"Lights of Home" - U2

Single

Track Listing:

Background Information

This 12-inch picture disc single and accompanying download was U2’s entry for Record Store Day 2018, held April 21, 2018. The disc is not numbered, and is packaged in a clear vinyl sleeve, with a sticker that wraps around the vinyl identifying the track listing and other information. According to Recordstoreday.co.uk the vinyl the vinyl would be packaged with “a Download Voucher” but this has not happened. We can confirm that the vinyl does not include a download card.

On the A-Side of the vinyl are “Lights of Home” and “Lights of Home” (St Peter’s String Version), both featured on deluxe versions of Songs of Experience. On the B-Side is a new remix, “Lights of Home” (Free Yourself / Beck Remix), remixed by Beck, who had opened for U2 on the third leg of The Joshua Tree Tour in 2017.

“Lights of Home” is the second physical single from the album, following “The Blackout“ which was released for the Record Store Day Black Friday event in 2017. Neither of these two songs have been released to radio however. Both “You’re the Best Thing About Me“ and “Get Out Of Your Own Way“ have been digitally released as singles.

The artwork for the single features a silhouette of Bono’s son Eli holding hands with Edge’s daughter Sian, an image used for the album cover of Songs of Experience. On the A-Side this is overlaid with a photograph of Dublin taken from the International Space Station on March 17, 2017 by French astronaut Thom Pesquet. On the B-Side the silhouette is filled in with a changing black and blue pattern radiating from the centre of the figures hands (not the centre of the disc). On the back side, the image is reversed so that Sian is on the left and Eli is on the right.

The record is pressed so that it is played at 45RPM. The pressing was listed as limited to 5000 copies on the USA Record Store Day site, but we now believe this is another error due to the number of copies being sold worldwide. The album is sold as a Record Store Day Exclusive, meaning it will be limited to this pressing. Although Record Store Day is limited to independent record stores in most countries, this item was made available on Amazon.Fr in France, and copies of the album began shipping to purchasers on April 13, 2018, with many arriving in advance of Record Store Day.

The vinyl sleeve is thinner than the one used for the earlier pressing of “Red Hill Mining Town” and is easily split on the edges as the vinyl moves around. If purchasing this item you may want to take a careful look at the sides of the packaging to make sure they have not split.

On April 26, 2018 the Beck Remix of the song “Lights of Home” will be released to digital services as well, and will be available for purchase at iTunes and other digital storefronts, and will be streamable on streaming services.

Liner Notes

Lights of Home:
Lyrics by Bono. Music by U2, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim and Ariel Rechtshaid. Produced by Jacknife Lee with Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle. Additional production by Jolyon Thomas. Engineered by Matt Bishop and Tyler Spry. Additional engineering by Drew Bang. Assisted by Dave “Squirrel” Covell and Barry McCready. Mixed by Jacknife Lee. Assisted by Matt Bishop. Additional backing vocals by Haim. Additional keyboards, additional guitars and programming by Jacknife Lee.

Lights of Home (St Peter’s String Version):
Lyrics by Bono. Music by U2, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim and Ariel Rechtshaid. Produced by Jacknife Lee with Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle. Additional production by Jolyon Thomas. Engineered by Rich Rich and Tyler Spry. Assisted by Christopher Henry. Additional engineering by Doug Sarrett and Drew Bang. Mixed by Bryan Cook and Will Kennedy. Mastered by Hans Dekline. String arrangement by Brandon Collins. Violins by Amy Helman and Avery Bright. Viola by Betsy Lamb. Cello by Paul Nelson. String bass by Craig Nelson. Keyboards by Brent Kutzle. Pedal Steel by Tyler Spry. Additional percussion by Nate Lotz.

Lights of Home (Free Yourself / Beck Remix):
Lyrics by Bono. Music by U2, Alana Haim, Danielle Haim, Este Haim and Ariel Rechtshaid. Produced by Jacknife Lee with Ryan Tedder and Brent Kutzle. Additional production by Jolyon Thomas. Remix by Beck. Remix engineered by David “Elevator” Greenbaum and Cassidy Turbin. Engineered by Matt Bishop and Tyler Spry. Additional engineering by Drew Bang. Assisted by Dave “Squirrel” Covell and Barry McCready. Original mix by Jacknife Lee. Assisted by Matt Bishop. Additional backing vocals by Haim. Additional keyboards, additional guitars, and programming by Jacknife Lee.

Creative director: Gavin Friday. Director of production: Nadine King. Production co-ordinator: Jesse Peters. Mastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Artwork

Designed by Shaughn McGrath, Amp Visual Dublin.
Cover Image by Anton Corbijn.
Image of Dublin from Space by Astronaut Shane Kimbrough courtesy of ESA/NASA

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