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Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Album
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool Album
Performer: Radiohead
Title: A Moon Shaped Pool
Label: XL Recordings
Country: USA, Canada & Europe
Released: 17 Jun 2016
Style: Art Rock, Indie Rock
Cat: XLLP790
Rating: 4.8/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
FLAC size: 1931 mb | MP3 size: 2330 mb | WMA size: 2185 mb
Genre: Electronic / Rock

1Glass Eyes2:52
2Ful Stop
Drums [Additional] – Clive Deamer
3True Love Waits4:43
4The Numbers5:45
6Present Tense5:06
8Burn The Witch3:40
9Decks Dark4:41
10Desert Island Disk3:44
11Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief5:03


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
XLCD790Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool ‎(CD, Album)XL RecordingsXLCD790Europe2016
XLCD790Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool ‎(CD, Album)XL RecordingsXLCD790Canada2016
XLDA790Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool ‎(11xFile, FLAC, Album, 16-)XL RecordingsXLDA7902016
TROCM11Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool ‎(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial)The Return Of CassettemanTROCM11RussiaUnknown
CAS-2016-00171Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool ‎(CD, Album)CaseteCAS-2016-00171Mexico2016


  • Artwork, DesignDoktor Tchock, Stanley Donwood
  • ConductorHugh Brunt
  • Crew [Studio]Graeme Stewart, Michelle Shearer, Plank , Tim
  • EngineerNigel Godrich, Sam Petts-Davies
  • Engineer [Assistant]Maxime Le Guil
  • Lacquer Cut ByBazza
  • Mastered ByRobert C. Ludwig
  • Orchestra [Strings & Female Chorus]London Contemporary Orchestra
  • Producer, Mixed ByNigel Godrich
  • TypographyK-Type.com
  • Written-ByRadiohead
  • Artwork, DesignDoktor Tchock, Stanley Donwood
  • ConductorHugh Brunt
  • Crew [Studio]Graeme Stewart, Michelle Shearer, Plank , Tim
  • Drums [Additional]Clive Deamer (tracks: 5)
  • EngineerNigel Godrich, Sam Petts-Davies
  • Engineer [Assistant]Maxime LeGuil
  • Mastered ByRobert C. Ludwig
  • Producer, Mixed ByNigel Godrich
  • Strings, Chorus [Female]London Contemporary Orchestra
  • Written-ByRadiohead


Issued in a foldout cardboard sleeve (4-panel digisleeve) with silver foil blocked lettering. 12-page art booklet included.

"In memory of Vic Godrich 1936-2015"

℗ LLLP, LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
© LLLP, LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.Gatefold sleeve.
℗ 2016 LLLP,LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd. © 2016 LLLP,LLP under exclusive license to XL Recordings Ltd.
In memory of Vic Godrich 1936-2015
Comes with a voucher for a digital download of the album.


  • Barcode (Printed): 6 34904 07901 7
  • Barcode (Scanned): 634904079017
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched, variant 1): XLLP 790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY BG32644-01 A2 X11 SYNTHESIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched, variant 1): XLLP790-B3 BG32644-0A B2 SANITIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Etched, variant 1): XLLP790-C1 STERILIZED BG32644-02 C1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Etched, variant 1): XLLP790-D1 2=+ BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched, variant 2): XLLP 790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY BG32644-01 A2 V9Λ SYNTHESIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched, variant 2): XLLP790-B3 V3V BG32644-0A B2 SANITIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Etched, variant 2): XLLP790-C1 STERILIZED BG32644-02 C₁
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Etched, variant 2): XLLP790-D1 BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched, variant 3): XLLP 790-A3 BAZZA ALCHEMY BG32644-01 A2 T0ᛚ SYNTHESIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched, variant 3): XLLP790-B3 I01 BG32644-01 B2 SANITIZED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C Etched, variant 3): XLLP790-C1 STERILIZED BG32644-02 C₁
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D Etched, variant 3): XLLP790-D1 P_⊥ BG32644-02 D₁ NEUTRALIZED
  • Barcode (Scanned): 634904079024
  • Barcode (Text): 6 34904 07902 4
  • Label Code: LC 05667
  • Matrix / Runout: manufactured by optimal media GmbH AG32646-01
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L575
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 9703
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI A889
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 9723


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – LLLP LLP
  • Copyright (c) – LLLP LLP
  • Licensed To – XL Recordings Ltd.
  • Published By – Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
  • Recorded At – La Fabrique
  • Mastered At – Gateway Mastering
  • Lacquer Cut At – Alchemy Mastering
  • Pressed By – Optimal Media GmbH – BG32644
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – LLLP LLP
  • Copyright (c) – LLLP LLP
  • Licensed To – XL Recordings Ltd.
  • Mastered At – Gateway Mastering
  • Engineered At – La Fabrique
  • Published By – Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
  • Manufactured By – Optimal Media GmbH – AG32646


Comments (65)
really dirty pressing. not very listenable even after multiple washes.
This record requires repeated deep cleanings. I’m on my 3rd cleaning now with a vacuum-based record cleaner and it’s starting to sound not too bad, actually. Easily the best sounding non-import Radiohead LP. Imagine if Mofi or AP someday got their hands on all the Radiohead master tapes and did a reissue series...
Solid press and a great album. While not their best, still worth having, as with the exception of Pablo Honey, all Radiohead albums are a must have.
Definitely be careful with this release and many vinyl releases of Radiohead albums. My copy is almost unlistenable due to overwhelming noise when the songs become too layered or mid-frequency heavy. Beautiful packaging and stunning artwork by Stanley Donwood, and the music itself is top, just be warned and do some research before purchasing. I have read that most European releases don't suffer the same problems, but I might be wrong.
My copy sounds perfect, once washed with discwasher d4 fluid. If that doesn't work, try a deeper cleaning. It sounds heavenly :)(Mine is this edition, but I got it in June of 2016 when it came out.)
My copy of this is poor. Especially towards the end of decks dark there is repeating click as if the vinyl is scratched but it isn't. I haven't got a cleaner so have not tried cleaning yet. Easily the disappointing new record in my collection.
elegant stranger
Another terribly noisy copy confirmed here. Too bad as i love this album.
greed style
My copy sounds perfectly clean. No popping or cracking anywhere.
Still In Mind
Great album, terrific compositions, well mixed. TERRIBLE sound from the LP on first plays. Turns out it was VERY VERY dirty with some sort of stubborn greasy substance. I've got side A playing well now after four washes. Side B has been repeatedly cleaned. The stylus is now ploughing out a sticky black goo on the current play so I seem to have loosened what ever was stuck there. A few more cleans required I think. I can buy cleaner vinyl from a charity shop! Should something sealed in clingwrap not be cleaner than this? Most people, it seems, don't know that under the dirt they might have an excellent LP and are complaining (see comments). If you have a dead, poppy copy of this I recommend deep cleaning.
Well it turns out that I'm not the only one that is concerned about all the crackles and pops in this release. At least is a great album.
My copy sounds really bad. It's lifeless and tons of pops/crackles. I returned mine to amazon and got a 2nd one, same problem. I'm giving up on this until there's a new re-press. Sad because this album has really grown on me.
My copy sounds terrible when my turntable is running stereo, but pretty good when I have it switched to mono. Anyone know why?
It's because surface noise is out of phase. When you sum the stereo channels to mono, you're getting rid of that noise.
I wish I'd read these comments before parting with my money. I have all their discography on CD and this was my first Radiohead vinyl. What a terrible pressing. Massive crackle from the very first play. The mastering sounds awful to me, compared to the download version. Tons of low-mid mud and almost no treble brightness save for a few spots here and there. Awful. Unlistenable.EDIT: Apparently it was a bad case of tons of filth+tons of static, or in other words, not bad mastering or pressing, but appalling handling at the press. After THREE thorough washes the crackle is almost entirely gone, and the overall eq has turned brighter, much like the download wav version. So it's now beginning to sound like what it is: a new record.
Devoid of the clicks and pops conversation - I have no idea how these terrible pressings continue to sour Radiohead. MSP is lifeless, flat and congested whereas the download that comes with it is superb. Very frustrating. But if you have any others from the last 15 years you'll know it's not just this, it's been going on for years. I complained about my box-set MSP quality and received another 2xLP - for which I was very thankful... and its just as crap. The OKNOTOK album vinyl was simply a relief that it wasn't bloody awful and you guessed it, scrapes a 40% pass in the fidelity stakes, far from the 'incredible' like you would expect of a band of this international importance to release. I have everything from 1994, from 10" Kid A to the In-Rainbows Box Set and its not you, it's not your system, its them - they can't get it right...
No clicks, pops or noise in my copy, after reading many negative reviews I was a bit nervous but it plays fine almost perfect.
The same with my copy. Vinyls were properly cleaned before listening and as a result:no complaints to make.
Gave this record a few goes through the record cleaner. Pop's and crackles are mostly gone & sounds great. Much clearer. Really think dirt is a cause of a lot of the issues. Being sent out out of the factories with muck in the grooves!!
My copy came with some slight warp on both discs, but nothing that interferes with playback. Both discs are showing some light surface noise and occasional clicks and pops especially on approach to dead wax, but I haven't cleaned them yet. If cleaning doesn't resolve at least some of the noise, I'd consider this copy very slightly distracting given the music's often quiet nature. Sound stage is big, not huge, but there is good separation. Sound is moderately warm. Highs are crisp but not overly bright. Packaging is beautiful. Worth the price so far. (Rega Planar 3, Exact 2, PSE Studio SL, Linn LK85, Linn Katans, Linn interconnects)
Good packaging, but popping and crackeling on sides B-C-D. Too bad...
Unlistenable surface noise and popping. Hugely distracting, really sub-par quality.
My copy sounds amazing, it's unfortunate other people are experiencing problems.
My copy crackles very bad as well, and yes I've washed it thoroughly. Just seems like they've used very fine sanding paper to wash off the excess debris at the pressing plant or something. Dissapointing.
My copy sounds great (I have it on the black pressing), and is one of my best sounding records. The instruments are perfectly balanced so the listener can easily tune the songs to their liking on an amp. I'm sorry to hear that this pressing is inconsistent, maybe try for another edition if you want to be certain about the quality.
I'm very happy with the record the sound quality is terrific and so is the pressing. Very quiet vinyl. I wish I had bought the white vinyl!
Yeah my copy has superb sound. Not sure what others are experiencing.
terrible sound! Digital sound from 128 MP3 is much better!
Got this the first week it came out. Played once and it sounded horribly distorted on some tracks, a real shame as the album is nice. Cleaned it with Spin-clean and the same on second playthrough. Cleaned a second time and it's the same as the vinyl had light scratches from the factory. Those come out as crackles. Quality control is laughably bad.
On my copy side B is incorrectly labelled (AC/DC Flick of the switch).
I have two copies on vinyl.. the 60 £ special edition and the regular black.. both of them play awfully. It's a real shame
I'm very sad. This is an excellent album, but the sound quality is extremely uneven throughout. The record deep down sounds great, a couple crackles and pops but not much. What is really disappointing is the distortion that I get on a couple of songs. Daydreaming, Decks Dark, and Glass Eyes just sound so bad at some points in the song, it's very disturbing of an otherwise great listening experience. Hoping a reissue will be out that sounds as good as some of the XL versions of other Radiohead albums I own.
Yep, nailed it. I have the same issue on those tracks and have since I first got this. I've wet cleaned it and troubleshot it with everything I know possible. There is just horrible distortion on some of these tracks. Unbelievable how Radiohead continues to have a miserable time getting pressed properly. Their music should be so friendly to the format, yet I have copies of Kid A, HTTT, and now this that are tough to listen to compared to the digital version.
Mine comes with a wrong label on D Side. It's from BlackWater Park's album Dirt Box.
Hey, it's not a bad pressing, it's just static. Try to wash the record on the VPI cleaning machine or something like that. Worked in my case.
Nope, it's a bad pressing. Washed here too with an Okki Nokki. This thing has cleaned up debris from lots of average pressings but while it has reduced/removed some clicks the surface noise remains at end of A, all thru B and most of D (FYI, referring to the Raibo pressing)
buying the wax or the download card? XL think about your standards at the plant .... - Masterpiece of an album
Odd, my pressing sounds fantastic on all sides, no surface noise, no pops, mastering is superb. Pristine.
I was obviously lucky! Plays fine on both my players.
Poor pressing...Pops, crackles everywhere... Red Card for Quality Control....(The sound is still great whitout all pops...) it's not worth the exchange . They are all like that.... same problem for "KId A"
I have a feeling this vinyl is pressed in China. My copy (black vinyl) from the US is not as good and clear sound quality as I expected to be. Got similar experience with Coldpay's vinyls. I'm gonna stick to Japan pressed vinyls, the other are just crap.
Throw her heart
The plural of vinyl is vinyl. Gotta meet my 10 word requirement to post this, so Coldplay suck.
you must be joking. i wish there were a press in china.
What a pity that this great, melancholic music is spoiled by a poor mastering and pressing job. The mastering is super loud - pointless machismo to my ears - which robs the sound of depth and can cause tracking problems. Moreover, the pressing is dire - distortion at points and plenty of surface noise on this supposed "audiophile 180g vinyl". The mastering engineers and pressing plants need to wake up - much better results were being achieved in the 60s, 70s and 80s. ~*~
It is mainstream music mostly and many people with their 2kg project tables do not even think about it (or hear). Nowadays you can buy new sealed LP and it would sound like very good+ record with visible scuffs, quality control is poor, most of the labels interested only in good sales and high revenues. Majority will be satisfied with their shitty earpods and aac from itunes.
don't know if I've got a second run here? definitely has all the exact matrix ID's as listed above, and it sounds perfect, really crisp and clear, great dynamic range and power, no problems at all.
My copy has labels on wrong sides (side A label is on side B of the record and side B label is on side A of the record) - does anyone have a similar copy? :-)
My copy sounds terrible. The disc came out of the shrink wrap with white scuff marks all over the vinyl on all 4 sides. There is a big white scuff that covers most of True Love Waits, and it makes a lot of fuzzy noise during the song. It is unlistenable.
A lot of surface noise. Though, with time, and added weight, it is minimal.May have just been static. It came INCREDIBLY full of static.
Is this the regular waste.co.uk/radiohead.com preorder standard edition in black vinyl?
First, what a great album of music. It's pretty emotionally intense, so I can't say I will be listening to this one on repeat like some of their others, but wow. Such a beautiful bunch of songs.My copy of this pressing sounds pretty great, minus a few moments that get distorted and have a bit of clipping. I think it's still an amazing listen. Nothing that bothered me too much, just a bit of character.*EDIT: The more I have listened to this copy, it really isn't that great. After listening to the digital version a lot, this 2xLP really struggles to compare for several tracks. When listening intently, the vocal distortion is quite bothersome. It's really a shame, because this album is incredible and this version doesn't quite do it justice. It's still listenable, but parts are rough.
furious ox
Mine sounded grimy and fuzzy in certain sections too - Black copy. Pressing plants really need to get their shit together. Hoping a couple plays will dig out the grime , my spin vac didn't help too much...
The album was recorded awful itself, it has a lot of distortions even in digital copy
Maybe its just my copy or my speakers (though i doubt it as my other records play fine) but there is a lot of distortion on Disk 1. Lots of distortion through Daydreaming, and on Desert Island Disks there is a real annoying buzz. In fact, there is a lot on Disk 2. Of all the bands I though i could trust to putout a high quality product it was Radiohead.
Not much per side, play time... I don't have it yet, but wonder, is this played at standard 33.3 or does it play at 45 rpm?
Thank you... some records are, as I'm sure you know, getting released at 45 RPM, because of supposed better audio quality, so when I see something like eleven minutes of music on a side, it makes me wonder (crap, now I have Stairway to Heaven looping in my head), and it makes me wonder... something is rustling around in the hedgerow, and I'm alarmed, it being June and all.
That's too bad, about the brick mastering. I've been listening to some old records (thinking of Starless & Bible Black) and after years of these "loudness wars" found it strange to hear a real, almost too real, difference between quiet parts and loud parts. I've also been listening to some Nurse With Wound, and there too, there is plenty of head room for lulling the listener into an uneasy sort of comfort, maybe an unwise volume adjustment (especially if using good headphones), and something unexpected hitting the sound ceiling and knocking the listener through the nearest wall. Perhaps, somewhere in between these extremes would be nice (though the volume jolts are perfect for such as Nurse With Wound).
It's a standard 33 1/3 RPM. I think the album was too long to fit on 1 LP
Mine came with a "Limited edition White Vinyl" sticker on it, black vinyls inside. Bought it from Amazon.
Same with me regarding Amazon; it states "Limited edition 180G White Vinyl" on the sticker with this catalogue number......I haven't opened it and don't intend to. So I won't find out whether they are black or white vinyls! Maybe I will open it!
Can anyone comment on the sound quality? The white edition sounds like shit.
I have the black vinyl pressed by Optimal. It came charged with a lot of static but sounds great after it's cleaning. I'm happy I spent a little extra buying from the UK.
I cleaned mine the second it was out of the packaging and it still sounds distorted af. Especially on Daydreaming, which is almost unplayable, but also on a couple of disk 2 tracks too. Buzzing, clipping etc. Such a shame
mietersemichiel Can anyone comment on the sound quality? The white edition sounds like shit. The white is great, just needs a clean
Very Old Chap
Okay so the black version isn't that much better... thanks
its ok,nothing amazing,but by no means bad....side 1 on mine sounds a bit noisy,but was full of crud,ok after a clean