"Songs of Surrender" - U2

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The album on super deluxe pressings will contain 40 songs spread across four disc, with 10 tracks on each disc, chosen by the band member on the album. We’ve presented these below sorted by band member. Non-super deluxe pressings will contain 16 or 20 songs and will not be in the order below, see the notes below for more information.

Edge’s Songs of Surrender

  • “One” – U2 (From Achtung Baby)
  • “Where the Streets Have No Name” – U2 (From The Joshua Tree)
  • “Stories for Boys” – U2 (From Boy)
  • “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” – U2 (Non-Album Single)
  • “Out of Control” – U2 (From Boy)
  • “Beautiful Day” – U2 (From All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
  • “Bad” – U2 (From The Unforgettable Fire)
  • “Every Breaking Wave” – U2 (From Songs of Innocence)
  • “Walk On” – U2 (From All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
  • “Pride (In the Name of Love)” – U2 (From The Unforgettable Fire)

Larry’s Songs of Surrender

  • “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” – U2 (From Achtung Baby)
  • “Get Out of Your Own Way” – U2 (From Songs of Experience)
  • “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” – U2 (From All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
  • “Red Hill Mining Town” – U2 (From The Joshua Tree)
  • “Ordinary Love” – U2 (Non-Album Single)
  • “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own” – U2 (From How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
  • “Invisible” – U2 (Non-Album Single)
  • “Dirty Day” – U2 (From Zooropa)
  • “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” – U2 (From Songs of Innocence)
  • “City of Blinding Lights” – U2 (From How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)

Adam’s Songs of Surrender

  • “Vertigo” – U2 (From How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
  • “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – U2 (From The Joshua Tree)
  • “Electrical Storm” – U2 (Non-Album Single)
  • “The Fly” – U2 (From Achtung Baby)
  • “If God Will Send His Angels” – U2 (From Pop)
  • “Desire” – U2 (From Rattle and Hum)
  • “Until the End of the World” – U2 (From Achtung Baby)
  • “Song for Someone” – U2 (From Songs of Innocence)
  • “All I Want is You” – U2 (From Rattle and Hum)
  • “Peace on Earth” – U2 (From All That You Can’t Leave Behind)

Bono’s Songs of Surrender

  • “With or Without You” – U2 (From The Joshua Tree)
  • “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” – U2 (From Zooropa)
  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2 (From War)
  • “Lights of Home” – U2 (From Songs of Experience)
  • “Cedarwood Road” – U2 (From Songs of Innocence)
  • “I Will Follow” – U2 (From Boy)
  • “Two Hearts Beat as One” – U2 (From War)
  • “Miracle Drug” – U2 (From How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
  • “The Little Things that Give You Away” – U2 (From Songs of Experience)
  • “40” – U2 (From War)

(These are not the same 40 songs that are used for chapter titles in Bono’s memoir, 12 of them do differ. Of the tracks listed above three have subtitles added. “Walk On” is labeled “Ukraine” on most services now. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is listed as “The Endless Journey” on some Japanese sites. And “Where the Streets Have No Name” has been listed as “The Promised Land” on some Japanese sites. These appear as follows: “Walk On” (Ukraine).)

Background Information

PLEASE NOTE: This album has just been announced on January 13, 2023, and this article may be under modification.

Update: January 26, 2023

U2’s newest release is Songs of Surrender. It will be released on March 17, 2023. The album will include newly recreated versions of older U2 songs. The album comes in multiple formats, with 40-tracks, 20-tracks, or 16-track versions available in most regions, and a 17-track option in Japan. The first single from the album was “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, which was released to radio on January 11, 2023. A second song from the album, “With or Without You” is released to streaming services and digital shops on January 27, 2023 at midnight.

Back in April 2022, we shared a rumour that U2 would be releasing an album called Songs of Surrender, an album of recreated U2 songs. At the time we were told that the album would follow the release of Bono’s memoir. Weeks later his book Surrender was announced and it was clear from the title there was a link between the titles. The album announcement happened in stages. On January 9, 2023 the first tease happened, as fans around the world started to receive copies of a hand written letter from The Edge announcing the album and sharing “Music allows you to time travel and so we started to imagine what it would be like to bring these songs back with us to the present day and give them the benefit or otherwise, of a 21st century re-imagining. What started as an experiment quickly became a personal obsession as so many early U2 songs yielded to a new interpretation. Intimacy replaced post-punk urgency. New keys. New chords. New tempos and new lyrics arrived. It turns out that great song is kind of indestructible. Once we surrendered our reverence for the original version each song started to open up to a new authentic voice of this time, of the people we are, and particularly the singer Bono has become.” Also on January 9, videos embedded in Spotify gave clues to the full album track listing, through a bit of a puzzle.

On January 10, 2023, a one-minute video, set to the new version of “Beautiful Day” was shared on U2’s social media platforms. This video, created by João Pombeiro, shows the evolution of U2 over 40 years. The video calls this a “re-imagined” album. A countdown clock appeared on the shop pages at U2.com counting down to 12 noon (Eastern) which was the full announcement of the album. (The original countdown had been to 8am but that shifted). The full announcement of the album happened with the release of the first single on January 11, 2023, which corresponded with the launch of pre-sales for the album, announcement of formats and more.
a> to 12noon Eastern Time (5pm UK) when the album was announced and the single released. (The original countdown was to 8am but this has shifted.) The full announcement of the album wa

The full deluxe version of the album will have 40 recreated U2 songs, re-recorded by the full band. These recreated songs were started after U2 finished the 2019 tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The songs were completed in 2020, and early 2021. Previews of many of these tracks have been heard in the audiobook accompanying Bono’s memoir, released on November 1, 2022. The 40 songs will be spread across four discs on vinyl and CD formats. Both of these physical sets (vinyl and CD) have been pressed in Europe, and will be distributed worldwide. Each disc in the set will be contained in its own unique sleeve, with each “cover” featuring one band member. (At the Cheltenham Literary Festival Bono mentioned the photo the Edge chose would see him bald on the cover, and indeed the trailer video shows an image of The Edge without hat.) Initial rumours shared in early 2022 that a one disc version with 14-15 songs may also be made available, and indeed there is a smaller version of the album with either 16 or 20 tracks.

The album is also mentioned by name in Bono’s Surrender memoir in the “After the Afterwords” section:

Thanks to my band mates and our publishing house, Universal Music Publishing Group, for permission to quote from our songs and, in case some of you had noticed, yes, I have sometimes been rewriting some of the lyrics. During lockdown we were able to reimagine forty U2 tracks for the Songs of Surrender collection, which gave me a chance to live inside those songs again as I wrote this memoir. It also meant I could deal with something that’s been nagging me for some time. The lyrics on a few songs that I’ve always felt were never quite written. They are now. (I think.)”

Although some of these recreations are acoustic in nature, not all of them are. The snippets included in the audio book give some previews, and we discussed many of these in our look at the audiobook. In many cases U2 have worked with producers who have previously worked with the band on the songs, including Daniel Lanois, Jacknife Lee and Howie B. The Edge will be listed as the producer for the album. Jacknife Lee has also worked with Bono on his recent “Stories of Surrender” tour to recreate some of the songs for that tour, as well as providing keyboards and percussion on the tour.

Adam Clayton first mentioned the project in 2021 in an interview with Rocky O’Riordan on U2 X-Radio, “Well, you know we are playing around with rearranging some of the songs that we have and setting them in a more acoustic environment. Edge got a bit of a bee in his bonnet and said you know, no pun intended, said let’s look at these songs and imagine them in a different context. So we are playing around with that. He’s putting a lot of work into changing the keys, and moving them onto piano and that sort of thing. And hopefully we will have something towards the end of the year that will show a different light on U2. I think it’s an opportunity to explore different versions of the band in a way. Because it’s very much the early days, it’s embryonic, it could go somewhere between Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash – very stripped down and bare – towards something that is very lush. Very hard to say where it will end up or if it will all end up with the same tone across it, or if each song will be treated differently. I’m excited to see how the songs could exist in a different universe.” Initially Adam wasn’t confident on whether or not the material would be released as a single album, or possibly a series of EPs.

A documentary focusing on U2 will be released on, or around March 17, 2023 as well to promote the album. This will be hosted by David Letterman who has been filming with the band since October. In October he was seen interviewing Bono for the documentary in New York City. In November, ahead of the “Stories of Surrender” concert in Dublin, Letterman was also seen meeting with the band and filming material. That concert in Dublin was also filmed. Finally, in the middle of December, Bono and The Edge were filmed during a number of performances, and Letterman was also present at these events. The performance at McDaid’s Pub had the pub decorated to appear as if it were Saint Patrick’s Day, although later the decorations were changed over to a Christmas theme for additional filming. DublinLive shares that the television special will “air on Disney Plus ahead of St. Patrick’s Day”. Letterman also interviewed Irish legend, drag performer Panti Bliss, at the hotel partially owned by Bono and The Edge, The Clarence. Bliss appeared on stage with U2 in 2015 at one of their hometown Innocence and Experience shows. Bliss confirmed they were being filmed for a documentary. Letterman also was seen filming at St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Bono performed “Running to Stand Still” last year for The Busk.

The first single “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, a tribute to Martin Luther King, is being released in advance of MLK Day in the USA. Other songs have been sent out to DJs for potential development of remixes, including “Where the Streets Have No Name” so other potential singles may be released. Rumours have also been shared with us that the next album of new material will be released later this year, possibly following the rumoured appearances in Las Vegas, which are set to be announced next month.

A variety of formats are available. The basic releases have 16 tracks (One / Where the Streets Have No Name / Stories for Boys / Walk On (Ukraine) / Pride (In the Name of Love) / City of Blinding Lights / Ordinary Love / Invisible / Vertigo / I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / The Fly / If God Will Send His Angels / Stay (Faraway So Close!) / Sunday Bloody Sunday / I Will Follow / “40”), a couple of releases have 20 tracks (adding Beautiful Day / Red Hill Mining Town / Until the End of the World / With or Without You as bonus tracks) and the deluxe editions have the full 40 tracks.

  • 4LP Super Deluxe Collector’s Boxset (Limited Edition) (40 Tracks)
  • 4CD Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition (40 Tracks) [Available in SHM in Japan]
  • 2LP Black Vinyl (16 Tracks)
  • Deluxe CD (Limited Edition) (20 Tracks) [Available in SHM in Japan]
  • CD (16 Tracks)
  • SHM-CD (17 Tracks, Japan Only, Bonus track not identified yet)
  • Digital Album (40 Tracks)
  • 2LP Crystal Clear Vinyl (Limited Edition) (20 Tracks – Fan Club Subscriber Exclusive for first 48hr)
  • White Cassette (16 Tracks)

Various bundles are also available in the UK shop, packaging together various configurations of the album, which are all available separately elsewhere.

Also spotted during the launch of the store were a couple of coloured variations which were briefly put on sale and then removed. This included a “Mint Green Cassette” (16 Tracks), a “Purple Splatter and Marble Effect” 2LP set (16 tracks), and a “Transparent Green Vinyl” 2LP set (16 tracks). All three were marked limited edition, and we expect they will appear for sale in the near future. Details of a independent retailers version was also shared with retailers in the UK, with news that it would be announced later in the week. This may be one of the latter releases.

On January 23, three additional formats were announced, and were available for pre-sale. All three were vinyl formats. The “Transparent Orange Vinyl” 2LP set (16 tracks) was sold via Amazon online. The “Opaque White Vinyl” 2LP set (16 tracks) is an Independent retailer exclusive in the UK, US and Europe available at shops such as Rough Trade, Assai, Sister Ray and others in the UK, as well as Tower and Spindizzy in Ireland and Amoeba, Easy Street, and Bull Moose in the USA. The “Transparent Blue Vinyl” 2LP set (16 tracks) is an exclusive for larger chains such as Target (USA), FNAC (France, Portugal), JB Hi-Fi (Australia and New Zealand), Music Records (Czech Republic), Golden Discs (Ireland) and HMV (UK).

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