'All the promises we made…'

5 Dec 201758

'All the promises we made, from the cradle to the grave…' 

The band  were at Abbey Road Studios in London last month, making a one-off BBC special which airs on Tuesday December 19th.

Performing with choir and orchestra, they played tracks from Songs of Experience, talked to presenter Cat Deeley about the making of the album… and dipped into the back catalogue for a number or two, including this pretty wonderful version of  'All I Want Is You'.


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Just one word for U2 UNIQUE!!!!❤️❤️
Taste for more!
Great show, one hour was to short :-) I loved the last song. U2 is a live band this proofs it all. Thx for the music! Albert
fabulous !!!
thanks for another brilliant masterpiece......
I loved it
Beautiful performance!!
No words needed
It doesn't get any better.
All i want is U-2
Amazing!!! I was moved to goose bumps to see Edge, then followed by the rest of the guys, humble themselves in appreciation of the other musicians performing. We will never know their names but for that moment U2 seem to be their biggest fans... and then i was too!
Thank you
I became a U2 fan in 3rd grade - when The Joshua Tree was released. After I bought my tickets for the anniversary tour, I listened to you guys non-stop until the show. Then non-stop after the show. For months. I have always been in awe of your music - the powerful lyrics. In August, I suffered a great loss. More than ever, your songs speak to me and have helped to carry me through this hard time. Thank you for pouring out your souls and helping put words to my feelings.
Tremendous performance
Wonderful and heartfelt live version of one of my favourite U2 classics! Bono puts so much sensitiveness and sincere emotion in his melodies. Together with the orchestra U2 deliver a musical masterpiece full of beauty, complexity and subtle tone colours. I love the way it continuously develops more intensity culminating in a tremendous climax. Especially the last part that lets the music calm down gives much space for a rich orchestra sound. Bono´s snippet of "Walk To The Water" is also special.
Theresa A.
This is amazing! It gave me chills. Beautiful version!!
A clash of genre
A rock band backed by an orchestra? Only one band can pull this off with one of their masterpiece compositions. The band is always solid and Bono gives a strong performance. This is a great version of one of U2's best songs ever. It is has all the volume and majesty of a song for the ages we have come to expect from the band. Combining these two musical environments is a true test to the band's willingness to constantly explore new boundaries. May they never lose that...
fertile ground
Thanks for always lifting us higher and higher. You are true spirits that routinely brave the unknown and find ‘fertile ground.’ Much love and respect! Nobel Committee... please, please, please take notice.
Great Song
Great version, where can I buy it ?
Wonderful. This song is Beautiful and one of my favorites. Played at my wedding. Marcelo Jara.
SOE in my opinion
I’ve be a fan since the eighties and in my opinion they are moving back to their roots. I’ve read many disappointing responses and exciting ones too. The song that I liked right off the bat was Red flag day, then landlady but honestly the song that really caught my ear was a book of your heart. What drew me to U2 was the music, lyrics, and how close the vocals were. I will say I was surprised and filled with disappointment That Eno and Lanois weren’t part of this project, as I feel they are the 5th and 6th members of the band. U2 is very gifted and talented like great food in the kitchen, and Eno and Lanois are like great chefs. I say this because reminiscing back to Achtung baby, U2 put some great songs together that would later become the finished product of Achtung baby. I heard the outtakes, but until recently I’ve been listening to a re-release of songs called the baby kindergarten takes. These songs are very U2 as is SOE, had Eno and Lanois produced these songs off of soi and SOE we would have in my opinion had another couple of Achtung baby moments. With that being said, there is a rawness with this album that is acquired, but appreciated. I am much happier with SOE than soi. The song clip that is being played as a teaser on Apple is frustrating. I hope to hear it soon. I’m thankful for the ability to listen and play music. I am also excited to understand how these songs will sound on a live plateform.
All I want is you with orchestra
Wow! Wow! Wow!! So much emotion in this beautiful version of one of the most beautiful songs that exist
fernando brasil
U2 U2 U2 - lots of love!! My favorite band playing one of my favorite songs!!
my favourite U2 song
All I want is you has always been my favourite U2 song - this performance is breath-taking - truly a masterpiece - thanks once again -
trash trampoline
A man with a suitcase..full of things he
Wow - can't believe Bono went into Walk to the Water!
One of my favorites songs and in this version U2 shows how them grow as a band
Superb,superb,superb...Still the best band in the world
All I Want is You
Best Yet.... Fantastic version....
Beautiful Song(s)
Love it....and the Walk on Water touch was brilliant. Walk on Water and Luminous Times (Hold on to Love), two songs that IMHO are a couple of "gems" that are just waiting to be discovered by more. I wish (hope) they would play Luminous Times in concert, we need that song now more than ever. Looking back on the day I married the love of my life I think I would have chosen this song for my wedding. The lyrics are so powerful and are true today as they will be tomorrow.
...what a lovely version! :) More please! :)
In silent fellowship; I love this Son g! Great to see that the work is in progress, and it is just the warming up to 2020! Love and light my way, Detlev Lassche. Miss You Sugar.
Please play in Europe next year!
Incredible song and a stunning version - no one selects and blends songs better than U2 - a classic. Roll on 19th December - will be watching with beer in Joshu Tree pint mug
My husband and I are probably one of many couples who relate to this song and have a story to tel connected to this song. Ours started 25 years ago in Mexico City. And yes, there is a story about us and this song to boring to share. Anyway, since then, we have been fortunate enough to have seen U2 in many venues and a few countries, including Ireland (Slane Castle!). And this song, is THE song for us. This is such a beautiful rendition. To all members of U2, I wonder what it feels like to hear a song you created years ago being played to you in a way by an orchestra. You have earned this and so much more. Respect and love.
Most complete
This is so good - it is the most complete version ever. Its actually beyond words so now I stop describing it!
Oh Wow
Just a brilliant live version, and seeing the boys enjoy the strings and applauding - class!
On our 2 nd date my husband sang this song into my ear while it was playing in the background at the restaurant we were in 26 years ago, I got the chills .. he is still All I Want! My finger has a diamond on a ring of gold. Everytime i hear this song I am transported back to that night. Thank you U2. Beautiful performance with the strings as well.
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