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Even Better Than the Real Thing / Salome / Where Did It All Go Wrong / Lady With the Spinning Head - 4 track EP Single, Limited Edition, EP, Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  2. Salome
  3. Where Did It All Go Wrong
  4. Lady With The Spinning Head


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Format: Single, Limited Edition, EP, Import
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000007PDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gregory M. Walz on January 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Anyone who loves U2's album Achtung Baby (1991) should hear this single, which was released in 1992. The song "Even Better Than The Real Thing" is the first track on the single, and is the second song on Achtung Baby. This song is one of the few on Achtung Baby where Bono's vocals deliver grit, grace, and elegance all at once. His vocal texturing of the lyrics is superb. However, the b-sides are what makes this single truly great.
The sense of experimentation on the three b-side songs rings out loud and clear. The feeling of an almost unlimited sonic landscape to paint on is striking--Achtung Baby itself was much more contoured sonically. The musicmaking on the b-sides verges on barely controlled sonic anarchy with so many textures real and implied--especially on the "Lady With The Spinning Head"--and is all the better for it. "Salome," using the same base line that graces "Zoo Station," has a wonderfully loose feel to it. "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" is, in my opinion, the best song on Achtung Baby, and "Lady," an extended variant of it, just reinforces my opinion. The keyboard part near the last third is the most sonically and musically integrated use of keyboards/synthesizers that I have ever heard. Finally, "Where Did It All Go Wrong" is the closest to a joyful party song that U2 has ever come, with the possible exception of Boy's (1980) "Out of Control." It is, I would venture to say, unique in U2's songbook.
All of the songs on this single sound timeless. Despite the refreshing mix of honesty and craftsmanship on 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, I strongly believe that U2's flame of inspiration and ambition will probably never burn more brightly than it did for Achtung Baby in 1990-1991. This single is required listening for those who tend to doubt such a view.
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As danceable as U2's ACHTUNG BABY was, there were still portions of it where the rhythms slowed, and the songs were more introspective than ironic. If you ever wondered what that album would have felt like had it been more dance-oriented, then you might want to pick up the "Even Better Then The Real Thing" single, as its B-sides all fit that bill. Here are some short comments on each of the four tracks:
"Even Better Than The Real Thing" - An all-around fun song, being one of the most danceable tracks off of ACHTUNG BABY. There are great driving beats courtesy of Clayton and Mullen. Edge's guitar work is superb and smooth. If you listen carefully, Bono is singing a duet with himself for most of the track, creating an odd vocal effect, but one that works to the song's advantage.
"Salomé" - This song shares the name of the infamous bootlegs from the ACHTUNG BABY sessions (a three CD set of material that was stolen out of the recording studio). This track features a simple bass line, with a steady drumbeat keeping the music going. It's not particularly fast, but it's not awfully slow either. Some great guitar work here, as well as some subtly atmospheric keyboards.
"Where Did It All Go Wrong?" - The liner notes claim that this is actually a demo, and it definitely contains a raw and dirty feel to it. It's the only guitar driven track on the single. Simple lyrics, the rhythm section is solid rather than flashy, and powered by a great guitar riff.
"Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)" - The original of this song (featured on the "One" single) is one of my favorite U2 B-sides of all time. If anything, the version here is even better.
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By A Customer on May 10, 1999
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I basically bought this single to hear one song.Even Better than the Real thing isn't one of my majour favourites but still a good tune.I bought it for "Lady with The Spinning Head (extended dance mix)"It can get you going at any time and still keep that dark,moody,edgy muzik in the heart.It is one of my favourite U2 tracks of all time.If you liked the Normal Version of "Lady With the Spinning Head(UVI)"You'll love this version.It is worth buying a whole cd for one song..............
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Just to clarify, this particular Even Better Than The Real Thing single is the one with only remixes. I love U2's flirtation with electronica, so this is a great collection of takes on their great song. This is the kind of U2 you have to be in the right mood to listen to, so don't get this if you are only a casual U2 fan. However, if you're a U2 single collector like me, you can appreciate how they let other artists experiment with their songs and take them in new directions.
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