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September 18th, 2004

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I'm currently feelin: happy indescribable
I'm currently hearin: U2 - Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World (live)

Another question for you guys.

What is your favorite U2 song played live that seems mediocre on the album?

Mine is definitely Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World. The first opening chords (and throughout the song) bring that same sweet, refreshing, kind of innocent feeling that The Sweetest Thing video does. The kind of song that makes me just grin because it's so "aawww". Or something. Especially when Bono interludes with "don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be alright" and "gonna lift me up, lift me up". Ahhhh.

P.S. Bad takes a very close second place, would be first if it wasn't so good on the album already.
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Date:September 18th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
I heard the album version of TTTYAATW many many times before I ever heard it live, and I already loved the album version so I don't consider it to sound mediocre. But you're right, they did bring a certain sparkle to it when they did it live. :)

As I said in one of my other recent comments, Bullet The Blue Sky kicks a lot more arse live than it does on The Joshua Tree. I used to love the album version, but now I'm so used to listening to the live ones that I'm starting to find the JT version a tad dull.

I'm sure there are a few other examples that I can't think of right now... Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car is a thousand times better live, although the album version eventually grew on me a lot too.
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Date:September 18th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
hmmm, not bad on the album version, but Sunday Bloody Sunday sounds great live. I love it when Bono says.."F*** the revolution!".
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Date:September 18th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, where do I start? U2 are The Live Band. Anything they do in the studio, they do a thousand times better live, which I think is bloody amazing because what they do in the studio is already a thousand times better than anything anyone else does (possibly besides Dream Theater).

Most notable examples though (in no order) ...

1. Please. This song was absolutely INCREDIBLE on Popmart, especially at Sarajevo. Oh WOW. That's an experience and a half. On the album, though, I feel it has too many effects and the song is lost.
2. 11 O'clock Tick Tock. Best. Live. Song. Ever. And yet it sounds like they simply tried too hard in the studio ...
3. Exit. I find the studio version quiet and hard to hear, but live, it is mindblowing. Every part of it is total perfection live.
4. With Or Without You. I thought the studio version was amazing, and then I heard the live performances with Shine Like Stars and Love Will Tear Us Apart. Just ... stunning.
5. Bullet The Blue Sky. I remember buying Rattle And Hum as clear as if it was yesterday. I loved Bullet on JT, and I couldn't wait to hear this live performance. I put it on, and I couldn't believe my ears. I could count on one hand the amount of times I've intentionally listened to JT Bullet since then.
6. 40. A spur-of-the-moment song that became the best concert closer ever. Need I say any more?
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Date:September 18th, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
"Party Girl", and I definitely agree with Axver on the With or Without you comment. I absolutely ADORE the album version, and I always will, but with Shine Like Stars, the song is just that much more powerful
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Date:September 19th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Agreed on "Tryin' to Throw." The other one I think came off better live is "Love is Blindness," solely because of the gentler beginning without the throbbing bass line. It made the song more subtle, which made the song even better than it was on the album.

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