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  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001E8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,062 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. United Colours
2. Slug
3. Your Blue Room
4. Always Forever Now
5. A Different Kind Of Blue
6. Beach Sequence
7. Miss Sarajevo
8. Ito Okashi
9. One Minute Warning
10. Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)
11. Elvis Ate America
12. Plot 180
13. Theme From The Swan
14. Theme From Let's Go Native

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1 x CD Album
Europe 1995

1United Colours5:31
2Slug4:41
3Your Blue Room5:28
4Always Forever Now6:24
5A Different Kind Of Blue2:02
6Beach Sequence3:25
7Miss Sarajevo5:41
8Ito Okashi3:25
9One Minute Warning4:40
10Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)3:35
11Elvis Ate America2:59
12Plot 1803:41
13Theme From The Swan3:24
14Theme From Let's Go Native3:07

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U2 should be celebrated for doing what so few major rock bands have managed: They broke the chains of their own stardom. For a while it looked like they'd carry the "monsters of rock" banner into institutionalized and calcified dotage like the Who and Pink Floyd before them. But with 1991's Achtung Baby--and even more so on '93's Zooropa--U2 made clear they'd not become so alienated from artistic motivation that they believed more in their own importance than in their continued ability to create. Thus they stopped waving flags and learned to laugh at their fame. The change, in effect, released U2 from its own image and allowed the band more creative elbowroom than ever before. Only in this context could U2 now allow their producer Brian Eno to assume virtual membership in the band, adopt the pseudonym Passengers, and immerse themselves in the anonymity of film music.

With Original Soundtracks 1, a collection of 14 compositions for imagined movies (and one performance piece), U2 accentuate the visual sense. Eno, who's done this sort of thing for decades, plays a defining role. Tracks like "United Colours" and "One Minute Warning," with their electronic pulsations and organic atmospherics, clearly fall onto his ambient/techno terrain. Even tracks more recognizably the band's are enriched by collaboration: The hilarious "Elvis Ate America" is even more absurd with Howie B's scratching and vocal calls, and the touching "Miss Sarajevo" is made infinitely more profound by Luciano Pavarotti's tenor. Passengers is more likely an inspired tangent than an indication of U2's direction, but it adds to the band's impressive--and constantly progressive--body of work. --Roni Sarig

Customer Reviews

The whole album is really great & I find myself playing about 8 particular songs over & over.
Michael
Now I will have to admit that I love this album until the song One Minute Warning, until there 5 stars, after that it comes a little meandering but good anyway.
strangeitude
I'm sure Eno had a strong influence over this album but I'm also confident that U2's members contributed a great deal of material.
M. Pierce

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Pierce on July 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've owned this album for over 8 years and I continually come back to it as my favorite U2 album. I find the individual songs and the album as a complete experience grow on me with each listening. When I first listened to it I enjoyed a few songs but now I can appreciate the entire album.

I enjoy all of U2's other albums but this one really moves me more than any of the others. Its music is more cerebral and experimental than the rest. Want to hear Brian Eno singing, Bono playing the piano, Edge singing and playing the organ, and Adam Clayton narrating? Then you want this album. I can understand not issuing this album as a "U2" album. If they had released it just like an ordinary album then many U2 fans would have been angry/confused by what they heard.

I like to think of U2 as an artistic band, especially as a counter balance to their popular face. I'm sure Eno had a strong influence over this album but I'm also confident that U2's members contributed a great deal of material. This album combined with the DVD "Classic Albums - U2: The Joshua Tree" gives you a very different picture of U2 than might come across while listening to their pop corpus. More than any of their B-Sides, this album is major departure from what one would expect from U2.

All that said, many people that like U2 would probably dislike this album, however if you own all their other albums you should really add this one to your collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Marsh on September 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the mid 1990s, U2 took time out of A) saving the world and B) revamping their image by creating "Original Soundtracks 1" with longtime producer Brian Eno. This is NOT a U2 album and should not be considered a starting point for anyone new to the U2 library. That said, the Passengers sideline project was an interesting diversion from the ZooTV tour, and is an interesting extension of what the band had accomplished with "Achtung, Baby" and "Zooropa."

Here is an album that's almost like electronic jazz, perfect for a quiet Friday night with a glass of wine and no lights on. The tracks were fashioned around scenes for movies that do not exist, truly one of the more original album concepts of the last ten years.

You can hear Edge's guitar throughout "OS1," as well as Bono's voice, Larry's drums and Adam's guitar. But these elements are in the service of something distinctly different, the sounds of a futuristic city coming to life in a gently erotic sort of way. If that sounds esoteric and a little weird, well, that's "OS1."

The best track is without a doubt "Always Forever Now," which builds incessantly around a throbbing bassline, propelled forward into the night by Larry's amazing drumwork. This is a beautiful song, the lyrics consisting only of Bono's spoken word mantra.

"Miss Sarajevo" is also on the album, but it's eclipsed by the sci-fi erotica of "Your Blue Room," the strangely aquatic "Slug," Bono's piano figure on "Beach Sequence," Edge's ghostly vocals on "Corpse," and Eno's bizzare electronic vocals on "A Different Kind of Blue." The strangest song, without doubt, is "Elvis Ate America," a rap spoken by Bono that picks up where "Elvis Presley and America" left off on The Unforgettable Song (and surpasses it).

"OS1" isn't for everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian on April 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime fan of both U2 and Brian Eno, my expectations were high for this collaboration. I made the mistake at first of trying to listen to this in the morning, on the way to work. The choppy first track, "United Colours," turned me off, and by the time the beauty of "Slug" (pretty song, ugly title) was kicking in, I'd switched to another CD. The next time I gave the CD a listen, I was in bed, listening to headphones and gazing at the small slit of light beneath the bedroom door. That atmosphere meshed with the textures and mood of this album, and as "Slug" gave way to "Your Blue Room," I felt like a powerful medication was kicking in. The rest of the first side -- "Beach Sequence" in particular -- builds up to "Miss Sarajevo," one of the best tracks U2 or Eno has ever done. The blips and stomping drums of the next two tracks introduce the more experimental and ambient -- and less listenable -- side of the album. "Corpse" is relaxing, but the comedy track "Elvis Ate America" is painful to listen to. The last three tracks don't rescue it, and the album's second side is a disappointing anticlimax following the sweeping buildup of side one. This is a great CD. However, if it were trimmed to a seven- or eight-song EP, I'd be inclined to give it five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Bredehoft on May 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I worked at my college radio station in the early 80s, someone had taken a magic marker to the Talking Heads' "Remain in Light" and had written "File Under Eno."
Passengers should not be filed under Eno, nor should it be filed under U2. This one-off should be considered a new creation.
Yes, it is related to other Eno solo work - "On Some Faraway Beach," Before and After Science, Apollo, etc., etc., etc. - but Bono's vocals on this album add a new element to the Eno mix. Bono isn't singing anthem rock, or even the softer material that he's performed on other U2 albums. His voice works well with the soundscape-like material that predominates on this album.
P.S. That Pavarotti guy is a good singer too...
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