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Old 06-03-2022, 12:05 PM   #81
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Sometimes I wonder if any band members lurk here and wonder “what the fuck is wrong with our fans?”
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Old 06-03-2022, 01:43 PM   #85
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If so, they’re probably still laughing about that Battlestar Galactica post.
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Interesting that they mention all 40 songs being delivered, but acknowledge that a shorter 15 track album has also been mentioned.
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The two Best Of albums, 1980-1990 and that 1990-2000 abomination both came out in single and double-disc versions so this isn't exactly a shocker.
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The two Best Of albums, 1980-1990 and that 1990-2000 abomination both came out in single and double-disc versions so this isn't exactly a shocker.
God. Seriously. WTF with the 90-2000 "Best of" Quite the mess IMO.
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That 80-90 Hits and B-Sides is so good, it should’ve only every been offered as a 2-disc set
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Really? That was just aggregating already recorded things together as an extra disc. This is the difference between them reimagining and re recording 15 or 40 songs. I feel like in 99 out of 100 circumstances we would expect them to have promised the 40, announced the 15, and then released 12. If they do actually drop 40 I will be both very surprised that they followed through, and very impressed.
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Also, if it’s 40 songs I am moderately hopeful that there is something pre-boy to accompany a chapter about the very early days of the band. Given it is supporting his memoir and his penchant for self-deprecation, be fun to see something like The Fool or False Prophet, but it’s possible it’s more a commentary on growing up in 70s Dublin and so Street Mission or Life on a Distant Planet might be interesting. It’s U2, so there is 0.000001% chance of this, but a guy can dream
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People are going to be pissed if/when they play these new arrangements live, but I’m looking forward to it. I think probably one aspect of rearranging songs is to make it easier for Bono to sing night after night. If they can rejuvenate warhorses like Pride beyond just dropping it another half step, I say it’s about time.
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People are going to be pissed if/when they play these new arrangements live, but I’m looking forward to it. I think probably one aspect of rearranging songs is to make it easier for Bono to sing night after night. If they can rejuvenate warhorses like Pride beyond just dropping it another half step, I say it’s about time.


Yeah - we also have four billion performances of most of those songs - a rearranged and interesting take is far preferable to another pale version of the same arrangement.
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There's no way in hell U2 rerecorded 40 songs.

With 15 albums (incl. OST1), that's. 2.7 songs per album. If they ignore Passengers, it's 2.9 songs per album. I doubt they'd give equal weigh to the albums, so some would have 4 or 5 recordings. Maybe they'd rerecord some b sides...but that would still mean that they rerecorded a substantial portion of their catalog - there were 42 songs on their first 4 albums.

The main reason they wouldn't rerecord 40 songs is because they're lazy.

Tedder is almost certainly involved, too: he said he was recording with them at the end of 2019/early 2020.
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There's no way in hell U2 rerecorded 40 songs.

With 15 albums (incl. OST1), that's. 2.7 songs per album. If they ignore Passengers, it's 2.9 songs per album. I doubt they'd give equal weigh to the albums, so some would have 4 or 5 recordings. Maybe they'd rerecord some b sides...but that would still mean that they rerecorded a substantial portion of their catalog - there were 42 songs on their first 4 albums.

The main reason they wouldn't rerecord 40 songs is because they're lazy.

Tedder is almost certainly involved, too: he said he was recording with them at the end of 2019/early 2020.

I wouldn’t believe a word of it unless it was from u2songs or a very small number of posters on this forum. U2songs wouldn’t publish it unless they have solid info from multiple sources:

“Bono’s autobiography, Surrender is being released on November 1, 2022. Each of the forty chapters in the autobiography will be named after a past U2 song. We have been told that U2 have delivered newly recorded versions of these songs to Universal for a Fall 2022 release.”
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Really? That was just aggregating already recorded things together as an extra disc. This is the difference between them reimagining and re recording 15 or 40 songs.
Well there's also a difference between "reimagining" 40 songs and writing 40 from scratch. Don't act like this is the equivalent of making a proper triple album.

I agree with others that they're lazy and that 40 still seems too ambitious for them, but I'll bet a good 25% are versions we've already heard before in similar fashion (Stuck, Desire, Stay, etc.).

It's arguable that people might not want to pay for 15 old U2 songs in 2022. If they get more bang for their buck, it becomes a more reasonable proposition. And because many will stream it anyway, it's less relevant how it's physically packaged and released.

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People are going to be pissed if/when they play these new arrangements live, but I’m looking forward to it. I think probably one aspect of rearranging songs is to make it easier for Bono to sing night after night. If they can rejuvenate warhorses like Pride beyond just dropping it another half step, I say it’s about time.
Doesn't matter to me. At this point, after 30 years of seeing them live, I'm not there because I want to hear the old stuff again, I'm primarily interested in seeing the new material. If I occasionally get to hear an occasional deep cut like Acrobat, Your Blue Room, etc., then great.
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