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  1. I feel like an AB30 box set is going to be a tough challenge if they decide to go that route. The 20th anniversary edition was absolutely epic, blowing the doors off of the super-deluxe sets that followed it. My only complaint about it was that it missed a remix here and there, but honestly, it was such an incredible collection of the music from that era, including a lot of Zooropa material, that I feel like an attempt to make a new AB box set might be too much of an uphill battle.
  2. I've got everything except War and Rattle & Hum on vinyl, both of which I'm avoiding for now. I got bamboozled on Pop and Zooropa with colored vinyl, and I don't want to make the same mistake again. I'm tempted at times to just go for it anyway and ignore potential color vinyl releases, but I haven't hit that point yet, haha. I've enjoyed many of the albums on vinyl, with that RSD release of Boy being a particular highlight. It had an amazing sound and really helped me appreciate the album more.
  3. I'm a bit late in adding this, but I wanted to put it out there that choosing All I Want Is You and Streets in the EP for this show was a fantastic choice. We got Bad/40/Streets from Boston and All I Want Is You/Streets within a few months of each other? Absolutely fantastic. These were some of U2's finest live moments.
  4. Agreed. To me, the colored vinyl records have been the worst offenders, at least in the case of Pop and Zooropa. They should have been released concurrently with the standard black vinyl. Given how close the colored vinyl came out after the regular stuff, it was either poor planning or an outright money grab. I'll give U2 credit for the albums like TUF, HTDAAB, and NLOTH that had the colored editions released right out of the gate with the standard re-releases. I long for proper deluxe versions of Rattle and Hum, Zooropa (I know AB20 kind of covered it, but I think there's more opportunity here), Pop, ATYCLB, and HTDAAB, but I think that the vinyl re-releases are okay at the moment. I just hope that once these are said and done, and with only five albums left that are missing colored vinyl releases, that some of those deluxe editions will follow soon afterward.
  5. 1 - The Blackout 2 - Lights of Home (St Peter's String Version) 3 - You're the Best Thing About Me 4 - Every Breaking Wave 5 - Cedarwood Road 6 - Raised By Wolves 7 - Summer of Love 8 - Volcano 9 - This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now 10 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way 11 - The Troubles
  6. I'm sure they have a pretty good idea of what they want to drop in from each tour, but I want to submit the following requests from E&I anyway. The Blackout, Lights of Home, All Because of You, Zoo Station, Dirty Day, Elevation, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Desire, Vertigo, Staring At the Sun, and You're the Best Thing About Me. I know some of those were replacements for others on each leg (EBTTRT replacing Desire, for example), but they'd be nice touches. I didn't go to I&E, but if Cedarwood Road, Bad, All I Want Is You, Zooropa/Streets, and 40 made the cut, there'd be no complaints from me.
  7. Interestingly enough, I thought WOWY was one of the highlights of TJT30, and while I do like the song, it's pretty middle-of-the-road on my best-of rankings. As far as it having power and energy, I can see it maybe having the first, but it has never been a song from which I would expect energy. It's a mellow song.
  8. I love the idea of a rarities collection. Some of us missed the boat on the The Complete U2 digital box set from iTunes, and while I've been able to pick up singles here and there and the AB box set, it would be nice to have those brought back along with some of the remixes from recent years like those on Artificial Horizon.
  9. I posted this on another site, so my apologies if some of you are seeing this twice, but I just wanted to share some thoughts. My full-fledged U2 kick hit about this time last year (maybe a little later) when I saw that U2's albums had gone on sale on iTunes leading up to the 30th anniversary re-release of the Joshua Tree. I had purchased the Perfecto Remix of Mysterious Ways and the Fish Out of Water remix of Even Better Than the Real Thing from the deluxe edition of Achtung Baby, and I decided to pay the few extra dollars to complete the album. I owned the original version of it and enjoyed it immensely, but there I was playing through some of the added material and discovered some brand new favorites like Lady With the Spinning Head, Blow Your House Down, and Where Did It All Go Wrong?, stunned that there was finally a deluxe edition of an album with extra songs actually worth purchasing. Fast forward through months of completing the studio album collection and playing U2 pretty much non-stop to December, when Songs of Experience was finally released. It was the first U2 album I was actually anticipating prior to its release instead of discovering later (or at the last minute, as in the case of Songs of Innocence), and I was so excited to play through it as the songs finished downloading... ...only to find myself highly disappointed. Gone was the U2 that I really enjoyed and instead I found myself with a bunch of late-career rock stars sounding like they were desperate to join the ranks of pop stars less than half their age. I gave it multiple additional chances and tried my level best to appreciate it and perhaps come to discover things that didn't grab me on the first listen, but it just wasn't winning me over. My U2 fixation neared burnout earlier this year, several months after its release, and wanting to avoid growing tired of the songs I once loved, I took a bit of a U2 breather. A few heavy hitters or otherwise newer discoveries from other albums retained spots in various playlists of mine, but for the most part, I was focused on finding some new music to balance things out a bit. At some of my shifts at work, I had been assuming DJ duties and rather just throwing on Spotify to some Top 40 or 80s channel (why is that decade's music so popular?), I would play through albums in their entirety to try and expose everyone to "new" music, or at the very least songs that the same overplayed hits had overshadowed on their respective records. Today, I decided to add Songs of Experience to the list, and lo and behold, I found myself enjoying the album far more than I ever had. I maintain much of my criticism of the record that I had previously made, but gone was the animosity behind my critique. There was something about approaching the album with an eagerness to listen to U2 again as well as already knowing exactly what to expect that enhanced my appreciation of it. It seemed so refreshing, and that despite following up the quartet of juggernaut albums that preceded it on today's list (Achtung Baby, Full Moon Fever, The Outsiders, and Hotel California). I apologize for the long-winded nature of this, but I just figured I'd throw it out there for anyone else like me who perhaps gets jaded on an album, or at the very least not won over early. Play it a few times to get a feel for it, but then put it on the physical or digital shelf for a bit and cleanse your palette with some other music before coming back to it a few weeks or months later. You might be surprised what you find.
  10. This album was definitely the Adam and Larry show. "The Blackout" may be Adam's signature song. The bass just thunders on that one. I only wish The Edge would have brought the guitar parts to go with the stellar rhythm section. I might have a more favorable opinion of the album in that case.
  11. Interesting that you bring up One. I'd be glad to see it gone entirely as it's never really had a rest ever, save for that one I+E show. I realize the significance of it for the bad, as well as its enduring popularity, makes that unlikely, however.
  12. Top requests: - Zoo Station - Last Night on Earth - All I Want Is You (for my wife) Second tier: - I Fall Down - Surrender - Hawkmoon 269 - Gone - Mysterious Ways - Love and Peace or Else - Dirty Day - Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car - Some Days are Better Than Others - Kite Other assorted goodies: - A Sort of Homecoming - Trip Through Your Wires - Where the Streets Have No Name - Even Better Than the Real Thing - Discotheque - Do You Feel Loved
  13. LNOE and Gone are high on my wishlist, but Discotheque and DYFL would also be pretty welcome additions. I would hardly expect all four, of course, but those are my four requests ranked.
  14. Interesting you brought up those Justin Timberlake prices. My wife wants me to take her to a Justin Timberlake concert, but took one look at the prices for this upcoming tour and said, "...but not this time around." I agree that some U2 tickets are pretty steep and I sure as heck wouldn't pay them, but my tickets to Paul McCartney that had me on the second seating level in the Amalie Arena in Tampa at the far end of the stage were more than double the price of the U2 GA tickets for TJT30 and this one. It's demand that drives these prices as much as anything, so I don't really have any qualms about them since they're an awful lot cheaper than just about any other big name. My issue with Live Nation was the way that gobs of GA tickets wound up in the hands of scalpers and as resale tickets on TM, which flew in the face of everything U2 was supposedly trying to prevent. I think Live Nation/Ticketmaster is about as close to scum as organizations get because they have a near monopoly here in the US and deliver awful service just because they can, but I don't blame them too much for prices (I put that on demand/the artists themselves). I do think many concerts are prohibitively expensive, but I just don't go. We've got Jimmy Buffett and Eagles coming to town, but we aren't going. Way too expensive.
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