Promotional Storm

U2achtung.com continues to deliver the goods. This time they inform us of a new 5 track CD promo which Universal should release to radio within the next few days, as well as 2 promo CDs, one containing 5 tracks off the ‘Best of’ and the other 5 tracks off the remix/b-sides CD.

As rumoured before, there should be a ‘hidden track’ on the disc, supposedly ‘The Fly’. Apparently, space was left on the disc for the inclusion of an anti-copy system. However, this system file was too large for the remaining space. A ‘hidden’ track was opted for instead.

On top of that, there are plans to release a limited edition promo vinyl box, containing U2s single releases from the 90s. This would be for media competitions, contests only.

There will be video promo for “The hands that built America” (most likely a completed version of the one shown on U2.com) , but the single itself won’t be released until 2003.

38 thoughts on “Promotional Storm

  1. A vinyl box set….drool…. I remember seeing one for the best of 80-90 in Abbey Discs in Dublin. I got a shock when the shopkeeper said it was worth 600 Euros and wasn’t for sale!

  2. A vinyl box set….drool…. I remember seeing one for the best of 80-90 in Abbey Discs in Dublin. I got a shock when the shopkeeper said it was worth 600 Euros and wasn’t for sale!

  3. I don’t believe in vinyl-boxes anymore, since I once won one in a captioning- competition on U2.com and still haven’t heard a thing… (It’s been three years guys)

  4. I don’t believe in vinyl-boxes anymore, since I once won one in a captioning- competition on U2.com and still haven’t heard a thing… (It’s been three years guys)

  5. i just thought about the hidden track thing… i think someone at universal really f*cked up the tracklist… It sounds so silly: The Fly (a real single) as a hidden track and the first time as a regular track… don’t be surprised when it is exactly the opposite once we got our hands on the discs…. Keep in mind… October (also a non-single ballad) was the hidden track at the previous Best of…

  6. i just thought about the hidden track thing… i think someone at universal really f*cked up the tracklist… It sounds so silly: The Fly (a real single) as a hidden track and the first time as a regular track… don’t be surprised when it is exactly the opposite once we got our hands on the discs…. Keep in mind… October (also a non-single ballad) was the hidden track at the previous Best of…

  7. Whatever the hidden track will be, it will most likely be “remixed” as HALF of the B-Sides disc will be! Anyone understand WHY they are releasing remixed A-sides on the b-sides disc? Whaaaaa??

  8. Whatever the hidden track will be, it will most likely be “remixed” as HALF of the B-Sides disc will be! Anyone understand WHY they are releasing remixed A-sides on the b-sides disc? Whaaaaa??

  9. I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned the copy protection issue yet? Anybody else find that disturbing? Sure, it won’t happen this time, but what about the next time? I understand that they want to prevent MP3 piracy, but what about those of us that like to back up the originals for which we already paid? What about or popping them on our MP3 player or mix CDs for long workouts at the gym? As long as we paid for them… … … We don’t own the songs. Granted. We only own a single person license to them. What about our right to back up our investment? ………… The issue is disturbing.

  10. I’m surprised that nobody has mentioned the copy protection issue yet? Anybody else find that disturbing? Sure, it won’t happen this time, but what about the next time? I understand that they want to prevent MP3 piracy, but what about those of us that like to back up the originals for which we already paid? What about or popping them on our MP3 player or mix CDs for long workouts at the gym? As long as we paid for them… … … We don’t own the songs. Granted. We only own a single person license to them. What about our right to back up our investment? ………… The issue is disturbing.

  11. Yeah, I saw a CD singles collection before the first best of going for $225 here in Texas… I’ll bet that store owner screamed a little when all those songs were avalible for $25 a little later that year!!!

  12. Yeah, I saw a CD singles collection before the first best of going for $225 here in Texas… I’ll bet that store owner screamed a little when all those songs were avalible for $25 a little later that year!!!

  13. I bought every album up to “Rattle and Hum” on cassette in the 80s. In the 90s, I bought them all again (as well as all the singles) on CD. I’ve since transfered all 800 of my CDs to my Mac so I can listen to them anywhere in the house. If U2 ever decides to copy-protect their music, I will simply not purchase it unless it is released at a substantial discount (due to the format’s limited capabilities). Besides, there is no such thing as “copy protected.” If you can output music to speakers, you can output it to a recording device.

  14. I bought every album up to “Rattle and Hum” on cassette in the 80s. In the 90s, I bought them all again (as well as all the singles) on CD. I’ve since transfered all 800 of my CDs to my Mac so I can listen to them anywhere in the house. If U2 ever decides to copy-protect their music, I will simply not purchase it unless it is released at a substantial discount (due to the format’s limited capabilities). Besides, there is no such thing as “copy protected.” If you can output music to speakers, you can output it to a recording device.

  15. on the aol instant messanger start up screen they have electrical storm as todays top tune in real audio, so the quality is terrific, well 64 kbps, still better then radio, so if any of you are wanting to encode it in mp3 or anything 🙂

  16. on the aol instant messanger start up screen they have electrical storm as todays top tune in real audio, so the quality is terrific, well 64 kbps, still better then radio, so if any of you are wanting to encode it in mp3 or anything 🙂

  17. It doesn’t really matter to me that the vinyl singles are obviously available on CD. It’s just that box sets like this one are not the kind of thing you come across very often. Anyway, I’d sell one of my kidneys for one of them.

  18. It doesn’t really matter to me that the vinyl singles are obviously available on CD. It’s just that box sets like this one are not the kind of thing you come across very often. Anyway, I’d sell one of my kidneys for one of them.

  19. The ‘dollar’ men at U2 are trying their goddamend best to try and f*ck up our lives yet again!
    The more these people try to act like Big Brother then the more I will support the pirates,bootleggers and rippers of this world to shred their copy-protection to pieces.
    Music,file,mp3,shn etc… sharing has contributed to U2’s constantly growing fan base.
    It’s a known fact – except to the big-wigs who don’t give a sh*t – that ‘sharing’ leads the majority of people to buy official cds,concert tickets etc… and help line their deep pockets, not pick them.

  20. The ‘dollar’ men at U2 are trying their goddamend best to try and f*ck up our lives yet again!
    The more these people try to act like Big Brother then the more I will support the pirates,bootleggers and rippers of this world to shred their copy-protection to pieces.
    Music,file,mp3,shn etc… sharing has contributed to U2’s constantly growing fan base.
    It’s a known fact – except to the big-wigs who don’t give a sh*t – that ‘sharing’ leads the majority of people to buy official cds,concert tickets etc… and help line their deep pockets, not pick them.

  21. southlandcd is selling
    an australian electrical storm 1 track promo for $20.
    Don’t know which version of the song it is.

  22. southlandcd is selling
    an australian electrical storm 1 track promo for $20.
    Don’t know which version of the song it is.

  23. southlandcd is selling
    an australian electrical storm 1 track promo for $20.
    Don’t know which version of the song it is.

  24. southlandcd is selling
    an australian electrical storm 1 track promo for $20.
    Don’t know which version of the song it is.

  25. I was checking out http://www.eqsmusic.com Their coming soon list have the Japanesse version of the Best of 1990-2000. It states that the Japanese CD will contain a bonus track, “The Fly”.

    I know on the Best of 1980-1990 (Japanese version) “One Tree Hill” was included. That as far as I know was not a hidden track on that cd. It was a single released only in Australia.
    “The Fly” was released worldwide. Why would it be a hidden track on the US and UK releases?

  26. I was checking out http://www.eqsmusic.com Their coming soon list have the Japanesse version of the Best of 1990-2000. It states that the Japanese CD will contain a bonus track, “The Fly”.

    I know on the Best of 1980-1990 (Japanese version) “One Tree Hill” was included. That as far as I know was not a hidden track on that cd. It was a single released only in Australia.
    “The Fly” was released worldwide. Why would it be a hidden track on the US and UK releases?

  27. HMV.com.au is offering a Best Of limited edition as a 3cd set..3rd disc being a DVD. But its listed as not available and upon talking to someone at HMV this morning, its actually been cancelled- he seems to think all pre-order allocations for it have been used. But the odd thing is, he has absolutely no listing for a 2cd limted edition set, but has a listing for the regular 1cd version. Weirdness. Will be glad when its finally released so all rumours and speculations are laid to rest!

  28. HMV.com.au is offering a Best Of limited edition as a 3cd set..3rd disc being a DVD. But its listed as not available and upon talking to someone at HMV this morning, its actually been cancelled- he seems to think all pre-order allocations for it have been used. But the odd thing is, he has absolutely no listing for a 2cd limted edition set, but has a listing for the regular 1cd version. Weirdness. Will be glad when its finally released so all rumours and speculations are laid to rest!

  29. Wouldn`t It Be Great If They`d cut out the Orbit Mix After the second chorus (at about 2:35) and at that point cut in the US Single Mix from the point when the guitar riff kicks in after the first full Chorus (at about 2:20)? I tried this Combination and It`s Just Awesome! slow building tense to a huge climax, both Stormy and Electrifying, and It sounds more Natural than all three versions…

  30. Wouldn`t It Be Great If They`d cut out the Orbit Mix After the second chorus (at about 2:35) and at that point cut in the US Single Mix from the point when the guitar riff kicks in after the first full Chorus (at about 2:20)? I tried this Combination and It`s Just Awesome! slow building tense to a huge climax, both Stormy and Electrifying, and It sounds more Natural than all three versions…

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