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MD5 Record Set:    Disc 1    -    Disc 2 -    Disc 3 -    Disc 4 -    Disc 5 -    Disc 6
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  • B-side demo Joshua Tree session snippets
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  • 28th of September 2008
  • U2 - Joshua Tree B-sides demo session snippets lineage: studio master tape>cassette>.WAV>cassette>.WAV>CD-R(0)>.SHN These are demo snippets from one of a set of three 60-minute cassettes. The cassettes were supposedly copied direct from a master tape of a "Joshua Tree b-sides session". A person appeared on the U2 internet mailing list WIRE 5-6 years ago and purported to have all three cassettes for sale to the highest bidder. I believe he was seeking in the neighborhood of $1000-$2000. My memory is unclear on the exact details, but I think this person claimed to have been charged with the duty of transporting the master tapes across town and either stopped by his house and made a quick copy or perhaps snuck a quick copy of the tape in the studios which were at either end of his journey. Regardless of how the tapes came into existence, this was nonetheless a very dubious story. WIRE, for once, seemed to want some proof instead of wildly just spreading rumours. So the seller established a temporary website and stated that he would offer proof in the form of .WAV files which could be downloaded. Chris Jenkins was able to download eight of these files and later traded a tape copy of them to me. I remember he did say there were a few that he missed before the website was "mysteriously" shut down. Think about it: this person posted on the Internet that he had stolen something from U2. U2's management no doubt read this and took actions to secure the tapes - or at least get the person to "cease and desist" under threat of lawsuit. After the website suddenly shut down, this person (to my knowledge) was never heard from again. Another interesting item of note is that all this ocurred in the same time frame as the anticipated release of the Joshua Tree Ultradisc from Mobile Fidelity Studios. This release was delayed for unspecified reasons, but is it a coincidence that Mobile Fidelity REQUIRES access to an album's master tapes before they agree to license it to create the Ultradisc? A very intriguing story. I remember thinking that there would probably be a very interesting new bootleg to listen to a few months after the tapes were sold, but nothing ever came forward. Perhaps U2 took back what had been stolen. All we have to listen to then are these few snippets: (I've quoted a best-guess of Bono's lyrics in each case) 1. "in the doorstep, golden light" 2. "tell them the story" 3. "dance with me baby" - in retrospect, I think this one sounds a lot like something you can hear on the SALOME bootleg. 4. "and you didn't make any enemies" 5. "move, up, up" - spooky African motif includes some chanting - kinda reminds me of "Race Against Time" 6. "Walk To the Water" - demo with vocal lyrics: "through the past, through the future, we're all wading in the present tense 7. "diamond store" [each segment is approximately 30-sec. long] After listening to these, there is no doubt in my mind that they are legitimate. They sound like U2, but they don't exist anywhere else that someone could have copied them and pretended they were new. Regards, ---Dirk Horst