"Wide Awake in Europe" - U2

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Background Information

On November 26, 2010, U2 released a limited edition 12”-EP for Record Day in North America. The EP was called “Wide Awake in Europe” and featured three tracks recorded during the U2360° tour, including the never before released song, “Mercy”. The release was stated to be limited to 5000 copies, but the individual numbers on the sleeve of the record go up to 6500. Various sources state that the over print was to cover sleeves printed which could not be used for quality reasons.

Leading up to the release, U2.com streamed tracks from the release for subscribers. The page that they were streamed from was http://www.u2.com/news/title/wide-awake-moment – and that page was active at the time of this writing. The third track was added at a separate address http://www.u2.com/news/title/mercy-now-streaming – which is also still active at the time of this writing. The tracks streamed were taken from a digital source, and are not recorded from the vinyl. There was no means given to download the tracks from U2.com and they were intended to be streamed only. The files streamed were mp3 files encoded at 256kbps quality.

The first track streamed was “Moment of Surrender (Live from Paris, September 18, 2010)”. The song was first made available for subscribers to listen on November 17, 2010. The second track became available on November 21, 2010 on the same page and was “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Live from Dublin, July 27, 2009)”. The page that both of these streamed on listed the following “To celebrate Record Store Day next Friday, November 26th, U2 are releasing a three-track live EP called Wide Awake In Europe. The limited edition vinyl will only be available from North American stores participating in Record Store Day. The EP features three live tracks recorded on the recent U2360° European leg: ‘Mercy’, ‘Moment of Surrender’ and ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’. As a special exclusive for our U2.com subscribers, here’s ‘Moment of Surrender’ recorded live in Paris on September 18th 2010.” and once the second track was released also added the following: “And ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Live U2360 Remix)’ live from Croke Park, Dublin, on July 27th 2009.”

The third track streamed was “Mercy (Live from Brussels, September 22, 2010)”. The song was made available via the second address above, and the other two tracks were also available there. The song was streamed on November 26, 2010, which was the same day that the EP was released in stores for sale. Unlike the other two tracks which were not limited in the time that they streamed, “Mercy” was limited to 48 hours streaming and was removed from the website after that time. The site streaming “Mercy” listed the following: “Today, November 26th, U2 release a three-track live EP, ‘Wide Awake In Europe’. Released to celebrate Record Store Day, the EP is only available from participating North American stores. This limited edition vinyl EP, is led by a track that has legendary status for many U2 fans. ‘Mercy’ has been in progress for a while and was featured in the setlist of the 2010 European leg of U2360°. The live version on the EP was recorded in Brussels on September 22nd 2010, and is the first time any recording of the track has been released. And just for our U2.com subscribers, for 48 hours we’re streaming ‘Mercy’ – as well as ‘Moment of Surrender’ and ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ , the two other tracks on ‘Wide Awake In Europe’. Take a listen and tell us what you think.”

“Mercy” had been a song recorded for “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” that was cut from the album at late stages of recording the album. A studio version of the song was leaked on the internet and fans hoped the track would be completed and featured on the next album. “No Line on the Horizon” was released but did not feature that track. However, during the U2360° tour, in the cold rain of a performance in Zurich Switzerland on September 12, 2010 “Mercy” made its debut in the set list. The recording used on the EP was from a few nights later in Brussels.

“Moment of Surrender (Live from Paris)” had also been released as a video for the “BornHIVFree” campaign on September 21, 2010. The live recording of the song opened with documentary style footage, the logos of (RED) and One and a short clip of Bono talking in Paris, and then goes black for the performance of the song. The video was released through YouTube. “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Live from Dublin)” had previously been released on the fan club only release “Artificial Horizon” on CD, and the commercially available “Artificial Horizon” on vinyl.

Liner Notes

Mercy (Live from Brussels):
Recorded by Alastair McMillan at King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, 22nd September 2010. Mixed by Declan Gaffney.

I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Live U2360° Remix):
Recorded by Alastair McMillan at Croke Park, Dublin, 27th July 2009. Mixed by Declan Gaffney.

Moment of Surrender (Live from Paris):
Recorded by Alastair McMillan at Stade de France, 18th September 2010. Mixed by Declan Gaffney.

All tracks recorded during U2360° Tour 2009 / 2010. Release production by Declan Gaffney.

Artwork

Photography by Aaron Harris. Sleeve design by Shaughn McGrath at AMP Visual.

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