"New Year's Dub 2000 (Ferry Corsten Remix)" - U2

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In late 1999, looking towards the forthcoming New Year ushering in the year 2000, there was talk by U2 of commissioning a series of remixes of “New Year’s Day” and reissuing the single in time for New Year’s Eve. The idea never really grew wings, and the label was worried about potentially confusing the market, when they were starting to lay plans for new material for U2. But some remixers were approached to tackle the song, and at least one, got to the point where an internal promotional CD was circulated by Island / Universal.

Ferry Corsten was a popular Dutch DJ, coming to the forefront in the late 1990s. U2 tapped into that energy to produce a remix of the classic “New Year’s Day”. Bono himself called Corsten to thank him for the remixes upon hearing the final tracks. But the commercial release never happened, and the remix was never widely distributed except on this promotional CDR. The CDR contained four mixes, one a radio friendly 4 minutes in length, and the other three were variations of the same mix with full vocals, some vocals or no vocals. Corsten did circulate his mix with other DJs he was close with, and DJs such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold all had a copy of the mix and would often play it as New Years neared. The song remained unreleased however.

In 2008 when putting together content for the deluxe remastered version of the album “War” the remix was once again brought out of the attic and dusted off, and two versions of the song were included on that disc. Neither of the versions released on the release in 2008 are contained here on this promotional cd.

The promotional CD was released in a simple plastic wallet, with a paper insert that listed the date (December 9, 1999) and the name of the songs.

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