" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
PERFECT DAY

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 Release Date November 17, 1997 (Original)
 Artist Various
 Record Label Chrysalis Records
 Albums With U2 None
 Promotional Releases Not Available
 TRACKS FEATURING U2
Bono sings various lines on the '97 version, and on the Male Version of "Perfect Day"
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
LINER NOTES
Perfect Day: Lou Reed, Bono, Morcheeba, David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Boyzone, Lesley Garrett, Burning Spear, Thomas Allen, Heather Small, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, Shane McGowan, Dr. John, Robert Cray, Huey (Fun Lovin' Criminals), Ian Broadie, Garbrielle, Evan Dando, Brett Anderson, Visual Ministry Choir, Joan Armastrading, Laurie Anderson, Heather Small, Tom Jones.  Instrumentals by the Broadsky Quartet, Sheona White, Courtney Pine, Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony  Orchestra. Music and words by Lou Reed (1973).  All artists, the BBC and Chrysalis Records agreed to waive royalites. The proceeds of the sale of this single will benefit the BBC Children in Need Appeal.
OTHER NOTES
The song "Perfect Day" was originally written and recorded by Lou Reed in the early 1970s.  In 1997 the song was re-recorded with a variety of artists including Reed himself.  The four minute video was shot as a tribute and to promote the BBC's support of live music.  It featured the stars singing one line each, with Reed singing the first and last line.

To go with the video a CD was released containing the video version of the song as well as a male and female version of the song. 

Bono's lines were recorded in New York, as well as his segment of the video, while the band was on the PopMart tour.

In 2000, the show Music Live, on the BBC network planned a mass singalong of the song including performers and audiences from all over the UK.  Estimates place close to 100,000 voices singing the song.  The demand in the UK was high for this to be released on CD, so the BBC went back into the archives and re-released the Perfect Day single, with two extra tracks - one is a video of the original '97 version of the song.  The other extra track was the live recording, which unfortunately did not feature Bono.  The proceeds of the re-release also went towards the BBC Children in Need Appeal, like the original had before it.

RELATED RELEASES
  • Lou Reed wrote "Satellite of Love" which was recorded by U2 as a b-side for the single for One.
  • Lou Reed performed live via video for the recording of "Satellite of Love" found on the Peace Together CD.
  • Bono would also use "Satellite of Love" in the soundtrack for Million Dollar Hotel.
CATALOG INFORMATION
 CASSETTE:
Label:
UPC:
Package:
Catalog Information:
Europe, Chrysalis, 7243 8 84934 4 4
Track Listing:
Perfect Day '97 / Perfect Day '97 (Female Version) / Perfect Day '97 (Male Version)
Further Information:
More information on this pressing needed.
Other Images:
 5" CD:
 UK Pressing, CDNEED1
Label: Chrysalis Records
UPC: 7 24388 49342 0
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: 884934 2 1:2:72: EMI SWINDON
Catalog Information:
UK, Chrysalis, CDNEED1 / 7243 8 84934 2 0
Track Listing:
Perfect Day '97 / Perfect Day '97 (Female Version) / Perfect Day '97 (Male Version)
Further Information:
Other Images:
Interior sleeve photos of Bono

 UK Pressing, 888 7840
Label: Chrysalis Records
UPC:
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix:
Catalog Information:
UK, Chrysalis, 7243 8 88784 0
Track Listing:
Perfect Day 2000 (Live Version) / Perfect Day '97 / Perfect Day '97 (Male Version) / Perfect Day '97 (Female Version) / Perfect Day '97 (Video)
Further Information:
Re-release in 2000.
Other Images:
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