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November 14th, 2005

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indiansummersky:
I was listening to the One Tree Hill iTunes Point Depot performance earlier today, and it got me thinking that while the studio version is one of my favourite U2 songs, it just doesn't seem to cut it live. Are there any songs which you think don't live up to expectations when performed live, and also, are there songs which have exceeded your expectations when performed live?
One such example in my mind, specific to this tour, is 'Yahweh'. I had not cared for this song until I saw them live, when I found it to be absolutely stunning (especially with the addition of the strings).

I should also add that despite the widespread desire for it, I don't think Acrobat would come off so great if it were to be performed live.
 
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From:arcmorality
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I totally hate the live version of Yahweh. The studio version is epic, dont see the sense in stripping the song down like that. What a waste.

The Acrobat live mp3s confirm your thoughts really. It didn't sound that good live. Well it is ok, but it would have been a big mistake to open those ZOOTV shows with it.
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From:fragilenoise
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
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City Of Blinding Lights. That song was so much better than I thought it would be...and I thought it would be awesome!
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From:arcmorality
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Ohh I forgot to add.. Walk On is a massive dissapointment live.
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From:arcmorality
Date:November 14th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)

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Wow an Explosions In The Sky fan!! Not many around on this community I suspect!
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From:rockingthemike
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
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I agree with what skywardxplosion said; bite your tongue. ;)

Seriously, watch/listen to the performance from Slane. That rendition just drips emotion. Torch song for U2 if I ever heard one.
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From:arcmorality
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)

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I did seeing as I was at Slane! :p

Still doesn't do it for me live. Love the album version tho.

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From:rockingthemike
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
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Damn. And now I'm insanely jealous of you. ;)

It all boils down to taste in the end. For me, Walk On = perfection live.
From:onebadkite
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm somewhere between you and arcmorality on my feelings with Yahweh. The live version is great (I just listened to the DVD audiorip), but I also like the studio version. So it wasn't "ugh, shut up!" or "OMG wow!" for me. And along with this tour... I have to say I like the current arrangement of Elevation, though it's not getting great reviews from fans I guess. My concert is actually on Wednesday, so I'm just going off of rips and boots on those feelings.

But hrm.... Mysterious Ways is a studio track I don't give two thoughts to. But live, it's wonderful! Especially when Edge goes off on the guitar. To be honest, I haven't heard a live song I don't like, yet. Although I must say, through all DVDs, and boots, and promos... I'm getting quite tired of Pride, SBS, and Bullet the Blue Sky. So I'm not looking forward to those tracks as MUCH as everything else for this week.
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From:indiansummersky
Date:November 14th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I love it when Edge does that guitar near the end of 'Mysterious Ways' - I know he does it on the Go Home DVD and I find myself listening to the audio rip of that track so much. I don't know how the hell it would have fit in with the studio version, but I often think it should have been in there. Great stuff.
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From:onebadkite
Date:November 14th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I have that WoWY in audio format. I listen to it quite often.
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From:sirensong984
Date:November 14th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
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City of Blinding Lights dissapoints me live. I prefer the album version..

A lot of songs are better than I expected/make me re-appreciate them when I hear them live. Gone was one of those, I think.
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From:rockstarsex
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
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axver's gonna kill you when he hears that you dont like One Tree Hill live. ;)

Eh. I don't really like With Or Without You live. Rarely, anyway.

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From:siorai_gra_
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:38 am (UTC)
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eek like every live version makes the song come alive. I fell in love with City of Blinding Lights on tour though. Before it was just another song, but live it became amazing. The studio version of One gave me chills, but live it made me cry, alot. Bullet The Blue Sky live is amazing, mainly Edge's solo in it. Wow. Can you say Hendrix?

Original Of The Species live kinda disappointed me. Maybe it was the insrumentation..just keyboards.
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah-forgot Mysterious Ways. It sounds too loose and such live. The studio versions sounds tight. It never is as fun live
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From:rockingthemike
Date:November 15th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)

*sets two pennies down on the table*

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There's a list of songs that I'm not too fond of live. "With or Without You" has never really sat well with me, live or studio. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" is another.

I don't particularly like the studio version of "Mysterious Ways", but there's something about that song live, especially Seattle 2 from this tour. "Sexy Adam Clayton" followed by a Bono grunt.

"Yahweh" both studio and live are amazing. I actually like the fact that it's been so stripped down when performed.
From:amerrydeath
Date:November 15th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
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OTH is BETTER live! Besides that... Crumbs bores me on the album, but not as much as it does live. COBL always sounds better live until Bono starts singing, I have to say. He just sings... without emotion or range, and it's kind of boring.

With or Without You, unfortunately, is not being played its best, and hasn't been since Lovetown. There are a few exceptions, one being Boston 10/3, but it took on so much more power during JT/Lovetown and then lost it completely with ZooTV, it almost seemed like they were making a mockery of the song when MacPhisto sang it. *sobs*

Pride lost steam after Lovetown too, but this tour it's DEFINITELY got it back. I still prefer the album version, but it's better now than it was on the past four tours.

Stuck is better live, as is Elevation. I could go on and on, but I'll stop now.
From:amerrydeath
Date:November 15th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
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Okay, well, I had to add Miss Sarajevo. KICKS ASS live, and I had always hated it until I heard it this time around. DAMN is it good. Album version still boring.
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From:canadanne
Date:November 19th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)

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I can't *believe* you think that about ZooTV WOWY... MacPhisto's performance on the Sydney video is so heart-wrenchingly beautiful, they'll never better that version.

I'm also surprised anyone would say Stuck is better live - that song has never worked live, it needs a backing choir or something to give it some life!
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:November 15th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
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Well, firstly, I think everyone here who has fingered a song for not living up to its album twin is crazy! :P

Let's recap:

COBL
Yahweh
WOWY
Walk On
One Tree Hill

Uh yeah...folks, you're all daft! The live version of OTH is on fire! It's got so much energy. COBL is operatic live (I knew it would be the second I heard it on the album). I think the message of Yahweh is much clearer live. The live arrangement of Walk On adds a fourth dimension to the song. And WOWY, I'm not going to dignify those comments...hehe (If you haven't heard it, the best live version of WOWY EVER is from Rock's Hottest Ticket, Bono adds the 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' coda, never fails to make me shiver). So, to repeat, you're all crazy ;)

I'm surprised no one here has mentioned the quintessential U2 track that takes on a whole other life live: Bad. The album track is almost plodding, but seeing it played live has to be seen to be believed.

Can't really think of a song that didn't improve itself in its live iteration. Maybe Crumbs From Your Table...saw it live at MSG in October and it was quite flat...but then, I've never been a fan of that song.
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From:dereks_pillow
Date:November 16th, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
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Btw, I very much agree with you...and at my show a couple of weeks ago, they added "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and I freaked out. And "Bad" is truly amazing. Totally made me love the song even more when they closed the show with it.
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From:canadanne
Date:November 19th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
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arcmorality is spot on with his assessment of Yahweh live. The lyrical changes at the end are quite sweet, but on the whole, they've taken an amazingly warm and uplifting song and completely sapped the life out of it. I don't know what possessed them to perform it that way. The piano version of OOTS on the Chicago DVD is similarly disappointing, and RTSS has also been very limp on this tour compared to the soaring ZooTV version.

The soundcheck performances of Acrobat are indeed rubbish, but I think it would kick arse live if they did a proper full-on version like it's played on the album.

Babyface didn't particularly work live (at least on the bootleg I've heard) because Bono sang it completely out of time with the music. Numb is also fairly poor live because Edge always fucks up the lyrics!

Bullet The Blue Sky has generally been better live than on the album. I used to think the album version was excellent too, but these days I find it does sound a bit flat compared to some of the concert performances. I'm even starting to think similar things about Mysterious Ways, just because the ZooTV version is *so* mindblowing.

Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World is surprisingly magical live. Dadddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car is *infinitely* better live, although the album version grew on me a lot. As for Miss Sarajevo, I've never particularly cared for the album version, but Bono-as-Pavarotti has taken my breath away on this tour - I don't think anyone imagined he could hit notes like that, there aren't words for how stunning it is!

I could probably go on, but I sense I'm rambling a tad. :)

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