"Wide Awake in America" - U2

Remastered EP (2009 Master)

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Background Information

As part of the 25th anniversary remaster of The Unforgettable Fire album, “Wide Awake in America” was also remastered and released as part of the deluxe disc versions of the album. Those versions were released on October 26, 2009, and are not covered under this discography entry.

The remastered version of “Wide Awake in America” was released on its own on May 26, 2017. On that day iTunes refreshed all of the U2 offerings in their online store in advance of the re-release of The Joshua Tree. The version of “Wide Awake in America” available in that set was the 2009 remaster. The release contained digital liner notes as well as the remastered audio. In the liner notes it is identified as the 2017 MFIT Edition. This version was only available at iTunes upon release.

Also in 2017, Universal undertook a program of re-releasing U2’s records in vinyl format. 2017 saw the release of both War (2008 Master) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004 Master). On April 13, 2018 the next releases in the program were released including “Wide Awake in America”. Also released at that time were Pop (2017 Master) and All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2017 Master).

The sticker on the front of this 2018 release states “remastered and pressed on 180GSM Vinyl. Includes digital download.” as well as the titles and the catalog number. The artwork is a reproduction of the original outer art for the release, but with new credits a number of places and new catalog and release information. The back of the sleeve states “Made in Germany. BIEM / SDRM” and contains a Universal International address in The Netherlands. US pressings have a further sticker added stating Made in Germany.

Inside the package the vinyl is packaged in a plain white paper inner sleeve. A download card from “The Sound of Vinyl” is included allowing buyers to download a Wave version of the album at 44.1/16-bit quality. The download card has a unique code that is entered at redeem.thesoundofvinyl.com to redeem your code. There are no additional liner notes packaged inside the vinyl. The copyright date on the back is 2009 for this release on both the vinyl release, and the iTunes digital release.

The vinyl itself replicates the original with a black label with white text on both sides. This too contains up to date information including “Made in Germany” and the catalog numbers of this new version (see below).

Liner Notes

Remastered by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood.


Photography / Design Matt Mahurin.

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