Santacular Christmas Countdown: #17 – U2


From the uber-successful “Very Special Christmas” album (the first one), our earnest boys of U2 take the Darlene Love/Phil Spector classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and give it the echo-and-Edge treatement. 

(Did You Know? –  Love provided backing vocals for the cut).

Recorded during the height of their initial powers, just after “The Joshua Tree” release, the group adds enough drama and bombast to keep up with the exquisite original.  Gotta admire U2 for their ability to take on anything (song, idea, sound) and end up giving it their own stamp.  Not as much a staple of rock radio at Christmastime as it should be. Recorded July 1987 during a sound check at a stop during their Joshua Tree Tour in Glasgow, Scotland.  The video was filmed in Baton Rouge, LA.  Though just 2:18 in length, enough time for Bono to fully rock the hat. 

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