I’ve admittedly been a harsh critic of several of the past U2 fan club releases, particularly remix material that has been available elsewhere (e.g., “Duels” and the Desire/When Love Comes To Town 3D remixes with unimaginative artwork); and odd-sized prints that cost significantly more to frame than they are worth. Sorry; I never need another U2.com print.
As a vinyl collector, I prefer vinyl as the physical format created for fans. While the 10-inch singles are nice and have typically had tremendous artwork, they’re more of a novelty and do not hold a significant amount of audio.
That said, I would enjoy a 12” vinyl pressing of a PASSENGERS reissue; and the U2:3D Soundtrack. (I have a 3D blue-ray DVD player and 3D HDTV but 99.99% of U2 fans do not... The impact of the IMAX 3D film would be lost on a regular DVD release.)
Ultimately, 2021 is the year to celebrate #ZooTV30. I joined PROPAGANDA and have been a U2 fan club member for 30 years —because of ZooTV. I would really enjoy something unique to celebrate this important anniversary for the band:
•Alternate takes/mixes of Baby and Zooropa songs (the genesis of the songs, not previously available remixes);
• Zoo Dollars
• CD quality live audio of an Indoor Broadcast performance —unedited, warts and all; and
• Vintage ZooRadio downloads.
Then, in subsequent years,
• POP outtakes and re-imagined versions (e.g., Howie B and Flood returning to revise mixes).
• PopMart 12” vinyl live concert (Mexico City re-release but with the full/complete concert would be fine)
• HTDAAB or Vertigo Tour 12” double or triple vinyl concert
• NLOTH unreleased tracks (e.g., “Winter”, “Mercy”, “North Star”, and Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois’ ambient mixes of the album tracks that are more faithful to the original Morocco recording sessions) on vinyl.
• “SONGS OF ASCENT”.
• Edge’s solo film and stage/theater soundtrack releases.
• MP3 downloads of U2XRadio audio bumps (e.g., “Songs The Saved My Life” acoustic guitar intro and The Edge’s “interrupt this transmission...” clips).
Everything offered should also have a digital download code; not everyone wants physical media. And ... fewer incompetent snippets of live tracks on the website, please.
Lance A Schart
Chicago, IL USA