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If God Will Send His Angels [CD 1] [Single, Maxi]

U2 Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Dec 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000005RZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. If God Will Send His Angels (Single Version) 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Slow Dancing [feat. Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael] 4:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live From Sarajevo) 3:500.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

U2 If God Will Send His Angels (1997 UK 4-track flying hearts PICTURE DISC CD single including Slow Dancing Two Shots Of Happy One Shot Of Sad plus a live version of Sunday Bloody Sunday recorded in Sarajevo picture sleeve CID684)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS SINGLE IS THE BEST TO HAVE COME OUT OF U2 16 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
this single is brilliant good lyrics and tune perfectly mixed together to create a a stunning track to an outstanding film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the stuff of country songs... 28 Feb 2008
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Pop was the first U2 album I ever purchased as a grotty teenager at the tail end of the nineties. Because of this, I've never had a problem with the band's more artistic or left field experiments, preferring universally despised records like Zooropa and Pop to more acclaimed, commercial endeavours like Rattle & Hum and All That You Can't Leave Behind. On the whole, Pop still stands up as a pretty good album, though it feels a little half arsed and there was certainly a degree of artistic compromise, with the U2 sound of old (which in hindsight seems more like a precursor to the style of All That You Can't Leave Behind and the new record, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) infecting the techno beats & ambient instrumentation. However, the singles still stand up exceedingly well, with stuff like Last Night on Earth and Staring at the Sun merging the more wayward moments of Pop's experimentation with the anthemic and grandiose qualities of songs like The Unforgettable Fire & With or Without You, as evident with this great single, If God Will Send His Angels.

Here, we get a great deal of ambient techno meandering from co-producer Howie B (& I'm sure Brian Eno had a hand in here also), setting up the song's dense atmosphere of low-key, multi-cultural melancholy, as Bono intones in a manner that is almost spoken word & completely devoid of irony "there's nobody else here baby... no one here to blame". The verse continues over the atmospheric backdrop, as the drowning guitars of the Edge become more apparent in the mix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 9 Oct 2011
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Another great single from the best rock band in the world. If you enjoy listening to U2 then this is the single for you.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As always, the B-Sides are the gems 6 Mar 2003
By Erik J. Malvick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It is difficult to rate a single because usually it means rating a song or two or three tracks, and frankly, if you are buying this single you are probably already a U2 fan, and a review won't necessarily move you one way or the other.
However, I also find it nice to give some insight for those who don't necessarily know what is here and give the advantages and disadvantages of this single.
First the disadvantages. You are getting a song that is available on a complete album, albeit this version is different (and probably better) than what appears on "POP" but is available on the recent "Best of 1990-2000" compilation. You are only getting three songs, and you could wait for the standard B-Sides album that comes with U2's greatest hits.... One song is not even sung by U2 (Willie Nelson) with a U2 sung version already available on the "Stay..." single.
Ok, the advantages. Contrary to my statement, U2 did not put these songs on the B-Sides compilation. The song "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad" is perhaps one of the greatest B-Sides of the last 10 years by U2, and it was written for Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday. This song demonstrates the versitility U2 have. "Slow Dancing" with Willie Nelson is actually quite cool and is how the song was meant anyway. It is a country song, and Willie Nelson's voice shows that. Again, U2's diversity shines through. Last of all, Sunday Bloody Sunday here is a live acoustic version that is perhaps the best I've heard... and... Edge sings and performs it solo. Awesome.
This is one of the more essential U2 singles in my opinion.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this single is really quite powerful...a slightly different version of "If God Will Send His Angels" than on the Pop album is quality, but for me, the track that makes this an excellent single is the live version of "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" performed in Sarajevo, and sung by The Edge. Incredible version, this remains one of the few songs that sends chills up my spine when I listen to it. Very powerful stuff.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all U2 fans!!! 10 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If God will send his Angels is probably the best song on POP album. Very intresting are two other songs that appear on the single. One Shot Of Happy, Two Shots Of Sad a piece tha Bono has sung for Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday is warm but tricky piece of music that shiver down the spine. Slow Dancing is a song written for Willie Nelson in 1988 and man himself is a guest vocalist on the song with Bono singing the chorus. It is a wonderful slow and moody song about the love between a man and a stronger woman. Live version of Sunday, Bloody Sunday taken from legendary concert in Sarajevo, BiH rom 23.september 1997 is wonderful with The Edge singing the song. One guitar, one voice version is rare and unike. If you are concider buying any single from POP or ZOOROPA this is the single to buy! Superb!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars track-by-track breakdown 2 Jun 2005
By Samuel Clemens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a good CD overall, quite unlike the previous singles from Pop which were packed with remixes.

If God Will Send His Angels (Single Version): This is the version that was on the City of Angels soundtrack. It is shorter than the album version by almost a minute, but is not entirely the same. There's a different vocal part in the end that sounds really pretty. Still, the song's doubt may put off some listeners. "God's got His phone off the hook, babe/Would He pick up if He could?"

Slow Dancing (featuring Willie Nelson): This song originally appeared as the B-side to the Stay (Faraway, So Close!) single. While that version was just Bono and an acoustic guitar, this version features Willie Nelson on lead vocals, along with a nice harmonica part. Bono wrote this song specifically for Willie, but it took him a while to get around to recording it, as evidenced by the amount of years separating the two recordings.

Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad: A song Bono wrote for Frank Sinatra and performed for his 80th birthday celebration. If you listen closely right at the end you can hear him say "Happy birthday, Frank". Pretty good song with Bono singing along with a live swing band. Not technically what you would call a "U2 song", but worth a listen nonetheless.

Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live From Sarajevo): Normally I'm not much on live tracks, but this one is an exception. This version is taken from a concert where Bono's voice gave out, so The Edge had to step in for vocal duties. It's cool to hear him sing this classic with just a guitar accompaniment. Definitely different. Worth adding to your CD collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have single for U2 fans. 11 July 1998
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Format:Audio CD
The maxi-single not only contains a wonderfully radio version of "IFGWSHA" but also include three bonus tracks. "Two Shots of Happy" is a song Bono wrote for Frank Sinatra and sings with great gusto, "Slow Dancing", another B-side orginally seen on the "Stay" single from Zooropa is redone, this time with Willie Nelson doing the crooning. The HIGHLIGHT is the Edge's solo version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" live on the fateful night when Bono's voice went out in Sarajevo. Perhaps the best live version ever done of the famous toon, primariy because of its simplicity.
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