Just check the re-issues and anniversary editions of their earlier albums - the bonus or extra tracks were quite "forced" and nothing close to album-worthy or even b-side-worthy.
I can't be the only person who felt these re-issue tracks were album-worthy:
- angels too tied to the ground
- disappearing act
- yoshino blossom
- wave of sorrow (birdland)
- rise up
- oh berlin
- near the island
As far as the songs mentioned in the recent Bono interview, I think they are finishing the final U2 album versions
of these 5 tracks:
1. north star
3. return of the stingray
4. every breaking wave
I will compare my theory to the situation U2 had with the tracks on Zooropa. I always hear people comment how U2 didn't finish Zooropa like they should have . . . . . that they rushed Zooropa. Didn't U2 work on most of the Zooropa tracks during the ZooTV Tour (technically, a break between legs of the ZooTV tour)?
Were the above 5 tracks worked on during the 360° Tour? Presenting them to a live audience was fun, but they chose not
to release them (in studio format
) during the 360° Tour. Maybe they made that decision because they wanted to improve them/complete them and there wasn't time to do that during the 360° Tour. Maybe now it's time to complete them and record them in a proper studio environment. I'm only referring to 5 tracks here so maybe the 6th track is a final U2 album version
. Hell, I don't know. It's just a theory.
Are these 5 tracks (plus the track winter
) never going to be released as songs recorded in studio format
? Why wouldn't
they be on the next U2 album . . . . . whenever
it gets released?