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Old 05-11-2005, 05:17 AM   #76
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Personally, I think radio edits are, on the whole, not nearly as good as the original songs. A song is however long it is, and that should be the end of it.

The problem is, as someone else pointed out, that radio stations generally won't play 'long' songs. And that is just symptomatic of society today, where people want instant gratification and if they don't get it, they're not happy.

It's a very sad state of affairs. A brilliant example is table-tennis. Recently, they changed the rules in the game, reducing the number of points needed to win a game from 21 to 11 (think they're the right numbers). They also made the balls smaller so that the game was faster. The reason? Because people weren't prepared to sit and watch a whole game of table-tennis anymore. Ergo, they've made it shorter - they've done a radio edit of table-tennis. Same reason the one day test was introduced into cricket.

Sadly, through no fault of the musicians, the masses aren't on the whole prepared to listen to lengthy songs. And at the end of the day, U2/their management/the record label are ultimately out to sell records, so they're not going to release something that won't sell so well.

The thing we have to ask really is whether it actually matters to us fans? I've heard the edit (thanks to a kind poster on this thread )and it's not nearly as good as the original, because that's not how it's meant to sound. But, we've all got the record, so we can hear the song in its entirety, as it was meant to be, anytime we want. Ultimately, I don't think it's that big a deal, other than, as I said, the way society is tending.

But isn't the cover gorgeous?
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Old 05-11-2005, 12:24 PM   #77
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anyone heard it on UK radio yet? i still hav'nt
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:49 PM   #78
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could someone please email it to me. It is going to be my wedding song and I need an edit, its too long!

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Old 05-15-2005, 10:50 PM   #79
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Can someone repost the edit...?
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:33 PM   #80
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Hmmm. Guess not.
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Old 05-19-2005, 03:08 PM   #81
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I listen to radio 1 not much longer than a hour in the mornings (ok late mornings). 3 days running now I've heard it! Suprisingly nice to sing along in the shower! Hehe.

Anyone else appiled to get the free wallet thing? Totally trying to get the hardcores to buy all 3 versions....but hell it worked for me! Probably just a flimsy bit of paper.
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can anyone make a new you-send-it link?
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