Thursday, June 11, 2015
U2 - Wide Awake in America
Side one consists of two live cuts from the previous album The Unforgettable Fire.
First up is an eight minute long version of "Bad", recorded on November 12th of 1984 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. The lyrics speak to the struggles with a heroin addiction. This version became very popular on American album-oriented rock stations; extended cuts like it often gave deejays the time to run to the bathroom, get some coffee or grab a quick smoke.
"A Sort of Homecoming" comes from a live performance at Wembley Arena in London, England, from November 15th of 1984. I actually liked the live version over the studio recording.
Side two consists of the studio recorded B-sides of two singles that had only been released in the UK.
"The Three Sunrises" is up first. I like the bass line on this one along with the multi-layered vocal harmonies. It reminds me a bit of late 60’s pop out of the UK.
"Love Comes Tumbling" is a slower, moodier, more intimate piece. I like the instrumental parts near the end especially.
Back in the mid-80’s, I was not into U2 at all. Giving Wide Awake in America a spin three decades later, I can see this one was really targeted towards their growing fan base in the States that could not get enough of the group. Four song extended-plays were still viable at that time, so why not go for a quick cash grab? Pretty smart of the studio.
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