Thank you guys for lampooning the obsession with saying the beach clips are better. This thread is awesome.
U2 really played it safe with this one. When I heard the beach clips I assumed the whole album would be like that, but instead they turned them all into radio-friendly bullshit. Fuck U2, I'm gonna listen to ECHOES OF NATURE: The Natural Sounds Of The Wilderness, Part 1 instead.
They obviously made a choice based on what they thought the best finished product was. But I do really love the beach clip. It's pretty different especially towards the middle/end.