Radiohead – In Rainbows Preview – Bonus Lossless Download June 14, 2006

October 8, 2007

Radiohead. Somehow you knew it had to be them. The band to ultimately drive the last nail into the coffin of the old-model record companies. The brilliant simplicity of the promotion model for In Rainbows is something to behold. The user can buy the digital download for any price the user believes to be appropriate. I decided to order last night, and paid what amounted to $11 US. There is also a deluxe box set with extra songs, a double vinyl disc, a book, eight bonus tracks and two CDs which requires purchase and will be delivered in December.

Oh yes, and there is no record company or any other entity involved in the download. Its Radiohead and us. The ramifications of this grand experiment are huge. Here at nyctaper, we believe that Radiohead’s model represents a validation of the mission of this site–free downloads as a means to promote a positive relationship directly between artists and fans. A new paradigm indeed.

Bob Lefsetz blog contains an excellent discussion of In Rainbows.

The download will be available on October 10. Pre-Order In Rainbows here.

In 2006, Radiohead toured and performed several songs that will appear on In Rainbows. I recorded one of the Theatre at Madison Square Garden shows. This is a nice clear recording, and is the last recording I made with my old condenser microphones before upgrading the Neumann rig and the DPA rig. Enjoy!

The photograph above is courtesy of the drinkatwork blog.

This recording is no longer available on If you search the web, I’m sure you’ll find a copy.

The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
New York, NY USA

Master Audience Recording
Section 202 Row R, Seat 19
approximately 100 feet directly in front of stage-left PA speaker

Core Sound Cardiods > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 >
16 bit 44.1 wav file > Soundforge > CDWave (tracking) > Flac
Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

recorded and edited by
nyctaper 2006-06-14

This recording is dedicated to the people of the Radiohub, a
wonderfully generous and dedicated group of Radiohead fans.
Visit in the direct connect network (DC++) or on the web

01 Intro/The Gloaming
02 The National Anthem
03 15 Step
04 Arpeggi
05 Kid A
06 Dollars And Cents
07 Videotape
08 Nude
09 I Might Be Wrong
10 Paranoid Android
11 Bangers ‘n Mash
12 Pyramid Song
13 My Iron Lung
14 Bodysnatchers
15 Myxomatosis
16 No Surprises
17 Everything In Its Right Place

Encore 1
18 A Wolf At The Door
19 Down Is The New Up
20 Like Spinning Plates
21 Spooks
22 Idioteque

Encore 2
23 Just
24 The Tourist

I can not express how important it is to SUPPORT RADIOHEAD and this grand experiment. PLEASE visit the Radiohead site and purchase In Rainbows. Don’t just grab it for free and run. Its important that the artist prove that this is a new and effective business model.

21 Responses to Radiohead – In Rainbows Preview – Bonus Lossless Download June 14, 2006

  1. KRS
    October 8, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    What format will Radiohead make available for the download? I ordered the box..82 bucks…Great job by a great band. Hope the “number” of downloads sends record companies onto the ledge

  2. October 9, 2007 at 10:11 am

    1. Nyctaper, thank you for this! I was at this show and it was *awesome.* (Thanks for all your other recordings too.)

    2. My site TheMusic.FM is throwing a party (part listening party) tomorrow (Wed 10/10) downstairs at The Annex to celebrate the release of In Rainbows. It’s free with RSVP. Please check out the info & rsvp here:


  3. October 9, 2007 at 11:00 am

    The band’s merchandise arm W.A.S.T.E. announced today that the download is a 48.4 MB zip file. Any Radiohead-fan mathematicians in the house want to take a guess at an MP3 bitrate?

    Also, I was at both Theater shows last year & this one was superior — just an awesome performance. Thanks, nyctaper.

    Btw, I think my last comment was blocked due to use of 2 URLs? Check out my unofficial Radiohead release party if interested @

  4. October 9, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Here’s the answer from a MusicWeek interview with the band’s managers Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge:

    “As many as 50 percent of fans are choosing to pay something for the download, which will comprise a DRM-free 160kb version of the album.”

    Here’s a scan of the first page of the article.

    (Via a post at’s board,

  5. October 9, 2007 at 11:58 am

    All first-posts are Moderated, to avoid spam. Thanks for posting about your party, I’m sorry I can’t make it. In Rainbows is certainly an event to celebrate for a number of reasons!

  6. October 10, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for this excellent recording. I downloaded it to get a flavour of recent Radiohead output and you’ve done a brilliant job of capturing them live here. I’ve downloaded a couple of other shows from your site and see you’re take donations but is there any other way than PayPal to do this?


  7. October 10, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Yes, you can buy me a Neil Young ticket ;p

    Seriously, the only means by which to donate is by Paypal. I had a grand total of two $5 donations in September, so maybe I need to come up with some other option. Bleeding money is starting to become old very quickly.

  8. Ken
    October 11, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Thank you Thank You Thank you! I have been searching for a recording of this since walking out of the theater the night of the show! Im excited to hear it now after listening to In Rainbows!
    :) Thanks.

  9. scb
    October 16, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    i can reseed the 4022 copies made from dead center in the pit from the 2 msg shows if there’s interest


  10. Keith
    October 18, 2007 at 4:06 am

    Thanks for making this show available.

    I downloaded In Rainbow last week and its been on constant rotation ever since.

  11. October 20, 2007 at 10:58 am

    Please everyone who downloaded this recording, to understand the motivation for my upgrading my rig, download this AWESOME recording of the same show made by Scott:

    That link is the 24-bit version, DVD-A burning or listening through programs with 24-bit capacity (I used Foobar).

  12. scb
    October 22, 2007 at 8:21 am

    16 bit will be on etree tonight

  13. chris keegan
    February 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    hello … any chance you could reload this show & its files in mp3 format … PLEASE RELOAD IN MP3

  14. acidjack
    February 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    ^ “This recording is no longer available on If you search the web, I’m sure you’ll find a copy.”

  15. chris keegan
    March 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm


  16. chris keegan
    March 1, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    any hints on how to obtain?

  17. March 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    That’s funny. We have archived over 1200 shows here, some for as long as seven years. This recording and a handful of other are not archived for a variety of reasons — mostly permission issues and sound quality issues. In this situation, there is a FAR superior recording of this show done by Scott Brown. I would suggest seeking out that recording. Best place to find anything Radiohead related is the Radiohead DC++ hub.

  18. chris
    November 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

    any chance you yourself have a personal copy/file you could send via email?

  19. chris
    November 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    … of the Scott Brown copy, since its better???

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