Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth

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Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« on: August 17, 2020, 05:56:31 AM »
I'm pretty much completely baffled that the album version of Please was the runaway winner of the poll for that song given the vocals are (in my opinion) shit and the bass is in the wrong key for half of it.  That said, those two versions are very different to one another.  The added strings, the completely rerecorded bass and vocal parts, the extra solo and extended outro, there is at least a significant stylistic difference between them, and I can kind of understand how someone could prefer the album version for stylistic reasons in spite of its performance deficits.

Then there's Last Night on Earth.  The single and album versions are very similar.  The single is a bit shorter, and they removed the spoken bit at the beginning and changed the vocals in the bridge, but that's about it as far as stylistic differences between the two versions go.  The biggest difference imo is that the vocals in the chorus of the original album version are terrible.  Bono apparently didn't write that hook until 4am the last night of sessions, and his voice was totally gone at the time.  To hide this, they added tons of reverb to the vocal and had Edge do every other line.  For the single version, they rerecorded the vocals with Bono's voice in good form.  But, that version wasn't on the album POP, praise be unto it.

For me, the extra spoken part at the beginning of the album version, the longer bridge, and the extra vocals in the bridge don't add anything, and the chorus vocals take a whole lot away from it.  But, do you disagree?  Maybe the extra parts of the album version add enough to make up for those chorus vocals?   Or maybe some people like those vocals more.  Am I making too much of something that isn't that big a deal? 

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2020, 06:00:14 AM »
Album.....single sounds awkward where the cuts have take 30 seconds out....and the 'could you believe' bit is shite.

As for the vocals - it's a gritty rock song, the original vocals suit it better.

As it happens i find it one of the weaker Pop songs anyway.

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2020, 06:57:10 AM »
Today I prefer the single version. Tomorrow...who knows? 
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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2020, 09:47:57 AM »
Hmm album by a whisker, I like the raw cut and original song structure of the album, but I like the better vocals on the single. However, this beats both


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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2020, 09:50:33 AM »
album version

it is more raw but it flows better and conveys the mystique of pop better than the choppy single version

pop and it's singles could be viewed by some (including the band) as unfinished, however to that i say "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"

probably the last time i would say that about a u2 project

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2020, 01:17:33 PM »
Album.
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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2020, 02:46:22 PM »
Single
First Chair. Last Call.

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2020, 03:29:32 PM »
Of these two choices I prefer the album version. But there is a fan-made version out there called the Zahn Mix that is basically the album version but with the live animated intro. That's my go-to.

The First Night in Hell mix is pretty cool, shame it has no lyrics.

Listen as Hope and Peace try to rhyme,
Listen over marching bands playing out their time.

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2020, 04:26:59 PM »
I'll take the album version over the single.

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2020, 04:35:10 PM »
I'm not a fan of the song.  I think it's the most boring song on Pop.


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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2020, 04:46:46 PM »
I'm not a fan of the song.  I think it's the most boring song on Pop.

Yeah, LNOE is one of those songs that worked well on the PopMart tour, but I haven't shed a tear that it has been set aside since then. If U2 were to re-introduce anything from Pop, I'd hope for Gone and/or Please. And given all this, I don't think LNOE should have been a single. Gone or DYFL would have been better.
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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2020, 06:16:11 PM »
Single



At this point, Iím just going with the opposite of you in all POP polls  :P
First Chair. Last Call.

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2020, 06:33:02 PM »
Single



At this point, Iím just going with the opposite of you in all POP polls  :P

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Re: Last Night on Earth vs Last Night on Earth
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2020, 07:17:48 PM »
I like the song FULL STOP. But the single version i find more pleasing, to my ear
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You
You were acting like it was the end of the world