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One Maxi, Single

4.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi, Single
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001G41
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. One
2. Lady With The Spinning Head
3. Satellite Of Love
4. Night And Day (Steel String Remix)

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U2 One (1992 UK 4-track CD single including their versions of Lou Reeds Satellite Of Love plus a Steel String Mix of the old standard Night And Day gold & black buffalo digipak picture sleeve. The sleeve just has some light edgewear from storage but remains in great shape CID515)

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this single best epitomizes what u2 set out to do in the early nineties- crawl out of the somber house that they had built around themselves. it couples "one", one of the most beautiful and singular statements of unity ever written, with three songs that further suggest the different direction in which they were heading. "lady with the spinning head" may be laughable as a roulette odyssey but it just may be their most charged recording from that era. the edge rarely allows his guitar to get away from the cutting room floor sounding this raw and the rhythmwork shows that achtung baby was just the tip of the iceberg regarding just how far the band was willing to reinvent themselves. "where did it all go wrong" is quite obviously an unfinished track and the band allows us to get one step closer to the control room to witness the unbridled and earnest enthusiasm in which they were still capable. finally, their cover of "night and day" is sexually sublime- beneath the slick euro pulse u2 manages to kick up some real heat. the end of the song is as desperate and menacing as a song about obsession should be and they finally demonstrate that they can manage reworking someone else's song (remember "helter skelter"?)
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It's now over 13 years since ONE was released and it still has the impact it did all those years ago. It is still a favourite of the band as well, as they continue to perform it in each and every concert.
The song LADY WITH THE SPINNING HEAD would have fit in very nicely with the rest of the ACHTUNG BABY! album. You will notice a similarity between this song and THE FLY right away, I am sure! The guitar playing by The Edge at the end of the song is exactly the same as that on THE FLY.
SATELLITE OF LOVE is a cool bluesy type of number, nice and slow and breezy until the end when the tempo picks up a bit. A really nice song!
NIGHT AND DAY is a dance remix type of song (7 minutes in length) and is written by the legendary song writer Cole Porter.
It's a great single to add to your collection and I'd highly recommend it. Even the cover art is very emotional, with the buffalos being forced off of the edge of a cliff (which is the method native hunters used to kill them).
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The "One" single released off U2's ACHTUNG BABY album contained two original songs (including the title track), and two cover. Here are comments on each of the four:
"One" - Perhaps one of the best songs recorded by a band ever. Slow, nicely understated, and quite touching, this is U2 at their absolute best.
"Lady With The Spinning Head" - Possibly my favorite U2 B-side. The rhythm section and some of the guitar work were a bit too similar to that of "The Fly" to include this release on the ACHTUNG BABY album, but the song itself is a strong one. This features a lot of Edge's guitars (some are from "The Fly" and some are unique), and some mesmerizing keyboards. Larry and Adam provide a great beat, as usual, and Bono seems to be having a blast singing this one. An absolutely fun song. An extended dance mix can be found on the "Even Better Than The Real Thing" single.
"Satellite of Love" - A cover of the Lou Reed classic (the original can be found on his TRANSFORMER album). In U2's live concerts during their ZooTV Tour, they would perform this song while a pre-taped Lou Reed sang along on a giant video-screen. Reed isn't featured on this version, and the Mick Ronson piano of the original is replaced by The Edge's guitar covering similar territory. It features backing vocals by one Gavin Friday (the "pom pom pom" in the background of the chorus definitely sounds like him), and one speculates if is this the reason for the date in the lyrics being changed from "Thursday" to "Friday"? Despite the replacement of some instruments, this is pretty much a straightforward cover, albeit slightly slower than the original. Bono is, of course, a much stronger vocalist than Lou Reed, so this version definitely has that advantage.
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"One" is flat out one of the greatest moments in u2's long and successful road down Rock n' Roll history. It is an incredibly written and produced song, perfectly completed by the emotional and soulful voice of Bono and the amazing guitar playing of The Edge. I feel it is one of the most emotional songs I've ever heard, and along-side "With or Without You," my favorite of all time.
Along with the hit that Axel Rose (of GNRs) said is one of the "best songs ever written," there are other great tracks on this single that make it a must buy for not just u2 fans, but any music fan. "Lady With a Spinning Head" is a simple, great rock song with an addictive chorus and great guitar riffs by The Edge. It was left off "Achtung Baby" because the guitar solo at the end of the track contains parts of "The Fly," which was a hit on that album. But "Spinning Head," in my opinion, could easily have deserved a spot on "Achtung" (one of the best rock albums of all time). I think "Spinning" is one of the best B-Sides U2 have ever released (it's challengers: Dancing Barefoot, Everlasting Love, Summer Rain, Always).
The other two tracks on the single are "Satellite of Love" and "Night and Day (Remix)." The prior mentioned is a cover of a Lou Reed song which is done very well, maybe even better than the original. I never got into this track too deeply but I'm in the minority of U2 fans for sure. "Night and Day" is a remix that sounds like their "Achtung Baby" style, an unexpected surprise to end a classic single.
If you don't have this single and you're a U2 fan, you're missing out. A+++
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