"Ordinary Love (Paul Epworth Version)" - U2
- "Ordinary Love" (Paul Epworth Version) - U2 (03:50)
On December 14, 2013, U2.com sent out an email letting subscribers know that a new version of “Ordinary Love” had been released, this version produced by producer Paul Epworth, probably most known for his work with Adele, but who had also worked with U2 before on a remix of “City of Blinding Lights” known as the Phones P.D.A. in N.Y.C. Mix. Instead of being hosted at u2.com like previous streaming audio had been, this full-length clip of the song was hosted on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/u2/ordinary-love-paul-epworth-version.
The email sent out, as well as the page at soundcloud both feature some information about the song:
“Bono was in South Africa this week to join those paying tribute to Nelson Mandela at Tuesday’s memorial service.
‘In Ireland,’ he says, ‘A wake is never without humour but it’s fair to say we lean heavily on the melancholy… one thing I love about Africa is they accompany the departed with dancing, lots of it, and music full of joy.’
On Thursday, ‘Ordinary Love’, the song the band wrote for ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and today the band wanted to share Paul Epworth’s new version.
‘We think Paul Epworth’s mix is a very soulful, uplifting one and we hope our audience will agree,’ says Bono. ‘Nelson Mandela’s life and times meant more to me than I can ever tell you, I would need a hundred songs to do that… but this complicated little love song to Winnie and South Africa is the one that landed on our lap.
‘I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for believing in us and the film. This is truly a great honour.’”
Instead of the more familiar cover, using an image of Nelson Mandela, the track on soundcloud was accompanied by a still from the lyric video. The audio file was 128kbps, and was not intended for download, but was streamed only.
On December 29, 2013, the Epworth Version of the song received a new video, courtesy of Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo, who had produced the initial lyric video for the song. This new video, unlike the original, featured actual footage of U2 in the directors studio, cut with previous footage from the lyric video. The video was made available initially to subscribers of u2.com, and it is streaming only, there is not an option to download the video.