'Make yourselves comfortable,' explains Adam, 'Once this crowd starts telling stories we could be here for quite a while…'
And we are, for nearly two hours, with a crowd made up of Bono, Edge, Danny Lanois and Brian Eno brought together by Adam for U2 X-Radio to talk about the making of All That You Can't Leave Behind. (And with a little extra guidance from Cait O'Riordan, who presents the station's weekly 'Rocky O'Riordan Show')
What is it that's essential for any of us? That was the theme of the record explains Edge. 'All the songs were an attempt to strip away the unnecessary and hold on to the essential stuff...'
'What are the things you can't leave behind?' That was my question, explains Bono. 'A song about family, a song about your father, a song about your children…the leaving and arriving...'
As All That You Can't Leave Behind marks its twentieth anniversary, this is quite the deep dive into the ideas that informed the record and the players and producers who created it.
Listen to the tracks and to the stories behind them with conversations between Adam and Bono, between Adam & Edge, between Edge & Brian Eno and Edge and Danny Lanois.
'Chemistry' , says Brian Eno, is the only word to describe the musicians in this band and the songs they produced on this record. 'Chemistry has some very surprising proportions…'
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