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The Music and Lyrics / Re: ATYCLB REISSUE
« Last post by zooguitar on October 29, 2020, 10:52:17 AM »
Can anyone who got the remaster compare the sound quality to the original and please post your comments? I'm skeptical of an album recorded in ProTools (their first) would benefit from any remaster, barring a radical one a la the 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper. Personally, IMHO this album could use one like SP50, because I think Adam's bass tone on ATYCLB is overly compressed and buried in the mix compared to the preceding 3 albums.
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News and Rumors / Re: 2020 Subscription gift
« Last post by shorne on October 26, 2020, 05:27:10 AM »
classic slippery slope fallacy. see what happens. if you can’t afford the $10... you probably shouldn’t be paying for internet access.
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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by Canadanne on October 24, 2020, 05:47:07 PM »
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Just wanted to post one last time in here is was fun listening to all the MacPhisto speakers with you y’all last tour!

Agreed. Thank you to everyone who made this thread fun!
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News and Rumors / Re: 2020 Subscription gift
« Last post by dagobah on October 24, 2020, 10:44:17 AM »
Today I received an email from U2.com.  The email says "Your U2.com subscription finishes in 7 days.  Re-subscribe today and pay $40 instead of $50 to receive our limited edition 2020 subscribers gift, 'U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE - LIVE IN BERLIN', a unique celebration on DVD of the 2018 e+i tour shot on the closing night at Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena."

After that sentence, the email has:
-  more info about the subscriber gift
-  benefits of being a paid subscriber
-  a red RENEW NOW button
-  "You will need to be logged in to U2.com to renew your subscription"
-  "The expiry date for your U2.com subscription is: 31 October 2020"
-  "Thanks and best wishes, The U2.com Team"

Here's the thing . . . . . I do not currently have a U2.com subscription.  I have not had a U2.com subscription since May 2015, when I started a new subscription in order to get the Another Time, Another Place Live At The Marquee vinyl subscription gift.  After that, I have not renewed.

Since I do not have a current subscription, I would normally have to pay $50 for the Berlin DVD, the booklet of photos and a new subscription (which means nothing to me at the moment).  But it appears their subscription system made a mistake.  The email implies that they consider me someone who just needs to renew and thus pay only $40.  I'm tempted to take them up on this offer so that I can save $10.  But if their subscription system is making this kind of mistake, then I suspect that when the $40 is supposed to be charged to my credit card . . . . . it will actually change to a $50 charge . . . . . . because technically, my subscription status makes me ineligible for the $40 price.

Is anyone else in a similar situation?
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News and Rumors / Re: 2020 Subscription gift
« Last post by 73October on October 24, 2020, 01:48:40 AM »
Got ours a week ago, and got round to watching last night. Excellent sound and good cinematography. Not sure if this will ever go on general release now. November 2018 seems so far away!

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The Band / Re: MacPhisto Worship Thread
« Last post by JTNash on October 23, 2020, 01:05:10 PM »
Just wanted to post one last time in here is was fun listening to all the MacPhisto speakers with you y’all last tour! 


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General U2 Discussion / ZooTV - A Gen Z review
« Last post by ZooToms on October 21, 2020, 10:45:03 PM »
For University I was tasked with writing a review on any show/concert/event that I wanted. Naturally I went for ZooTV due to it being my favourite spectacle, and as a 22 year old, its something I wish I could've been a part of.

I tried to immerse myself in this world, the mentality of the band and the fanbase at the time so if anyone here gives it a read and feels the good times associated with U2 at their peak, I'd consider my job done. :)

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I hope you enjoy,
Tom

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New Member Introductions / Longtime fan, first post
« Last post by 80sUKexPat on October 19, 2020, 01:23:26 PM »
My appreciation for U2 has increased lately as I delved into the wonderful world of the internet.  Starting with the 1978-79 releases and into the first few albums, I've been studying the progression of the refinement of the band's sound.  I have been discussing with friends and one pointed out "had they not changed their sound, it's likely they'd have failed."   I wondered if anyone else felt the same.  It's incredible to hear some of the oldest songs from first release, to the US Festival and then on to Live Aid and how they exploded onto the scene of music.

Going back into the roots of their music also reminded me of a poster I have squirrelled away.   It's a poster announcing their concert at Revelle's Disco in Killarney back in 1987, I think, which my brother removed from a signboard. I'm trying to confirm the exact date. It's in immaculate shape, as far as I remember, and when I find it I will post a photo of it to share.   I am lucky enough to have lived in England in the 80s, so I was well in tune with the band before they really blew up in the US - though I do remember a guy who was listening to them where he lived in CA when we lived at the same base in OK in 1984 - before I moved to England.  Yes, the life of a military kid is never boring!  I'm 50 now, and the best times of my life were overseas ...
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: 21st century U2
« Last post by stateless612 on October 18, 2020, 07:24:30 PM »
ATYCLB - a heck of lot better than I remembered it. It's quite a good album, and it's only flaw is a couple of weak songs towards the back. When I Look at the World is a really great song.

HTDAAB - solid album, 4-5 really well crafted songs. Vertigo serves its purpose as a solid rocker.

NLOTH - some interesting ideas that turned into about 3 high quality tunes, a handful of middling ones, and then the dreaded middle three. Boots should have been left on the cutting room floor. Cedars of Lebanon is a phenomenal mood piece.

SOI - done in by bad publicity, truly a standout album.

SOE - suffers from some poor lyrics, and a feeling of repurposing a lot of SOI material opportunistically, doesn't really complete the "double album" theme that they were going for. Still, some quality songs exist. A little too much Ryan Tedder though.

The verdict: without BD, Elevation and Vertigo U2 would have been relegated to the dustbin of history long ago...playing to just hardcore fans with diminshing returns. While they don't push the envelope as frequently, they produce high-quality songs and solid albums.
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The Music and Lyrics / Re: It's time for U2 to release a Best Of 2000-2010
« Last post by zooguitar on October 17, 2020, 11:49:31 AM »
Let me revise my list a bit, to (1) conform with the no covers rule, and (2) a recent revelation for me

Beautiful Day
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (Album version)
Falling At Your Feet
Cedars Of Lebanon
Love And Peace Or Else
In A Little While
Fast Cars
Fez - Being Born
City of Blinding Lights
Breathe
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Flower Child
New York
Stateless
Vertigo
Rise Above 1 - Feat. Reeve Carney
Window In The Skies
No Line On the Horizon (Original Mix)

I know "Flower Child" is well known to a lot of fans—I had completely forgotten I had it as part of the Unreleased fan CD. But it wasn't until the re-release of ATYCLB that I revisited it. It's great! It has a loose vibe that hasn't been heard on a U2 album since, and has a perfect subtlety to it that didn't need any more tinkering. At the very least, this would have been a better album track than "Peace On Earth". In retrospect, IMHO it has aged much, much better than the song it was overwrought into: "Walk On"
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