- Audio CD (Nov. 25 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: EP, Import, Maxi
- Label: Island
- ASIN: B000005HS5
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
|1. Please (Single Version)|
|2. Please (Live From Rotterdam)|
|3. Where The Streets Have No Name (Live From Rotterdam)|
|4. With Or Without You (Live From Edmonton)|
|5. Staring At The Sun (Live From Rotterdam)|
The sound quality on the live tracks is excellent as expected, and it doesn't sound like they doctored the sound too much, either.
It's a crying shame that the US singles market has all but disappeared save for the trendiest R&B and/or pop songs out there. The material on this single was available as an import titled Pop Heart, and there was a second single available for Please as well. (Funny how the European market is still able to maintain a singles scene where every song gets 2 discs that are both short and overpriced.)
The songs here are a very good representation of the POP live sound. It appears that U2 has abandoned any pattern of releasing new singles in America, leaving us to hunt down expensive imports that often split material into separate discs or even repeat material we already have. U2 has always been a solid singles band and there are plenty of oddities out there from these releases: b-sides, live tracks, and remixes. The Please single here represents one of the best jobs they did when it came to culling material from separate import release for the American market. Highly recommended for even the casual U2 fan.
It is the live songs on this CD that make it stand out. The inclusion of a live version of "Where the Streets Have No Name", which has never been done before, and even "Please" which is perhaps the best song from POP in the first place is just great.
What often impresses me about U2 is there ability to take great songs from the studio recordings and make them greater live. I find it hard to believe that U2 could improve much on the songs included here from the original recordings, but "Please" could not sound much better than it does here (except maybe as performed on the last leg of the Elevation tour) and The Joshua Tree tracks have always been spectacular live. Get this single while you can!
I agree with those who consider this a positive spiritual album. It embraces a forward thinking form of religious and artistic expression in a way that I can never tire of listening to it.