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December 25th, 2006

Some belated thoughts on U218 Singles @ 07:14 pm

rockingthemike:
Received the deluxe edition for Christmas, and after both listening to the disc and watching the DVD, I'm left with three (rather tongue-in-cheek) comments.

  • Vertigo: Live From Milan was amazing. Why this concert won't be released in full is beyond me. They released two concerts from the Elevation Tour, and while it is an obvious cash-cow attempt on the part of the band and record company, at least in the case of Elevation, it was two totally different format concerts. Boston was the indoor show, Slane was outdoors. Both also had setlists different enough that it did not feel like you were witnessing the same show twice; the same could have been easily done for the Chicago and Milan releases of Vertigo
  • Someone hasn't been doing their fact checking at U2HQ. The boys went to #1 with "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" in the UK; not #3
  • Furthermore, was it really necessary to list the US peak positions, especially when 8 of the 18 singles featured are designated as "Not commerically released"? It would have been sufficient to just have the UK positions, as it is still (?) considered their primary market, and one of three major music markets in the world

    All in all not a bad set. I still stand by the fact that it was a cash grab to release the majority of the songs thar are on the two Best Ofs, but I certainly won't look a gift horse in the mouth if someone wants to give it to me. ;)
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    From:lastrega
    Date:December 26th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
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    I've got the deluxe edition, the cd and the 18 Videos dvd now (thank you, Santa!) and while the tracklisting isn't as good as it could have been (IMO) I do love the video collection. So many fabulous videos, so many great extras. If I had to rec just one version, it'd be the videos.

    But I do agree with you on the Milan dvd, it's an amazing concert and brings back so many memories of the Oz gigs. They could have easily included the whole thing.

    And the book from the deluxe ed is just gorgeous.
    From:walrusoct9
    Date:December 26th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
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    Milan is okay, but the Buenos Aires TV broadcast from this past March kicks the crap out of Chicago and Milan. And it's 100% Hamish-free!
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    From:rockingthemike
    Date:December 27th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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    I don't mind Hamish so much. I know that he induces migraines or seizures for most who watch his shows, but I find his style, not necessarily provactive or cutting edge, but certainly entertaining.
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    From:psychotichic
    Date:December 26th, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
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    Has it honestly not occurred to anyone that perhaps the rest of the Milan concert may have been not-so-amazing?
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    From:rockingthemike
    Date:December 26th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
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    I wouldn't know, I wasn't there. I'm basing my opinion purely one what I saw on the DVD.
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    From:la_vation
    Date:December 27th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)

    Milan DVD

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    During the Milan concert there was a power outage and what you have on the DVD is all that they were able to rescue.
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    From:rockingthemike
    Date:December 27th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)

    Re: Milan DVD

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    And that would definitely help explain why I full release was eventually scrapped. Was unaware of the power outage, so I certainly appreciate you bringing that up. :)
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    From:canadiens1160
    Date:December 27th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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    I don't think the Vertigo tour brought enough new innovations to the table to warrant two DVDs. Elevation was a back to basics tour, and Slane was a special night for anyone in the U2 camp - not just local residents.

    Not sure about the power outage in Milan, but that may have played a part in it.
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    From:rockingthemike
    Date:December 27th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
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    Hmmm, your point about innovation is a good one. I suppose on the fanboy level I wanted more from this show, but if there is really nothing 'new' to offer, then what is the point of release anyways? I'm just thankful we got to witness some of it. The Chicago DVD was great, and my own personal experiences at the Ottawa show, and now the partial Milan show gives me a better appreciation for the tour, the boys, and what they bring to the table in terms of a live show.
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    From:canadiens1160
    Date:December 27th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
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    Yeah, they kept the stage setup but what really gave the Montreal show a special atmosphere, for me, was the light curtains. Willie Williams is full of great ideas and it's great to see he can take one simple concept and make it work for the band.

    The nice thing about the last two tours is that the spectacle has never threatened to overshadow the band during a show - for Elevation and Vertigo the emphasis has been back on four guys playing rock and roll.

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