"Common Ground Sampler" - Various Artists

Promotional Release

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Full Track Listing

  • “Tomorrow” – Bono and Adam Clayton
  • “On Raglan Road” – Sinead O’Connor
  • “Mary of the South Seas” – Tim and Neil Finn
  • “Mna Na h-Eireann” – Kate Bush
  • “Cavan Potholes” – Sharon Shannon

Background Information

The intial idea for “Common Ground” came from executive producer Gerald Seligman. He wanted to build an Irish album around one of the Irish Music greats, Donal Lunny. Only Bono and Adam Clayton were involved in the album, recording a new version of their own song “Tomorrow”, which had first appeared on the album, “October”. Seligman relates: “From the start they said they’d like to be on board, and when the time came, it was a gift to be given a striking new interpretation of a track from U2’s “October” album. Watching “Tomorrow” transform as it progressed from one approach to another, one mood to another, was to have an insight into the brilliantly intuitive working method of Ireland’s most popular artists. In many ways the two versions of ‘Tomorrow’ trace a musical route the artists themselves have travelled, from the Irish-grounded rock of their beginnings to more open-ended, experimental works like their recent ‘Passengers’ album with Brian Eno.”

It was Donal Lunny’s son Oisín who created the backing rhythms and samples on the track working with Stephen Daley. Donal Lunny performs on the track on bouzouki, bodhrán, and keyboards. And Sharon Shannon appears on the track playing button accordian. The song was recorded at U2’s Hanover Quay studios in Dublin, and Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin.

This five song promotional release was sent throughout Europe to promote the release, and was pressed in the Netherlands. The CD was released in a digipack case featuring artwork different from the album.

Liner Notes

Tomorrow (‘96 Version): Arranged by Adam Clayton, Paul Hewson and Donal Lunny. Bono: Vocals. Adam Clayton: Bass. Donal Lunny: Bouzouki, bodhran and keyboards. Sharon Shannon: Button accordian. Oisin Lunny and Stephen Daley: Beats and programming. Nollaig Ni Chathasaigh: Fiddle. Recorded at Hanover Quay, Dublin by Tim Martin. Assisted by Rob Kirwan. Mixed by Tim Martin, Donal Lunny, Bono and Adam Clayton at Windmill Lane, Dublin. Edited by Ciaran Byrne.

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