Rich T.

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  1. Your U2 Spotify Playlist

    My Spotify U2 playlist is called "Rich's U2 Favorites" (just created it). 26 songs, almost no singles, just my favorite tracks in (mostly) reverse chronological order. These are the tracks that moved me most. I left out some contenders as well, and I made a point to leave out some of the obvious hits, since we've already heard them so much. Do you guys have U2 playlists on Spotify, or would like to create any?
  2. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    For me as well. And someone wrote that Little Things was actually a song originally written during All That You Can't Leave Behind. Book of Your Heart is a good final song, but is not officially part of the album.
  3. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I love reading comments like yours, which remind me of why I will be at both San Jose shows up against the catwalk.
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    "Do You Feel Loved" was one of my favorites as well, and I was present when they kicked off that tour in Las Vegas, playing that song, only to abandon it from the live set as too difficult to manage. The single version of "Please", as played at the MTV awards show that year, was one of the top U2 moments of all time. I also liked "Gone" from that album. Here's what I wrote about "Please" on YouTube five years ago: "U2 was in the middle of the PopMart Tour, and took a break to perform this haunting monster masterpiece of a song to a crowd who didn't know what hit them. Only U2 can make you feel like you are at their own concert for a moment in time, and not just watching some group play a hit as part of the awards show. By the 3:40 mark U2 was filling the arena with the trademark U2 sound that could not be denied. I remember how U2 came out and owned the show that night with this song that few in the crowd even knew. The band managed to capture in 6 minutes what a U2 show is like. By the way, this is U2 almost 20 years into their existence. Show me another rock band who puts out this kind of quality and creativity after 20 years. "
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    Thanks for writing that. I've always been embarrassed to admit that I was actually disappointed by The Joshua Tree the very first time I heard it. I kept waiting for something like "New Year's Day", with chiming guitar solos, but only heard lots of rhythmic strumming with no real solos. I had to find my way into the songs for the first few days, after which the rest was history. That doesn't mean that I'll come to love all the tracks on SoE, but it is growing on me. Still like Little Things, Blackout, and Red Flag Day best. And yes, they excel live, and the 2018 concerts are sure to be as moving as any of their previous live shows.
  6. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Same here. The U2/Oasis shows in Oakland were when the second Oasis album had come out. It was an awesome show.
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    I was thrilled to be in attendance in Oakland in 1997 for the only dates on the PopMart tour that featured Oasis as the opener. I remember being surprised that not many people in the crowd knew more than one or two of their songs, because I was totally into them.
  8. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Starting to find my way into the songs. My first impression is always measured, and for me it takes time to internalize the grooves involved.
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    That's awesome! My fantasy is that U2 would start one of their shows with a Simple Minds song, inviting Jim Kerr and some of the others on stage partway through the song, to then play 2 Simple Minds songs to start the U2 set - all unannounced. I have strange fantasies.
  10. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    I was always hoping that U2 would invite Simple Minds to be their opening act on a tour. Imagine that. Imagine Jim Kerr sharing vocals with Bono on "Alive and Kicking" (which I remember thinking was a new U2 song when it came out).
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    Also, I agree with someone who wrote that U2 should dispense with the big hits on this tour, and just play newer material from this decade, along with tracks from the past that "fit in", including album cuts that were not radio hits. That's the kind of show I want to see next from U2, after being treated to the JT tour this year. It will be difficult to play 22 songs with this approach, but I hope they give it a go, and do not try to accommodate the casual listener who wants to hear "One" and "With or Without You", which for us would be for the billionth time, and no longer special.
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    As an aside: Regardless of the new songs performed in 2018, I think the entire U2 fan base would be satisfied just to hear "Acrobat" performed during the encore.
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    Yeah I had to edit my post to say "Cedarwood Road" (must have had cedars on the brain). I grew to like "Volcano" as a punkish tune, after not liking it at first. I never could like "California" or "Joey Ramone", and was ambivalent regarding "Song for Someone" and even "Every Breaking Wave".
  14. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    My first pass at listening is complete. As usual, U2's preferred pop/rock singles are not the songs I like best. There is nothing to make them really stand out. But I do like "The Little Things That Give You Away", which we all know from the JT tour, as well as "The Book of Your Heart", which is a "true" U2 mood piece. "The Blackout" is my favorite from among the energetic songs. I also like "The Showman", and (a bit less so) "Red Flag Day" (which has some of their "punk" side). Then come all the songs which are obviously supposed to stand out as radio friendly and be the crowd favorites, but which to me are merely the baseline songs for the album, and are not bad but not especially good. I think it's going to be like SOI, in that the back end of the album will come off better than the front-loaded "hits". I was also interested to hear some snippets from SOI songs reprised in SOE songs: "There is a Light" has a part of "Song for Someone", and American Soul has the "you are rock and roll" part from "Volcano" (or, I presume, the SOI songs "stole" those snippets from the already-written SOE songs at the time). My verdict: I liked SOI better, based on the songs, and based on the fact that the SOI vibe hearkened back to the "Boy" era. The new album doesn't move me emotionally (yet). I'll check back in after a few more listens and a few more days.
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    I agree with you that the 2010s songs are generally unoriginal/trite, and even annoying sometimes. On SOI, the song "Iris" came to life in concert, and "Raised By Wolves" and especially "Cedarwood Road" (Edge's simple solo somehow was very moving to me) stood out as well. I am listening to SOE now, and can't get with the program, and don't know if I will. I love "The Little Things" as performed live on the JT tour. And somehow I kind of like "The Showman" so far, though probably not much of a live track. I still have about 7 songs to go in my first listen.... "The Blackout" is pretty good too, because it's got some "U2" sounds in there. The main question for each new U2 album, as far as I'm concerned, is "Did Edge create any memorable guitar parts, as opposed to only "rocky" generic stuff or retread U2 background noise?"