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It is the second track from their album The Joshua Tree and was released as the album's second single in May The song was a hit, becoming the band's second consecutive number-one single on the US Billboard Hot while peaking at number six on the UK Singles Chart. The song originated from a demo the band recorded on which drummer St.
James Infirmary - Bobby Blue Bland* - First Class Blues Mullen Jr. Like much of The Joshua Treethe song was inspired by the group's interest in American music. Lead singer Bono 's vocals are in high register and lead guitarist the Edge plays a chiming arpeggio. Adding to the gospel qualities of the song are choir -like backing vocals provided by the Edge and producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
It has subsequently become one of the group's most well-known songs and has been performed on many of their concert tours. The track has appeared on several of their compilations and concert films. However, the band liked the drum part played by drummer Larry Mullen Jr. We always look for those beats that would qualify as a signature for the song. And that certainly was one of those. It had this tom-tom thing that he does and nobody ever understands.
And we just didn't want to let go of that beat, it was so unique. The group worked on the track at the studio they had set up at Danesmoate House in Dublin. He suggests it was influenced by a line from the Bob Dylan song " Idiot Wind ": " You'll find I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For - U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990 (VHS) when you reach the top you're on the bottom ".
The Edge called the phrase's fit with the song "like hand in glove". As recording continued, a number of guitar overdubs were added, including an auto- pan effect and a chiming arpeggio to modernise the old-style "gospel song". Bono sang in the upper register of his range to add to the feeling of spiritual yearning; in the Love Of My Life - Various - WEA-East/West Instore Compilation July / August 1993 (VHS) he hits a B-flat noteand an A-flat in the chorus.
Lanois suggests that his and Eno's involvement in the track's creation helped their vocals. He stated, "You're not going to get that sound of, 'Oh they brought in some soul singers' if you know what I mean. Our hearts and souls are already there. If we sing it'll sound more real. The mix took longer to complete, though, with most of the production team contributing. The final mix was completed by Lanois and the Edge in a home studio set up at Melbeach, a house purchased by the Edge.
They mixed it on top of a previous Steve Lillywhite mix, which gave the song a phasing sound. Initially, " Red Hill Mining Town " was planned for release as the second single. However, Bono was unable to sing the song during pre-tour rehearsals and the band were reportedly unhappy with the video shot by Neil Jordanso "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" became a late choice for the second single. After nearly 2 months on the chart, the song reached number one on 8 Augustbecoming the band's second consecutive number-one hit in the United States.
The song spent two weeks in the top spot, and remained on the chart for 17 weeks. Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas's official event organization, credits the group's video with improving the city's image among musicians. The Edge found the cassette towards the end of the album sessions and played it to the rest of the group.
The band realised that it was a good track, but did not have enough time to complete it prior to The Joshua Tree ' s release.
The song is U2's I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For - U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990 (VHS) most played live song, and has been played on every tour. It was played at most of the legs of the Zoo TV Tourtypically rounding out the main set or being played acoustically on the B-Stage mid set.
For most of the Zooropa shows however, the song was dropped. It returned to be played at each of the PopMart Tour 's 93 shows, usually being played midway through the set. On the Elevation Tour it initially was very rare, only appearing once over the first and second legs. However, it became a regular again on the 3rd leg, being played late in the main set replacing the song " Mysterious Ways ", which was used in that spot on the previous two legs.
Island Records commissioned New York choir director, Dennis Bell, to record a gospel version of the song, and Island intended to release it after U2's single. However, Island boss Chris Blackwell vetoed the plan.
Bell subsequently formed his own label. The Edge's guitar was the only Mix 3 - Get Me Outta N.Y. - House Of Pigs - I Want More that U2 brought to the church although Mullen borrowed a conga drum. The rehearsal was done with the church's audio system and footage was used in the Rattle and Hum motion picture. Several performances were made with a piano player; however, the version used in the film includes only Bono, the Edge, Mullen, and the choir.
Audio from the Madison Square Garden performance appears on the accompanying album. The versions on the Mexico City and Milan concert films consist of just Bono's voice and the Edge's guitar until after the first chorus where the drum and bass parts kick in. COMmunication albums. Hot Press journalist Bill Graham described the song as on the one-hand as a "smart job of pop handwork, pretty standard American radio rock-ballad fare" but that "the band's rhythms are far more supple and cultivated than your average bouffant HM band of that period".
Inthe song was ranked at number on the RIAA's list of " Songs of the Century "—a project intended to "promote a better understanding of America's musical and cultural heritage"—despite the group's Irish origins. The song was covered by Scottish band the Chimes in  and was featured on their self-titled debut album. The rendition peaked at number six in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand charts. The song was very successful in Europereaching No. Bono from U2 commented that the Chimes' cover of their hit "I Still I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For - U2 - The Best Of 1980-1990 (VHS) Found What I'm Looking For" was the "only cover version he had heard that he enjoyed and did the original justice", adding "at last someone's come along to sing it properly".
Billboard wrote about the song: "The perfect cover version. Multiformat exposure is well-deserved. From Wikipedia, the Bangles - Greatest Hits encyclopedia.
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