

In memory of Vic Goodrich 1936-2015 and Scott Johnson 1979-2012

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side [hand-etched]): BG32644-01 A2 SYNTHESIZED XLLP 790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side [hand-etched]): BG32644-01 B2 SANITIZED XLLP 790-B3
  • Matrix / Runout (C-side [hand-etched]): BG32644-02 C1 STERILIZED XLLP 790-C1
  • Matrix / Runout (D-side [hand-etched]): BG32644-02 D1 NEUTRALIZED XLLP 790-D1
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): ifpi L574
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 9751
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): AG40922-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 9755
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): AG41251-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
  • Barcode (Sticker, outer packaging. ): 6 34904 07908 6

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  • jgilla2012's avatar
    Edited one month ago
    Bought this at release and man, my discs really do not sound good. I received my copy with lots of visible residue / blemishes on Side B and tons of distortion on the instrumentals of Decks Dark (my favorite song on the record). Faint but omnipresent surface noise throughout the entire first disc.

    Poor pressing in an otherwise very nice package.
    • Lowgun's avatar
      I'm on my 5th copy and although some of the later ones I received cleared up nearly all of the tracks...some of the improvements were incredible....on every single copy track 1 side D skips. Its definitely not my setup as everything else plays perfect, and as soon as I get to the second track on side D it's flawless.

      Anybody else had issues with track 1 Side D consistently jumping back, rendering it literally unlistenable?

      Great customer service as they're sending a new copy out right away and asking no questions or return. Do feel like im getting other people's returned copies though.
      • peggysparkles's avatar
        Edited 3 months ago
        Sound wise, sounds like a million bucks to me. Lots of clarity, separation, presence, and very quiet. In no way "muffled", maybe I was lucky.

        The book is beautiful, BUT...the size makes it a nightmare if you want to put it in an outer sleeve. The built-in inner sleeves of the book are not great, and with no outer sleeve that fits, if you put the records in nice inner sleeves, they are loose and vulnerable.

        Sorry, a silly thing to be frustrated with, but I had to vent. Ideas welcome.
        • TastyWavesCoolBuzz's avatar
          The book is beautiful and leads to new insights about the album. I enjoy listening to the album while looking at the artwork and reviewing the lyrics contained in the book. Unlike the rest of the pages in the book, the lyrics are printed on textured pages made of a rubbery type of material… the background of the lyric pages seems to show early version of the lyrics, which led me to insights about why some song titles were chosen and how the song evolved. The art contained in the book also helps to convey the mood and feeling of the album. This would be an amazing coffee table book, but I keep mine stored safely on the shelf. The analog tape strip included also helped me to imagine the engineering and recording process, and is a cool souvenir. The sound of the double records is very good and overall a quality listening experience. There are still some available on the artist website as of Nov 2023.
          • RichUK's avatar
            There seems to be a lot of mixed comments regarding the sound quality of this record. I played my copy today for the first time after a surface clean only and unfortunately for me the sound quality is awful. The instrumentation sounds reasonable, not great but reasonable but Thom's voice is shockingly bad - really muffled and fuzzy, it's not clear at all. Will give the vinyl a proper, wet clean and see if it improves but initial thoughts are that I'm very, very disappointed in the sound quality. The packaging is stunning, by the way. It's just a shame that the actual records almost seem like an afterthought.
            • retrocandy's avatar
              Edited 11 months ago
              Would anybody be able to tell me if this box fits in an Ikea Kallax shelf?
              • Louiemcmahon1's avatar
                Got my copy last week and I gotta say this thing is absolutely beautiful, musically and as a package
                It's easily becoming one of my favourite albums and this package does the album justice, with the drawings of the art work and the book style gatefold is just beautiful
                As for the pressing, mine is a little crackly but once the music starts its not noticeable and it sounds amazing to me
                • Ramzy's avatar
                  Edited one year ago
                  The big variation in reviews here suggests a lot of bad copies got out, but listening to mine again after a good clean it honestly is one of the best sounding Radiohead pressings I've got. The vocals are eerily present with absolutely no sibilance but plenty of detail at the top end. The strings are full and enveloping - Glass Eyes!! - and I can hear every little rattle and click in the percussion. The definition in the stereo field is something to behold, too. The sound of the first single kick drum beat in Identikit cranking up alone is an eye-opener for how revealing a cut can be. This was never my favourite Radiohead album, but this pressing is really making me sit up and listen to it again.

                  All of this said, True Love Waits *is* a little crackly at points, like the extremely hot mid-frequencies of the piano are threatening to overwhelm the cartridge. But it's a very soft kind of noise, and the vocal still cuts through perfectly with no distortion.

                  Kit: Ortofon bronze 2m cartridge, project debut iii esprit deck, Graham Slee gram amp 2 special edition, marantz pm 6005, monitor audio bronze bx2s.

                  EDIT: just checked the CD and the sounds I was hearing on True Love Waits are on there too!! Like the piano notes are the tiniest bit overdriven in places. Also, the CD sounds pretty awesome too - a well recorded album is a well recorded album!
                  • 1987fbird's avatar
                    Mine sound the best of all my Radiohead records. Bought it early on new. I use a Denon Dl-103 MC on my turntable. Most new pressings don’t suit this setup and classic rock does. However this album is an exception. Sounds awesome. Lots of negative reviews could be because of setups?
                    • zackswax's avatar
                      How come Radiohead, one of the most critically acclaimed groups ever, consistently have the most dog shit vinyl pressings of any band?


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