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Old 03-15-2005, 02:43 PM   #1
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Sweetest Thing: B-side or single?

I listened to the 80's B-sides disc today on my way to and from work. Mostly Sweetest Thing. Then I decided to pop over to U2.com and watch the video. And...and...I recoiled in horror.

I really really really do not like the single version of this song.

The pacing drives me crazy. It's too slow! I sing along and I'm all, "Oh oh oh the sweetest-goddamn-it-hurry-it-up-thing." The vocal is too polished and it's a bit off. The "do do do" bit at the end makes me cringe. The strings are nice but that's about the only thing I like. I much prefer the raw B-side. The vocal that sounds like it was done in a single, very enthusiastic take. The fact that there is no Edge solo. The percussion in the second half of the song. The unfinished feel.

So who's with me? Which version do you prefer, and why?
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I prefer the single version, actually. Mainly for the vocals - they're less rough and raw, more refined and listenable.
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I preferred the b-side version for a long time, but recently I've reverted to preferring the single version. I love the strings on it, and it reminds me of the tip end of the Pop era - please don't mesh this with ATYCLB/Bomb, the video clearly shows it's Pop era, 1998. I have sentimental reasons for preferring the single version now.
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I prefer the single version, actually. Mainly for the vocals - they're less rough and raw, more refined and listenable.
And that's exactly why I like the B-side better. I love the raw feeling to it. You can almost hear the apology in his voice.
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I like both of them for different reasons. The b-side fits into the complete Joshua Tree easier (gotta love that 19 song mix!), but the single version stands alone better.
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And that's exactly why I like the B-side better. I love the raw feeling to it. You can almost hear the apology in his voice.
I think his voice sounds kind of strained, but not in an apologetic sense. The single version is much more pleasing on the ears.
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single version, the singing is clearer
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The B-side version. Not as sugary, more emotional, better playing/melody.
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B-side...no syrupy guitar solo at the end.
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I never liked the song much till I heard the B-side version. Love that one
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I actually like the sugaryness of the single version. I think it's cute, and seemed appropriate given the apologetic-ness of the song.
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B-Side, by a long shot. No syruppy guitars throughout, Bono's awesome been-up-all-night voice, how he says "stormy," and the great way he sings the chorus through the whole song.

The single is just that...a single built for mass appeal (ack on the "do do do" stuff!) and loses some soul.
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B-side...no syrupy guitar solo at the end.
I can't help it; I love Edge's syrupy guitar. Totally saved "Stuck In A Moment" for me.

I prefer the B-side version, but the A-side is pretty good too.
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Old 03-15-2005, 05:16 PM   #14
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the b-side version, definitely. the single version is too syrupy and his voice in the song points out every note he used to be able to hit and now can't. what sounded raw in the b-side version now sounds strained and just ugh.
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I like both of them for different reasons - the rawness of the older version and the, well, "sweetness" (LOL) of the single version.

I think my fondness for the single version has a LOT to do with the music video - with Bono doing all of this amusing stuff to please Ali (flowers, parade, orchestra, etc.). I just loved how it seemed to be a personal, fun little birthday card for Ali.

And yes, I'm a girl, so maybe that has something to do with it...
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Hey, can somebody post a link for the B-side version? I have only heard the single version!
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Not sure.........I like the cleaner sound of the single version, but it doesn't have my favorite part (the breakdown in the b-side version).......
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Old 03-15-2005, 08:25 PM   #18
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I'm sure I'm an idiot, but I am also sure that I have heard a third version of this song on the radio at least twice. I'm really familiar with the two that are being discussed here, but I HAVE heard another, different version. It's smoother than the B-side, but also darker than the single. What the hell was that?
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Didn't hear the b-side version, but i love single version, and i love the video
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Hey, can somebody post a link for the B-side version? I have only heard the single version!
It's on The Best Of 1980-1990 & B-Sides (thus, the 2CD edition).
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