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Old 09-02-2017, 12:54 AM   #1
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EBW: Album or acoustic version?

Just wondering what the general preference is for Every Breaking Wave. Album version obviously means the one on SOI, acoustic could be either the Acoustic Sessions studio take or one of the many live versions they've done.

I find the album version WAY overcooked, and in the live versions Bono's vocal was too hysterical. So in the end I prefer the Acoustic Sessions version, with a little more delicacy to the vocal. I actually think U2 missed a good opportunity by not releasing the Acoustic Sessions version as a single. The sound is sort of U2 à la Adele (which is something new for the band), and it really shows off Bono's vocal power.

The studio version, on the other hand, wanted to be WOWY in the verses and BD in the chorus - awkward. I've heard the Radio Mix, too, but even that feels overcooked with too many effects going on.

What say you, Interference?

(Oh and if a mod or someone can help me add a poll to this thread, I'd appreciate that... Not sure how)
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The acoustic versions are U2 at their most boring.

Album version all the way.
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I know many people rate the acoustic version, but for me, album version wins. One of, if not, THE highlight of SOI.
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Album version just shits over all the acoustic versions. U2's greatest mistake of all time is not to release the album version as a single or play it live.
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The only acoustic version that worked was the one at the MTV Euros... that was gorgeous. As far as the recorded version go, yea... album.
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Nothing wrong with the album version, wish it'd been played live at some point.
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Definitely the album version.
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The album version is one of the greatest U2 songs I've ever heard.

The live versions I've heard sound like crap.

So, in conclusion, the album version.
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The only acoustic version that worked was the one at the MTV Euros... that was gorgeous. As far as the recorded version go, yea... album.


Yeah, the MTV Euros version of the song is my favorite.
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Album >>>>>>>>>> Live version >>>>>>>>>>>>>> accoustic sessions
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The Jools Holland version is fairly powerful.
The album version with a bit less polish would have been ideal.
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Acoustic > Radio Single > Live > Album

The album version is kinda silly.
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The earlier "demo" studio version (which sounds far more advanced than a demo) is better than everything else, and it's shameful no one has mentioned it yet.

Before it was neutered by Ryan Tedder. Before Edge's searing electric guitar on the chorus was replaced by those embarrassing keyboard parts.

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Interesting mix of opinions. I would have guessed the acoustic take was more loved, but turns out I was wrong.

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The acoustic versions are U2 at their most boring.
I will admit EBW sounds really simple when played on piano. If I didn't connect so strongly with the lyrics, which are easier to focus on in the acoustic version, I might agree with you.

I dunno, it just sounds like the album version was made in a computer. No subtlety and no passion. And Bono's vocals on the bridge sound weird, like they were artificially sped up. Perhaps I would enjoy the album version if it sounded like it was recorded live? Something like this:


I do like the guitar on the "demo" version posted above.
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The earlier "demo" studio version (which sounds far more advanced than a demo) is better than everything else, and it's shameful no one has mentioned it yet.

Before it was neutered by Ryan Tedder. Before Edge's searing electric guitar on the chorus was replaced by those embarrassing keyboard parts.

Yup, this is easily the best version of EBW. Such a shame this wasn't on the album.

The MTV performance was pretty great too.
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Never heard this demo before.

Definitely gives the Radio Mix a run for it's money for me.
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I prefer live acoustic.
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It's weird how many versions there are of this song. You'd think they would have nailed a definitive version, considering how long they had to work on it.
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The MTV awards version is awesome. All other versions are meh.
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