Watch a Radiohead fan discover original ‘In Rainbows’ recording on master tape

Pieces of master tapes given away with 'A Moon Shaped Pool' special deluxe edition

A Radiohead fan has discovered a snippet from the original ‘In Rainbows’ recording sessions on a master tape that came with the special deluxe edition of the band’s latest album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.

‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, the band’s ninth studio album, was released in May. Its special deluxe edition release includes a 1/2” recording tape of an original Radiohead master tape given away as a bonus feature.

“The tape degrades over time and becomes unplayable,” the band said upon announcing the release. “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. You may have silence, you may have coloured leader tape, you may have a chorus… It’s a crapshoot.”


Now a Texan fan named Matt Blackwell has taken his snippet to a mastering studio to discover what it features. Initially the band’s producer Nigel Godrich responded to say that the snippet – which lasts for less than a second – was from the song ‘Bodysnatchers’. Thom Yorke appeared to agree with this by retweeting Godrich’s response. However, Reddit users later pointed out that it’s actually ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place’ from ‘In Rainbows’. Godrich then tweeted: “My mistake! It is jigsaw – it’s the fill after ‘come back in focus again’ – was listening on my phone before.. doh.”

Watch the video of the fan getting the snippet transferred below.


Meanwhile, Radiohead have responded to rumours that they could headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Glastonbury Festival 2017 will run from June 21-25. Radiohead are among the favourites to top the Pyramid Stage next year, along with Guns N’ Roses, Kasabian and The Stone Roses. Daft Punk and Lady Gaga have also been rumoured.

Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien was recently asked by BBC 6 Music if they could play next year’s Worthy Farm event, to which he replied: “I would love to. I go to Glastonbury every year, it’s my carnival. To be asked to play at Glastonbury again would be magic. I also think Glastonbury is like our spiritual home. It is the mother of all festivals… there’s nothing like that one… It would be great to play there.”

O’Brien also revealed that the band are set to discuss possible tour dates for 2017, although nothing has yet been decided.