"The Radio 1 FM Sessions" - Various Artists


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Full Track Listing:

Even Better than the Real Thing (Live from Dublin, August 28, 1993) – U2 (4:09)
Just – Radiohead (3:29)
Do You Remember the First Time? – Pulp (3:51)
I Can’t Help Myself – Gene (2:03)
Suds and Soda – dEUS (4:13)
Altruism – S.M.A.S.H (2:55)
Embarrassment – Madness (2:55)
Barn Burning – Dave Alvin (4:25)
Justice or Just Duty – Fun-da-mental (Vocal Impi-d) (5:40)
Whole Lotta Love – Robert Plant (7:15)
Golden Green – The Wonder Stuff (4:50)
Midnight at the Oasis – Brand New Heavies (4:03)
Channel Zero – Senser (3:45)
Les Anciens Mystiques – Suns of Arca (5:00)
25 – Veruca Salt (8:50)

Background Information

The November 1994 issue (number 51) of Vox magazine was issued with a free giveaway cassette mounted to the front cover. The issue featured a picture of Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, as well as a smaller picture of Damon Alban from Blur, poking out from behind where the cassette was mounted. The cassette was a compilation of performances that had been aired on the BBC in the preceding year.

The U2 track was recorded at U2’s hometown Zoo TV show on August 28, 1993. It was the second of two shows held at Dublin’s R.D.S. Arena. This performance was broadcast as a whole on Radio 1 and was also released in radio show format for the Westwood 1 stations so it could be broadcast around the world. The track on this release actually includes the opening notes of the performance of Mysterious Ways as well. The insert of the cassette lists the track as being 3:38 in length, but in actuality the full track is 4:09.

There were additional releases in this series, and Volume 2 featured a nearly identical cover design.

Liner Notes

Even Better Than the Real Thing:
(U2, Bono) From In Concert – Dublin, 1993. U2 appear courtesy of Island Records.
Compiled by Roy Carr. Design: Kevin Cook. 1994 BBC Entertainment.

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