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October 28th, 2006

SoTD @ 03:48 pm

rockingthemike:
Picking up for canadanne this weekend. Being the resident remix-whore, I will be selecting a U2 remix much like canadanne has been for the past few months. I went through the memories, and it comes with much surprise that the remix I wanted to do has yet to be covered. Lucky me. Without further adieu;

Even Better Than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix)
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One of my all-time favorite remixs, and is often the one that I make friends listen to when they don't believe when I say that U2 can almost be a dance act as well.



Upon first listen, one could say that this is simply an extended dance mix from this Achtung Baby single. It is only when you get into the track that you find that this remix has a lot going on, and really takes the best of the original and brings it to the foreground.

Edge's guitar work sounds more clear, and has a real gusto to it. Many elements that are barely audible in the album version are brought to the front of the melody, most notably Edge's guitar riff at 4:23 mark in the song. There are a few more background 'woo-hoos' on the part of the Bono, but aside from that, the lyrics are unchanged from the original. I wish I could comment on Larry and Adam's contribution to the track, but I simply can't hear it. I'm sure it's there, but I'm not the best at picking out a bass guitar in a song unless it's the focus ala "Love and Peace or Else".

Apollo 440 has successfully turned a well-loved song into something that can be considered a well-loved remix. The mixer manages to keep the soul of the song intact, but also giving it his own touch of flair. I have to admit that I was not a big fan of this song up until a few months ago. This remix was the only thing that could get me to listen to this song at all, and is that not the sign of a good remix; the capacity to not only love the altered form, but also appreciate the song its in original arrangement?


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From:jarel
Date:October 28th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the post - I'm going to have to give that remix another listen :)

(You need to tweak your HTML tags on the post, though.)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 28th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I really screwed up the tags. Thanks for pointing it out!
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From:canadanne
Date:October 29th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Well, I certainly wasn't expecting you to pick this one!  I have to say I never listen to this remix - I adore the first two tracks on that single (the Sexy Dub Mix has got to be featured one day!), but the Apollo 440 mixes just do my head in. I'll give it another spin, though...

Hmm - I dunno if it sounds better through headphones or if it's just that I'm paying more attention, but I must admit this isn't as bad as I remember it being. I think my main objection was that I didn't like the intro, with that screechy distorted guitar repeated ad infinitum (followed by an equally discordant section set to the tune of the chorus) - and when you eventually got past that, the rest of the track wasn't much more than an inferior version of the original. It lacks the joyful danceability of the Oakenfold & Osborne remixes, so I've always found it a bit pointless.

Still, there is stuff to like about it, now that I listen again. The first "Even better than the real thing" and subsequent pause is good, and the little zappy noises are quite fun. I also like the way they've treated the "Take me higher" section, really isolating the vocals - and the bit immediately after it, before the screechy guitar comes in again, is awesome. Plus those high ooh-ooh-ooh's (which I'd never noticed before) are wonderful. I think the remix outstays its welcome, though - it feels like it's drawing to a close when they suddenly go off into "We're free to fly the crimson sky" for a second time, and it all starts to get a bit boring. I'd probably enjoy this track a lot more if it was trimmed down a bit here and there.

Sorry for not leaving a more positive comment on this occasion, but it's great to see you posting one of these - you should do it more often! :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 29th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
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It lacks the joyful danceability of the Oakenfold & Osborne remixes, so I've always found it a bit pointless.

Interesting; I see it from the other side of the coin. It's a dance remix, without being too dancey. For me it takes the best of the song, and morphs it into something that sits somewhere in the middle of the album to dance mix spectrum. It's been some time since I've heard the Oakenfold mix (gasp! and shock!), so I shall have to give that one a listen and compare it.

The first "Even better than the real thing" and subsequent pause is good.

I LOVE that bit.

I think the remix outstays its welcome, though - it feels like it's drawing to a close when they suddenly go off into "We're free to fly the crimson sky" for a second time, and it all starts to get a bit boring.

I definitely see what you're saying there, and while my tendency would be to agree in such a case, I quickly recall some "Lemon" mixes that far-exceed its welcomed shelf life. While I definitely agree that this mix would qualify as one of those, I don't particularly see it as a major offender.

Sorry for not leaving a more positive comment on this occasion,

No need to apologize! It was great to see an opposing argument for this mix. If we all liked the same tracks for the same reason, there'd be no need for this forum. ;)

but it's great to see you posting one of these - you should do it more often! :)

I definitely don't want to steal your thunder, as my obvious preference would be reviewing the remixes; I think I'll stick to the occasional guest appearances. :) Anytime you need a fill-in, just give me a holler.
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From:canadanne
Date:October 30th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
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If we all liked the same tracks for the same reason, there'd be no need for this forum. ;)

True - I never really imagined this remix would come up for discussion at all, but I'm glad it did!

I definitely don't want to steal your thunder

Well, hey, it's not really my thunder to steal... there used to be SOTD posters for every day of the week, after all, and I just seem to be the only one left standing!  I for one would welcome other opinions, even if it's not a regular thing, so do feel free to post anytime that inspiration strikes you. As long as it's not on a Sunday; those are mine. ;p  I will certainly let you know whenever I've got a slot that needs filling, though... (minds *out* of the gutter, people!!)

Btw, you may be interested in this info that runaground has now posted in the DGPFYCC thread. :)
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 30th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
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I for one would welcome other opinions, even if it's not a regular thing, so do feel free to post anytime that inspiration strikes you.

Well I'm participating in NaNoWriMo next month, so maybe I'll try a regular gig in December.

I will certainly let you know whenever I've got a slot that needs filling, though... (minds *out* of the gutter, people!!)

*ROTFL*

Btw, you may be interested in this info that runaground has now posted in the DGPFYCC thread. :)

I gave it read. I respectfully stand corrected. ;)
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From:reecord2
Date:October 30th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
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is there anywhere I can download this?
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From:rockingthemike
Date:October 30th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately I only have it in mp4 format. I just checked iTunes though, and the track is designated as one that you purchase on its own without having to buy The Complete U2

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