Caitlin (stay_please) wrote in u2,


We have already had the posts on "essential" U2. What our opinions are, the ideal introduction CD for non-fans, etc. etc. etc. Today I stumbled upon iTunes U2 essentials. They have 25 "basics", 25 "next steps", and 25 "deep cuts". Basically the first consists of singles, the last of tracks a non-fan couldn't name. Relisted here, for your blogging pleasure....

The Basics
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven't Found...
Sunday Bloody Sunday
With Or Without You
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day
New Year's Day
Angel of Harlem
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Bad (Wide Awake In America version)
Sweetest Thing (The Single Mix)
All Because of You
All I Want Is You
The Unforgettable Fire
Sometimes You Can't...
Until The End of the World

Next Steps
Who's Gonna Ride...
Walk On
Bullet The Blue Sky
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Staring At The Sun
Two Hearts Beat as One
The Fly
Miss Sarajevo
Out of Control
City of Blinding Lights
Running to Stand Still
Original of the Species
In God's Country
Stories For Boys
Wire [so glad this is included...]
Love and Peace Or Else
The Hands That Built America
One Tree Hill
The Electric Co.

Deep Cuts
So Cruel
Party Girl (Under a Blood Red Sky Version)
Beautiful Day (from Slane 2001)
A Sort of Homecoming (WAIA version)
A Celebration
Streets (from the Please single)
Sunday Bloody Sunday (from If God Will Send His Angels single, Edge version)
All Because of You (from Under the Brooklyn Bridge)
11 O'Clock Tick Tock
Silver and Gold
Indian Summer Sky
A Day Without Me
I Fall Down
Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Spanish Eyes
Everlasting Love
The Three Sunrises
Satellite of Love
The Wanderer
If You Wear That Velvet Dress (from a blues/jazz compilation album, with only Bono representing U2)
I Will Follow (live, Boston 1981)
Love Rescue Me (from Angel of Harlem single)

I was really hoping the responses wouldn't be about what is missing, for that list endless. More about shifting, or what doesn't belong on these lists (in our humble opinions). I detest "Party Girl", I'm sorry. ;-) Like I mentioned, I adore the fact that Wire is on the list, but would probably list it as a deep cut. Same with UTEOTW, maybe a next step, it wasn't that big of a song in the Achtung Baby heyday was it? I did not know such a version of "Velvet Dress" existed. But it seems to be popular among the crowd, and the 30-second blurb was nice. I may have to purchase that one. I'm not sure I care for the repeat of "All Because of You" within the list. Is the live version that much different from the studio track? (Is the song really that worthy to begin with?) One commenter mentioned a dislike in "Vertigo". I'm not sure these essentials list are meant to be "best of" compilations, but more like "to get a grasp of this band, listen to these tracks." It takes a little from here, a little from there. Like it or not, Vertigo was the hit first single from the latest album, spawned a new breed of iTunes commercials, had a helluva lot to do with the first "designer" iPod. So while it isn't teh best song evah, I do believe it belongs on the list. I would bump "Out of Control" up to the basics list, as it is one of five songs Bono claims is their first single. So I would probably throw in "I Will Follow" as well, and ditch the live version under deep cuts.
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