Press Release: Passsengers “Original Soundtracks 1”

Island Records (1995-09-13)

NEW YORK — (ENTERTAINMENT WIRE) — Sept. 13, 1995 — Bono, Adam Clayton, Brian Eno, Larry Mullen Jr. and the Edge have formed a loose collective known as Passengers.

On their first album they are joined by Mo’Wax maestro Howie B., Japanese singer Holi and opera legend Pavarotti. Entitled Original Soundtracks 1, it will be released by Island Records on November 7, 1995.

Original Soundtracks 1 was recorded during a two-week session in London’s Westside studio last November and a further five weeks in Dublin this summer. “We wanted to make the record in six weeks,” says Bono. “For us this is an opportunity to get all this stuff out that there isn’t really room for on our own records,” adds bassist Adam Clayton.

During the summer session Pavarotti flew to Dublin to seek the band’s participation at his Pavarotti And Friends concert in Modena, Italy on September 12, a massive outdoor event which raised funds for children in Bosnia through the War Child charity. Bono, the Edge and Brian Eno performed a new song titled “Miss Sarajevo” — inspired by the TV documentary of the same name — and Pavarotti returned the favor by adding his voice to that song on Original Soundtracks 1.

U2 are now back in their Dublin studio, recording the next U2 record — “a rock ‘n’ roll album” says Bono — which is due for release next summer. Meanwhile Brian Eno has just overseen the release of Help, the War Child charity record which he executive-produced, and the David Bowie album Outside, which he produced and co-wrote. Another of his projects, a collaboration with Jah Wobble titled Spinner will be released in October.

CONTACT: Island Records John Vlautin, 212/603-3933 or The Wasserman Group Paul Wasserman/Brian O’Neal, 213/651-0274

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