" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING

Version I

Version II
 Commercial Release June 7 / 8, 1992
 Record Label Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: 32, Canada: ?, UK: 12
 Album Achtung Baby (1991)
 Promotional Releases Available
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
LINER NOTES
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version): Words by Bono. Music by U2. Produced by Steve Lillywhite with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Engineered by Robbie Adams and Paul Barrett. Mixed by Steve Lillywhite and Robbie Adams. Assisted by Sean Leonard and Willie Mannion. Additional editing and mastering: Arnie Acosta.
Salome: Words by Bono. Music by U2. Produced by Paul Barrett and U2. Mixed by Paul Barrett and U2. Mixed by Paul Barrett. Engineered by Ian Bryan, Louise McCormick and Paul Barrett. Additional backing vocals by Ian Bryan and Paul Barrett.
Where did it all Go Wrong?: Demo from STS, Dublin, July 1990. Words by Bono. Music by U2. Produced by Paul Barrett and U2. Mixed by Paul Barrett and Ian Bryan. Engineered by Ian Bryan.
Lady with the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix): Words by Bono. Music by U2. Produced by Paul Barrett. Recorded by Ian Bryan. Remixed by Alan Moulder.
Even Better than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix): Remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne.
Even Better than the Real Thing (Trance Mix): Remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne.
Even Better than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix): Remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne.
Even Better than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix): Remixed by Apollo 440.
Even Better than the Real Thing (V16 Exit Wound Remix): Remixed by Apollo 440
Even Better than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 vs. U2 Instrumental Remix): Remixed by Apollo 440.

Photography by Anton Corbijn. Design by Works Associates, Dublin.

OTHER NOTES
Even Better Than the Real Thing got the full single treatment.  A slightly different remix of the album track was released with several b-sides. The single version of the song is most noticibly different at the end of the track, and the drums throughout the song.  A second single was also released made up of remixes of the title track by Paul Oakenfold and Apollo 440. It was the first single which saw two very different releases of the single, a trend which would continue throughout the 90s and into the next decade.

Even Better Than the Real Thing was performed live throughout the Zoo TV and Popmart tours. During the Elevation tour it was played rarely. One of the promotional concerts for the All That You Can't Leave Behind album was a small club in Paris, where Even Better was played. That version was released on the French Stuck in a Moment single.

The single cover for Even Better than the Real Thing fits together with the single covers for The Fly, Mysterious Ways and Who's Going to Ride Your Wild Horses to make one large image.

CATALOG INFORMATION
 7" VINYL:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: IS515 / 866 976-7
UPC: 0 42286 69767 3
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 7432 1101 887
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 976-7
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Slightly different image on the front cover, the U2 is much larger than on other releases.
Other Images:

Country: Spain
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 74321 10188 7 (1A)
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:
 12" VINYL:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 12IS515
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Stickered sleeve announces free poster included with this release.
Other Images:

Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: REAL U2 / 864 197-1
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Trance Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-866 977-1
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-864 281-1
UPC: 0 422-864281-1 6
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix) / Even Better than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) / Even Better than the Real Thing (V16 Exit Wound Remix) / Even Better than the Real Thing (A 440 vs U2 Instrumental Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 977-1
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Released with a poster.
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 864 197-1
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Trance Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (Sexy Dub Mix)
Further Information:
Some of these were stickered on the front for promotional use.
Other Images:
 CASSETTE:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CIS515
UPC:
Package: Hard Shell Case
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-866 281-4
UPC: 0 422-866977-4 1
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it All Go Wrong?
Further Information:
Released in a cover very similar to the Canadian single, only the border is a shiny black instead of the matte grey on the Canadian release.
Other Images:
Same tracks repeated on both sides. Print on both sides of the cassete is identical.

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-862 281-4
UPC:
Package: Hard Shell Case
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (V16 Exit Wound Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (A 440 vs U2 Instrumental Remix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Canada
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 977-4
UPC:
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it All Go Wrong?
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 976-4
UPC:
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 976-4
UPC:
Package: Hard Shell Case
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:
 5" CD:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CID515 / 866 977-2
UPC: 0 42286 69772 7
Package: Digipack
Matrix: CID525 10187581 04 % MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: UK
Label: Island
Catalog: C REAL 2 / 864 197-2
UPC: 0 42286 41972 5
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: CREAL2 08 &
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (V16 Exit Wound Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (A 440 vs U2 Instrumental Remix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-866 977-2
UPC: 0 422-866977-2 7
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: 8 422 866 977-2 SRC#01
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-864 281-2
UPC: 0 422-864281-2 3
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: 8 422 864 281-2 SRC+01
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (V16 Exit Wound Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (A 440 vs U2 Instrumental Remix)
Further Information:
Barcode on the back cover unlike the Australian and UK single which had the barcode on the front cover.
Other Images:

Country: Canada
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-866 977-2
UPC: 0 42286 69772 7 97
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #920520DD 422866977-2 MFG BY CINRAM
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 977-2
UPC:
Package: Digipack
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 864 197-2
UPC: 0 42286 41972 5
Package: Slimline Jewel
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (V16 Exit Wound Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (A 440 vs U2 Instrumental Remix)
Further Information:
Barcode on the front of the CD cover unlike the German CD which had the barcode on the back flap.
Other Images:

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 74321101882
UPC: 7 43211 01882 1
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: 74321101882 50243 904 01 /
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: C REAL 2 / 74321 10885 2
UPC: 7 43211 08852 7
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: SONOPRESS G-2637 / 4321108852 A
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Sexy Dub Mix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (V16 Exit Wound Remix) / Even Better Than the Real Thing  (A 440 vs U2 Instrumental Remix)
Further Information:
Barcode is not on the front of the CD like the UK and Australian pressings.
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 976-2 
UPC:
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 866 977-2
UPC:
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix:
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Japan
Label: Island Records
Catalog: PHCR-12701
UPC:
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix:
Track Listing:
Even Better Than the Real Thing (Single Version) / Salome / Where Did it all Go Wrong? / Lady With the Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
Further Information:
Other Images:
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