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  • Original Release Date: February 25, 1992
  • Release Date: March 3, 1992
  • Label: Island Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 19:28
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  • ASIN: B001NCON20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,507 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The "One" single released off U2's ACHTUNG BABY album contained two original songs (including the title track), and two cover. Here are comments on each of the four:
"One" - Perhaps one of the best songs recorded by a band ever. Slow, nicely understated, and quite touching, this is U2 at their absolute best.
"Lady With The Spinning Head" - Possibly my favorite U2 B-side. The rhythm section and some of the guitar work were a bit too similar to that of "The Fly" to include this release on the ACHTUNG BABY album, but the song itself is a strong one. This features a lot of Edge's guitars (some are from "The Fly" and some are unique), and some mesmerizing keyboards. Larry and Adam provide a great beat, as usual, and Bono seems to be having a blast singing this one. An absolutely fun song. An extended dance mix can be found on the "Even Better Than The Real Thing" single.
"Satellite of Love" - A cover of the Lou Reed classic (the original can be found on his TRANSFORMER album). In U2's live concerts during their ZooTV Tour, they would perform this song while a pre-taped Lou Reed sang along on a giant video-screen. Reed isn't featured on this version, and the Mick Ronson piano of the original is replaced by The Edge's guitar covering similar territory. It features backing vocals by one Gavin Friday (the "pom pom pom" in the background of the chorus definitely sounds like him), and one speculates if is this the reason for the date in the lyrics being changed from "Thursday" to "Friday"? Despite the replacement of some instruments, this is pretty much a straightforward cover, albeit slightly slower than the original. Bono is, of course, a much stronger vocalist than Lou Reed, so this version definitely has that advantage.
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There are few acts who have mined the CD-single format for more gold than U2. The singles are a crucial component in the U2 library, containing remixes, live cuts, covers, and album out-takes that compare well with the more official releases -- if you only know the albums, there's a whole other U2 world out there that you're missing. "One" ranks with "Please" as one of the two best CD singles U2 have put out. You'll get the wonderful groupie song "Lady with the Spinning Head," whose various parts spawned both "The Fly" and "Ultraviolet" but which is far looser than either of those 'Achtung Baby' epics. You also get a cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" that somehow, incredibly, out-does Lou's own. (No, I'm not crazy. Now, I wonder if U2 could cover Lou's "Ocean"?) Finally, there's a remix of "Night and Day" that, with great delicacy and weirdness, is superior to the 'Red Hot + Blue' version some of you youngsters may be more familiar with. Oh yeah, almost forgot: you also get "One," of course, worth hearing again for its "we're one but we're not the same, we get to carry each other" -- equal amounts of love and wearines in those lines.What it's all about.
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For those who may not be as familiar, back in the early 90's, U2 released half a dozen singles off of (what I consider their best album) Achtung Baby. Every single they they released off of Achtung Baby became successful, however, I'd say that One was probably the most well-received worldwide out of them all.
The One single is a *must* have for fans of U2, and especially if you're a fan of U2 during the "Achtung era".
Track 1 is the Achtung Baby version of One. Nothing has been changed (which is a good thing).
Track 2 is Lady With the Spinning Head, a song that U2 fans argue to be one of the best recorded U2 b-sides. Fans even believe that it should have gotten more recognition, and should have been put on an album. In a way it was already put on an album. If you listen carefully, you can hear traces of "The Fly" and "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" in the song. I think U2 even said that "Lady" was more or less an earlier version of The Fly and Ultraviolet. It took the chorus of Ultraviolet and binded it with the guitar of the Fly. If you're like me, and you love both Ultraviolet and The Fly, you'll by default, love Lady With the Sinning Head. It's very bubbly, happy sounding... and it's a song that's bound to get stuck in your head the first time you hear it. "La la la, la la la, la la la, la la lady with the spinning head...." You'll be singing this, believe me. ;)
Track 3 is Sattelite of Love, and is more of a mellow piece of work. If you've seen U2 during the Zooropa tour in 1993 (or if you've watched the Live in Sydney show), you'll remember the duet Bono did via television with Lou Reed. (Bono singing over a solo guitar as Lou Reed's face flashing across the fuzzy Zoo TV screen, singing his share of the song) This is that song.
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"One" is flat out one of the greatest moments in u2's long and successful road down Rock n' Roll history. It is an incredibly written and produced song, perfectly completed by the emotional and soulful voice of Bono and the amazing guitar playing of The Edge. I feel it is one of the most emotional songs I've ever heard, and along-side "With or Without You," my favorite of all time.
Along with the hit that Axel Rose (of GNRs) said is one of the "best songs ever written," there are other great tracks on this single that make it a must buy for not just u2 fans, but any music fan. "Lady With a Spinning Head" is a simple, great rock song with an addictive chorus and great guitar riffs by The Edge. It was left off "Achtung Baby" because the guitar solo at the end of the track contains parts of "The Fly," which was a hit on that album. But "Spinning Head," in my opinion, could easily have deserved a spot on "Achtung" (one of the best rock albums of all time). I think "Spinning" is one of the best B-Sides U2 have ever released (it's challengers: Dancing Barefoot, Everlasting Love, Summer Rain, Always).
The other two tracks on the single are "Satellite of Love" and "Night and Day (Remix)." The prior mentioned is a cover of a Lou Reed song which is done very well, maybe even better than the original. I never got into this track too deeply but I'm in the minority of U2 fans for sure. "Night and Day" is a remix that sounds like their "Achtung Baby" style, an unexpected surprise to end a classic single.
If you don't have this single and you're a U2 fan, you're missing out. A+++
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