"The goal is soul" -- A true "live" concert DVD...
Steven Dennis | Reston, VA USA | 01/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"U2 Go Home gives you the bare essence of U2, stripped of much of the made-for-TV pyrotechnics and flash of the also-excellent Boston DVD. Many of the songs are the same, even some of the canned dialogue. But the emotions are different, the audience is enormous and amazing, and the history of the setting really does wonders for U2's performance and for the DVD. If you look closely, you can even see the Teutonic Larry Mullen Jr. tear up at points.I wholeheartedly recommend it, along with the Boston DVD. They really are quite distinct performances and both are worthy of your DVD collection.I especially enjoyed the Bonus making of "Pride: In the name of love" at the same Slane Castle two decades earlier. My wife and I were chuckling at Bono's mullet and Adam Clayton's 'fro and the intimate look at the band's late-night strokes of musical genius. ...As for U2, the band already had a powerful message before Sept. 11, born in the troubles in Ireland, expanded by their decades of seeking out truth and opposing despair, prejudice and destruction.U2 has been the most influential, most meaningful band of the past 20 years, singing powerfully of love, hate, war, terrorism, famine and simple pop happiness too. They have the whole repertoire, and it's amply on display here. U2 has had the right message all along, but not enough were listening.When Bono strikes up, "How long, how long must we sing this song" on Sunday Bloody Sunday, you feel it in your guts. When he implores the crowd through chants of "no more IRA," you see the passion of a natural born leader for peace.There are a lot worse ways to spend your hard earned cash."
The real U2
S. Tidmore | Coker, Alabama United States | 12/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"U2's performance at Slane Castle is unique in that it shows what the band members are like as people, and unlike a lot of their other concerts, this one relies almost completely on passion and musical performance rather than extravagent showmanship. This concert was destined to be filled with passion since it not only was set in the band's home turf, but also it was performed shortly after the death of Bob Hewson, Bono's father. What is truly amazing about this concert is how pleasant the band was feeling. In the Boston and 2005 Chicago concert, the band members rarely smiled, but in this one there is very few moments when they are not smiling. Even Adam Clayton smiles.
Now on to the set list. The opening song ",Elevation," is easily one of the best opening tracks they could have picked. Unlike many of their songs, this one was designed to be a sing along and is the perfect to get the crowd ready. "Beautiful Day" is a cheerful song that features excellent back up vocals and guitar riffs from the Edge. "Until The End Of The World" is one of my favorites. This song just flat out rocks, and it rocks even more in an arena. When Bono and Edge act like buffalos and when Bono kicks Edge's guitar are about the only times we get a showy performance in this concert. "New Year's Day" features one of Adam's best performances and it's always nice to see and hear Edge play the piano. From there we move to the strangely moving performance of U2's first single ",Out Of Control." In this song, Bono introduces the band and thanks all the band's family members for helping them get to where they are today. In this version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," U2 actually seems Irish, for once. Bono's new lines and the repetition of "No More!" along with his enthusiastic voice give this song a new level of power and emotion. He also reads out the names of the 29 people killed in the Omagh terrorist attack to strengthen this song's message even more. Then we have a surprise appearence from Pop's "Wake Up Dead Man." This shorter and simpler version makes it five times better than the only average studio version. We then move from the dark and depressing "Wake Up Dead Man" to the upbeat and uplifting "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of." In this song, the Edge finally gets to showcase his beautiful vocal talents, which is a big bonus for an already excellent song. "Kite" is one of the band's most underrated songs of all time. This tribute to Bob Hewson is a song that can send shivers down your spine, and it is even more moving at this concert. Next, we get another surprise with the charming "Angel of Harlem." After that, we get an even bigger surprise with "Desire." Although not quite as loud and powerful as it's studio version, this song does by no means lack zeal. It is also nice to see Larry and Adam get to join the crowd and see Bono showcase his hermonica skills. Next, we have yet another Pop single ",Staring At The Sun." Fortunately, we have the acoustic version that was recorded on the "Please" single rather than the somewhat cheesy Pop version. Then we have another beautiful but underrated song ",All I Want Is You." This is where the concert turns into an incredibly emotional experience. After he dedicates this song to his wife Alley, Bono sings his heart out along with Edge playing some of his most beautiful riffs. I love the way Bono sings out of with all his anguish at the end of this song as it beautifully fades into "Where The Streets Have No Name." There is no way this song could be anything but amazing and the live sound along with the new lyrics allow this song to be heard the way it was meant to be. Then we get U2's anthem "Pride( In The Name Of Love). Bono's voice may not be as strong as it used to be here, but he still sings his heart out and gives a very passionate performance. From there, we move to "Bullet The Blue Sky." This song was designed to be performed live and Bono's speeches in this song really add to its strenth. Then we have the truly amazing "With Or Without You." What can say about this song other than it is beautiful beyond comprehension. Bono's added lyrics and Edge's extended guitar solo make this song even better than the unbelievable studio version. But the performance doesn't go down from here. Next up is my personal favorite "One." I struggled not to cry during this song. This song is amazing in the studio, but live it is twice as touching. Again, the band extends the song and adds lyrics which make it even more stunning. This is argueably the most beautiful song I have ever heard and to see the band perform it makes it so much better. Lastly, we have another song of encouragement ",Walk On." This song, while not quite as good of a closing as "40," is a fine way to end an amazing concert. Strangely enough, it is frequently left off the set list, so it is a treat to get to see it performed live.
If you are even slightly a U2 fan, you should seriously consider buying this DVD. Believe me, it will make you appreciate the band and their songs so much more. It is much better than the Rattle and Hum and Boston shows and it is barely better than the Vertigo in Chicago show. It is truly an emotional and breath-taking concert that should be experienced by everyone with any descent taste in music."
The best DVD that U2 ever published
Zarko | 12/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen various reviews on this DVD, and as a U2 fan I own all of their concerts from the beginning. I instantly bought this one, no matter what the reviews said. I've decided to write my own review because of the fact that as far as I like U2, I want to be objective regarding their work, and we all know that they had some bad editions. I will rate this DVD simply as a MUST HAVE regardless if you are U2 fan or not. Once you've listened to first couple of songs, fan or not, you will love them.Concert itself
The concert is something that I haven't seen in a long time. I remembered the times where the band recorded Rattle and Ham and after that Achtung Baby, how the concerts from those tours were filled with energy, spontaneous interaction of the band with the audience, performance that simply makes you shiver. I had the exact feeling when I watched the band in front of a huge audience, the guys are giving the maximum, and Bono's interaction with the audience is amazing. With the excellent performance, the relaxed atmosphere, stories from the past, and with excellent performance of their first single Out Of Control, the band managed to awake the spirit from the past that was long gone, lost and forgotten.
Conclusion? Go for this one!!!If you still don't get the full picture about this DVD, you can read the next couple of paragraphs regarding the technical details of this editionContent
The DVD comes in paper cover, small illustrated inlay, with excellent quality and pictures. DVD itself contains the concert in Slane Castle, Mysterious Ways as bonus song which was left out of the concert part (strange but anyway they put it in), The Unforgettable Fire documentary about making of the concert is listed in "extras" where you can also find Elevation tour diary calendar and clock and couple of screen savers and themes for Windows. DVD ROM bonus tracks section contains three songs that can be viewed on PC in 360° using Quick Time Player (Elevation, Beautiful Day and Where The Streets Have No Name).Sound
Sound is recorded in PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and finally DTS 5.1 format which makes this DVD the first DVD with DTS Sound released by U2. The sound quality is astonishing, if you listen in Dolby Digital 5.1 and especially in DTS, will simply become part of the audience, experiencing the full power this excellent concert. Picture
Like in other U2 concerts, these guys spend big time on visual effects and cameras recording the concert. The monitors are present, this time 4 big ones for each of them, and once again they use state of the art technology for their visual effects. Picture format is 16:9 wide screen with excellent quality."
Much Better then Boston
Aaron Taylor | Toronto, Canada | 11/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"U2 Go Home might just be the best live U2 DVD on the home market today. It's all about U2 being U2. It's raw, it's genuine and it's fun. These factors are what make U2 the band they are today, and were some of the things lacking on their previous DVD release U2 Live From Boston.Sure, the Boston DVD was probably better in technical terms. There were no obvious band slip-ups in that release. However, most of that has to do with inter-cutting moments from the night after while the cameras were still rolling. In U2 Go Home, there is none of that. When the band screws up, you know about it. You see Bono laughing and Larry Mullen smirking after a rocky start to Angel Of Harlem...that's what live music is all about. To be fair the gaffs are rare. However, for those who are paying attention, Bono's voice is much better in U2 Go Home. Overall, the songs are more inspired and powerful this time out.U2 Go Home also did something unique in using a variety of film and video stock for the show. It gave the performance that extra raw feeling. There were no perfectly timed crane shots or any nonsense that you might find in previous U2 live releases. It was also nice to see them use a 16:9 aspect ratio. It really adds to the grandeur of the show and gives the DVD a much more cinematic feel.What about that crowd? I'll take 80'000 screaming hometown fans any day over the 20'000 tame Boston fans. Let's not forget about that silly sit down protest that took place inside the heart that is very visible on TV. (you people should STILL be ashamed for doing that....you still got a great viewing location that other fans would have almost died for) In U2 Go Home, there is none of that nonsense. It's just a lot of U2 fans who are grateful to be there, even the ones at the back.You're also getting eight songs you didn't get on the Boston DVD. New Years Day, Out of Control, Wake Up Dead Man, Angel Of Harlem, All I Want Is You, Pride, One and Mysterious Ways(bonus track). What's there not to like on this DVD? (well maybe a few more DVD extras would have been cool) This is one of the better U2 performances you'll ever see."
Best rock band af all time
Dr Jeremy Buddle | Battery Point, Tasmania Australia | 12/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the 25 years of its existence, U2 has done more than any other band to bring feeling, soul and emotion into live rock concert shows. Words cannot fully express how wonderful their music is - it is full af joy, hope, doubt, burning conviction, fear, truth and triumph. Anyone with a heart can respond to these great songs. This concert is from 2001, and was filmed at Slane Castle. Not far from Dublin (the hometown of all four members of U2), this stately country house should be recognisable to fans as the venue for the recording of 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire (it appears on the cover of that album).
This show features songs from the Elevation tour of 2001, a year of triumph and tragedy for the band as they performed brilliantly across the world's stages, yet were sadly bereaved by the passing of frontman Bono's father Bob in May 2001(shortly before this show was filmed). Despite this, Bono is in terrific form here, and a celebratory rather than sad feeling permeates the film.
Tracks: Elevation - loud, punchy rocker & great starter track
Beautiful Day - great song, wonderful reception by crowd
Until The End Of THe World - atmospheric, deep track from Achtung Baby very good
New Year's Day - the first U2 song I ever heard (from 1983) this is a magical performance showcasing the Edge's guitar and keyboard playing
Out Of Control - This is FANTASTIC !! I love the idea of U2 presenting this very-early tearaway adolescent rocker as "our first single" as if they are debuting their act all over again. A surprise delight for longterm fans who may never have heard U2 play this one live.
Sunday Bloody Sunday - Larry's drums really make this track work well. A timeless song urging opposition to war and conflict.
Wake Up Dead Man - slow acoustic despair-filled number segues into... Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - This is an uplifting soul song and I love it. It's the perfect antidote to Wake Up Dead Man.
Kite - song dedicated to Bono's dad shines rather than palls
Angel Of Harlem - Every U2 show I've been to or seen on TV has them singing this fabulous crowd-pleasing singalong tune from Rattle & Hum
Desire - same album but a basic two-note stomper and another great past hit
Staring At The Sun - another acoustic guitar song performed on the front of the stage. Works well
All I Want Is You - the second delightful surprise of the disc. I love this song and have never seen them play it on TV or live in concert before. Wonderful
Where The Streets Have No Name - This is for me U2's greatest song. It sends shivers up my spine every time I hear its wonderful ringing guitar chords and inspiring lyrics. Thiis performance leads on directly from the previous track with that glorious introduction and beautiful orange glowing light. I cannot praise this highly enough.
Bullet The Blue Sky - The full version of this dramatic , controversial song from The Joshua Tree album is performed here. Much better feel than on the Rattle & Hum movie. This is the best version of this great song available to own on disc.
With Or Without You - Again off Joshua Tree, another classic and well done here
One - A magical performance of this great song. My second favourite U2 song ever.
Walk On - I was so glad they came back for an encore to do this one straight after One. This was the key song on the 2000 album All That You Can't Leave Behind and finished this glorious concert with a great message of hope.
No-one else in rock music could play such a great set of songs. DO NOT be without a copy of this disc!!!!!