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Old 07-20-2007, 12:28 AM   #1
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U2's Best Acoustic Performances

What do you think U2's best acoustic performances were? I'll venture this Top Five:

1. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) - ZooTV
2. Staring at the Sun - Popmart
3. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - Vertigo
4. The First Time - Vertigo
5. Party Girl - War
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I'm liking your top five.

I'm likely to get shot down, but Acoustic Walk On is eternally listenable.
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1. Staring at the sun - any tour
2. Stay - Elevation
3. I still haven't found what I'm looking for - Zoo TV on the third leg
4. First time - Vertigo
5. Angel of Harlem - Zoo TV

Honourable mention - if it counts - Original of the species on Vertigo.
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"U2's best acoustic performances" is an oxymoron.
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Staring At The Sun(1997-07-16 - Rotterdam)
Yaweh
Party Girl(Vertigo Tour) For the fun
Desire(Popmart Mexico)
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"U2's best acoustic performances" is an oxymoron.



Sad but true.
Though their acoustic version of Merry Xmas(War is Over) on the Late Late Show in the 80's was pretty damn good.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:48 AM   #7
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U2 accoustic, they should do more of that.
First Time, Wild Horses, Yahweh, Walk on, ....
I love the simple stuff.
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stay away far so close is my favourite because it does really show that bono can play guitar.

same with staring at the sun.

i would have to disagree with desire. i think u2 have never really mastered this song. The lovetown versions were preety good but in my opinion it has gone down from there.

... the tacky zootv version with edges guitar on this weirdo effect

.... then the popmart one was preety weak and desire didnt really fit in because its original was so much heavier

i havent seen them play an awesome version of desire

if anyone knows a good performance of the song on youtube i would be interested to see it
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"U2's best acoustic performances" is an oxymoron.
To each their own.

There is plenty of acoustic goodness - sure, not as good as full band stuff (what is?(except Walk On)), but it stands up pretty well IMO.
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Yahweh [Vertigo]
Desire [Popmart]
Staring At The Sun [Popmart]
All I Want Is You [Omagh]
The First Time [Vertigo]
Stuck In A Moment [Vertigo]
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"U2's best acoustic performances" is an oxymoron.
Well, ranking things that aren't any good happens on this site too. I figured, why not?

The acoustic set takes away the opportunity to be playing three electric songs, which is bad. Think about how little we really got out of the Elevation Tour sets.
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I'm not sure if it ranks along their best, but I love the acoustic Wild Honey from the Elevation Tour.
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I also like the acoustic ISHFWILF from Zoo, 1993-05-11 Rotterdam stands out.

And I know it doesn't compare to full-band, but no love for acoustic Please?
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Acoustic Please is nice but it doesn't come close to the full band version.

SBS from Popmart, I'll swap ISHFWILF on my list for that. Honourable mention to Who's gonna ride... on Vertigo too. It sounded a lot like the video version, minus the piano.
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1. When Love Comes To Town (Zoo TV)
2. So Cruel (Zoo TV) complete version done in Pontiac
3. The First Time (Vertigo)
4. Stuck In A Moment (Vertigo)
5. Ground Beneath Her Feet (Elevation)
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1. Staring at the sun - Popmart
2. Stay - Elevation
3. SBS - Popmart
4. When love comes to town - Zoo TV
5. First time - Vertigo

Does Fast cars count ?
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Was SBS from Popmart really acoustic though? From what I remember Edge didnt play an acoustic guitar for it. Seems like more of a solo version versus an acoustic version. Sort of splitting hairs but I never thought of it as acoustic.
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U2 accoustic, they should do more of that.
First Time, Wild Horses, Yahweh, Walk on, ....
I love the simple stuff.
I agree with you on that.
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I also like the acoustic ISHFWILF from Zoo, 1993-05-11 Rotterdam stands out.

And I know it doesn't compare to full-band, but no love for acoustic Please?
Ok, I'd say I like the acoustic Please from the Elevation tour in Austin.
(And I know the entire concert is up on U2torrents).
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Am not the biggest fan of the U2 acoustic songs. All of em sound the same with different words. Give me full versions any day
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