Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001

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Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« on: July 20, 2021, 11:03:44 PM »
Disappearing Act is the best U2 song released since 2001. Better than Vertigo, better than Moment of Surrender, and yes, even better than You’re The Best Thing About Me.

Jealousy, it's not what it's cracked up to be
Envy, gets you where you need to be

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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2021, 02:36:04 AM »
Disappearing Act is a good song from a creative U2 period. But in every U2 album since 2001 there is at least one song that it is better than Disappearing Act.

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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2021, 03:00:36 AM »
Disappearing Act is a good song from a creative U2 period. But in every U2 album since 2001 there is at least one song that it is better than Disappearing Act.

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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 04:36:22 AM »
So if I remember correctly, this is an unreleased track from the TUF era they recorded and released. 

Some really wonderful moments in there.

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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2021, 08:34:10 AM »
Well that is a GREAT song. Is it sort of like Sweetest Thing, when was it actually recorded though? Or was it re-recorded.

I can see where it is one of the better releases this decade.

Disappearing Act

But they also released

Crystal Ballroom
Iris
Magnificent
Cedars of Lebanon
Sleep like a baby Tonight
Moment of Surrender
Unknown Caller
Mercy*
Red Flag Day
The little things that give you Away
Book of your Heart
Beautiful Day
City of Blinding lights
Vertigo
Sometimes you can't make it on your Own


So it's got company, good company there.



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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2021, 08:59:55 AM »
Iirc, the instrumental was recorded during the TUF era, and the vocal during the NLOTH era.

I’m meh on the song. So Cruel won’t hit a blind chick, though.

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2021, 09:25:08 AM »
Iirc, the instrumental was recorded during the TUF era, and the vocal during the NLOTH era.

I’m meh on the song. So Cruel won’t hit a blind chick, though.

thanks for clearing that up, i do think it's quite a gem

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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2021, 02:47:21 PM »
Iirc, the instrumental was recorded during the TUF era, and the vocal during the NLOTH era.

I’m meh on the song. So Cruel won’t hit a blind chick, though.

Hmmm, ya, you’re right, but if you were a blind man you’d be in for it!
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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2021, 05:37:25 PM »
Iirc, the instrumental was recorded during the TUF era, and the vocal during the NLOTH era.

I’m meh on the song. So Cruel won’t hit a blind chick, though.

thanks for clearing that up, i do think it's quite a gem

Additional keyboards by Declan Gaffney were also added on the final version.
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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2021, 07:51:38 PM »
the part where it transitions to

"and you think that you can't love" is pure u2 magic

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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2021, 10:15:53 PM »
It has its moments. The chorus vocals ruin it for me, though.
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2021, 12:36:05 AM »
the part where it transitions to

"and you think that you can't love" is pure u2 magic

Agreed, and the "we'll pick and wrench, your night just ripped and it is torn to shreds" line is also one of my very favorite Bono vocal moments.

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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2021, 07:39:55 AM »
From the booklet in the TUF boxset:

Disappearing Act,’ formerly known as ‘White City,’ was recorded at the beginning of the Slane sessions before we had set up our multi-track recording equipment, hence it only existed as a stereo instrumental recording. We did multi-track tape recordings of a simplified version later on, but for whatever reason, it never inspired a compelling vocal melody idea; maybe because when we came to re-cut the track, we omitted the section before the chorus, which in ‘Disappearing Act’ turned out to be a crucial section. So after 25 years and a few weeks, while in France on a break between shows on the 360 tour, ‘White City’ was completed and became ‘Disappearing Act.
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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2021, 08:15:14 AM »
I wonder why they would have ever called it 'white city', different lyrics, perhaps. I think  the provisional title should have been 'feed your dogs, baby doll'
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Re: Disappearing Act Is The Best U2 Song Since 2001
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2021, 10:18:57 AM »
I wonder why they would have ever called it 'white city', different lyrics, perhaps. I think  the provisional title should have been 'feed your dogs, baby doll'

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