Record Store Day

Things have gotten pretty slow in terms of U2 news lately. We’re kind of in a limbo-state right now, hovering between the rush of excitement that comes with the release of a new album and the immediate flurry of activity that goes with its promotion, and the daily updates that accompany a tour in progress. Bono’s injury and his ongoing recovery have also contributed to the dearth of  new information, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve got nothing to talk about. Project2You may have noticed this past week that a news item hit the internet proclaiming that U2 are releasing something for Record Store Day this year. For those not in the know, Record Store Day is an annual event dedicated to getting shoppers to visit their local independent record stores. Record Store Day releases are normally vinyl only, meaning actual records, as opposed to CDs or other more modern formats, and can contain either brand new music, or previously released songs and are often released in limited quantities. This year, heavyweights like David Bowie, Cypress Hill, Brian Eno, and U2 all have releases hitting the shelves on April 18th for the event, along with numerous releases from oodles of other artists that you may or may not have ever heard of (check here for a full listing). Wide Awake in Europe is a past U2 release for Record Store Day, and it looks like this year we’re getting a limited edition (only about 6000 pieces are being released) re-release of Songs of Innocence that’s similar in appearance to the initial “white label” iTunes release of the album. If you haven’t listened to any vinyl lately, you’re missing out, as the format still sounds as vital and alive as it ever has. Some audiophiles, in fact, report that records allow for warmer, truer sound reproduction than CDs or low quality MP3s. Other great U2 vinyl releases of the past include the Ordinary Love single, 2010’s Artificial Horizon remix album, and the Salome single from 1992.

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Ever since I realized as a kid, while poring over the liner notes of the Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom boxed set, that writing about music was a viable career choice, one of my greatest desires has been to write about U2. The band has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute a little something to the fantastic online community that's been built around the band.

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