U2 – ” Red Hill Mining Town ” Record Store Day Release 2017

Posted: April 20, 2017 in MUSIC
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U2 have previewed their 2017 version of their track “Red Hill Mining Town” which is to be released as a picture disc for this year’s Record Store Day on April 22nd .

The remix version which will also appear on the about to be reissued 30th Anniversary edition of “The Joshua Tree” was mixed by Steve Lillywhite and features all-new vocals by Bono , along with greater focus on brass instrumentation by the Arklow Shipping Silver Band.

“Red Hill Mining Town” was devised as a literal illustration of the controversial and divisive British miners’ strike of 1984-85, placed within the terms of a marriage that’s breaking down under the stresses of the times. Bono admitted that some people would “beat me with a stick” for his take on a classic American protest song.

But he added: “What I’m interested in is seeing that another thousand people have lost their jobs. What you don’t read about is that those people go home, and they have families and they’re trying to bring up children.” In another interview he said: “A cold statistic about a pit closure and redundancies that follow is drastic enough – but it never tells the full human story. I wanted to follow the miner home and write about that situation.”

U2 reported in an announcement that “Red Hill Mining Town,’ originally inspired by Bono’s reading of Red Hill: A Mining Community by Tony Parker‘Red Hill Mining Town’ is famously “the single that never was”, originally discussed as the second single from The Joshua Tree but then put to one side at the last minute in favour of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. To coincide with the 30th anniversary of U2​’s iconic album, The Joshua Tree, Island Records will release a 2017 mix of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ on limited edition 12″ picture disc .


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