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U2 to issue live EP

Three-song release part of Black Friday push

By CHRISTOPHER MORRIS

 

U2 will issue a limited edition three-track live EP, "Wide Awake in

Europe," including a previously unreleased song, as an exclusive item

for independent record stores on Nov. 26.

 

Top-selling Irish band's piece will be the key title for "Back to

Black Friday," an indie retail event mounted by the organizers of the

annual Record Store Day. Nearly 1,400 stores participated in RSD in

April this year.

 

Promotion is designed to build traffic at indie outlets on the Friday

following Thanksgiving, the day Christmas shoppers typically crowd

mass merchants and mall chain stores.

 

Limited to 5,000 copies, U2's 12-inch vinyl release will include a

version of the concert favorite "Mercy," recorded live in Brussels on

Sept. 21. Set will also feature "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy

Tonight" (cut in Dublin in July 2009) and "Moment of

Surrender" (captured in September in Paris).

 

Exclusive product - most of it on vinyl -- from Bob Dylan, Tom Petty

and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and

Cee Lo Green, among others, is also earmarked for the Black Friday

promotion. EMI Music previously announced a new vinyl boxed edition of

George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" for the event.

 

Availability of unique product has spurred lineups at RSD stores in

the past, since small allocations of the exclusive collector-oriented

titles are quickly depleted. This year's draws included vinyl from

Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, R.E.M.,

the Velvet Underground, the Sex Pistols and Sonic Youth

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I hate Crazy Tonight and Moment of Surrender (my least fave songs from NLOTH) - and I'm not too crash hot on Mercy either. So - I'll give this one a miss.

 

I'm surprised there wasn't at least 5 or 6 songs on this live EP. It's not like they don't have the recordings to do it.

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I hate Crazy Tonight and Moment of Surrender (my least fave songs from NLOTH) - and I'm not too crash hot on Mercy either. So - I'll give this one a miss.

 

I'm surprised there wasn't at least 5 or 6 songs on this live EP. It's not like they don't have the recordings to do it.

I think the EP is quite simply a token gesture to get the band's name in the press regarding Black Friday.

At the end of the day, considering the very low numbers available, most of us will never get their hands on a copy anyways.

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I hate Crazy Tonight and Moment of Surrender (my least fave songs from NLOTH) - and I'm not too crash hot on Mercy either. So - I'll give this one a miss.

 

I'm surprised there wasn't at least 5 or 6 songs on this live EP. It's not like they don't have the recordings to do it.

I think the EP is quite simply a token gesture to get the band's name in the press regarding Black Friday.

At the end of the day, considering the very low numbers available, most of us will never get their hands on a copy anyways.

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