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March 7th, 2006

Song of the Day @ 09:04 am

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"Race Against Time" from Where The Streets Have No Name Single

There's a lot of talk in Into The Heart about what The Joshua Tree might have been. Not sure why, there isn't much talk about what Achtung, Baby might have been. Let's take a quick gander and all those B-sides that MIGHT have been The Joshua Tree.

Luminous Times
Walk To The Water
Spanish Eyes
Deep In The Heart
Silver and Gold
Sweetest Thing
Race Against Time


How much they were working on each song during the JT sessions, and which were actually up for consideration to make the album cut, varies widely, I imagine. Silver and Gold found a place on R&H, Sweetest Thing was reworked and made a nice pro-Pop release. Race Against Time is just one of those 'out there' tracks that really didn't go much of anywhere. I've listened to Captive once, and it sounds like something out of there, to be honest. Maybe not Captive, but it sounds very soundtrack worthy. In the ITH blurb, Edge seems to take most (all?) of the credit for laying the track down. U2wanderer.org says it was written by U2 / Bono, though. And someone even bothered to fill in all 6 lyrics.

Besides saying "race against time" twice, there are more vocals. They are kindred to Boomerang II, though, in that they really aren't words, but just vocalizations. To me, it sounds like "hola" or "mola". Any insights?

It starts with a nice bass groove. Larry's militant drumming comes in after the first vocals, and really subsides after the second round. In between the funky bass, weird words, and Larry's beats... it's an Edge-fest, alright. Distorted guitars, synths, and a little piano for good measure. One of those tracks you get into for U2 history, but nothing really radio-worthy. And of course, uploaded to g-mail.
 
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From:arcmorality
Date:March 7th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)

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Love that track. But like the other b-sides would not have fitted on TJT.Sounds like an idea for bullet, turned into a different song. Bit like Always/Beautiful Day
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:March 7th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
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On the contrary, the B-sides help MAKE the album.
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From:arcmorality
Date:March 7th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Why's that? If your referring to that "restored Joshua Tree" then I would have to disagree. Silver and Gold probably should have been on the LP. But for the other b-sides, would have made the LP abit long winded imo.

I love those b-sides too. But having listened to that restored version and my own restored version many times over the last 10 years, I've yet to be convinced. The greatest rock album of all time should be left as it is. :)

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From:mmmmjournal
Date:March 7th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure somebody by now has referred you to THIS page... http://www.tiede.com/joshuatree/

I keep hoping the additional tracks will be restored to the album as part of a deluxe edition double CD, just like Elton John, The Who, Weezer, and many others have done to their greatest albums.

Having heard BOTH versions of the CD, and because it's the greatest album ever made, I love both versions........ but I do like the extended version more. Sure, not all of the songs are classics ("Race Against Time"), and I'd use the updated version of "Sweetest Thing," but there are some songs there that just make the album so much better. "Silver and Gold" (studio version), "Spanish Eyes," "Deep In The Heart," and "Walk to the Water" all should have been on the album to begin with, and it STILL would have been the best album ever.

And again, I have to say on the record..... if you haven't heard this album IN Joshua Tree National Park (or at least somewhere in the American deserts, Death Valley works well), you're missing out on one of the greatest musical experiences around. This album fits that part of the country so well.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 11th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
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Ahhh, interesting choice. This is one of those songs that I've only ever listened to about once (when someone stuck it on a rarities compilation for me), and consequently had absolutely no recollection of what it sounded like. I guess I can see why it didn't set my imagination on fire, but there's still some good stuff here...

I totally see what you mean about it sounding "soundtrack worthy", it would be rather cool to use in a movie sequence... something involving dimly lit alleys and mysterious characters. ;)  I love anything with a menacing vibe, and that's definitely what this track has, thanks to the purposeful bassline and general spookiness of the background music. I really like Bono's vocals, even if he does appear to be singing nonsense!  I'm also particularly fond of the lonnnng distorted notes that come in halfway through the drumming section, they build up that creepy atmosphere nicely. And the little splash of piano near the end is beautifully chilling.

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