U2 – All Shine On! (Godfather Records G.R. 133/134)

All Shine On! (Godfather Records G.R. 133/134)

12/05/2005 TD Banknorth Garden – Boston, Massachusetts

Disc 1: City Of Blinding Lights / Hello Goodbye. Vertigo / Rockaway Beach / Dirty Water / Take Me To The River. Elevation, Gloria, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / The Promised Land.  Beautiful Day / Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) / Jingle Bells. Original Of The Species. Norwegian Wood. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own / The Black Hills of Dakota. Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock The Casbah. Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America / When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Miss Sarajevo.

Disc 2: Pride (In The Name Of Love). Where The Streets Have No Name. One / She’s A Mystery To Me.
encores: Until The End Of The World. Mysterious Ways / We Wish You A Merry Christmas / The Battle Hymn Of The Republic. With Or Without You. Crumbs From Your Table. Instant Karma. Yahweh. 40.
Bonus tracks: Bad/The First Time. Walk On. Behind Blue Eyes/The Ocean 

The second night of the twin-bill at The Garden. Godfather Records again presents an excellent audience tape source for this release. In fact, to my ears the sound quality on this night is even slightly better than the previous night’s offering.

Another loud reception from the Boston audience leads Bono after “Streets” to say: “Wow, that’s even louder than last night!” While the band tonight seemed a bit mellower and laid back than the night before, the audience certainly was not!

The Setlist was very similar to Sunday’s, but not identical, so that fans who attended both shows got some variety.

Most notable additions to the set were “Gloria” and a ringing “Crumbs From Your Table” – “the first [Bono says triumphantly, then looks at Edge shaking his head], no, the second time we’ve played this,” and finally a rousing acoustic “Stuck In A Moment” in the first encore in the place of last night’s “Wild Horses”. Again, it was surprisingly effective, with everyone singing along word for word to Bono and Edge joined at the tip of the ellipse with just one acoustic guitar.

Bono was a bit low key but nevertheless quite loquacious last night, with lots of thanking of various players in the One campaign. He also took his time telling the well-worn story of how Edge came from the Future (of a “different planet” this time) only to reveal when asked that it is “Better.” When the cell phone lights came out before “One”, Bono asked “What galaxy is this? Is this Edge’s galaxy?” There was also another perfunctory pre-“All Because of You” photo-op for some UK media piece, this time Q Magazine, which named them Best Live Act.

Predictably, The Godfather has given us more bonus material in order to complete the second disc. This time we have material from Chicago on September 21st 2005, Washington DC on October 20th, 2005, and Boston MA on October 4th, 2005.  This is certainly a nice touch and collectors do appreciate it. There are many other labels that could learn a lesson here.

With respect to the packaging, we again have a cardboard gatefold presentation, with nice photos of the event. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but on these back-to-back releases, The Godfather uses similar color schemes and styling on the jackets. This is a nice touch for collectors who want to own both nights, because the sets indeed look like they do belong together as a set.

This release is another high-quality effort from Godfather Records. Most hardcore U2 collectors would recommend this release simply on the inclusion of “Crumbs From Your Table” alone, and so will I.  Two thumbs up!

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