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True Love Waits: O'Riley Plays Radiohead


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 87321   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Radiohead is certainly not the first pop act to receive the "classical" treatment. Artists such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, and Metallica, among others, have been covered with varying degrees of success. The challenge for Christopher O'Riley is not simply concocting classical stylizations of Radiohead's music, but translating the group's powerfully distinctive sound into transcriptions for solo piano. The good news is that O'Riley succeeds in conveying the scope of the band's richly textured sonic assault with virtuosic arrangements that do justice to its unique musical perspective. His evocative arrangements of songs such as "Knives Out," "Karma Police," and "Let Down" bring their intriguing melodies and Read more harmonies into sharp focus while still retaining the mood of the originals. It's a testament to O'Riley's abilities that he's able to communicate Thom Yorke's singular vocal style through the keyboard, most notably in "Subterranean Homesick Alien" and "Exit Music (For A Film)." He also deals effectively with the tunes that are built around the band's triple guitar onslaught. In "Airbag," for example, the powerful riff that drives the song takes on a Lisztian majesty in O'Riley's hands. Familiarity with Radiohead's music is not a prerequisite to enjoy this excellent disc. It will appeal to anyone who appreciates superlative musicianship. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Everything in it's Right Place by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
2.
Knives Out by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
3.
Black Star by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
4.
Karma Police by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
5.
Let Down by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
6.
Airbag by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
7.
Subterranean Homesick Alien by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
8.
Thinking About You by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
9.
Exit Music (for a Film) by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
10.
You by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
11.
Bulletproof by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
12.
Fake Plastic Trees by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
13.
I Can't by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
14.
True Love Waits by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 
15.
Motion Picture Soundtrack by Thomas Yorke
Performer:  Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 01/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jonathan Greenwood, Colin
Greenwood, Philip Selway and Edward O'Brien.
Arranged: Christopher O'Riley 

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