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View Poll Results: Which of these studio recordings can never be fully duplicated in concert?
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 11 17.19%
New Year's Day 5 7.81%
Discotheque 11 17.19%
Desire 4 6.25%
If You Wear That Velvet Dress 9 14.06%
Pride (I love seeing it live, but the studio version is absolutely priceless) 9 14.06%
Lemon 15 23.44%
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Old 06-15-2002, 12:04 AM   #1
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As an adjunct to the "Improved Live version" thread I thought I would create the opposite. Some U2 songs are best on the album. While good live, these songs can't hold a candle to the original studio recording. There are even some songs that get butchered when played live i.e. on POP mart i thought "Discotheque" and "If You Wear That Velvet Dress" sounded crappy.

For this poll lets pick the most superior album version . . . The recording that can never be duplicated in concert.
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Old 06-15-2002, 12:46 AM   #2
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Lemon

btw, I've always thought Discotheque and Velvet Dress were better on PopMart
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Old 06-15-2002, 04:54 AM   #3
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Pride - because the album version is just that good
still one of my fav live songs though
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Definatly Lemon

And I really love Pride live..
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Old 06-15-2002, 08:22 AM   #5
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I love the live version of Lemon, but the album version is also priceless.

I would say Beautiful Day, though.
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[color=royal blue]I said Lllllllllllllllllemon[/color]
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Old 06-15-2002, 02:03 PM   #7
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I voted for Desire...No particular reason...

But I have to say that I think If You Wear... and New Years Day were BETTER live, if that's even possible!
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Without question, "Pride." If you voted for something else, you are wrong - please change your vote.

If Bono was able to reproduce the album version of "Pride" every night in concert, he'd probably blow out/off his lungs, intestines and even a few limbs. Seriously, the vocal range, the power and the passion in that studio recording are incredible.

I never liked "Lemon" until I heard the Perfecto Remix of it. Also, I was never a fan of "Velvet Dress" either - and there is no remix to redeem it.. Therefore, I couldn't vote for those songs. I never liked Bono's vocals on the album version of "New Year's Day" so the concert version is better, IMO. "Beautiful Day" sounds just as good on the album as in concert, so it's a draw. I would say the same is true for the remaining songs. Consequently, "Pride" just beamed out above the other choices.
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I voted for Discotheque because I love the layers on the record. And the studio version is fabulous to drive to!
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Without question, "Pride." If you voted for something else, you are wrong - please change your vote.

If Bono was able to reproduce the album version of "Pride" every night in concert, he'd probably blow out/off his lungs, intestines and even a few limbs. Seriously, the vocal range, the power and the passion in that studio recording are incredible.
I was going to say the same thing, but you beat me to it.
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Lemon is good when played live, but it's a hard job to duplicate it and the album version is much better in my humble opinion!
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I voted for Discotheque. I love the layers too matha! But I like the guitar when it's played live...
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:41 PM   #13
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Bad
Pride
With or Without You
One
Ultraviolet

Five of my favorite U2 tunes - all of which I find the album version to be superior to any live versions.

Most people will disagree with Bad, but there's something about it I love. There's an echo-ey synth sound on the studio version you never hear in the live versions that gives me goosebumps.
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Old 06-17-2002, 12:52 PM   #14
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I want to vote for Stay. Imo, that is one album song that is priceless on the album and doesn't improve live. But I think I'm in a definite minority there.

So for the purposes of this poll, I shall go with Still Haven't Found.
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Now I have to listen to the Joshua Tree!

I chose ISHFWILF because Bono cannot reproduce anymore that level of shimmer and purity his voice had when he sang that song. The album version of this song is and I haven't heard it in concert close to that version yet.

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