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Old 01-05-2004, 03:37 PM   #1
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B sides - Your thoughts

Without sounding like a winging cow, I feel a little saddened that at times when you buy CDs this happens. In Hong Kong my friend brought me the CD "All that you can't leave behind "without knowing I had already purchased it downunder. I only got a single CD but when I got the Hong Kong copy I had the B side as well. It cost $32.00 for one downunder and less for the double which had both sides in the Northern Hemisphere. Do you not think this is misjuding the intense dedication to the band by where you live? It seems damned unfair to me.... Like why do we always get put on the last leg of tours which are usually when they are tired? Your view is appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2004, 09:46 PM   #3
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Albums in Hong Kong often have extra tracks etc. to stop people importing.
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I can certainly see why some people feel a wee bit slighted. I sincerely hope U2 makes a point of going to Australia and Brazil on their next tour. And I know there is likely a whole plethora of marketing reasons for doing different things in different countries, and it may sound trivial, but for example the UK version of Best of... has The Fly on it, Canadian versions don't. Okay fine, I have the Fly on AB and countless bootlegs but still...And I've actually stopped buying singles. I get my b-sides from their best of collections, mp3s etc.
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I don't see any reason to buy singles either... they're more expensive and as LCK said you can always find b-sides on the best of collections.
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Singles are far cheaper here than in other countries Yay!
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Singles are far cheaper here than in other countries Yay!
Yeah, but they're nearly as expensive as the albums. At least the U2 ones are! I saw "One" yesterday for $15. Eeeks!
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Between U2's Best of albums, mp3s, and bootleg CDs of concerts, I find I pretty much have all the b-sides without resorting to buying costly singles.

Nice to see you here halo jones I hope you're enjoying yourself here, I'm finding it a pleasure to visit.
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The career of a band will be measured by its albums not its b-sides. B-sides are just rejects that aren't good enough to make it to the albums. Sure, U2's b-sides may be better than other artists' a-sides, but generally U2's b-sides are substandard work that aren't as strong as the album tracks. B-sides were just invented to help ripoff people into buying $10 singles which only contain 2 tracks (one already being the album track). Cd's may cost cheaper in other countries because operatings costs are lower, so stocking costs will be lower and importing costs (or producing costs -whatever the case may be) is lower.

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Wow, talk about a cynical view of b-sides ...
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...B-sides are just rejects that aren't good enough to make it to the albums...

...generally U2's b-sides are substandard work that aren't as strong as the album tracks...
*Starts muttering about Lady with the Spinning Head, Three Sunrises, Boomerang I+II and Salomé ...*
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*Starts muttering about Lady with the Spinning Head, Three Sunrises, Boomerang I+II and Salomé ...*
Take note I said "generally" meaning there are exceptions (though I doubt "Holy Joe" will fall under that exception). Also, Three Sunrises was released as an A-side in the Wide Awake In America EP.

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jick- I just came from another thread in here 'recommend a song' and it seems to me you are generally going out of your way to be antagonistic. Not that you can't have a valid opinion that isn't gushing on about U2, but you seem unduly negative, almost like you're trying to instigate something. My apologies if I've read you wrong, but you seem to be tossing wrenches into otherwise friendly discussions.
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Take note I said "generally" meaning there are exceptions (though I doubt "Holy Joe" will fall under that exception). Also, Three Sunrises was released as an A-side in the Wide Awake In America EP.
Exceptions would have been worth a mention so I didn't have to mention anything myself. And I do know what was released on what, don't worry...
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