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Old 10-29-2002, 05:47 PM   #1
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The "Restored" Best Of 90s

Best of 1990-2000

1. Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:39)
2. Mysterious Ways [Best of Edit] (4:02)
3. Beautiful Day (4:05)
4. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (4:37)
5. One (4:35)
6. Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit?) (4:30)
7. Stay (Faraway So Close) (4:58)
8. Stuck in a Moment (4:31)
9. Gone (Best of Mix) (4:32)
10. Until the End of the World (4:38)
11. The Hands that Built America (4:57)
12. Discotheque (Best of Mix) (4:40)
13. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:44)
14. Staring at the Sun (Best of Mix) (4:48)
15. Numb (Best of Mix) (4:21)
16. The First Time (3:44)

SUBTRACT
Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (4:37)
The Hands that Built America (4:57)
Beautiful Day (4:05)
Stuck in a Moment (4:31)
Staring at the Sun (Best of Mix) (4:48)

ADD
The Fly (4:29)
Zooropa (Edit) (4:42) Zooropa CD Promo – (6:29) album
Lemon (Edit) (4:39) Lemon single – (6:55) album
Mofo (5:46)
Please (4:27) (Single Edit UK) Please Promo CD - (5:10) album
Night And Day (5:20)

NOTES: CD burners and 80 minute CD-Rs are a wonderful thing. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) and The Hands that Built America was used to promote the album so it’s not necessary or is it theoretically appropriate. In the Q magazine didn’t Bono comment on Staring At The Sun by saying “ death by mid tempo” and then quickly left the room ? I do not dislike SATS but I would take Last Night On Earth or Night And Day over it. Night And Day is deliciously dark. It would have wonderfully fit on Achtung Baby. The First Time makes 5 songs from Zooropa. Too many ? Subtract what ? Add what ? But I would definitely stick with The First Time since it seems predestined to be the perfect complement to October as the closing track. Both with their stripped down sound and both featuring the piano. The bold and triumphant faith of the 80s versus a questioning and wandering faith of the 90s. I have seen poll after poll and thread after thread where a majority of U2 fans believe it is not appropriate to include any material from ATYCLB and I totally agree. U2 may argue that they needed more albums to choose from. I disagree. One could even argue that Beautiful Day and Stuck in a Moment which were recent “hits” were included to promote the album to casual U2 fans and non-fans.)

The Restored Best of 1990-2000

1. The Fly (4:29)
2. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:44)
3. Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:39)
4. Mofo (5:46)
5. Stay (Faraway So Close) (4:58)
6. Please (5:10)
7. One (4:35)
8. Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit?) (4:30)
9. Numb (Best of Mix) (4:21)
10. Until the End of the World (4:38)
11. Night And Day (5:20)
12. Zooropa (Edit) (4:42)
13. Discotheque (Best of Mix) (4:40)
14. Lemon (Edit) (4:39)
15. Mysterious Ways [Best of Edit] (4:02)
16. Gone (Best of Mix) (4:32)
17. The First Time (3:44)

The Best of 1990-2000 B Sides Album

1. Lady with the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix) (6:06)
2. Dirty Day (Junk Day Mix) (4:40)
3. Summer Rain (4:07)
4. Electrical Storm (Band Version)(4:26)
5. North and South of the River (4:36)
6. Your Blue Room (5:26)
7. Happiness is a Warm Gun (The Gun Mix) (4:45)
8. Salome (Zooromancer Remix) [Best of Edit] (5:51)
9. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Perfecto Mix) (6:38)
10. Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix) [Best of Edit] (5:50)
11. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix) (4:08)
12. If God Will Send His Angels (Big Yam Mix) (5:42)
13. Lemon (Jeep Mix) (5:29)
14. Discotheque (Hexidecimal Mix) [Best of Edit] (5:45)

SUBTRACT
All remixes

ADD
Essentially all of their B-Side songs

NOTES: Nothing against remixes. A Best Of U2 Remixes Compilation ?

The Restored The Best of 1990-2000 B Sides Album

1. Pop Muzik (a 5 minute edit of the PopMart Mix)*
2. Holy Joe (4:20)
3. Salome (4:31)
4. Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Version) (6:06)
5. Can’t Falling In Love (Triple Peaks Remix) (4:34)
6. I’m Not Your Baby (The End Of Violence Soundtrack) (5:49)
7. Slug (4:41)
8. Your Blue Room (5:26)
9. Two Shots Of Happy One Shot Of Sad (4:12)
10. Slow Dancing (3:19)
11. North And South Of The River (4:37)
12. Slow Dancing (U2 with Willie Nelson) (4:01)
13. Where Did It All Go Wrong (3:55)
14. Paint It Black (3:20)
15. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix) (4:45)
16. Fortunate Son (2:39)
17. Satellite Of Love (3:59)

Approx. time: 75:14
* There is also the Pop Muzik (Radio Edit) (4:04) Pop Muzik Promo CD
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well, while I agree with your ideas, I think it's a little late for them to change it now.
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Isn't "Slug" a Passengers song? And isn't it from the album anyway? I don't really know since I haven't been able to find the album in stores yet.

As for your selection, "Night and Day" is a cover, so there's no way the band would put a cover on the A-Sides disc. Maybe the Night and Day (Steel String Remix) though on the B-Sides one. Mofo and Please were only really part of the band during the Pop era. They weren't hits and neither really shows the band's strong suits. Finally, I don't see how you could be able to leave off "SATS" new mix or not. It, along with "Discotheque" were the only real hits off of Pop.

As for ATYCLB, you're right on the money. Those songs would be suited for the next best of (which is why they saved some songs for it). They're only here to help booster sales. Electrical Storm is alright being here. Despite the fact that it isn't from the 90's, bands have done this sort of thing before by making a new song for a Best Of. "Hands" seems to be on the new compilation so that fans won't have to wait for the next Best Of to hear it on a U2 album. It deserves to be on a Best Of anyway though since I'm pretty confident it'll take home the Oscar for Best Song next spring.
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A. I removed Night And Day from Disc 1 because it's a cover song but not because of it's quality which is outstanding. And Night And Day definitely improves Disc 2 !
B. The dilemma of it's vacancy ? How many U2 fans would take Mofo or Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (The Temple Bar Edit) over SATS ? Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (The Temple Bar Edit) makes 6 songs from Achtung Baby - 4 songs from Zooropa – and 4 songs from POP. Even though The First Time does make 5 songs from Zooropa. Yet I would definitely stick with The First Time since it seems predestined to be the perfect complement to October as the closing track / the hidden track role. Both with their stripped down sound and both featuring the piano. The bold and triumphant faith of the 80s versus a questioning and wandering faith of the 90s.
C. I believe Passengers is U2's fourth album of the 90's. I imagine a majority of U2 fans consider it as U2's fourth album of the 90s. It appears so does U2 themselves since they have included Miss Sarajevo on Disc 1 ! I believe the whole name Passengers was simply record company "politics" / the unartistic fear of it not selling 10 million albums. One could even argue for the inclusion of Your Blue Room and Slug on Disc 1. A scenario whereby AB receives 5 songs - Zooropa 4 - POP 4 - Passengers 3 and add HMTMKMKM in the Passengers period. This would be a fairer and a more accurate representation of their 90s work.

Best of 1990-2000

1. Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:39)
2. Mysterious Ways [Best of Edit] (4:02)
3. Beautiful Day (4:05)
4. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (4:37)
5. One (4:35)
6. Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit?) (4:30)
7. Stay (Faraway So Close) (4:58)
8. Stuck in a Moment (4:31)
9. Gone (Best of Mix) (4:32)
10. Until the End of the World (4:38)
11. The Hands that Built America (4:57)
12. Discotheque (Best of Mix) (4:40)
13. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:44)
14. Staring at the Sun (Best of Mix) (4:48)
15. Numb (Best of Mix) (4:21)
16. The First Time (3:44)

SUBTRACT
Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (4:37)
The Hands that Built America (4:57)
Beautiful Day (4:05)
Stuck in a Moment (4:31)
Staring at the Sun (Best of Mix) (4:48)

ADD
The Fly (4:29)
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (The Temple Bar Edit) (3:54)
Zooropa (Edit) (4:42) Zooropa CD Promo – (6:29) album
Lemon (Edit) (4:39) Lemon single – (6:55) album
Mofo (5:46)
Please (4:27) (Single Edit UK) Please Promo CD - (5:10) album

NOTES: CD burners and 80 minute CD-Rs are a wonderful thing. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) and The Hands that Built America was used to promote the album so it’s not necessary or is it theoretically appropriate. In the Q magazine didn’t Bono comment on Staring At The Sun by saying “ death by mid tempo” and then quickly left the room ? I do not dislike SATS but how many U2 fans would take Mofo or Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (The Temple Bar Edit) over SATS ? Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (The Temple Bar Edit) makes 6 songs from Achtung Baby - 4 songs from Zooropa – and 4 songs from POP. Even though The First Time does make 5 songs from Zooropa. Yet I would definitely stick with The First Time since it seems predestined to be the perfect complement to October as the closing track / the hidden track role. Both with their stripped down sound and both featuring the piano. The bold and triumphant faith of the 80s versus a questioning and wandering faith of the 90s. I have seen poll after poll and thread after thread where a majority of U2 fans believe it is not appropriate to include any material from ATYCLB and I totally agree. U2 may argue that they needed more albums to choose from. I disagree. One could even argue that Beautiful Day and Stuck in a Moment which were recent “hits” were included to promote the album to casual U2 fans and non-fans.)

The Restored Best of 1990-2000

1. The Fly (4:29)
2. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:44)
3. Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:39)
4. Mofo (5:46)
5. Stay (Faraway So Close) (4:58)
6. Please (5:10)
7. One (4:35)
8. Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit?) (4:30)
9. Numb (Best of Mix) (4:21)
10. Until the End of the World (4:38)
11. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (The Temple Bar Edit) (3:54)
12. Zooropa (Edit) (4:42)
13. Discotheque (Best of Mix) (4:40)
14. Lemon (Edit) (4:39)
15. Mysterious Ways (4:02)
16. Gone (Best of Mix) (4:32)
17. The First Time (3:44)

Approx. time: 77:13

The Best of 1990-2000 B Sides Album

1. Lady with the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix) (6:06)
2. Dirty Day (Junk Day Mix) (4:40)
3. Summer Rain (4:07)
4. Electrical Storm (Band Version)(4:26)
5. North and South of the River (4:36)
6. Your Blue Room (5:26)
7. Happiness is a Warm Gun (The Gun Mix) (4:45)
8. Salome (Zooromancer Remix) [Best of Edit] (5:51)
9. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Perfecto Mix) (6:38)
10. Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix) [Best of Edit] (5:50)
11. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix) (4:08)
12. If God Will Send His Angels (Big Yam Mix) (5:42)
13. Lemon (Jeep Mix) (5:29)
14. Discotheque (Hexidecimal Mix) [Best of Edit] (5:45)

SUBTRACT
All remixes

ADD
Essentially all of their B-Side songs

NOTES: Nothing against remixes. A Best Of U2 Remixes Compilation ?

The Restored The Best of 1990-2000 B Sides Album

1. Pop Muzik (Approx. 5 minute edit of the PopMart Mix)*
2. Holy Joe (4:20)
3. Salome (4:31)
4. Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Version) (6:06)
5. Can’t Falling In Love (Triple Peaks Remix) (4:34)
6. Satellite Of Love (3:59)
7. Slug (4:41)
8. Your Blue Room (5:26)
9. Two Shots Of Happy One Shot Of Sad (4:12)
10. Slow Dancing (U2 with Willie Nelson) (4:01)
11. North And South Of The River (4:37)
12. I’m Not Your Baby (The End Of Violence Soundtrack) (5:49)
1. Night And Day (5:20)
13. Where Did It All Go Wrong (3:55)
14. Paint It Black (3:20)
15. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix) (4:45)
16. Fortunate Son (2:39)

Approx. time: 77:13
* There is also the Pop Muzik (Radio Edit) (4:04) Pop Muzik Promo CD
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I am fully aware that Electrical Storm and Hands are on there to help promote the album and primarily to casual U2 fans and non-fans (the general public) but this project is by and for U2 fans. Therefore - we can and should drop them.
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Also my intention is to select their "best" songs and not their "biggest" hits
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For a fairer representation from their 4 albums in the 90s

The Restored Best of 1990-2000

The Fly (4:29)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:44)
Discotheque (Best of Mix) (4:40)
Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:39)
Until the End of the World (4:38)
Stay (Faraway So Close) (4:58)
Please (album version) (5:10) *
One (4:35)
Miss Sarajevo (Radio Edit?) (4:30)
Your Blue Room (5:26)
Numb (Best of Mix) (4:21)
Slug (4:41)
Zooropa (Edit) (4:42)
Mofo (5:46)
Lemon (Edit) (4:39)
Mysterious Ways (4:02)
Gone (Best of Mix) (4:32)
Hidden Track 17. The First Time (3:44)

79:42
* May have to go with Please (Single Edit UK) (4:27) due to time constraints
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I would draw out the first disc like so:

1. Until the End of the World (soundtrack mix)
2. Gone (Best Of Mix)
3. Numb (Best Of Mix)
4. Mysterious Ways (The Perfecto Mix)
5. Miss Sarajevo
6. Discothèque
7. The Fly
8. Your Blue Room
9. Lemon
10. Staring at the Sun
11. Stay (soundtrack mix)
12. The First Time
13. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
14. Please (single version)
15. One

No edits. And again, everything is a single or a live favorite, since this is supposed to over an overview of the decade and not just my personal favorites.

There are some alternate mixes to give the set its own feel (the album version of "Until the End of the World" doesn't make as good an opener) and personal preference (I love the single version of "Please). There's also one dance remix, because the Perfecto Mix of "Mysterious Ways" is just really good and it invokes the extended live performances of the song.

As for omissions, "Even Better Than the Real Thing" was left off because there's just better material from Achtung, Baby. Arguably, "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" and "Last Night On Earth" deserve places. And I consider "Your Blue Room" an album track and not a B-side.

The second disc is kind of disappointing to think about because of how badly the band screwed it up in the official release, but I went with:

1. Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
2. Slow Dancing
3. Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix)
4. Night and Day
5. Holy Joe (Garage Mix)
6. North and South of the River
7. Can't Help Falling In Love (Triple Peaks Remix)
8. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
9. Fortunate Son
10. Salomé
11. I'm Not Your Baby
12. Pop Muzik (edit)
13. Paint It Black
14. Slow Dancing (with Willie Nelson)
15. Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad
16. Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle of Milk
17. Satellite of Love

I really like "Satellite of Love" as the closer. I also liked your idea of "Pop Muzik" for the opener, but I liked U2's idea of "Lady With the Spinning Head" more.

I kept both versions of "Slow Dancing" because they're both really good. The other alternates are more straightforward: the Extended Dance Mix of "Lady With the Spinning Head" is preferred because everybody considers it the definitive version of the song, the Triple Peaks Mix of "Can't Help Falling In Love" because that's the only version that has been released as a U2 recording (and I think it's an important song to include because it was so prominent in ZooTV).

The only edit would be the four-minute edit of "Pop Muzik," since the full, eight-minute monster is unlistenable (what were they thinking?!).

Oh, and "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," "Beautiful Day," "Elevation," and the single version of "Walk On" would go on a third compilation, of course.
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I think they should have had a double CD of their 90s work (not including b-sides and remixes)

CD1:

1.Zooropa
2.The Fly
3.Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
4.Please (single version)
5.Until The End Of The World
6.Lemon
7.Mofo
8.Numb
9.One
10.Stay (Faraway So Close!)
11.Ultraviolet
12.Love Is Blindness


CD2:

1.Discotheque
2.Mysterious Ways
3.Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
4.So Cruel
5.Staring At The Sun
6.Gone (new mix)
7.Even Better Than The Real Thing
8.Wake Up Dead Man
9.Miss Sarajevo
10.Ground Beneath Her Feet
11.Last Night On Earth
12.Dirty Day

What do you think about then.
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While i'm not here to write anything too constructive (it'll be tough to resist), i just wanted to say i'm incredibly impressed by your attention to detail on all matters 'tracklisting' U2Soar!! I've got to get a CD-R system myself soon and i'll know where to come for advice and views on constructing ideal CD's. I've gotta go but i will just say that i do think U2/Island/Universal missed another opportunity with this latest Best of release to give us a truly great song package, (i don't know if anyone was employed to come up with track list or whether it was pick-songs-from-a-hat time). Their first Best of wasn't layed out too cleverly, tho i can't detract anything from the songs individually of course.

Anyhow i got to go (running out of change)


PS - The mix of Lemon on the actual B-Sides disc shoulda been the Perfecto not Jeep mix!!!!!!! I think they made an error there IMO...
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My version (I'll leave specific tracklisting up in the air).....

* One
* Mysterious Ways
* Until the End of the World
* Even Better Than The Real Thing
* The Fly
* Stay
* Numb
* Lemon
* Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
* Miss Sarajevo
* Discotheque
* Staring at the Sun
* Please
* Gone
* Last Night on Earth
* Electrical Storm
* Hands That Built America

That's 17 songs, all the original versions (NONE of the damn remixes). They're all singles, except for Gone, but hey: hard to argue with the quality.
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Just finished my own Best of 90s....

Here's my track listing....

Disc 1
1. The Fly
2. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
3. Even Better than the Real Thing
4. Mofo
5. Stay (Faraway So Close)
6. Please
7. One
8. Miss Sarajevo
9. Numb (Give Me Some Dignity Mix)
10. Until the End of the World
11. Night and Day (Steel String Remix)
12. Discotheque (original from POP)
13. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix)
14. Stateless
15. Gone (New Mix)
16. The First Time

Disc 1 clocks at 1:17:49

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Bsides

Disc 2
1. Pop Muzik (Edit)
2. Holy Joe (Garage Mix)
3. Salome (from EBTTRT single)
4. Lady with the Spinning Head (Ext. Dance Ver.)
5. Dirty Day (Bitter Kiss)
6. Can't Help Falling In Love (Triple Peaks Mix)
7. Slug
8. Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad
9. Slow Dancing (f. Willie Nelson)
10. North and South of the River
11. Where Did It All Go Wrong
12. Paint It Black
13. Fortunate Son
14. Until the End of the World (Temple Bar Remix)
15. I've Got You Under My Skin (Frank Sinatra & Bono)
16. Satellite of Love
17. Falling at Your Feet (Bono & Daniel Lanois)
18. Wake Up Dead Man Mix Version (from Salome: Axtung Beibi Outtakes)

Disc 2 clocks at 1:19:25
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