Comments: This concert is often said to have somewhat of a "backwards setlist", due to the presence of songs normally played late in the set appearing in its early stages, such as Pride and New Year's Day, while the main set staple trio of Desire, All Along The Watchtower, and All I Want Is You is in the encore. Also noteworthy is the first performance of Slow Dancing in concert - nearly four years before its first official studio release! Bono had previously sung some of the song on Australian radio in October 1989. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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This is one of those performances from the lads you've got to keep in your collection for its several wonderful qualities. Whether it be Bono completely going off his nut at a bloke in the audience, the bizarro setlist, a debut peformance of a hidden classic, or simply the band's energy-charged performance which was reaching the peak of their Lovetown magic.
This bootleg captures the essence of what Lovetown was all about. U2 went on stage as though they had just finished agreeing on the setlist two minutes prior, you didn't know what they were going to start or finish with, they played their music with a kind of reckless abandon like they didn't care whether there was two people in the audience or 20,000, and they were on the road just to have some fun...a LOT of fun.
This show was the last gig of the first leg and the band had grown more and more comfortable in Lovetown mode. The setlist is one of the most unusual of their entire career perhaps. Never had Pride been that high in the set - it virtually opened the show and New Year's Day was also traditionally reserved for the bottom half at that time. At the other end, Desire, Watchtower and All I Want Is You formed a surprise encore. But that was the beauty of Lovetown. It had the air of spontaneity and improvisation all the time, you never knew for sure what was coming next. To truly appreciate the extent of it, imagine Crazy Tonight opening 360 followed by say Unknown Caller and then picture Breathe, No Line and Magnificent as the encore!
The boys put on a hell of a show. The staple Lovetown diet of Streets, Bad, Desire, Running, Love Comes To Town, Watchtower, and Bullet are played really well, but the part-timers in Gloria and One Tree Hill steal the show for me, especially that segue into Streets - brilliant.
The very first performance of Slow Dancing is also worthy of a mention - a whole four years before the band decided to record it properly in a studio!
I think the incomplete BB King set just let it down slightly.
A solid 4-star performance (I'm a harsh judge)
A very good recording. Bono and Edge shine through but perhaps Larry and Adam could be more prominent. 4 stars.
Some spirited participation from the Osaka crowd - a little too spirited at times it would seem. (See below) 4 stars
* The upside down setlist
* Bono playing audience cop as he was prone to do during this era. I don't know what was funnier, Bono getting angry or the mental picture of a Japanese crowd moshing to I Still Haven't Found...
It gets better in the middle of People Get Ready "Listen guy, one more piece of shit out of you and you're outta here. I don't care if you paid the front row. I'm tellin' ya. Leave him for one more and he's fuckin' outta here."
* One Tree Hill---->Streets. If that's not how Streets was meant to start I don't know what is!
* All I Want Is You and 40 close out the show nicely.
* One of the only occasions when Angel was not played leaving BB King's band a bit short. I guess something had to give with the inclusion of Slow Dancing. The BB King set would go on to become entrenched as the encore during the second leg.
* The setlist could have used With or Without You before 40.
* Three covers is probably one too many, but I suppose they added to the fun and I'm being picky now.
Overall, a show definitely worth getting and keeping. The Point Depot gigs and, to a lesser extent Rotterdams, are the yardstick for Lovetown boots and performances but this Osaka show isn't far behind. I got it a while ago and still enjoy listening to it every now and then.
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Manufacturer: Beech Marten Records - Italy
Catalog: Beech-Marten 024/2
CD Matrix: VIRGINAILAND-ITALIA BMCD 024/1; VIRGINAILAND-ITALIA BMCD 024/2
Complete Show: Yes
Format: 2CD (Pressed)
DAE In Lineage: 1x EAC Secure (read off-set set correctly; AccurateRip and Cuetools DB plugin enabled)
Size: 562MB compressed ( FLAC-8 )
Full Artwork Scans Included
01. Stand By Me [3:50]
02. Pride [4:00]
03. New Year's Day [4:03]
04. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - Exodus [6:02]
05. People Get Ready [4:06]
06. MLK [1:29]
07. One Tree Hill [4:36]
08. Where The Streets Have No name [5:38]
09. Gloria [4:26]
10. Help [1:04]
11. Bad [7:55]
12. Van Diemen's Land [3:11]
01. Star Spangled Banner [0:38]
02. Bullet The Blue Sky [4:55]
03. Running To Stand Still [5:04]
04. Slow Dancing [2:59]
05. Angel Of Harlem [4:40]
06. When Love Comes To Town [4:55]
07. Love Rescue Me [6:11]
08. Desire - Not Fade Away [3:47]
09. All Along The Watchtower [4:15]
10. All I Want Is You [6:44]
11. 40 [6:21]
December 01, 1989. Osaka Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan.
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"I think the Irish and Argentinian have a lot in common. We think too much... We drink too much... And we are religious - but we argue with God! And when we are not arguing with God... We argue with the British!"
- Bono, on the 3rd concert in La Plata, April 3rd 2011.
did you know
On tour in Australia in the autumn of '89 Larry had told Bono that if this is what it meant for U2 to be superstars, he didn't like it. It was one of the reasons for the musical and artistic revolution in the nineties.