"Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own" - U2

Promotional Release

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Background Information

The second promotional single for the “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” album in Europe was “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own.” In North America a different promotional single was released around the same time, “All Because of You.” The commercial singles in each region matched the promotional single that was released.

The first promo single arrived in mid-December, 2004. Although released before the end of 2004, the CD is marked 2005 on the liner. The CD was released in a slimline jewel case with cover insert. The vocals in the 99 BPM version occasionally take on a quality which we fondly refer to as “Robo-Bono.” Both edits contain the same music, the 99 Beats Per Minute version is just played a bit faster – and there are some slight artifacts in the audio caused by this. They would release this version in the USA as well, only in March of 2005, and it would come in a regular jewel case with front and back inserts. This version was also released in Mexico, in a plain Universal card sleeve. A version of the promo released in Spain, came in a card sleeve with just the 99 BPM version.

The 103 BPM mix came out in March 2005, 13 seconds shorter still and boasting “more tempo”, i.e. the song was sped up even more. It was again released in a regular jewel case for the USA market, and came with no inserts.

Liner Notes

Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own:
Music by U2. Lyrics by Bono. Produced by Chris Thomas. Additional production by Steve Lillywhite and Nellee Hooper. Recorded by Carl Glanville. Assisted by Chris Heaney. Mixed by Nellee Hooper. Mix engineering by Simon Gogerly and Greg Collins. Programming by Fabien Waltmann. Additional mix engineering by Simon Gogerly. Assistant mix engineering by Ian Rossiter. Keyboards and additional vocal by the Edge.


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