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Old 04-12-2006, 12:12 AM   #1
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U2 songs where the studio version overshadows the live version

I was listening to OOTS today and this question came to mind. I haven't heard any performance of this song live that rivals the studio track. Vocal overdubs for Bono at the climax of the song, the minimalist production for the first two verses of the album version, I just don't think it can be topped live.

They've never captured the part after 'under controlllllll' live like it should be.

Now I created this thread because so often it's the other case - live versions destroying the studio versions of U2 tracks.

Any other U2 songs where you think the studio is the best version?
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Old 04-12-2006, 12:47 AM   #2
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I always liked the more rocking version of Mysterious Ways on Achtung Baby than the slower more funky version that was always performed live.
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Stay album version is much better than the live version.
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Stay album version is much better than the live version.
You really think so? Now that's an interesting view.
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Stay album version is much better than the live version.
Agreed! Add to the list:

With or without you- Bono absolutely nails the vocals on the studio track. It's impossible for him to do a better version live

One- The studio version of One is absolute perfection! i think it's just been played too much live and that's kind of sucked the emotion out of it

All I want is you- All I want is you is nothing without the strings! Live it just sounds very dull
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If God Will Send His Angels

I think both could have been truly great live songs if U2 had had the time to properly rehearse them.
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Babyface and Zooropa didn't sound like much of anything when played live, Zooropa in particular.
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With or without you- Bono absolutely nails the vocals on the studio track. It's impossible for him to do a better version live
that's interesting... probably on vocals studio version is superior, but this song haven't been one of my favorites... never, but I really enjoy it live

I agree about Stay, studio version is way better than live
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"I always liked the more rocking version of Mysterious Ways on Achtung Baby than the slower more funky version that was always performed live."


Mysterious Ways is 100 times better live!!!!

What a weird point of view..... have you ever heard Edge's solo at the end???
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Do You Feel Loved
If God Will Send His Angels

I think both could have been truly great live songs if U2 had had the time to properly rehearse them.
Had they have stayed in the setlist, they would have worked it out one way or another.
I'd imagine IGWSHA would be great to hear on the Vertigo tour, obviously not going to happen though.

And Stay rocks live!!, both Zoo TV and Elevation Tour Versions.
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Pride - obviously! Bono never reached that vocal again.

Velvet Dress.

But mostly, U2 tracks are better live - IMO of course!
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Exit sounds incredible on the album but not as emotional live
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Exit sounds incredible on the album but not as emotional live

I've actually never been fond of it on the album (the volume issue may be have been a factor..), but I've come to like it more after listening to some boots. It's pretty good on a few JT Tour bootlegs, and the video from the R&H movie isn't too shabby.

For me, the Vertigo Tour version of Elevation didn't work so well. It was fine live on the last tour...but the semi-"acoustic" version they did on the current tour didn't wow me...especially its placement so early in the setlist.
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Exit sounds incredible on the album but not as emotional live
blimey! never met anyone with that view before! I'll always prefer the studio version but they always tended to go a bit crazy live!

my picks -

All of Zooropa.
With or Without You
The Unforgettable Fire
An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart
Bullet the Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
actually, nearly all of the Joshua Tree to be honest...
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blimey! never met anyone with that view before! I'll always prefer the studio version but they always tended to go a bit crazy live!

my picks -

All of Zooropa.

actually, nearly all of the Joshua Tree to be honest...
The Sydney version of Dirty Day is incredible!!!
I disagree with you over JT as well!

But it's good to see other people's views expressed 'cos if everyone agreed with me then I'd go

Agree with you about The Unforgettable Fire though, because this must be the NUMBER ONE live disappointment of the band's career...well, maybe after Babyface
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In God's Country, especially those of the later part of the JT tour when the guitar key sounds awful. Same with Even Better Than The Real Thing. I also agree Exit is better on the album, more atmosphere ( with the crickets instead of larry bashing the drumsticks) and the guitar & bass sounds better. Pride sounds just slow and kinda lazy live. The unforgettable fire had some cheesy synth parts live wich I don't like as much. It lacks the orchestral parts.
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The Sydney version of Dirty Day is incredible!!!
I disagree with you over JT as well!
Haha, i enjoy the live Dirty Day but somehow never heard what everyone else was hearing that made it superior to the album version. Plus with the Joshua Tree i just love EVERYTHING about that album so to hear some live versions i always notice the things that are missing that they obviously can't re-create on stage. The Rattle and Hum version of With or Without You is glorious though.
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