Rattle and hum in digital world over rare U2 tape
A rare recording of U2 performing at the Dandelion Market on August 11, 1979, is attracting worldwide interest.
Posted on YouTube by long-time fan Pete McCluskey, the clip is gold not just for an early outing of debut single 'Out Of Control' but for the between-song chatter of a teenage Bono.
"I taped the whole thing on what was known as a 'personal stereo' back then, but you'd consider it more like an aircraft carrier-size cassette machine under my coat," Pete recounted to me.
But it's not just the Bono banter U2 fans want to hear -- it's over 40 minutes of U2's set that Saturday afternoon which Pete has on tape.
Many of the tracks, including 'Cartoon World' and 'Life On A Distant Planet', are ones which U2 never committed to vinyl.
Pete has no plans to release his tape but last year sold a numbered 12-inch copy of their first single to a Dutch collector for over €1,500.
"I'd had decades of enjoyment listening to that record so it was time another U2 fan to have it," he said.
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