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Old 07-27-2020, 05:52 AM   #941
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And I'll maintain, as I have since the 360 tour, that this was a TERRIBLE choice as an opener; the beat is all wrong for something to kickstart a show--isn't it in 3/4?? This kind of dense but anthemic track is far better later in the set, like it is on the album. It's like opening with Acrobat.

I’m on board with this. A clunky awkward opener. I was quite happy to get Stingray Guitar at the shows I went to, but would have liked live Breathe to make a showing later in the set.

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Red Light
God Part 2
Love Rescue Me
Get Out Of Your Own Way
Elevation

And with regards to covers, I’m into Happiness is a Warm Gun! It’s nothing like the original, a worthwhile endeavour in step with what U2 were aiming for sonically at the time. I don’t listen much, but I like it when I do.
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The others I can understand, but God Part II?!

Stingray was dumb, but it did work as a bit of an energiser. Where they fucked up was segueing it into Beautiful Day, which went down like a wet fart. I'd have preferred Breathe, at least it would have been something fresh, and they'd dumped most of NLOTH by the time they got to us (and, infuriatingly, replaced it with renditions of North Star, which would comfortably be in my bottom five).

We really got the worst of 360. The first third had NLOTH and some little gifts like TUF and Your Blue Room and Stay. We got North Star, proto Every Breaking Wave, In a Little While every night. Then the final third got tons of good shit.
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360's 2011 shows went HARD

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Until the End of the World
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Get on Your Boots
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
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And I'll maintain, as I have since the 360 tour, that this was a TERRIBLE choice as an opener; the beat is all wrong for something to kickstart a show--isn't it in 3/4?? This kind of dense but anthemic track is far better later in the set, like it is on the album. It's like opening with Acrobat.
I saw the only show on the early leg that didn't use Breathe as opener, 2nd Foxboro show opened with Magnificent. Miles better opening than the previous night. Much better energy to start the show.
Why they only did that switch up once is (like so many U2 decisions) baffling.
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Philly I got Magnificent, which was a really nice change up from having seen “The Fly” in Miami.

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Stingray was dumb, but it did work as a bit of an energiser. Where they fucked up was segueing it into Beautiful Day, which went down like a wet fart.

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We really got the worst of 360. The first third had NLOTH and some little gifts like TUF and Your Blue Room and Stay. We got North Star, proto Every Breaking Wave, In a Little While every night. Then the final third got tons of good shit.
I co-sign both of these statements. So, so fucked off about our 360 setlists. We got the tail end of tours for years, when they'd dropped all the new songs and cool obscurities, and I was pretty excited that we were finally getting the band mid-tour. Instead, we get the absolute worst of the tour, and the one time a tour does not end down here the band pull out all the stops to perform its best setlists right at the end.

Anyway, always see U2 on the first leg of a tour. It doesn't matter if they aren't as sharp as later, you've got a better shot at hearing something interesting rather than the 1,000th karaoke of Still Haven't Found.
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Random, but...

Top 5 holy grail tracks that have never seen the light of day:

1. The "Bono" version of The Wanderer from the Zooropa sessions
2. The 1988 full studio version of She's A Mystery To Me
3. The 2002 version of Playboy Mansion
(If you don't know what this is - when they recorded the 'new' mixes for the Best Of 1990-2000, they also recorded a new version of Playboy Mansion, reportedly with a dramatically altered lyric that omitted all of the dated pop culture references - it was cut from the album, and then it was going to be a b-side for the Hands That Built America single, but that single was cancelled. So it's in the vault, apparently).
4. I think beach clips from 2008 suggest there are earlier, significantly different versions of NLOTH tracks such as Magnificent, Unknown Caller, and Breathe. UC is the one I'm most interested in, without the dumb chorus lyrics.
5. The ATYCLB-era version of OOTS(Apparently an early, less-produced version heard briefly during a 60 Minutes interview from back then)

HM: The full version of the North Star recording used in the Transformers movie(even though probably none of you want to hear that)

Can you guys think of any others?
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I wouldn't mind hearing that purported late 90s version of City of Blinding Lights.

But really, I just want the world to know about Mercy.
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Stuck in a Moment with Mick Jagger on bvox?

And wasn’t there a collaboration between U2 and Underworld?
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Full band Boy Falls From The Sky

Treason (the song they did with Dr. Dre)

The Danger Mouse version of SOI
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Yes, they apparently collaborated in the Pop era. I once read an interview with Karl Hyde where he was asked about it. From what I can recall he said it's in U2's vault, so up to them to release it.
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Yes, they apparently collaborated in the Pop era. I once read an interview with Karl Hyde where he was asked about it. From what I can recall he said it's in U2's vault, so up to them to release it.

Whatever this is, it's guaranteed to be fantastic.
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https://www.u2songs.com/news/rumour_..._box_this_fall

That it's 20 years since this album came out makes me feel really fucking old
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Can't wait for the "rarities" disc to just be a bunch of random remixes and single edits rather than the unreleased songs we either know or hope exist.

I hope I'm wrong and that there is some interesting stuff that is entirely new to us nerds. I also hope someone emails it to me because a) I don't care to contribute to Bono's next gold-plated toilet and b) I definitely don't want to put down money on U2's worst album, not even if the deluxe edition can give me a massage or cook dinner.
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Yeah, I’ll definitely be torrenting it for any “new” material. Considering this is from 2000 any remaster improvement will already be minimal, and aside from In A Little While, all of these sound better live anyway. I already own the Unreleased and Released disc from Propaganda, so I’m suspicious there will be enough on here to justify buying it.

This album is pleasant, the writing is good, but pretty fucking lifeless as a recorded document. Eno was wrong this time around in his strategies.
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Yeaaaaaa I'm not going to bother arguing the point about the album itself... but regarding the rarities and what not, they'd almost certainly be on Spotify or YouTube Music so I don't foresee an issue with that.
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