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Old 01-23-2006, 07:42 PM   #1
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Greatest version of Running to Stand Still

Hmm...sombody should make a poll for me, but for now let's just have a general write in ballot type thingy.

So....choose which version of RTST is the greatest of all time! And share why.

1. Joshua Tree (album)
2. Joshua Tree (tour)
3. Lovetown
4. Zoo TV
5. Elevation (only two shows I think)
6. Vertigo


Ok, personally this is a tough desicion between Zoo TV and Vertigo. Both are totally unique and wonderful in their own ways.

Zoo TV has : awesome Edge guitar, killer smoke machine, Zoo TV Bono voice, theatrics, the wonderful "halelujahs" and the benefit of being the best Streets segue to date.

Vertigo has: Gorgeous Edge piano, haunting minimalism, gorgeous Edge harmonies, incredible rare evidence of Bono actually playing the guitar, more powerful band intro before third verse, harp as intro (me likey), "prettier" halelujahs, and the declaration of human rights (may be a con for some people).


Like I said, tough choice. Ultimately, though, I have to go with Vertigo. Watching this song's performance on the chicago DVD makes me cry. Unfortunatly I can't say that about Zoo TV, so that's my vote.
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Nothing can beat the Zoo TV version, in my opinion! The beam of light... the smoke... Bono's get-up... Edge's guitar ... the passionate hallelujahs... the fantastic segue into Streets...
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Nothing can beat the Zoo TV version, in my opinion! The beam of light... the smoke... Bono's get-up... Edge's guitar ... the passionate hallelujahs... the fantastic segue into Streets...
Yes, it is quite devine isn't it.
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Zoo TV. The "hallelujahs" are beautiful. And the segue into Streets is incredible.
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:03 PM   #6
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I had just seen the ZooTV version on the Joshua Tree dvd I bought a couple nights ago, and immediately went looking for an audio rip (thanks DreamOutLoud!). It is simply amazing!
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I like the Love Town versions the best I'd say.
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ZOO TV versions overall were the best, they were done perfectly and the effects were awesome.

favorite version of all time though is the new years eve concert in dublin, 1989....amazing
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ZooTV. I like it so much better on the guitar. And with the heroin mime that Bono does... it kills me.
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:21 PM   #10
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ZOO TV versions overall were the best, they were done perfectly and the effects were awesome.

favorite version of all time though is the new years eve concert in dublin, 1989....amazing
I agree, that is also my favorite performance of RTST.
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:13 PM   #11
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lovetown is great as is the zoo tv but i think id give a small edge to lovetown
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:19 PM   #12
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IMHO, the very best live version of RTSS is from the Zooropa shows in the UK in August '93. Bono coming out onto the B stage and pacing a circle, hitting and rubbing his arm, miming wrapping a tourniquet, etc., singing "She runs through the streets / With her eyes painted red / Under a black belly of cloud in the rain / In through a doorway / She brings me white golden pearls / Stolen from the sea..."

Then, "She will suffer the needle chill / She's running to stand--"
and he jabs an imaginary needle into his arm-- "still...."

Followed by the amazing hallelujah chorus, the beautiful multicolored smoke and the soulful harmonica solo.

Perfection.

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Re: Greatest version of Running to Stand Still

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incredible rare evidence of Bono actually playing the guitar


12/26/89 (lovetown) is the best version ever. it also has "rare evidence" of bono on guitar.
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I'd say my favorites are from the Vertigo Tour because it was more stripped down and just kinda by it self. And I think it had a good message to lead into with the whole hallelujah's into the human rights. It was just a very pure emotion.


on a different note. i wonder if theres any poll that has a Zoo tv/90's option that WON'T automatically win and give another tour/era a chance to shine
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on a different note. i wonder if theres any poll that has a Zoo tv/90's option that WON'T automatically win and give another tour/era a chance to shine
yeah! but it's not the 90s/zoo era's fault that it's so awesome and so well respected by u2 fans!

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IMHO, the very best live version of RTSS is from the Zooropa shows in the UK in August '93. Bono coming out onto the B stage and pacing a circle, hitting and rubbing his arm, miming wrapping a tourniquet, etc., singing "She runs through the streets / With her eyes painted red / Under a black belly of cloud in the rain / In through a doorway / She brings me white golden pearls / Stolen from the sea..."

Then, "She will suffer the needle chill / She's running to stand--"
and he jabs an imaginary needle into his arm-- "still...."

Followed by the amazing hallelujah chorus, the beautiful multicolored smoke and the soulful harmonica solo.

Perfection.

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He kind of did that for the entire tour though.
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:20 AM   #17
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He kind of did that for the entire tour though.
That may be. I guess that it struck me more during Zooropa because I wasn't in the nosebleeds like I was in Indoor and Outdoor.

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I love them all. That song never gets old for me. However I do love Bono's vocal on the R&H DVD version, it's gorgeous, and the Vertigo tour's been amazing for it as well with Edge too.
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the passion of RTSS Rattle & Hum is unbeatable....great vocals, and the 'still running' part is
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Probably Lovetown. just.

i love them all though
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