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Offline wraitii

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It's soon to be 3 years since NLOTH's release, and I still have this experiment that I never really showed to the U2 community. I think every song on NLOTH's been offered the role of the 4th single, and I feel like Unknown Caller had potential. I did a "radio edit" a few months ago, and I'd like to know what you think.
Basically, intro shortened, outro shortened (I removed the dumb trumpet-ish solo), 5% faster. I feel like it emphasizes Edge's guitar work, which ain't a bad thing on this track.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 01:23:05 PM »
Man, it has been a couple years since I have listened to the official version of this song (my NLOTH playlist uses the chantless version). Did they really say "Shush now"?

This is one of those songs that would damage U2's rep even more badly than it already is if the public were to find out about it.

Good edit, though.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012, 02:00:51 PM »
I love the song and i enjoyed what you did with it :)

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 02:13:36 PM »
Breathe should have been a single, maybe even the first single

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 02:20:37 PM »
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Breathe should have been a single, maybe even the first single
Agreed!

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 04:17:20 PM »
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Man, it has been a couple years since I have listened to the official version of this song (my NLOTH playlist uses the chantless version). Did they really say "Shush now"?

This is one of those songs that would damage U2's rep even more badly than it already is if the public were to find out about it.

Good edit, though.

i remembered a lot of people walking out for a sida break when that song was played at the 360 concert i went to.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 04:20:51 PM »
I always had an idea of how they should have released singles.

First, start with Magnificent, plus intro but a bit shorter otherwise. The song has that characteristic "U2" charm on it, and it sounded like a good radio song at the time.

A couple of months later, release Moment of Surrender as a 2nd single, but DON'T cut the track at all. Let it be released as the full 7 minute version, and let the public see the entire masterpiece it is.

Then after MOS, about a few weeks later, release No Line as the 3rd single.

Afterwards release Crazy and then or Breathe, and end there.

I never saw Unknown Caller as a single, it just doesn't sound like one. Your edit is good, but I think the public would shy away from a song like that.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012, 04:34:56 PM »
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I always had an idea of how they should have released singles.

First, start with Magnificent, plus intro but a bit shorter otherwise. The song has that characteristic "U2" charm on it, and it sounded like a good radio song at the time.

A couple of months later, release Moment of Surrender as a 2nd single, but DON'T cut the track at all. Let it be released as the full 7 minute version, and let the public see the entire masterpiece it is.

Then after MOS, about a few weeks later, release No Line as the 3rd single.

Afterwards release Crazy and then or Breathe, and end there.

I never saw Unknown Caller as a single, it just doesn't sound like one. Your edit is good, but I think the public would shy away from a song like that.

I agree, this would have been the best approach to which singles and in what order.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2012, 04:59:50 PM »
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I always had an idea of how they should have released singles.

First, start with Magnificent, plus intro but a bit shorter otherwise. The song has that characteristic "U2" charm on it, and it sounded like a good radio song at the time.

A couple of months later, release Moment of Surrender as a 2nd single, but DON'T cut the track at all. Let it be released as the full 7 minute version, and let the public see the entire masterpiece it is.

Then after MOS, about a few weeks later, release No Line as the 3rd single.

Afterwards release Crazy and then or Breathe, and end there.

I never saw Unknown Caller as a single, it just doesn't sound like one. Your edit is good, but I think the public would shy away from a song like that.

I agree, this would have been the best approach to which singles and in what order.

Perfect idea. It would have worked too. Mag is like a 21st century pride.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2012, 09:48:43 PM »
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I always had an idea of how they should have released singles.

First, start with Magnificent, plus intro but a bit shorter otherwise. The song has that characteristic "U2" charm on it, and it sounded like a good radio song at the time.

A couple of months later, release Moment of Surrender as a 2nd single, but DON'T cut the track at all. Let it be released as the full 7 minute version, and let the public see the entire masterpiece it is.

Then after MOS, about a few weeks later, release No Line as the 3rd single.

Afterwards release Crazy and then or Breathe, and end there.

I never saw Unknown Caller as a single, it just doesn't sound like one. Your edit is good, but I think the public would shy away from a song like that.

I agree, this would have been the best approach to which singles and in what order.

Agreed.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2012, 09:53:27 PM »
I did not think everybody had the same idea as me.  :D

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2012, 10:30:00 PM »
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I did not think everybody had the same idea as me.  :D

Your idea is better than the one I've had the last few years: Magnificent, Breathe, Moment of Surrender, No Line on the Horizon, Crazy (in that order)! :)

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2012, 12:47:14 PM »
Unknown Caller's chorus lyrics would have made them seem even more out of touch and like embarrassing old men than Boots did.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2012, 01:14:48 PM »
MOS - uncut, that's it. The video should be a blank screen for the entire duration, directed by Michael Mann.

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Re: Let's dig out the last contender for "could have been NLOTH last single"
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2012, 07:56:08 PM »
Not bad. I never understood in the intro. The outro was pretty cool, though, with the organ and Edge's guitar solo.
Unknown Caller is great live, too, surprisingly...
What's this with everybody loving "Breathe"? I didn't really get the song. It has an awesome chorus, sure, but Bono doesn't really sing the song, he pushes the tempo of his voice too far. It's still singing, sure, but it's...I don't know how to phrase this. It's not what I'm used to hear him singing like, I suppose.  And the piano riff is, frankly, misplaced and unnecessary. It would've been a much better song if they'd slowed it down a bit and gotten rid of the piano part.