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Old 01-14-2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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Rattle & Hum Appreciation: Am I the only one...

... that likes the live cover of Dylan's All Along The Watchtower?

All I got is a red guitar
Three chords
And the truth
All I got is a red guitar
The rest is up to you






Yes. I like all the studio tracks and many of the live versions too including...

Pride - the first version I ever heard and still a favorite

All Along The Watchtower - love the vocals and guitar here

Silver And Gold - excellent, just top notch.. in lyrics and music

Bullet The Blue Sky - better & more charged up than the JT version

Helter Skelter - sometimes I prefer this version to the original

I Still Haven't Found is the only live song here that I could do without. Actually, it's a great performance but I have to be in the right mood to listen to all that gospel!

And the studio tracks of course need no explanation...

Van Diemen's Land
Desire
Hawkmoon 269
Angel Of Harlem
Love Rescue Me
When Love Comes To Town
Heartland
God Part II
All I Want Is You

R&H is indeed very close to my Anybody else feel the same way?
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:31 PM   #2
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I'm a fan of most of the songs individually, but I think the album as an album isn't so strong. I can usually listen to only a few songs at a time from this one, instead of the whole thing straight through like I can with JT, AB, War, ATYCLB or HTDAAB.

Still, I'm glad it's out there!
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Actually yeah I really do like it, although Dylan's version will always be my fav which I suppose makes me clinically insane or something.

There are a lot of great songs on R&H though I think if it only included new studio songs it would be one of their weaker ones. But I esp. like All I Want is You, God Part 2, Desire, Angel of Harlem, and Van Diemen's Land is pretty good.

I don't like the Still Haven't Found on the album because it drags on forever, but I have a rip of the same exact version as is on the movie and it rocks. I personally think Still Haven't Found is awesome live...just listen to the Dublin Lovetown shows
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I can't stand the cover of Watchtower simply because the Lovetown version is so much better.

The album itself, I find lacks cohesion. I love a lot of the songs, but the execution lets the entire album down.
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Desire and AIWIY are fantastic.

The rest range from average to weak, though.

Oh, and All Along the Watchtower's been done better. By certain other artists.
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I can usually listen to only a few songs at a time from this one, instead of the whole thing straight through
Agreed.

Rattle and Hum is the one CD where I take pains to skip certain songs. My preferred listening order omits Helter Skelter, Still Haven't Found (I greatly dislike the R&H version), Freedom for my People, Love Rescue Me, and When Love Comes to Town. In fact, most often when I choose to listen to R&H I only listen to Silver and Gold, and the last four songs (I include the SSB with BTBS.). All I Want Is You is my all-time favorite U2 song.
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Helter Skelter is nowhere near the original, and the cover of AATW is just awful, IMO.
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I liked the movie more than the album.

Watchtower off the album sounds so weak compared to how much it evolved and got better during Lovetown.

Helter Skelter is an okay cover, but the whole intro the song, and the fact that Bono flubs the lines.
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Rattle and Hum doesnt deserve the scolding it gets. If it was released now it would be hailed as the 3rd masterpiece. The tide was against U2, same as during Pop, and people opinions against the album were influenced by the media.
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I can't stand the cover of Watchtower simply because the Lovetown version is so much better.
Agreed.
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Zootlesque - NO you are not the only one!! Watchtower is great!!
I'm a big fan of Silver & Gold too. Bono's vocals and attitude are just fantastic on both!!!
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I think Heartland is one of the more haunting U2 songs out there

Like Utoo said - not my favorite album but I'm still very glad it exists
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The album doesn't stand up as a whole for me, either. It's very hit or miss.

I never listen to Silver and Gold, or the live versions of Pride and Bullet (I do very much like the version of Still Haven't Found, but I prefer the rehearsal version in the movie).

The covers of Watchtower and Helter Skelter, while far from great, are ones I usually forget about and then am rather pleasantly surprised to hear them when I hear them.

I've grown kind of tired of Angel of Harlem and Desire over the years, but still love When Love Comes to Town. I used to strongly dislike Hawkmoon 269, but now completely love it.

Love Rescue Me and Van Diemen's Land? I'm kind of ambivalent about both.

Heartland and All I Want Is You are the best two songs on the album.
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Rattle and Hum doesnt deserve the scolding it gets. If it was released now it would be hailed as the 3rd masterpiece. The tide was against U2, same as during Pop, and people opinions against the album were influenced by the media.
Nah. It just isn't that good.
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