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Old 02-07-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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Favourite moment on each album?

What is your favourite few seconds on each U2 record? Don't have to be in your favourite song, or even be representative of the album. Just the few seconds on the whole thing that work best sonically in the exact place they are in the song and in the track sequencing.

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Boy: the guitar riff after "twilight...can't find my way"

War: Only recently heard this album (couldn't decide)

Unforgettable Fire: opening notes of Pride. (there are many 'moments' on this record, for me)

Joshua Tree: "And it comes like a hunter, child" - very cinematic sounding

Achtung: solo in Mysterious Ways, speaks for itself

Zooropa: the guitar during Stay's chorus. It's the best part of the song, IMO. Most people don't seem to like the electric version, but it's so full of atmosphere.

Pop: the heavenly bridge of The Playboy Mansion.

ATYCLB: Walk On: the thesis of the album, spoken over tambourine and piano

HTDAAB: Crumbs: don't like this song, but the verse about psychology and teeth with the double-tracked vocals sounding like a burp at 'ate' is wonderful.

Skipped October, don't own it. Skipped R&H, couldn't be arsed. I'd probably go for any time during the strings in AIWIY, though; who doesn't get shivers? Passengers - feel free to include it in your list.


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boy: the screeching and hissing in out of control and an cabt duh
october: The way october reminds you off the cold,misty Dublin Docks.
War: the sharp bang of sunday bloody sunday.
The unforgettable fire: The orchestral sounds in the unforgettable fire song.
The Joshua Tree: The goosebumps I feel when I hear the organ and eventually thumping base of Streets.
Rattle and hum: 'slapping them down...one hundred!'
Achtung Baby: Sycho introduction to zoo station and the ending of until the end of the world. The way Bono says 'drug'
zooropa: 'I have no compass!'
pop: Disco, Mofo, Doyo. What an opening.
All that you can't: The uplifting guitar and piano of Walk on.
How to dismantle: 'siiiiing!'
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Boy: Edge's guitar part after the last chorus in An Cat Dubh.
October: The outro to Gloria.
War: New Year's Day.
The Unforgettable Fire: The second half of Bad.
The Joshua Tree: The outro to One Tree Hill.
Rattle and Hum: The peak of Hawkmoon 269.
Achtung Baby: The second half of Acrobat.
Zooropa: Stay.
Pop: Wake Up Dead Man.
All That You Can't Leave Behind: Kite.
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb: The second half of City of Blinding Lights.
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Boy: the end of Another Time, Another Place when Bono sings in what sounds like Hebrew or German...something guttural.

October: The epic and impassioned, nearly Babtist revival-meeting lyrics at the end of Tomorrow. Their most unabashedly "Christian" moment.

War: THe last 5 seconds of Drowning Man when the violins start swirling as it fades. I wish that song would last another 30 seconds.

Unforgettable Fire: "Tonight, at last, I am coming home, I am coming home."

Joshua Tree: Edge screeching his chord changes in Red Hill Mining Town.

Rattle and Hum: Bono's voice when he sings "Angel in Devil's Shoes/Salvation in the Blues"

Achtung Baby: The guitar in Love is Blindness. A perfect example of why Edge is one of the best guitar players ever and why so many never "get" him. "Clockworks and cold steel, fingers too numb to feel."

Zooropa: When "Stay" crescendos in the final chorus and Bono just wails that fourth "Stay"

Pop: The transition from the guitar solo into the "sunlight" section in Velvet Dress. Gorgeous.

ATYCLB: My favorite moment didn't make the album. The glorious hallelujah ending of Walk On.

Bomb: The way Man and a Woman makes me feel like I'm in a Middle Eastern disco dancing with super models and the irony involved in setting that mood against the meaning of the song.
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Boy: The first few seconds of Into The Heart

October: "...and on..." from October

War: "And maybe the time is right, maybe tonight" from New Year's Day

TUF: The first few seconds of Promenade

TJT: "Desert rose, dreamed I saw a desert rose" from In God's Country

R&H: When Bono sings "you, all I want is you" to end the lyric

AB: The opening of Mysterious Ways.

Zooropa: When Zooropa explodes.

Passengers: "Chasing souls" from One Minute Warning

Pop: The opening of Velvet Dress.

ATYCLB: I don't have one.

Bomb: Edge at the end of LAPOE
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Boy: When Electric Co. fades out and comes back in.
October: All of Tomorrow
War: Edge singing on Seconds
TUF: All of it, especially all of Bad, ASOH, and Bad.
Joshua Tree: Intro of Streets, end of WOWY, all of OTH
R&H: End of AIWIY
AB: All of it.
Zooropa: Lemon.
Pop: September, streets capsizing.
Attyclub: Second half of Beautiful Day
Bomb: City of Blinding Lights
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Boy - "A Blackbird makes a Violent Sight" - The way Bono's voice goes all high-pitched in that line on An Cat Dubh

October - The beginning of Tomorrow is so eerie and dark, I love it.

WAR - The heart-pounding drums at the beginning of Like a Song. I also have to give honorable mention to the way Bono does lines like "Talk to you" in Red Light

The Unforgettable Fire - A sort of Homecoming: "No spoken words, just a scream" and then Bono proceeds to belt out a scream sort of thing

The Joshua Tree - Edge's guitar slide after "Outside you hear the city groan" in Bullet the Blue Sky

Rattle and Hum - The haunting beginning of Heartland; it almost feels like a heartbeat; another dark, open-landscape type of thing going on.

Achtung Baby - The "we're going to rock the crap out of this entire album" intro on Zoo Station. Gotta also mention Edge's guitar blip after "Talk about the things you can't explain" on Mysterious Ways.

Zooropa - "Get your head out of the mud baby" - something about the way Bono sings that line on Zooropa; either that or the Edge saying "Don't piss in the drain" on Numb

POP - every moment of this album is perfection. However, if I have to pick just one, it's gotta be the drum fill in Gone right before the "Closer to you everyday" part. Also, perhaps when MOFO kicks right back into the heavy part after the "Mother..." middle section.

All That You Can't Leave Behind - Edge's quiet guitar at the end of Beautiful Day; or the section of New York where Bono goes into the "In the Stillness of the evening" line.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - There are a few favorites on this one: The middle section of Vertigo; Edge singing on Miracle Drug; The fade-in exit solo on Love and Peace; "Time" on City; "Intellectual Tortoise" on ABOY; "How can I hurt when I'm holding you" on AMAAW.
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The Unforgettable Fire - A sort of Homecoming: "No spoken words, just a scream" and then Bono proceeds to belt out a scream sort of thing
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Boy--the segue between ACD & ITH, although I guess technically it's the beginning of ITH.
October--That bass breakdown during Gloria.
War--the beginning of NYD's solo
UF--From ASOH, either "On borderlands we run...." or when the beat changes at the outro
JT--Bono's "Ooooooohh" after the second verse as the drums pick up
R&H--During Love Rescue Me, on Bono's "I say love!!/Climb up the mountains" as the horns come in
AB--The beginning of WGRYWH; guitar in one ear, violin (or whatever the fuck that is) in the other
Zooropa--The piano, Bono, and "Midnight...." together in Lemon
Original Soundtracks 1--Clayton's vocal
POP--Outro of IGWSHA, great drums
ATYCLB--Guitar solo in WILATW
HTDAAB--Bono's "You don't have to be shy about it--NO!" alongside Edge's guitar in OOTS
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Boy: The intro to Twilight.
October: The end of Gloria after the bass solo.
War: The distinctive pass and piano opening of NYD.
UF: First few seconds of ASOH.
JT: The climax of OTH.
RAH: Beginning of Heartland.
Achtung: "No new ideas in the house and every book's been read" and the solo from Acrobat.
Zooropa: The transition into "and I have no compass/and I have no map" in the title track.
Passengers: The piano in Beach Sequence.
Pop: The "listen to the words" verse.
ATYCLB: End of WILATW.
HTDAAB: Edge's verse in Miracle Drug.
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Passengers: The piano in Beach Sequence.
HTDAAB: Edge's verse in Miracle Drug.
Totally my second choice for Passengers (I used that piece in a short film once), and had I thought about it longer, I may have chosen Edge's final verse line going into Bono's final chorus for HTDAAB.

I also expected this from you, Axver:

Achtung: When it's over.
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Nice thread, and, I've enjoyed reading everyone else's stuff:

Boy - Edge after the 2nd verse.

October - Opening piano in I Fall Down.

War - "Maybe the time is right...maybe tonight" in New Year's Day

Unforgettable Fire - Shockingly, ASOH, from "The wind will crack" to "she will die and live again....tonight" Get chills just typing about it.

Joshua Tree - One Tree Hill: "And when it's raining...raining hard...that's when the rain will...break my heart". Chills again, sorry.

Rattle and Hum - Heartland, Bono's voice during "Through the ghost-ranch hills, Death Valley waters....in the towers of steel, belief goes on and on".

Achtung Baby - Edge's guitar solo in "Until the End of the World". So colorful.

Zooropa - As said earlier, when Zooropa explodes. I'll never forget hearing that for the first time, wow.

Original Soundtracks 1 - Just the simple piano during Beach Sequence.

POP - "Goodbye, and it's emotional, good night...I'll be up with the sun you're still holding on....I'm not coming down....I'm not coming down....I'm not coming down"

All That You Can't Leave Behind - As Laz said, the guitar solo in When I Look at the World

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - Edge's cascading guitar as Bono sings "oooooh" during City of Blinding Lights
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Boy - Edge after the 2nd verse.
In which song?

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POP - "Goodbye, and it's emotional, good night...I'll be up with the sun you're still holding on....I'm not coming down....I'm not coming down....I'm not coming down"
This was almost my pick.
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I also expected this from you, Axver:

Achtung: When it's over.
I nearly put that for ATYCLB, actually.

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This was almost my pick.
Mine too.
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War: THe last 5 seconds of Drowning Man when the violins start swirling as it fades. I wish that song would last another 30 seconds.
Maybe it's best to leave you hanging like that, no?

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Pop: The transition from the guitar solo into the "sunlight" section in Velvet Dress. Gorgeous.
I totally agree, simple and so beautiful.

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AB--The beginning of WGRYWH; guitar in one ear, violin (or whatever the fuck that is) in the other
Also great.
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In which song?



This was almost my pick.
I left the "dis" off again.

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Boy:Into the heart
October:Gloria
War:Surrender
Unforgettable Fire:When the drums come in on A Sort of Homecoming
Wide Awake:Beginning of Bad
Joshua Tree:Instrumental Chorus of Mothers of Dissapeared
Rattle and Hum:Interview seques into Desire Intro
Achtung Baby:Bridge on Wild Horses
Zooropa:Lets go the overground on Zooropa
Passengers:When Bono First sings on Slug
Pop:Chorus on Gone
ATYCLB:Bridge on Kite
HTDAAB:Chorus of Original of the species
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Easily my favorite moment on POP.
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Boy: segue from An Cat Dubh to Into the Heart
October: When Bono first starts singing in "October"
War: "I will be with you again"
Unforgettable Fire: "I am coming home"
Joshua Tree: Bono wailing away at the end of With or Without You
Rattle and Hum: "Like a drifter needs a room, Hawkmoon, I need your love"
Achtung Baby: "Your love was like a lightbulb hanging over my head"
Zooropa: When Zooropa the song bursts into full-blown mode
Pop: Final verse of Please: "September streets capsizing"
ATYCLB: Bono's listing lyrics on Walk On
HTDAAB: When COBL bursts into the stratosphere
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Boy: The opening bass riff in The Ocean

October: The guitar in Gloria

War: The lap steel in Surrender with the backup singers

The Unforgettable Fire: Pride's opening notes and riff

R&H: Intro to God Pt. 2; one of my fav lyrics from Bono

Achtung Baby: The pipe or whistle or whatever it is at the begining of Until The End of the World

Zooropa: The simple guitar riff in Dirty Day

Pop: Edge's falsetto during the bridge in Last Night on Earth (clock tell her that time is slipping...)

ATYCLB: Opening drums to Stuck in a Moment

HTDAAB: Piano on Original of the Species
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