dmway

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About dmway

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  • Favourite U2 Album
    Achtung Baby
  • Favourite U2 Single
    The Fly & All I Want Is You (tie)
  • First U2 Gig
    June 15, 1986 - "Conspiracy of Hope" tour - Giants Stadium
  • Recent U2 Gig
    June 28, 2017 - MetLife Stadium - E. Rutherford, NJ
  • Best U2 Gig
    Apr. 7, 1992 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX
  • Fav. Other Bands
    Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Police

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  1. Good lord...I feel sorry I asked now... That's quite a snafu.
  2. Rattle & Hum 30th Anniversary

    Agreed and seconded! Also agreed and seconded - HOWEVER, the re-recorded versions of POP songs on the 1990-2000 Best Of must be destroyed (or at least NOT included).
  3. If I placed the order on June 18th of last year (confirmed on my order status at the shop and in my profile), and there has been no shipping update in the meantime, does that mean I shouldn't count on ever seeing these? Is there anyone else who placed the order so long ago who still doesn't have a shipping date yet? (I fear that there will be people who don't who have been waiting even longer, but I thought I should ask anyway...)
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Last week, I listened to the first three albums for the first time in a long time and, I have to admit, it made me laugh on occasion - for several reasons: 1) how different they sounded, and yet not, 2) how there was a time that I couldn't imaging U2 sounding any other way than how they sounded at the beginning, 3) how good they sounded at first despite, by their own admission on many occasions, not being especially gifted at songwriting or even just playing, 4) at how much they have grown over the years and still they are who they have always been. Of course, having their music be the sonic diary of my own life put a smile on my face too. How the changes in their lives and career seemed to mirror my own - sometimes to the point of feeling the hair go up on the back of my neck because they lyrics of their latest songs were perfectly applicable to my own life at the time (and beyond). I guess it's this last point that many people feel about their music. The two that have most strongly resonated with me on that front specifically in my life have been/are AB and this newest effort SOE: the coincidence of the lyrical content of each accurately describing how I was feeling or what I was experiencing at the time - quite an eerie feeling really, almost like Bono were spying on me while writing the lyrics. But that is what makes Bono one of the most effective lyric writers around - i.e., what he writes/sings about he does in such a way that we can all tune in to his meaning easily. Singers and musicians are human beings on planet Earth just like the rest of us, but not all can relate their own experiences to the larger world as easily or as well as U2 do. That's part of the reason that SOE is really hitting me like a ton of bricks (in a good way) - both the lyrics and the music are especially potent, IMHO, this time around. Well, again, I can't wait for the tour!
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Another thing I like about this album is that they made the right choices (IMHO, of course) for which songs to include. Just because a song is strong individually doesn't mean that it will necessarily fit in the larger context of the whole album. I remember when I first heard "Stateless" on "The Million Dollar Hotel" soundtrack. It was recorded during the ATYCLB sessions, but the band - correctly, in my view - didn't put it on the album. The band said in interviews at the time that they felt it just didn't fit, despite the song's being a good one. I really like the song, but I agree with the band's view that it was right to leave it off. ("Winter" during the NLOTH sessions is another example - great song, but didn't really fit with the flow of the album.) The same thing has happened here with "Book Of Your Heart". It is indeed a very good song (the guitar playing reminds me a bit of Interpol, as does the whole song in general - musically anyway); however, despite its being strong individually, I don't know where they would have put it on the album where it would have sounded right, esp. if they had to take off a different song to do so. Great song, but better as an extra, IMHO. They have played extra songs live on occasion - maybe we'll hear it someday anyway...
  6. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yet another thing I like about SOE... I like how Bono won't hold back on taking the piss out of himself when he feels like it. Obviously, I'm referring to "The Showman" here. Of course, it's a wider criticism of the absurdities of celebrity in general, but he is certainly the specific target in this song. Many who reach the heights of fame such as he/they have wouldn't dream of doing such a thing, but I admire that Bono/U2 do. Musically, it's a light-hearted song in a style they usually don't play in - here, kind of a mock reggae. As such, the song's sound and placement on the album is mildly reminiscent (for me, anyway) of "The Refugee" on 'War". Now, "The Refugee" was very of its time, very stereotypically "80s" - which made it such an odd song for them to do. While they were an 80s band at the time because they simply made music in that decade, they didn't often have the stereotypical sounds and styles in their songs that existed widely in other bands at the time. But, the song fit a purpose: yes, we're a serious band, but we can do stuff for fun too. It is this same motivation that I hear on "The Showman". "The Showman" is a more substantive song; "The Refugee" always sounded a bit more disposable (I'm not sure they ever played it live, nor would I have really wanted to hear it back then...or now). But the m.o. for their inclusions on their respective albums is, IMHO, the same. Serious people like to have fun too.
  7. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    The music of Landlady (to my ears, anyway) sounds unique - however, one of the things I think is really sweet on this album is that lyrically two songs (at least) couldn't be more about/to Bono's wife. The lyrics to "Landlady" and "You're The Best Thing About Me" are almost complete quotations from interviews over the years with Bono about his wife. The band allegedly toyed with the idea of naming AB "Adam" when he was photographed without the impediments of clothing - in a different way (obviously), the band could have considered entitling this album "Ali". (Although those less familiar with the band might have thought they were honoring a great heavyweight boxer...) Yet another thing to like about the album.
  8. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yes, I agree. Actually, JT had two siblings: UF and R&H - yet, as with most literal and metaphorical "families", the two siblings themselves don't resemble each other very closely. And yet they have the same DNA in U2 themselves... Who knew that U2 albums were tangible metaphors for life itself? (Well, obviously, all of us here do, but does the wider world always appreciate that? No - tragically no...)
  9. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I also think that both work well together - one of the things I like the most on SOE is that the song '13 (There Is A Light)' is a conscious variation-on-a-theme of 'Song For Someone' - if anyone were somehow in doubt that these two albums were meant to be taken as counterparts, this altered musical quotation would prove the point (beyond the nod to William Blake, that is). Love it, love it, love it!
  10. I wonder why it's not out yet because 3D Blu-Ray exists and is very good. Maybe someday...
  11. Yes - a shame really about DVD-Audio. SACD also has only been embraced by a few record labels in the US (Capitol, A&M, and Columbia (to a lesser degree)), but the industry as a whole really should have taken it on board. The record industry outside of North America has embraced it and their fans are very happy about it. Jazz and Classical music labels worldwide have embraced all of the audiophile formats as well. I hope Blu-Ray audio can be more successful. One of these formats should be available at all times anyway. Here's hoping for high-quality-sounding music...
  12. Oh, I'm with you there - there is nothing better than the initial play of a new vinyl album on a good stereo - pure heaven. Vinyl is much better than mp3s and , depending on one's taste, even WAV files (it's not better than lossless one though - that's just physics). I'm not against the reappearance of vinyl in the marketplace - if people want it, more power to them. I just don't want it to come at the full expense of CDs and higher-quality digital downloads (WAV and lossless downloads). It would be a tragedy if the music-buying public only had access to vinyl, mp3s, and streaming services exclusively. As far as physical formats are concerned, I'm a big fan of DVD-Audio, Blu-ray Audio, and, my personal favorite, SACD (Super Audio CD). All of these formats (properly mixed and mastered, of course) blow away any other format. SACD is especially good in preserving analogue warmth in the sound of the original music - DVD-A and Blu-Ray-A can sound a bit overly bright to those who grew up with and prefer analogue sound from vinyl. I hope when U2 goes to an audiophile format for their albums that they choose SACD, but either/both of the other two really deliver the full spectrum of the music. I'm just not in the mood to have/buy vinyl again. I've already done that in my life, and I've catalogued the disadvantages in my post above. If regular CDs go tragically away someday, I'll be getting digital and audiophile versions of music exclusively. So, in summary, if the band are going to distribute vinyl exclusively for their gifts to us (which we actually pay for with our annual dues), PLEASE give us the option of having our download be in a format worth having (WAV and/or lossless). Let's hope that the powers-that-be will listen.
  13. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I had the same experience back in December, i.e., I had to force myself not to listen to it for fear of burning myself out on it - I was just enjoying it that much. I haven't felt this full-being love for an album really since the 90s - and I have really enjoyed their work post-90s (e.g., NLOTH is a personal fave). Bring on the tour - just let us fanclub members buy more tickets per tour leg, will ya guys?
  14. Yeah, I'm bored enough to bite on this topic further! If you like vinyl, that's great! It does seem to be the "in" thing at the moment... HOWEVER, there are advantages to CDs (and digital, if we're talking about lossless or WAV downloads, NOT mp3s) : 1) No static - some people have a romantic attachment to snap, crackle, and pop; they can indeed be pleasing sounds. However, if I really want to hear them, I'll just have a bowl of Rice Krispies... 2) No flipping over a disk half-way through an album - this is the major advantage, IMHO. You can hear an album that was meant to be a whole (in most cases) in one sitting. 3) True portability - CDs and digital can be played virtually anywhere. I have yet to see a turntable for a car or an "iTurntable" that one can use while walking, exercising, etc. (If they made one though, think of how quickly your arms would grow really strong!) 4) (Semi-)permanence - the simple fact is that, since there is physical contact between a record needle and the vinyl itself, the vinyl does begin to wear out with each and every playing. That never happens with CDs/digital. Yes, if you go fully digital, a hard-drive crash can ruin your world, but it can also be recovered with a little fore-planning. Of course, streaming services being all the rage right now, you don't even have to worry about storage (but you're probably listening to crappy mp3s, so there's a trade-off there). What I really have been liking over the past 10 - 15 years are the deluxe boxsets for albums, like those for AB and JT. They have full album-sized graphics, if you like the romance of having something tangible to hold while listening to the music. And, you get all those great extras. Best of both worlds really... Now, before you think that I don't appreciate vinyl because I'm "age-challenged", so to speak, I can assure you that I'm not. I was one of those in the 80s who traded in his very bulky vinyl collection to have CDs instead. Yes, there is a bit lost in the artwork department, but you still have it if that is important to you with CDs - squinting isn't that hard. The no-visuals-at-all argument against digital I agree with; thus, my preference for CDs (i.e., at least you still have some artwork). The cost of a good turntable is usually more than $100. If you get one that is portable, you only have mono sound (unless it's a really souped-up portable one). If you get a turntable, that is just step one, unless you are always going to listen to your vinyl on headphones. If you want to hear it out loud, then you need an amplifier and proper speakers as well - both are several hundred dollars each. And, then there's the cost of new vinyl albums today as well. For example, if I wanted SOI from the U2.com shop, I would be charged $12.99. If I want the same album on vinyl, it's $34.99. This is not an isolated occurrence. New vinyl today is more expensive than CDs were even when it was a new medium back in the 80s! This is my major objection to vinyl today - the albums are just too expensive. So, if you like vinyl, good for you! BUT, if you don't, you have very compelling arguments for your position as well.