This CD single is from U2's 1993 album Zooropa. This was the first and only single released from the album in most parts of the world. It was also the first U2 single since 1989's When Love Comes to Town to feature live tracks (common in the 1980s). The non-American releases were two CD sets entitled Live Format and Swing Format, depending on the non-LP material. The Live Format single pairs the album version of "Stay (Faraway So Close)" and the B-side "Slow Dancing" with live versions of "Bullet the Blue Sky" from The Joshua Tree and "Love Is Blindness" from Achtung Baby. Both are impressive and indicate that U2 needs to mine their live catalog more. This is a good CD single, but the definitive version for casual fans is the U.S. version because it combines the Live Format and Swing Format onto one disc. Collectors, however, will like the digipak with exclusive photos that comes with the Live Format. "Stay" reached number 61 on the U.S. charts but was number four in the U.K.
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AllMusic Review by JT Griffith