" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
SWEETEST THING

Version I

Version II
 Commercial Release October 19 / 20, 1998
 Record Label Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: 9, Canada: 1, UK: 3
 Album Best of 1980 - 1990 (1998)
Best of 1980 - 1990 & B Sides (1998)
 Promotional Releases Available
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
LINER NOTES
Sweetest Thing (The Single Mix): Produced by Steve Lillywhite with Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. Recorded by Joe O'Herlihy and Pat McCarthy. Additional recording and mixing by Steve Harris. String arrangment by Daragh O'Toole. Strings: Una O'Kane, Nicola Cleary, Aengus O'Connor, Nicholas Milne.
Twilight (Live): Recorded live at Red Rocks, June 5th, 1983. Recorded and mixed by Steve Lillywhite.
An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart (Live): Recorded live at Red Rocks, June 5th, 1983. Recorded and mixed by Steve Lillywhite.
Stories for Boys (Live): Recorded live in Boston, March 6th, 1981. Recorded and broadcast by WBCN. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.
Out of Control (Live): Recorded live in Boston, March 6th, 1981. Recorded and broadcast by WBCN. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.
With or Without You (Album Version): Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. Engineered by Flood. Mixed by Steve Lillywhite.

Photography by Ian Finlay. Design by ABA, Dublin.

OTHER NOTES
In September of 1998 U2 announced they would be releasing the first of three "Best Of" compilations. This compilation would cover the recordings released between 1980 and 1990. A new recording of an old track would be released on this compilation and used for promotion of the compilation. The track chosen was 1987's The Sweetest Thing. It had originally been released as a b-side to the single Where the Streets Have No Name. The song was rerecorded, released as a single and on the a-sides disc of the Best of 1980 - 1990 compilation. The original version was released on the b-sides disc of the Best of 1980 - 1990 compilation.

The Sweetest Thing was written for Bono's wife Ali when he missed her birthday in 1986. It was recorded for possible inclusion on the Joshua Tree, but didn't make the final cut. The b-sides for the singles were live tracks recorded in 1981 in Boston, and 1983 in Denver. Songs from the 1981 Boston show appeared on the Gloria single, and the Fire single and the Dancin' Master compilation.  Songs from the 1983 Red Rocks show made up part of the Under a Blood Red Sky live album.

The Sweetest Thing single was the first single since the early 80s not commercially released in the United States.

CATALOG INFORMATION
 CASSETTE:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CIS727 / 572 466-4
UPC: 7 31457 24644 3
Package: Hard Shell Case
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live)
Further Information:
Same songs are repeated on both sides, but sides are individually labelled '1' and '2'.
Other Images:
 3" CD:
Country: Japan
Label: Island Records
Catalog: PHDR-953
UPC: 4 988011 361319
Package: Snap Pack
Matrix: PHDR-953- 5R V
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / With or Without You (Album Version)
Further Information:
Outer plastic of single advertises the fact that "With or Without You" is being used in the Japanese television show "A Sleeping Forest".
Other Images:
Case with Sticker / Inside Front Cover / Inside Back Cover
 5" CD:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CID727 / 572 466-2
UPC: 7 31457 24662 7
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: CID727 03 %
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Twilight (Live from Red Rocks) / An Cat Dubh - Into the Heart (Live from Red Rocks)
Further Information:
Although not listed on the packaging, Into the Heart is included at the end of An Cat Dubh.
Other Images:

Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CIDX727 / 572 464-2
UPC: 7 31457 24642 9
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: CIDX727  08
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live from Boston) / Out of Control (Live from Boston)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Europe
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CIDT727 / 572 468-2
UPC: 7 31457 24682 5
Package: Card Sleeve
Matrix: 572 468-2 00
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live from Boston)
Further Information:
Two song single in a card sleeve. CD is labelled as "Made in France by PMDC" in the matrix area.
Other Images:

Country: Europe
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CID727 / 572 466-2
UPC: 7 31457 24662 7
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix:
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Twilight (Live from Red Rocks) / An Cat Dubh - Into the Heart (Live from Red Rocks)
Further Information:
Although not listed on the packaging, Into the Heart is included at the end of An Cat Dubh.
Other Images:

Country: Europe
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CIDX727 / 572 464-2
UPC: 7 31457 24642 9
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix:
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live from Boston) / Out of Control (Live from Boston)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Canada
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 314-572 466-2
UPC: 7 31457 24662 7
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: #980923XK 3145724662 L386
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Twilight (Live from Red Rocks) / An Cat Dubh - Into the Heart (Live from Red Rocks)
Further Information:
Although not listed on the packaging, Into the Heart is included at the end of An Cat Dubh.
Other Images:

Country: Canada
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 314-572 464-2
UPC: 7 31457 24642 9
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: #00813V03 3145629462 L381
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live from Boston) / Out of Control (Live from Boston)
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 572 466-2
UPC: 7 31457 24662 7
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: IFPI - MADE BY PMI * 572466-2 * #01
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Twilight (Live from Red Rocks) / An Cat Dubh - Into the Heart (Live from Red Rocks)
Further Information:
Although not listed on the packaging, Into the Heart is included at the end of An Cat Dubh. The gold colour used on the Australian singles is more of a bronzy colour than that used elsewhere on these singles.
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 572 464-2
UPC: 0 731457 246429
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix:
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live from Boston) / Out of Control (Live from Boston)
Further Information:
The gold colour used on the Australian singles is more of a bronzy colour than that used elsewhere on these singles.
Other Images:

Country: South Africa
Label: Island Records
Catalog: MAXCD129
UPC: 6 001210 132233
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: MAXCD 129-1 MASTERED BY CDT
Track Listing:
Sweetest Thing (Single Mix) / Stories for Boys (Live from Boston) / Out of Control (Live from Boston)
Further Information:
Other Images:
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