Apparently in response (or ‘not’ according to EMI) to Radiohead opting for indie XL to distribute the CD of ‘In Rainbows’ EMI is going to release their own Radiohead retrospective box set. It is to be released on the on the exact same day as ‘In Rainbows’ and will be available as CD, Download and USB. EMI/Parlophone have even set up a web site for the purpose

However Radiohead try to spin it, this will be a major (poor pun) blow for them and particularly XL. To some extent or another it will cannibalize sales, probably to a high degree and it will certainly confuse the marketplace.

Moral of the story? Only burn bridges if you’re certain you’ll not need them again.