TOP 10 Studio Versions - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Your Blue Room > Everything You Know Is Wrong > Everything You Know Is Wrong Archive
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-17-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
Rock n' Roll Doggie
TheBrazilianFly's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Porto Alegre, Brasil
Posts: 8,582
Local Time: 02:30 AM
TOP 10 Studio Versions

90% of U2's songs develop more and get even better on the road, but still some studio versions of a lot of songs hold some uniqueness in the production and the band's performance and have a lot of passion to them. So which are your favorite studio tracks?

01. Sunday Bloody Sunday
02. Bad
03. Zoo Station
04. One
05. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
06. Ultraviolet
07. Angel Of Harlem
08. Gone
09. Hawkmoon 269
10. Mofo

TheBrazilianFly is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 04:08 PM   #2
War Child
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 689
Local Time: 06:30 AM
My top ten + ten extra) :

1. Tomorrow (1981)
2. Drowning man (1983)
3. Seconds (1983)
4. Surrender (1983)
5. The unforgettable fire (1984)
6. Red hill mining town (1987)
7. Deep in the heart (1987)
8. Heartland (1988)
9. Zoo station (1991)
10. Until the end of the world (1991)
11. Lemon (1993)
12 Your blue room (1995)
13. Gone (1998)
14. Ground beneath her feet (2000)
15. When I look at the world (2000)
16. Kite (2000)
17. Electrical storm (2002)
18. The hands that built America (2002)
19. Miracle drug (2004)
20. Window in the skies (2006)

And if 'Mercy' will be released on the new album it would definately be the 21th.

wolbersu2 is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
Blue Crack Supplier
Zoots's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: the great beyond
Posts: 36,802
Local Time: 06:30 AM
The Unforgettable Fire
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Miss Sarajevo
In God's Country
If You Wear That Velvet Dress
All I Want Is You

All these songs are in my opinion better in the studio!
Zoots is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
New Yorker
Gonna Run 2 U's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,787
Local Time: 04:30 AM
This thread made me think of how much rawer Edge's guitar sounds on the live versions of Wire. They need to bring that back!!!
Gonna Run 2 U is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 05:53 PM   #5
Rich79's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 361
Local Time: 12:30 AM
I've always been one to enjoy the studio version of Please better than the subsequent live version and single mix.
Rich79 is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 05:56 PM   #6
The Fly
rattleandhumgir's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Larry Mullen jr's lap ;)
Posts: 180
Local Time: 11:30 PM
1) One
2) hands that built America
3) Red hill mining town
4) in a little while
5) the fly (the production on the fly is mind blowing in my eyes, well ears, the way the solo is structured is fu****g immense)
6) still haven't found
7) miracle drug
8) love is blindness
9) when I look at the world
10) trip through your wires

I think these are U2's best, in the production way, lanios and eno truly are two of the best producers in the world....and lilywhite and flood ofcourse
rattleandhumgir is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 06:06 PM   #7
New Yorker
theFly51's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Harlingen, Texas
Posts: 2,824
Local Time: 11:30 PM
1. Surrender
2. The Fly
3. Zooropa
4. Elevation
5. Last Night on Earth
6. Discotheque
7. God Pt. 2
8. The Ocean
9. Another Time, Another Place
10. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
theFly51 is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 09:00 PM   #8
More 5G Than Man
LemonMelon's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Hollywoo
Posts: 68,426
Local Time: 09:30 PM
I don't feel like numbering them at the moment, but here's 10:

Wake Up Dead Man
Your Blue Room
Red Hill Mining Town
Do You Feel Loved
An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart
When I Look At The World
LemonMelon is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 10:29 PM   #9
chocky's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,029
Local Time: 03:30 PM
The studio version of Pride is far superior to any live version IMHO.

Other songs I prefer studio versions are:

A Sort of Homecoming
Hawkmoon 269
Beautiful Day

Sometimes I also prefer the album version of Bad (even though the WIAA version is awesome).
chocky is offline  
Old 07-17-2008, 10:39 PM   #10
Blue Crack Supplier
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 30,343
Local Time: 11:30 PM
1. Bad
2. With or Without You
3. Pride (In the Name of Love)
4. Acrobat
5. All I Want Is You
6. Zooropa
7. New Year's Day
8. Gloria
9. Twilight
10. Red Hill Mining Town
phillyfan26 is offline  
Old 07-18-2008, 12:52 AM   #11
U2387's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 2,297
Local Time: 12:30 AM
Pride is the only real stand out to me. I think it was edge who said U2 is essentially a live band, and I generally agree 100%. I may be a little biased as I was only a casual fan until I was completely blown away by a Vertigo show in Boston. After having got a job doing concert security in all of New England in 2006, I have seen over 100 bands live and no one has surpassed them yet. Even those that improve live(the police, John Fogerty, Springsteen) over studio did so nowhere near the extent that U2 did, IMHO. Even for Pride, it is a tie between the studio version and: 1.)1986 conspiracy of hope Los Angeles 2.)Rattle and Hum 3.) U23D and select Vertigo tour performances. If I am anything odd for a site member, it is a live version of Pride buff. I have listened to many versions of this song from all tours, and it is one of my favorites and the song I use to gage how I think they did that particular show, tour, etc.

Off the long winded BS and back to the point, I also enjoy the studio versions of: Stay, One, Bullet, Walk On, All I want is you, Still havent found and Please.
U2387 is offline  
Old 07-18-2008, 02:40 AM   #12
Blue Crack Addict
U2girl's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: slovenija
Posts: 21,072
Local Time: 06:30 AM
Pride, WOWY, Desire, One, OOTS studio > live versions, so those are the best studio takes. (Kite would be on the list if it wasn't for the Vertigo versions)
U2girl is offline  
Old 07-18-2008, 03:11 AM   #13
Rock n' Roll Doggie
Rob33's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 3,420
Local Time: 08:30 PM
I don't think I could rank them....but here's a few studio tracks that I don't think have ever been matched live.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - The studio version of this song is so epic, so vast, so has not yet been matched live. Some versions come quite close though, such as 12-4-2006 Tokyo , but nothing quite like the studio version.

Unforgettable Fire- Live versions have come incredibly close to surpassing the studio version, but they fall just short. They're still unbelievably great, but the drums, effects, and perfect vocals make the studio version the very best version of this song.

Mothers of the Disappeared- There aren't too many live versions out there, but from what I've heard, the studio version of this beautifully melancholy song has just never been matched.

Zooropa- Again, barely any versions out there, but it doesn't quite match the perfection of this intro on the album.

This is a list of songs that have been played live but don't match the awesomeness of the studio I didn't include songs like When I look at the World or Red Hill Mining Town....There's probably more but can't think of them at the moment
Rob33 is offline  
Old 07-18-2008, 03:25 AM   #14
Blue Crack Addict
Aardvark747's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Obscured By Clouds...
Posts: 22,370
Local Time: 04:30 AM
Heartland (couldnt be better live even if they played it)
Acrobat (see above)
Angel Of Harlem
Electrical Storn
With Or Without You
All I Want Is You
Aardvark747 is offline  
Old 07-18-2008, 08:31 AM   #15
you are what you is
Salome's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 22,047
Local Time: 06:30 AM
1. A Sort of Homecoming
2. Stuck in a moment ...
3. All I want is you
4. Unforgettable Fire
5. The Fly
6. Lemon
7. Pride
8. Angel of Harlem
9. In a little while
10. Wake up dead man

all of these I feel are better in the studio than live

I'd almost throw Hearland, Peace on Earth and A man and a woman in there as I love the studio versions of those 3
but I dont think any live versions of them exist
“Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.”
~Frank Zappa
Salome is offline  
Old 07-18-2008, 11:09 AM   #16
Rock n' Roll Doggie
TheBrazilianFly's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Porto Alegre, Brasil
Posts: 8,582
Local Time: 02:30 AM
There are some great lists here but remember it's about which songs hold a special charm on its studio version not which songs are better on studio than live. My number 2 is Bad, whcich is clearly one of U2's best live songs but for me the studio version has a really amazing and particular atmosphere and Bono's vocals are fantastic, not to mention that Larry's drum sound a bit different (and I love it).

TheBrazilianFly is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright ©