"The Europa EP" - U2

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Background Information

We were able to tell you about an upcoming release for Record Store Day from U2 on January 4, 2019. Initially sources suggested to us that this EP would be a live EP. The official announcement of the release was part of the 2019 Record Store Day announcement on February 28, 2019 at 11am Eastern time. At that time it was confirmed the EP would be made up of “live” tracks and remixes. The EP will be limited to 5000 copies, the same number that was produced for “Lights of Home” and slightly less than “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”.

The formal description of the EP is as follows:

“U2 present the The Europa EP: Side A features the previously unreleased opening from the recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE European Tour – Charlie Chaplin’s final speech from the movie The Great Dictator, underscored with a unique musical mash up of ‘Love Is All We Have Left’ with 1993 classic ‘Zooropa’ – which leads into a ‘live’ performance of New Year’s Day from Dublin in November 2018. Side B has two ‘Euro’-tinged remixes: St. Francis Hotel’s mix of ‘New Year’s Day’ and Jon Pleased Wimmin’s Euromantic mix of ‘Love Is All We Have Left’. The artwork is an eXPERIENCED Chaplinesque homage to the artwork of the Zooropa Album.”

Additional information about the release says that the vinyl will be on 180 gram black vinyl, and will have an embossed cover. It will also include a four page colour insert with lyrics and credits, plus an added sticker sheet, which will be 5.8-inch x 8.25-inch sized (148mm x 210mm). The marketing stickers on the release will feature both the Record Store Day logo as well as the “Chaplin 130” logo which celebrates the 130th birthday of Charlie Chaplin on April 16, 2019. The logo features Chaplin’s name, with a large 130 below, and the 0 is done to look like Chaplin with his recognizable mustache and hat.

The European leg of the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour saw “New Year’s Day” replace “American Soul” as the centerpiece of the tour, where a large European Union flag is draped behind the stage. Bono used the song to talk about unity, the European Union, and the pending Brexit changes to that union. The opening track on the EP, which features the instrumentation of the song “Zooropa”, and lyrics from both “Zooropa” and “Love is All We Have Left” played as a video displayed images of conflict throughout Europe from World War II onward, and featured a voice over by Charlie Chaplin taken from the movie The Great Dictator. Bono throughout the show also spoke of Europe in his introductions to “Acrobat” while playing the character MacPhisto, in the beatitudes that followed “Get Out of Your Own Way,” and even in his opening to “City of Blinding Lights” where he hums the “Anthem of Europe,” taken from “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

The B-Side of the EP features two remixes of U2 tracks, the first is a studio remix of “New Year’s Day” that was used to build the version played in concert, but regular collaborators St Francis Hotel. The other remix is a remix of “Love is All We Have Left” by Jon Pleased Wimmen titled the “Euromantic Mix”. St Francis Hotel has been working with U2 for a while now, as we detailed in our article, St Francis Hotel and “One Tree Hill”. Jon Pleased Wimmim, aka Jon Cooper is a UK DJ who first started DJing in 1991. Jon Pleased has called the song a “space age lullaby” and has thanked Gavin Friday for “hooking me up.”

The cover of the EP features scenes that were shown on the screen during the opening of the concert while the mash up of “Love is All We Have Left” and “Zooropa” played. These are overlaid with the European flag, blue with yellow stars. Chaplin’s image taken from The Great Dictator is at the centre of the images. The 9×9 grid in the design recalls the similar 9×9 grid that was used for the album Zooropa, which also featured the ring of yellow stars. The label will feature the same image of Chaplin as the cover, but on a red, white and black label.

Record Store Day is an annual event, happening in April of each year. A second event organized around Black Friday in November is also organized by the Record Store Day organization. U2 has been participating in these events since 2010 including the following releases:

  • Nov. 26, 2010: “Wide Awake in Europe“ EP [5,000 copies, numbered]
  • Nov. 29, 2013: “Ordinary Love“ 10-Inch Single [10,000 copies]
  • Nov. 28, 2014: North and South of the River Poster / Map [5,000 copies]
  • Apr. 18, 2015: Songs of Innocence double 12-inch black vinyl [5,000 copies, numbered]
  • Apr. 22, 2017: “Red Hill Mining Town“ 12-Inch Picture Disc [7,000 copies not numbered, 1,000 copies of a US numbered fanzine, 500 copies of a UK numbered fanzine]
  • Nov. 24, 2017: “The Blackout“ 12-Inch Vinyl [750 copies coloured vinyl, 19,250 copies of black vinyl]
  • Apr. 21, 2018: “Lights of Home“ 12-Inch Picture Disc [5,000 copies, not numbered]
  • Nov. 23, 2018: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me“ 12-Inch Vinyl [7,000 copies]

We have also taken a closer look at some of these releases in our History Mix column in the past.

For those unfamiliar with Record Store Day, items are sold in store only on the day of release in most territories. Stores are not allowed to hold or save copies of the release in advance, nor are they allowed to take any pre-orders. Online sales are only allowed to begin on the week after the in-store release. And Record Store Day organizers in North America ship only to independent record stores, and thus these items are not available in larger chains. Quantities of the releases are often limited, and this results in some stores having line ups on the day of release. Because there are no pre-orders allowed, many will speculate that they will receive a copy of these items and will take orders for these items at highly inflated prices on eBay before they are available. Quite often the prices drop quickly on the day of release as people are able to pick up the items in store. In some countries, the Record Store Day rules are less restrictive, and stores do take pre-orders. It is always best to check with your local store once the announcement has been made as to what the policies will be.

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