Tag: U2

Sunday 5/9/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Passengers – Original Soundtracks 1 (1995)

Original Soundtracks 1 is a studio album recorded by rock band U2 and Brian Eno under the pseudonym Passengers as a side project. Released on November 6, 1995, the album is a collection of songs written for mostly imaginary films (the exceptions being songs for Ghost in the Shell, Miss Sarajevo, and Beyond the Clouds). Owing to Eno’s involvement as a full songwriting partner and the album’s experimental nature, the moniker “Passengers” was chosen to distinguish it from U2’s conventional albums. It was commercially unnoticed by the band’s standards and received generally mixed reviews. Guest musicians on the record included Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (on “Miss Sarajevo”) and producer Howie B, who would co-produce U2’s following album, Pop (1997).

  1. “United Colours” United Colours of Plutonium (Japan) 5:31
  2. “Slug” Slug (Germany) 4:41
  3. “Your Blue Room” Par-delà les nuages / Beyond the Clouds (Italy) 5:28
  4. “Always Forever Now” Always Forever Now (Hong Kong) 6:24
  5. “A Different Kind of Blue” An Ordinary Day (USA) 2:02
  6. “Beach Sequence” Par-delà les nuages / Beyond the Clouds (Italy) 3:31
  7. “Miss Sarajevo” Miss Sarajevo (USA) 5:40
  8. “Ito Okashi” (featuring Holi) Ito Okashi / Something Beautiful (Japan) 3:25
  9. “One Minute Warning” Ghost in the Shell (Japan) 4:40
  10. “Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)” Gibigiane / Reflections (Italy) 3:35
  11. “Elvis Ate America” Elvis Ate America (USA) 3:00
  12. “Plot 180” Hypnotize (Love Me ’til Dawn) (UK) 3:41
  13. “Theme from The Swan” The Swan (Hungary) 3:24

Bono – vocals, additional guitar, piano on “Beach Sequence”
Adam Clayton – bass guitar, additional guitar on “Your Blue Room”, percussion, narration on “Your Blue Room”
The Edge – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Corpse,” church organ on “Your Blue Room”
Brian Eno – strategies, sequencers, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, treatments, mixing, chorus voices, vocals on “A Different Kind of Blue”, production
Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums, percussion, rhythm sequence on “One Minute Warning,” rhythm synthesizer on “United Colours”
Luciano Pavarotti – tenor voice on “Miss Sarajevo”
Holi – vocals on “Ito Okashi,” voices on “One Minute Warning”
Howie B – mixing, treatments, scratching, and rhythm track on “Elvis Ate America”
Craig Armstrong – string arrangement on “Miss Sarajevo”
Paul Barrett – string arrangement on “Always Forever Now”
Des Broadbery – sequencer on “Always Forever Now”
David Herbert – saxophone on “United Colours” and “Corpse”
Holger Zschenderlein – additional synthesizer on “One Minute Warning”

Monday 11/23/2020 10am ET: Feature LP: U2 – Rattle and Hum (1988)

Rattle and Hum is a hybrid live/studio album by Irish rock band U2, and a companion rockumentary film directed by Phil Joanou. The album was produced by Jimmy Iovine and was released on 10 October 1988, while the film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and was released on 27 October 1988. Following the breakthrough success of the band’s previous studio album, The Joshua Tree, the Rattle and Hum project captures their continued experiences with American roots music on the Joshua Tree Tour, further incorporating elements of blues rock, folk rock, and gospel music into their sound. A collection of new studio tracks, live performances, and cover songs, the project includes recordings at Sun Studios in Memphis and collaborations with Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and Harlem’s New Voices of Freedom gospel choir.

Although Rattle and Hum was intended to represent the band paying tribute to rock legends, some critics accused U2 of trying to place themselves amongst the ranks of these artists. Critical reception to both the album and the film was mixed; one Rolling Stone editor spoke of the album’s “excitement”, another described it as “misguided and bombastic”. The film grossed just $8.6 million, but the album was a commercial success, reaching number one in several countries and selling 14 million copies. Lead single “Desire” became the band’s first UK number-one song while reaching number three in the US. Facing creative stagnation and a critical backlash to Rattle and Hum, U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s through a new musical direction and public image.

1. “Helter Skelter” (live at Denver, Colorado) 3:07
2. “Van Diemen’s Land” 3:06
3. “Desire” 2:58
4. “Hawkmoon 269” 6:22
5. “All Along the Watchtower” 4:24
6. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” 5:53
7. “Freedom for My People” 0:38
8. “Silver and Gold” 5:50
9. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” 4:27
10. “Angel of Harlem” 3:49
11. “Love Rescue Me” 6:24
12. “When Love Comes to Town” 4:14
13. “Heartland” 5:02
14. “God Part II” 3:15
15. “The Star Spangled Banner” (live) 0:43
16. “Bullet the Blue Sky” 5:37
17. “All I Want Is You” 6:30

Thursday 11/19/2020 10pm ET: Feature LP: U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)

All That You Can’t Leave Behind is the tenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and was released on October 30,  2000 through Island Records and Interscope Records. Following the band’s experimentation with alternative rock and dance music in the 1990s and the mixed reception to their 1997 album, Pop, U2 returned to a more mainstream sound for All That You Can’t Leave Behind. The group reunited with Eno and Lanois, who had produced three prior U2 albums together. The record was originally named “U2000”, which had been a working title for their PopMart Tour.

All That You Can’t Leave Behind received favourable reviews from critics, reached number one in 32 countries, and sold over 12 million copies. The songs “Beautiful Day”, “Walk On”, “Elevation”, and “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” were all successful singles. The record and its songs won seven Grammy Awards; it is the only album in history to have multiple tracks win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year: “Beautiful Day” in 2001 and “Walk On” in 2002. In 2003, the album was ranked 139th on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, but it was re-ranked at number 280 in 2012. The supporting Elevation Tour, on which the band returned to playing arenas with a more intimate stage design, was also a critical and commercial success. All That You Can’t Leave Behind was reissued in 2020 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its original release.

1. “Beautiful Day” 4:06
2. “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” 4:32
3. “Elevation” 3:45
4. “Walk On” 4:55
5. “Kite” 4:23
6. “In a Little While” 3:39
7. “Wild Honey” 3:47
8. “Peace on Earth” 4:46
9. “When I Look at the World” 4:15
10. “New York” 5:28
11. “Grace” 5:31

Bono – vocals, guitar, synthesisers (track 2)
The Edge – guitar, piano, vocals, synthesisers (track 3), strings (track 5)
Adam Clayton – bass guitar
Larry Mullen Jr. – drums, percussion

Friday 10pm ET: Feature Artist – U2

U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2’s musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono’s expressive vocals and the Edge’s effects-based guitar textures. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold an estimated 150–170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Van Halen, Robbie Nevil, Billy Ocean, Models, Toto, Bon Jovi, Ronnie Milsap, U2, INXS, Contours, Jimmy Buffett, Kool & The Gang, Double Image, Donna Summer and more . . . 

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of The 80s:  Pointer Sisters, Eddie Money, Commodores, Maxi Priest, Genesis, Janet Jackson, B-52s, Sammy Hagar, Survivor, Earl Thomas Conley, U2, and more . . .

Tuesday 8pm: MaxMusic 21st Century – 2001

More music from 2001 – featuring Colin Hay, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, U2, Bee Gees, Alabama, Gloria Estefan, Steve Forbert, Smash Mouth, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Trace Adkins, Craig David and more…

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.

Wednesday 6pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

Coming up shortly on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” will be: David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks, Gloria Gaynor, Robert Winter & Fall, Process & the Doo Rags, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Linda Ronstadt, Major Harris, U2, the Ad-Libs and more. Join me at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s New Years Special with Bobby Jay

2017 NYEToday is the last Hump Day of 2016 and we are just a few days away from a brand new year, so this evening let’s have some fun on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” with fabulous music from: Barry White, Boz Scaggs, Debbie Harry & Blondie, Major Harris, the Whispers, U2, the Beach Boys with Little Richard, Grandmaster Flash, George Duke, Diana Ross, Spoonie Gee, Gladys Knight & the Pips and many, many more hits. The songfest starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Hump Day music on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening here with me and RadioMaxMusic.Com. Happy New Year.

Sunday 12pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

vrpOn this edition of the Vinyl Resting Place, we feature U2 as we play every track from two of the top albums of the last 35 years – both by a band out of Ireland! They first hit the music scene in 1980 – and are still selling to sold out crowds, In addition to every track from both The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree, we play some of the songs recorded in concert, several remixes and 2 of their charted songs from THIS century.

Feature LP: U2 – Songs of Innocence 8pm ET

U2 -SOISongs of Innocence is the thirteenth studio album by Irish rock band U2. Released on 9 September 2014, it was produced by Danger Mouse, with additional production from Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood. The album was announced at an Apple Inc. product launch event and released the same day to all iTunes Store customers at no cost. It will be exclusive to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music until 13 October 2014, when it will receive a physical release by Island Records. The digital release made the record available to over 500 million iTunes customers, for what Apple CEO Tim Cook marketed as “the largest album release of all time”.

Songs of Innocence was U2’s first album since No Line on the Horizon (2009), marking the longest gap between studio albums of their career. After the latter’s relatively lukewarm commercial performance, lead singer Bono expressed uncertainty over how the band could remain musically relevant. During the album’s five-and-a-half-year gestation period, they reportedly worked on three separate projects with multiple producers, including an aborted companion to their previous record called Songs of Ascent. However, they struggled to complete an album to their satisfaction and continually delayed a release. After working with Danger Mouse for two years, the group collaborated with Flood, Epworth, and Tedder to complete the record. Thematically, it revisits the group members’ youth in Ireland, paying tribute to musical inspirations Ramones and the Clash, while touching on childhood experiences, loves and regrets. Bono described it as “the most personal album we’ve written”.

The album’s lead single, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”, is featured in an Apple television advert as part of a promotional campaign for the band on which the company is reportedly spending $100 million. According to Apple, approximately 81 million users listened to the album in its first month of release, 26 million of whom downloaded the entire record. Songs of Innocence received positive reviews, although some critics and consumers were critical of the digital release strategy, which involved adding the album to iCloud for iTunes users’ to ignore, stream or download. – Wikipedia

1 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)   4:16
2 Every Breaking Wave   4:13
3 California (There Is No End to Love)   4:00
4 Song for Someone   3:47
5 Iris (Hold Me Close)   5:20
6 Volcano   3:15
7 Raised by Wolves   4:06
8 Cedarwood Road   4:26
9 Sleep Like a Baby Tonight   5:02
10 This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now   5:06
11 The Troubles   4:46