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  1. Any assistance is most appreciated as many of these items are out of print, vinyl-only, and so on. Thank you in advance! SOON BREATHE / MANDELA VERSION MAGGIE’S FARM (SELF AID) WALK ON / ACOUSTIC {BURMA SOLDIER} WINTER / LINEAR WINTER / BROTHERS ACHTUNG BOX / KINDERGARTEN DEMOS CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE / MYSTERY TRAIN DUB UNKNOWN CALLER / SNOW PATROL REMIX LIGHTS OF HOME (MIKE STENT REMIX) THIS IS / ASLAN COVER MERCY {WIDE AWAKE IN EUROPE EP} MOMENT OF SURRENDER {WIDE AWAKE IN EUROPE EP} OCTOBER {INSTRUMENTAL - THEY CALL IT AN ACCIDENT LP} OCTOBER {REMIX - THEY CALL IT AN ACCIDENT LP} NIGHT AND DAY {YOUTH'S REMIX} RUNNING TO STAND STILL {EDGE/SOLO ACOUSTIC} LOVE IS BLINDNESS {EDGE/SOLO ACOUSTIC} HOMEWARD BOUND / STREET LIGHTS MESSAGE TO SOURIS / BONO NEW DAY {BONO w/WYCLEF JEAN} MENSCH / BONO AND GRONEMEYER ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD {LIVE} / U JAM LOVE'S IN NEED OF LOVE TODAY / STEVIE WONDER AND BONO BULLETPROOF PRIDE / K'NAAN AND BONO 11 O'CLOCK TICK TOCK {EDIT 3} NORTH STAR RETURN OF THE STING RAY GUITAR FATHER IS AN ELEPHANT TREVOR ALONE IN THE LIGHT LIFE ON A DISTANT PLANET THE DREAM IS OVER MOFO / BLACK HOLE DUB MOFO / HOUSE FLAVOUR MIX MOFO / ROMIN MIX DOVE OF PEACE / BRUNO 46664 (LONG WALK TO FREEDOM) EUROPA EP BE THERE WILD IRISH ROSE LOVE COMES TUMBLING - FALSE START ZOOROPA - US PROMO EDIT Thank you very much for any assistance you might be able to provide! Best regards, Jason
  2. I really wish publications like Slicing Up Eyeballs and others could simply use words like SPOILER ALERT in their headlines about U2 rather than giving away surprises about their long-awaited show. I understand wanting to hook readers but it’s grating to already know a huge surprise about the show. I expect a thank you card from them for not being petty to the point of not offering a spoiler alert that I won’t read their work anymore in retaliation. I’ll still read it. Very bitterly.
  3. I have an easier time picking the songs I need to hear in Omaha next month... Lights of Home Summer of Love Red Flag Day The Blackout The Showman Love Is All We Have Left Get Out of Your Own Way
  4. The only thing I want in the U2.com shop is Passengers - Original Soundtracks Volume 1 plus b-sides The Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack All U2 b-sides, remixes, guest appearances, solo work, duets, fruitlegs, concert recordings, and video remixes, such as for The Fly and Numb. Every officially-released studio track, basically.
  5. I'm sorry. I have a bad habit of joining in pages and not bothering to read what has been said up until now. I see that I am not alone in my thinking on this. Cheers.
  6. I haven't followed this thread, but I wanted to add my two cents about SoE... I messed with the track order a bit. * Love Is All We Have Left Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version) You're the Best Thing About Me Get Out of Your Own Way American Soul The Blackout Summer of Love * Red Flag Day The Showman (Little More Better) Book of Your Heart The Little Things That Give You Away Landlady Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way 13 (There Is A Light) Moving up The Blackout feels much better to me. Similarly, the string version of Lights of Home feels great following on the heels of Love Is All We Have Left. Is it just me or is U2 under the influence of Radiohead on Book of Your Heart? A great tune...and a fantastic album. I look forward to seeing the show in Omaha on the 19th of May, 2018. The blending of the personal and political is masterful, taking on mortality, love, the rise of the extreme right wing in the west, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the need to remain hopeful despite the world going mad around you. I have heard that this may be their last album. As much as I hope this isn't the case, I feel like this is U2 going out on top.
  7. Summer of Love has been the brightest gem on the album for me. I don't know if this song is single material, but it is a glorious piece of work.
  8. I completely agree on the NLotH singles. I tend to change the order of songs on most of their albums as well. Magnificent should've been the first single. I can hear DJs having to say, "U2 is back and their new single is Magnificent..." How'd they miss that opportunity??? In the case of their new album, Your The Best Thing About Me was a great choice for first single. After that, it's the question of a great song vs. a great single. Not every song can be both. Personally, I'd go for Lights of Home, Red Flag Day, and Summer of Love. The Blackout could've been a single, too. Summer of Love is a bit understated when you think of what's on radio. Then again, consider what With Or Without You must've seemed like in the context of spring 1987! That was a game changer. I know a few Lady Gaga fans who love the fact that she is singing on Summer of Love. It could be a dark single. Some pop needs to go there though.
  9. Boy is a top shelf album from front to back. There's always a gimmick with these tours, like a giant space ship-like stage setup for 360, for instance. Boy would bring loads of people out to see them. Achtung Baby would as well. The space/baby face symbol replacing the Joshua tree is a brilliant idea! U2 need to return to Oz and perhaps Japan as well...South America seems to eat up their shows. I'm in Lincoln, Nebraska, so I usually just have to drive a few hours to see them...or catch the train. It'll be Tulsa for me next, most likely. I saw Zoo TV twice. I was sixteen at the time. In hindsight, it's completely insane that that show ever happened at all. Completely mental.
  10. I'm guessing U2 could play Boy in its entirety, take a twenty minute break, then play Achtung Baby in its entirety. After that, perhaps an encore, but those two albums already total 23 tunes. That's a lot of show. I guess I'm just itching for the media madness to return. Let's go back to Trabantland...
  11. I don't know if this forum would be a good place in which to begin a petition, but I welcome better ideas of how to go about it... I keep imagining the Innocence/Experience idea being taken to its next logical step, which is a tour celebrating Boy and Achtung Baby. I don't think this is too far fetched of an idea. As magical tours in U2's history go, this would be an absolute smash. Please comment as to whether you would like to see this pair of albums on tour.
  12. Is it just me, or is the REAL Innocence + Experience moment still ahead of us? Think about this for a second...2020/2021...U2 tour Boy AND Achtung Baby. You know I'm right, people... we should start a petition or something...
  13. JCF, thank you very much for your kind words! Most appreciated! Grande 3:16, your remark about the chorus of Zoo Station sounding like "gestation" made me smile. Considering that the song is partly about a baby coming into the world, and considering the difficult conception and birthing process for Achtung Baby, "gestation" would've been quite apt!
  14. The risk U2 was taking is ultimately part of the continuum of artists who have successfully pulled off a contrast reinvention. Think of Dylan going electric, The Beatles creating Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, Bowie leaving the Ziggy persona to become Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, and then to leave for Berlin to compose what is arguably is best and most career-defining work with Eno and Visconti. U2 had already made a big leap from War to The Unforgettable Fire. The Joshua Tree was a fantastic record and another change, though The Unforgettable Fire made us more ready for the sonic environment that Lanois, Eno, and U2 are capable of creating. Achtung Baby was perhaps the biggest leap of all, though not just because of the sonic shift. The entire attitude of the group shifted. Irony was new. Earth shattering, too. U2 didn't do irony. They were in a long-running earnest-off with Bruce Springsteen. Dance rhythms? Check. Hip Hop? Yep. Wah wah guitar effects, overdrive guitar effects, drum machines, distorted vocals, big keyboard sounds, samples... The subject matter was shifting as well. Jesus was still in there, but now Judas? Betrayal is the keyword of these times. "To serve the age, betray it." That was the quote driving U2. How many fans first felt massively let down, even depressed, when The Fly first rolled out. I know I was at sea for a time. Everything you know is wrong, indeed... This record was like a car crash you just had to look at, despite initial feelings of horror. Then, over weeks and months, this black beauty started to make more and more sense. No wonder the band left three months before the first show of the tour. The fans needed time to tuck into the winter of 1991-1992 and really chew on this new sound. By the time ZOO TV arrived, the fans were ready. Or, they thought they were ready. Changes, yet again. Media madness, satellite of love, you can go anywhere... U2 went as far as you could go. Then an unexpected album in summer 1993, the Bosnia broadcasts, the glory of Macphisto, Johnny Cash on the moon... What a time to be 16, 17, 18 years of age, as I was. What a perfect sendoff into the uncertainty of post-adolescence. Yet "uncertainty can be a guiding light". Ultraviolet is the other watchword of the time. The spirituality is still there. Ultraviolet is just beyond our vision. The spirit, vision over visibility. Following love, wherever that ride takes you. U2 have never been given their proper due for that massive back flip of faith. Their fans, the ones that went along for the ride, were rewarded handsomely. What a thrill of a time. If you ever need to take that trip then do yourself a solid and dig the following... Besides Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and the singles/b-sides from those albums, and Night And Day, from the album Red Hot and Blue, get U2 ZOO TV Live In Sydney DVD U2 At The End Of The World by Bill Flanagan That's a great start if you need to get your fix of U2's very best era.
  15. I can see a lot of merit in playing every Joshua Tree without strictly adhering to performing the songs in the album's running order. I just don't think it's going to happen. Since the album will most likely be the second set, that just leaves what the first set and encores will be. I like your song choices a lot!
  16. I dunno... Bono talked about the B-sides in the Facebook Q&A with fond memories and great appreciation. I have a feeling that at least some of those will get an airing somehow. As for Acrobat, I think that the lyrics, in the new world disorder of alternative facts, fake news, and the sharp right turn in Western politics that has occurred in England, the U.S., and elsewhere, make that song's stock value rise to meet our present circumstances with wringing hands holding themselves back from becoming clenched fists. The words of Acrobat, "don't believe what you hear, don't believe what you see, if you just close your eyes, you can feel the enemy..." and "no, nothing makes sense, nothing seems to fit, I know you'd hit out, if you only knew who to hit", resonate in a new way now... Meanwhile, The Fly is the phone call from Hell. Until the End of the World is, well, a harbinger of the Apocalypse. As themes go, I feel a Welcome to the Terrordome vibe coming. No holds barred. I think the aforementioned Set One that I predict/propose IS a kind of Songs of Experience package. I won't mind if they give the present show a break for a few months and perhaps merge their new show with elements of the last tour's presentation when the next album arrives...
  17. Given what has been said by members of U2 about this upcoming tour and holding off on releasing Songs of Experience until later in the year, I find myself thinking of what songs will be played this time around. Of course, The Joshua Tree LP is a given. However, that's eleven songs and U2 typically does another thirteen or more tunes each night. I remembered something Bono once said about opening up the Zoo TV shows with Acrobat. He thought it would be a bit of a f*** you to the audience though. The song has never been played in concert or anywhere else from what I know. I think it's time that Acrobat got its comeuppance. After the experience of 2016, everyone talking of living in a post-truth era, that song has a new power. I also think that U2 will reference many of the great artists lost in 2016. While Bowie, Prince, George Martin, George Michael and Leonard Cohen spring to mind, Alan Vega and Buckwheat Zydeco also died in 2016. Alan Vega's Suicide was a great influence on U2. Buckwheat Zydeco played support on The Joshua Tree tour. Bono can be seen asking about them, if I recall correctly, in Rattle and Hum outtakes floating around on YouTube. The B-sides from The Joshua Tree era are very special to fans. I won't be surprised if they're played regularly. Here's the set I thought might be cooking at the moment. I think the songs fit the themes U2 have discussed of late. Acrobat The Fly Until The End Of The World/Anthem New Year's Day I Will Follow Vertigo Desire Spanish Eyes Silver And Gold Sunday Bloody Sunday/Please/Hallelujah Bad/Ruby Tuesday/Sympathy For The Devil/Walk On The Wild Side/Norwegian Wood Where The Streets Have No Name I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Exodus With Or Without You/Shine Like Stars/Love Will Tear Us Apart Bullet The Bullet Sky Running To Stand Still/Dirty Old Town Red Hill Mining Town In God's Country Trip Through Your Wires One Tree Hill Exit/Riders On The Storm/Gloria Mothers Of The Disappeared/El Pueblo Vencera City Of Blinding Lights Beautiful Day One/MLK Pride (In The Name Of Love) Angel Of Harlem/People Get Ready Sweetest Thing Party Girl "40" I don't quite know where U2 will drop in references to Bowie or Prince. Desire's rhythm seems to work with that of Faith by George Michael. Bono once covered Hallelujah, so maybe he'll touch on it again, as he has from time to time. Whatever happens, I am very happy that they're back!
  18. U2.com should have a U2 setlist contest. Pick 24-30 songs that U2 will perform. Whoever is closest to the set U2 choose gets some excellent prize. Here's the set I'm betting on... Zoo Station Vertigo Elevation Even Better Than The Real Thing Mysterious Ways I Will Follow Sunday Bloody Sunday Every Breaking Wave (full band this time) Until The End Of The World New Year's Day Gloria City Of Blinding Lights Beautiful Day Where The Streets Have No Name I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For With Or Without You Bullet The Blue Sky Running To Stand Still Red Hill Mining Town In God's Country Trip Through Your Wires One Tree Hill Exit Mothers Of The Disappeared Desire Angel Of Harlem Out Of Control One MLK/Pride (In The Name Of Love) Bad/"40"
  19. u2tapecollector, that is a MIGHTY U2 collection! Very, very impressive!
  20. I remember an NME article from back in, I think, June 1992, in which Bono referred to something with Songs of Experience in the title. When the Joshua Tree box set came out and Introduction to Songs of Experience was on it, I thought it seemed odd. Bono's voice sounded older in that recording than how he sounded in 1987. The idea probably does go back at least that far. I'm sure that Bono has been studying William Blake for decades now. I know Van Morrison was fairly preoccupied with Blake as well. Musically, ItSoE always felt like a kind of preamble to the title track of Zooropa to me.
  21. I think it'd be fitting if the summer shows began with Acrobat. We are in the post-truth era, after all. "I must be an acrobat to talk like this and act like that" sums up things quite nicely...
  22. I just thought I'd mention it again. It's beautiful work. I think the album should be available for purchase...
  23. Their faith was always very important to me, though I saw them as a spiritual force rather than a Christian group. In this key respect, I always viewed them as being on an epic journey, following in a continuum that includes many musical, cinematic, literary, and artistic greats on similar journeys. Having said that, I see spirituality where religion is not mentioned at all, as well as where no specific major religious character is mentioned. ​We are all on a journey. Whether we identify it as a spiritual journey or not becomes both a personal matter and one that is hard to hide. Bono identifies with the struggle more than the smug, complacent version of rebirth I often witnessed in the few churches I attended. Bono was preoccupied with sex, prayer, struggles, wanderlust, the political world, human strength and frailty, grace, transcendence, and how we are one but not the same. As he said once around 1993, "I want Heaven and Hell for this band." The flesh and the spirit. Aspirations in the clouds, feet in the mud. His interpretation of the books he has read, especially the Bible, has had a major impact on me, though I would not count myself a Christian in any typical sense. It seems to me that U2 irritate a lot of people. To some Christian acts they are not Christian enough, yet they reach more people on spiritual matters than any Christian act I can recall. Similarly, they have been able to achieve the sorts of real world political gains that a group like The Clash, known almost entirely for being political, could have only dreamed of experiencing. The Sarajevo broadcasts? That was a hyperpolitical moment, ​and more importantly, ​a supremely human one, and good on them for sticking it in everyone's faces. Rock n Roll talks a big game about being edgy, yet if you're too political, some idiot fan or rag writer pouts about artists just sticking to music. Well, get yourself out to be fucked, Jack. U2 aren't pretenders. They are the real deal. Side note: "Outside Broadcast" was the name of the stadium tour for the outdoor legs of Zoo TV. It was also the name of a remix The Clash did of "This Is Radio Clash" back in 1981. This is not a coincidence. I think Bono was doing what The Clash would have done had they been in the same position U2 was in back in '92-'93. They are spiritual, political, and sexual. U2 can deal with romantic intimacy in a way a Christian act would never dream. Worship? "Your instructions, whatever your directions..." "If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel..." Who knew that kneeling to pray and kneeling to pleasure could be so comfortably conflated into effectively being the same thing? Powerful stuff... In short, that they are spiritual is an inextricable fact of U2. Saying that U2's music is all that matters is nice, but that voice and their voices collectively are matched irrevocably to what they sing. Whether it's spiritual, political, sexual, cornball, despairing, sighing, or calming, U2 manage to make all of life a spiritual experience. Those chills you're feeling when the coda of Until The End Of The World arrives once again to save your soul? That is how you know the spirituality of U2 is undeniable. It is also as good a reminder as you could ask for that we have souls at all, despite what the world might have you believe. The first two minutes of Where The Streets Have No Name is when Christians and atheists alike are born again. That same music has elicited an idiot's grin as well as tears of joy many, many times in my life. I am sure this goes for millions of U2 fans worldwide. I see Bono as a bit like one of the Gnostics. He is not burdened by dogma. He wants the unique, personal experience of God. The Wanderer is the flip side of Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World. What you think was just a man out on the town was always a wise blood looking for God in the neon.
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