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Old 10-22-2018, 02:50 PM   #1
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Songs of Ascent

Well, I'm guessing this is either never going to happen, or we already have it, split into two albums called Songs of Experience and Songs of Innocence. I do realize that Bono has said it's still out there. I just don't believe him.

So if Songs of Ascent exists somewhere between Innocence and Experience, what would it be? Combining them I came up with something and it's actually pretty cool.

1) Love is All We Have Left
2) Lights of Home (SP Strings)
3) Ordinary Love
4) Invisible (RED edit)
5) Every Breaking Wave
6) Iris
7) Book of Your Love
8) Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
9) The Little Things
10) 13 (There is a light)

It kind of captures this idea of a mellower album that Bono described back in 2009, has the songs on it that we knew of back then in EBW and Little Things, and I dunno, something interesting to listen to I guess. There's probably an arrangement of the songs here that could take the listener on a journey through the ascent, given that there's some dark ideas going on here along with some redemption type ideas. But I just put it in an order that I liked the sound of bookended by the messages of the first and last song.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:30 PM   #2
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Not bad. I was thinking Sleep Like A Baby Tonight might also be a good addition because of the chugging Kraftwerk like synth. It does have a very (deceptive) smoothing and meditative feel to it - despite the content of the song - and I recall someone in the U2 camp(Bono, McGuinness?) describing the nonexistent album as such.

The only problem with this is didn't someone(Edge, Bono) say in the interviews right after the release of SOI that Songs of Ascent wasn't dead, and that it could still possibly see the light of day after they were done with SOE?? I am by no means suggesting the album will actually come into existence one day. I think the best we'll get is one day, many years from now, the vault will be opened and we'll get some demos, outtakes, mixes etc. Then we will get a rough idea of what direction SOA may have been headed in.

What I'm saying is, the songs written for SOI and SOE were probably, at best, only briefly considered for a theoretical SOA before they approximated to fit the themes of the two former albums.
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Old 10-23-2018, 12:32 AM   #3
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Not bad at all but I would love a full band North star as well!
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Not bad at all but I would love a full band North star as well!
This and SOON. The moment I heard that song on the 360 tour I was so stoked for an album of music like that. It always reminded me of "The Man Who Sold The World."
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This and SOON. The moment I heard that song on the 360 tour I was so stoked for an album of music like that. It always reminded me of "The Man Who Sold The World."
It's a shame that Soon hasn't appeared on an album (yet), I think it could have perfectly slotted into NLOTH. North Star though is the most boring U2 song I've ever heard and I hope to never hear it again.
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North Star was probably their worst live moment I've ever seen in my life.
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I'd also like to hear Soon..... All of there "walk up" songs have been pretty cool even back to Harry's Game.... But for some reason I really dug Soon. Also I'd like to hear Mercy but I'm very picky about that song as I think I liked an early version that was a bit more raw to my ears than the later polished ones.
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I still want to hear the finished version of North Star. We heard a snippet of it in that Transformers movie that I never saw, and then nothing else. One of the more confusing things U2 have done.
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Mercy should finally be released! Bring on Songs of Ascent.
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I have a copy of Songs of Ascent on my iPod mini
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I still want to hear the finished version of North Star. We heard a snippet of it in that Transformers movie that I never saw, and then nothing else. One of the more confusing things U2 have done.
That's definitely a head-scratcher. The little bit from the movie sounded pretty good, from what I remember after watching the movie one time, several years ago. Which isn't much. But you know Edge probably has it stashed away for extensive tweaking.
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