"The U2 Talkie" - U2

Promotional Release

Track Listing:

Full Track Listing:

  • Introduction Speech (5:24)
  • In God’s Country (Album Version) (3:37)
  • Speech (5:23)
  • With or Without You (Album Version) (4:57)
  • Speech (5:27)
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Album Version) (4:38)
  • Speech (5:27)
  • Where the Streets Have No Name (Album Version) (5:37)
  • Speech (5:58)
  • Red Hill Mining Town (Album Version) (4:52)
  • Speech (2:03)
  • Mothers of the Disappeared (Album Version) (4:38)

Background Information

The first interview promo produced for The Joshua Tree promotional campaign. The interview was with RTE Radio 2 disc jockey Dave Fanning. This release is sometimes referred to as the “Joshua Tree Interview Album”. Some copies of this promo in cassette form were packaged together with the 1987 U2 Sampler Promo Cassette, as well as a tour program and a promotional sports bag.

It should be noted that although the track time is shorter for the version of “Mothers of the Disappeared” on the liner notes, that the actual song runs longer. It is mixed in with the speech portion prior to song on this release. The actual end of the speech marks the beginning of the track timing on this recording, and it is indeed the album version of the song when both portions are combined, not a separate edit.

Liner Notes

Interviewer: Dave Fanning. Interview Edited and Produced by Ian Wilson. Dave Fanning has a nightly radio show on RTE’s Radio Two (the pop / rock side of Ireland’s National Radio.) One of his early favourites was a young Dublin band called U2. Nowadays everyone has heard of them and even Dave is quite well known, regularily featuring in the annual reader’s poll of the British rock weekly, The New Musical Express. Dave Fanning’s producer is Ian Wilson, who invariably carries the troubles of the world on his shoulders. The U2 Talkie is the result of conversations with the band at the end of February 1987.
Thanks to: Paul Aungier for recording it. Mikam and ASAP for recording gear. Robbie Wooter and gang for assistance. Cormac Duffy, Mick Wright, John Doyle, and Tom Gormley for their editing work. RTE Radio for the use of editing facilities.

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