Songs that aren't as good live

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Zeropartii

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Songs that aren't as good live
« on: November 26, 2017, 09:54:19 AM »
Some album recordings are too perfect for a successful live performance.  At least of what has been attempted so far.  What's the flip side to the coin?

New Years Day
A Sort of Homecoming
Pride (narrowly.  Live versions slow down)
In God's Country
Desire
All I Want is You (unless they did it with an orchestra)
One (the Bono vocal performance is mint)
Stay ( forgot how good the electric version is)
In A Little While
Every Breaking Wave (huge mistake in I.E. Tour)
Invisible (boring live)
The Little Things that Give You Away



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guest87

Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 10:11:09 AM »
Most of them.


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guest4

Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 10:14:53 AM »
RHMT

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2017, 04:02:36 PM »
I haven't listened to One for ages until this weekend and was really struck by how good the studio version is. The live rendering pales in comparison


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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 01:42:47 AM »
I'll have to have a thought about this one

But for Stay... while I want them to do a electric live version of it, it's great live!
See through in the sunlight

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Zeropartii

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2017, 08:41:42 AM »
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Although they kept a brisker pace on TJT30 and included some of the production elements that make it amazing. 


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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2017, 08:46:25 AM »
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Although they kept a brisker pace on TJT30 and included some of the production elements that make it amazing. 


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It was downright goosebumpy at my show!

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guest94

Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2017, 09:24:33 AM »
A Sort of Homecoming is probably my favorite U2 song, yet it's also one of the few where they never quite captured the grandeur and power of it live. I was talking with a friend at church (who happens to be another massive U2 fan) and he said the same thing. For some reason they've never bettered the studio version, though I'd still love to hear them break it out once just to hear it in some form.

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2017, 09:17:08 PM »
I'll echo A Sort Of Homecoming, One, and Stay. I'm almost inclined to say the same for The Fly and Until The End Of The World, since the production on Achtung Baby is so perfect, but some Zoo TV performances are exceptional. The Paris and Dublin shows are among my personal favorites.

Most of them.

I partially agree, knowing U2's poor record of committing quality productions to record. It's crazy to think that a band with as much draw as U2 has been so dreadfully inconsistent on that front, historically.

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2017, 09:23:18 PM »
Most of them.
POP is an exception.

Mofo
Gone
Miami
Please

Exceptional improvement live


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guest87

Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2017, 12:06:28 PM »
Most of them.
POP is an exception.

Mofo
Gone
Miami
Please

Exceptional improvement live


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There some exceptions such as Streets, The Fly, Exit, Bullet and, as you say, Please and Mofo.


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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2017, 02:10:48 PM »
In A Little While
acoustic songs
Sometimes

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2017, 07:22:56 PM »
RHMT is woeful live
TLTTGYA doesnt work so well (thus far). i feel its to sparce and lacks the ambient parts in the background of the album version
Electrical Storm
Miss Sarejevo
Your Blue Room

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2017, 07:26:22 PM »
Zooropa was disappointing on the 360 tour. Some songs used to be great live like Streets and WOWY, now they sound old and tired. Most of the songs on TJT30 were disappointing to me.

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Re: Songs that aren't as good live
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2017, 09:06:11 PM »
I think I'm really sick of Pride and Sunday Bloody Sunday. RHMT was terrible. American Soul doesn't sound too good live. I didn't really care for SFS and the Miracle live. Besides cedarwood road and EBW, his vocals didn't sound good on SOI Material for IE