"Even Better Than the Real Thing" - Various Artists

Promotional Release

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Full Track Listing:

  • Even Better Than the Real Thing – U2
  • Real Love – Lorenzo
  • Will Work for Food – Kimm Rogers
  • Stay – Shakespears Sister
  • Right On (Edit) – Santana
  • 2001 (Edit) – Melissa Etheridge
  • Church of Logic, Sin, & Love – The Men
  • What’s Forever For – House of Lords
  • Nowheresville – E
  • Black Moon (Edit) – Emerson Lake and Palmer
  • Over the Edge (Edit) – L.A. Guns
  • E.S.P. (Edit) – D’Bora
  • Sunshine on a Rainy Day – Zoe
  • Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine – P.M. Dawn
  • Stand By You – Stage Dolls
  • Weed Bus – The Stairs
  • We Were Only Making Love (Edit) – Jules Shear

Background Information

This was a promotional release for labels under PolyGram records, including Island Records. It was released in early 1992, and contained the album version of U2’s “Even Better Than the Real Thing” (The album version has a very audible shaker sound at the end of the track that was removed from the single version, this is present on this promotional recording.)

The CD was pressed in the USA and was sent to radio programmers in a card sleeve. The sleeve features a unique cover on the front and a track listing on the back. On the back of the sleeve are logos for all of the labels represented including Victory, Alpha International Records, Smash, Island, London, and Polydor The CD has a small 0704 in the back corner on the back sleeve, but lists SACD 518 on the spine for the catalog number as well as on the disc itself. The “0704” seems to be a similar mark to the “0501” found on later releases on PolyGram.

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