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   I'm pleasantly surprised by the fact that the Final Cut of Achtung Baby is RAWER and a lot more experimental than the  Alternative  " KIndergarten".....I LOVE this kind of U2 !!!!

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I reckon "Kindergarten" One and Love is Blindness should be played live.

       I'll have to say the Bass is Greasier and Fatter on the  ' Baby ' Zoo Station and Larry's build-up  to the main drum-breakout is mores sustained and the tension grows better also more effects by Flood .... On Baby EBTTRT the difference between the main riff and the bridge riff is slightly bigger thus enhancing Edge;s experimentation with Oriental Riffs, on the solo, Bono doesnt sing over the second half of it to my delight cause I love hearing that extended solo which blends perfectly with Anton's huge photos of U2 in FEz and in the Moroccan desert from the hardback book.....On One  Edge's guitar is less prominent, Daniel Lanois' guitar-intro is missing... on End of the world, the Mysterious Sound at the beginning is missing and no Sustained Power-Chords (Bono's guitar is in front) on the bridge... Edge's solo is more spacious and warmer and LOUDEr (can't explain ), at the chaotic part in the end, a section of "Lady With the spinning HEad" can be heard, slightly modified....on Horses...also No Mysterious Sounda at the beginning and Edge;s guitar is less abrasive ......different lyrics......different but not better...So Cruel - the same...The  Fly...- the rhythm section is pushed to the front - especially Adam's distorted techno-jazz-raggae bass-lines (hard to explain again)..Bono's playing with the lyrics and NO effect on Bono's voice !!!!  I forgot to say they put effect on Bono's voice on End of the world......A very playful, oriental take of MW, Edge's solo is longer which I'm very content for, arms around the world is interesting, the final version is definitely better....on Ultraviolet it's on par with the album version, there's more power-chords and Bono's mysterious falsetto at the beginning is missing......Acrobat-the  rhythm section is the star again with a Warmer and Louder solo by Edge...more spacious which leaves room for Larry and Adam to shine....on the final cut it's tighter, it's breath-taking, makes your heart race ......but .both versions come very very close to one another-so it might just be the other way around....actually..the rhythm section is at the fore-front on the final version.....On Love is Blindness it's different....Eno's playing some different great synth and Edge's guitar fades into the backdrop from sustained intensity to far-out places.......Definitely different.......All in all the final version IS more experimental and captures the Frisson, the  Fever of those last moments of creation when you're not thinking-just feeling.  On the final take of LIB the feelings are heavier, it really gives you the sensation of the futility of everything, the nothingness but at the same time the VICTORy the artist takes over his problems by exorcising  the demon, control it, make something great outta the darkness....That's why I never consider Achtung Baby a dark album...because U2 comes out on top, they're not defeated by the darkness....It's usng darkness to paint a greater painting....Somekind of specific colour...it's the album that makes U2, U2.....hard to explain..It's not that I'd want them to do another AB..but I'd love to see them try things out again (hoping for it on SOE)....Kudos to Flood for the different effects (different than on final cut) on Bono's voice and on Eno's synths.........

 

     In Conclusion.....MORE is MOre....NOT less is more !!!!!  There were a LOT of cooks (and Kooks)  there ...ENO/Lanois/FLOOD/Lillywhite....But they were the great ones so it doesnt matter how many cooks there are as long as they're creative and crazy-passionate ab what they're doing.....and the U2 of those times where certainly thinking  right and the result is staggering....

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Oh and PS....It's all about the drums indeed....Larry's whacking you on the back of your head with a Heavy, Fat, Deep, Sticky BEAT  ...His  signature drum sound is Unmistakable !!!!

  I'm imagining the  other three playing and Larry lifting himself up from the drum-chair to hit it harder in total excitement.....Like a Kid when he can't get enough of his playtime with his best-buds....like when the playing just gets interesting at the end of the day and your dad calls you back ion the house to do your homework....its' got that rage of NOT letting the best things slip away !!!!

PPS:  More echoing on Baby-Ultraviolet.....AND  despite  Bono's newly-found bitter auto-ironic style...Larry's playing the most serious drums ever,,,,,like his dad's gonna call him back for an eternity of grueling boring homework that won't let him see his play-buds again ever,,,,,Like it's the last time he's playing....like he said..." I want to be remembered for the musician I am."

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  PPPPPs (x 15555)  :  I've reached the final cut, which I think it's NOT remastered, which is GOOD....EDGE has only re-thought some of the MASTER-sections....It's Warmer and more Ear-friendly when on HEadPhones, which is how I roll... If Edge said they're playing three guitars one over the other on  The FLY...well I can now hear at least 6 on Horses....Edge has brought the backdrop-riffs into light more and it's great to hear those different-riffs cascading one into the other and into the depths !!!!

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  Now I'm listening to the Re-worked version of Zooropa (Also included in the Uber-Deluxe AB)  and The Edge applied the same treatment...it's not remastered...it's even better.......All those hidden sounds from before are subtly brought closer but in a Warm way not just a usual uncaring loud remastering.... Edge's back-drop guitar that follows Bono's singing on STAY is breath-taking to say the least.....I'd advise HeadPhones if you want to experience it !

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For the month of St. Patrick - now this is what I call "the wearin' of the green"...

 

...the great Cyd Charisse dancing w/ Gene Kelly (who I think was Irish American, btw) - the song is 'Call Me' sung by Petula Clark:

 

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