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September 1st, 2002

From U2.com @ 05:40 pm

u2lynne:
The second volume of U2's Best of Collection, covering the years 1990-2000, will be released on November 4th. A limited edition Best of the B-sides will also be released, along with a new single Electrical Storm and , in December, a Best Of 1990 - 2000 DVD.

The second volume of U2's Best Of collection will be released by Universal-Island Records on November 4th. Covering the years from 1990 to 2000, its sixteen tracks are the highlights of the albums Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1, Pop and All That You Can't Leave Behind. Two brand new tracks have been recorded for this set, Electrical Storm, which will be released as a single, and The Hands That Built America which will feature on the soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese movie The Gangs Of New York, released by Miramax in December 2002.

In addition, four songs, Discothèque, Gone, Numb and Staring At The Sun have been substantially reworked by producer Mike Hedges.

A strictly limited edition run of U2: The Best Of 1990 - 2000 will feature a second cd collection, The Best Of The B-sides, as well as a bonus DVD with exclusive content including the History Mix of U2 in the '90s. This special value set will be available for one week only, after which the A-sides will be sold as a single cd.

The single, Electrical Storm, due for release on October 21st will be available on two CDs and a DVD format. The tracklistings are:

CD1 - Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) plus two remixes of New York, Nice Mix and Nasty Mix both by KLF's Jimmy Cauty.
CD2 - Electrical Storm and a live medley of Bad, 40 and Where The Streets Have No Name recorded in Boston on the Elevation tour.
DVD - Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) and video, exclusive sound bites from the band and a collection of photographs by Anton Corbijn.
The video for Electrical Storm is directed by Anton Corbijn and features actress Samantha Morton, who stars in Spielberg's Minority Report and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet And Lowdown.

The full album tracklisting is:

Even Better Than The Real Thing
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day
Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (new song)
One
Miss Sarajevo
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
Gone (new mix)
Until The End Of The World
The Hands That Built America (new song)
Discothèque (new mix)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Staring At The Sun (new mix)
Numb (new mix)
The First Time
The Fly

The 1990s was a period of reinvention and experimentation for U2, embracing rapidly developing technology and incorporating it into their distinctive sound. Many of the tracks on the B-sides collection are remixes of U2 tracks by leading DJs and producers, including Paul Oakenfold and Alan Moulder.

The B-sides tracklisting is as follows:

Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Dirty Day (Junk Day Mix)
Electrical Storm
Summer Rain
North & South Of The River
Your Blue Room
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix)
Salome (Zooromancer Mix)
Even Better Than The Real Thing (Perfecto Mix)
Numb (Give Me Some More Dignity Mix)
Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix)
If God Will Send His Angels - (Big Yam Mix)
Lemon (Jeep Mix)
Discothèque (Hexidecimal Mix)

This collection follows the release in 1998 of The Best Of 1980 - 1990, which topped the charts and achieved platinum sales throughout the world.

Finally, a Best Of 1990 - 2000 DVD will be released on December 2nd and will feature promo videos of tracks from the A-sides cd, complete with commentary by the directors, who include Wim Wenders, Kevin Godley, Stephane Sednaoui, Anton Corbijn and Jonas Akerlund. Six bonus tracks are included on the DVD - Please, If God Will Send His Angels, Wild Horses, Lemon, Last Night On Earth and MoFo. In addition, many of the tracks feature alternative versions of the clips made for different countries, as early cuts or to accompany different mixes. Further exclusive content includes a mini documentary, The Road To Sarajevo, filmed in the Bosnian capital in the run up to U2's historic 1997 concert and complete with performance footage.
 
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From:nostalgicecho
Date:September 1st, 2002 06:21 pm (UTC)

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Woohoo!! This is sooo exciting! :-D
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From:wydok
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for posting this! I have a tendency of not checking U2.com often, so a lot of the time I hear my U2 news here.

I think it is interesting that the limited edition Best Of has not only a b-sides CD, but also a DVD. Cool.

Was a best of 1980-1990 DVD or video ever released? I haven't been able to find any info on one, but that doesn't necessarily mean that one does not exist.

I'm a little hesitant about the new mixes for Gone, Numb, One, and Discothèque. But only a little. :)
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From:wydok
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:05 pm (UTC)

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Oh duh, there is one listed on Amazon.com. I guess I just don't look very well. *blink*
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From:bostondave
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Interesting tracks for the new Best Of. I must say I can't wait to get it.
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From:u2lynne
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:32 pm (UTC)

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I can't wait either!
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From:bostondave
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:47 pm (UTC)

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WOOOHOOO!!!!!
From:vanillarachel
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:24 pm (UTC)
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I must say... I'm a bit upset that Walk On didn't make the cut.
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From:u2lynne
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:35 pm (UTC)

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or Elevation, or Kite, or Lemon, or Please, or .... or.....

Sigh. They can't please everyone, especially all us diehard fans who like so much of their stuff. Their Best Of would have to be 4 CDs worth of material to please me. :)
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From:psykoboy2
Date:September 1st, 2002 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I have one CD....with 113 songs on it. 7 hours of U2.
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From:flashfire
Date:September 1st, 2002 11:02 pm (UTC)
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And how do you manage to get 7 hours of music on one CD?
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From:psykoboy2
Date:September 2nd, 2002 01:13 am (UTC)
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MP3's. I had a player installed in the car, you can find them almost anywhere for around $200 or so. I already had a program on the computer to burn MP3s and stuff. Most burning is done with .wav files. MP3 files are nearly 10 times smaller than .wav's. So, more can be put onto a CD.
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From:u2lynne
Date:September 2nd, 2002 09:04 am (UTC)

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mp3

I have one CD with most of the albums and the b-sides from the Best Of on it. It's great for traveling because one disc has it all!

I did the same with a bunch of live stuff. Only problem is you get gaps between tracks when you burn mp3s to a CD and so the concert doesn't flow the same as on an audio CD.
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From:scaryrich
Date:September 2nd, 2002 04:07 pm (UTC)
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could it be because Walk On and Elevation are from 2001/2002 ?

could be, seems silly if thats the reason though
From:vanillarachel
Date:September 1st, 2002 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to see Acrobat on there. It's one of my all time favorites.
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From:nostalgicecho
Date:September 1st, 2002 11:32 pm (UTC)
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so would I! *sigh*
From:virginblue
Date:September 1st, 2002 11:10 pm (UTC)

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Wow. Looks like an excellent CD for sure! I am also quite surprise that Walk On and Elevation don't get a mention at all...and Mofo too! Hmmm. But I guess there has to be a limited...but surely at least Walk On!
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From:shardofnarsil
Date:September 2nd, 2002 08:02 am (UTC)

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Oh wow. I am incredibly excited for this album!!! I always loved the dance remix of Lady With the Spinning Head, and I'm stoked it's on the Bside cd!!!!
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From:eclipse69
Date:September 2nd, 2002 11:25 am (UTC)
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I know the Edge has his moment on Numb, but that song should have been bumped for something much better, like Walk On, or Please. I never liked Numb because I just found it highly annoying. It would have been better in my opinion had he sung like we know he can, i.e. Seconds.
From:vanillarachel
Date:September 2nd, 2002 12:38 pm (UTC)
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I agree, Numb isn't worthy of a spot in the Best Of list. Hmph.
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From:scaryrich
Date:September 2nd, 2002 04:01 pm (UTC)
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i totally agree.

Swap Numb for Walk On, before its too late...

bah, they've probably already burnt all the cds, and are storing them in a warehouse til november 4.

"STOP THE PRESS" or something
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From:bluevangogh
Date:September 2nd, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)

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Wow, I didn't know LiveJournal had places like this. You are feeding the BonoHungry beast that lurks within. this is wonderful. I'm downloading "Your Blue Room" as we speak.
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From:ruffian114
Date:September 2nd, 2002 02:36 pm (UTC)
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i'm feeling kind of eh about the song listt. from the beginning i felt they should leave the ATYCLB & new stuff off and just make it a 90's best of, plust i'd like to see more B-sides and less remixes on disc 2.

if i had some veto power on disc one i would take off
Even Better Than The Real Thing, Electrical Storm, Beautiful Day, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of & The Hands That Built America

Then in there place put in
Ultraviolet, Mofo, If God Will Send His Angels, The Ground Beneath her Feet, & Lemon

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From:ruffian114
Date:September 2nd, 2002 03:08 pm (UTC)

i lie

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i would also kick Miss Sarajevo for Please

but then again i'm just a fan whereas U2s been around for how many years, so they might know a bit more than me.
From:loopaygirl
Date:September 4th, 2002 10:59 am (UTC)
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i felt they should leave the ATYCLB & new stuff off and just make it a 90's best of
agreed!

plust i'd like to see more B-sides and less remixes on disc 2.
again. agreed!
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From:kjackson
Date:September 2nd, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmmm... I dunno. Sounds good, will buy it, of course; that's all a given.

I'm kinda surprised that "Walk On" isn't there, especially since many considered it the best track on ATYCLB and all the exposure it received after September 11th last year.
From:vanillarachel
Date:September 2nd, 2002 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I certainly consider Walk On one of the best on ATYCLB.
(It's a stronger song than Beautiful Day, anyway...)

The Ground Beneath Her Feet would have been an excellent addition to the list. It's certainly more worthy than some of the others on the list. (especially the remixes...)

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