Wide Awake in America

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I have very little interest in post-Achtung Baby U2, but this is a great idea:

U2 have announced the vinyl reissue of three of their classic releases, including their 2000 album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’.

The three records in question – 1985’s ‘Wide Awake In America’ EP, 1997’s ‘Pop’, and ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ – will be all be remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the reissue, with each record set to be packaged in a sleeve which faithfully reproduces the original release’s artwork.

Both ‘Pop’ and ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ will come with a lyric booklet, while all three reissues will include a special download card.

All three reissues are due on April 13, and pre-order is available now through U2’s official store.

They won't do this, of course, but they really should expand the number of tracks and make Wide Awake in America a proper album. Leave the first side the way it is, and add between five and seven live "bonus" tracks from that era. The tour that U2 undertook to promote The Unforgettable Fire produced a slew of live performances that, when you hear them as bootlegs, are really just astounding. Every U2 show from that era was an event, and it's a shame they are not releasing those recordings in their proper format.