This is the song that played at our wedding moments after we were officially married.
In concert, this song is usually played with a simplified arrangement, minus the full orchestra, so this is a rare live performance of the song as scored on the original Rattle and Hum. You can tell that U2 also rarely performs it this way as Bono and the Edge stand back and enjoy the orchestra’s performance for the last few minutes. It’s a nice, humble moment. Very U2.
The album Rattle and Hum was panned as a cash grab by U2 by some fans and critics, following the insane success of Joshua Tree. U2 took the critical backlash so seriously, that they shut it all down, and reemerged years later with a stunning new sound – telling the world, “Attention (baby), we’re back.”
Achtung, Baby may be their best album of many great albums, but looking back, Rattle and Hum was unfairly judged. In addition to All I Want Is You which is the final track of the album, several U2 classics and concert staples come from this album, including Desire, Angel of Harlem, When Love Comes to Town, and the gospel-choired version of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. Hardcore fans like me also love listening to the Edge sing the ballad Van Diemen’s Land and Hawkmoon 269, which you can hear as the precursor to songs like Ultraviolet, Acrobat, and Love is Blindness from Achtung, Baby.

Written by Joseph Lee, M.D.

I'm a Psychiatrist in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA. I completed both medical school and residency training at UCLA. My practice is psychotherapy based with a health-oriented focus on personal growth and wellbeing. I also teach about mental healthiness and advocate for social emotional learning (SEL) in all contexts.

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