U2

Dublin 1993

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Quite possibly the best U2 show ever, this ZOO TV performance captures the band at the absolute peak of its abilities, with crystal-clear sound courtesy of a European radio broadcast and an adventurous, 24-song set list split evenly between older hits and Achtung Baby/Zooropa tracks. Bono is at the top of his game, flipping into a gorgeous falsetto during the high notes in “Bad” and delivering a definitive version of “Stay (Faraway, So Close!),” which is stripped of its percussion and performed with the Edge as an acoustic duet. For die-hard U2 fans, Dublin 1993 also features the final full-band version of “When Love Comes to Town,” as well as the last performance of “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)” until 2009. But you don’t need to be a fanatic to appreciate this bootleg, and several of the live performances -- including “Running to Stand Still,” “Love Is Blindness,” “Mysterious Ways,” and “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” (where Naomi Campbell takes the stage with a camcorder, filming her then-boyfriend Adam Clayton and prompting Bono to change the final verse to “a woman needs a man like Clayton needs a handycam”) -- are arguably better than their studio versions. This is one of those rare concert recordings with as much breadth and plain ol’ listenability as a proper album, even an infinitely listenable album like Achtung Baby, and it’ll renew your faith in live music.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
U2
4:46
2
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5:59
3
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3:40
4
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7:00
5
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6:10
6
U2
4:54
7
U2
5:21
8
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4:01
9
U2
4:02
10
U2
4:13
11
U2
3:26
12
U2
5:20
13
U2
3:43
14
U2
6:52
15
U2
5:27
16
U2
5:57
17
U2
5:16
18
U2
5:50
19
U2
7:40
20
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21
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22
U2
3:50
23
U2
5:11
24
U2
2:45
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