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Best Version of Lift


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Best Version of Lift?  

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  1. 1. What is your favorite version of Lift?

    • Pinkpop
      2
    • 2002 Pre-HTTT Tour
      2
    • OKNOTOK
      6
    • Mini Disc 15
      19
    • Mini Disc 16 first version
      3
    • Mini Disc 16 second version
      22


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4 minutes ago, KidAmnesiac said:

I’m happy with 16 v2 mix. It definitely points the way to the OKNOTOK version which the band clearly thinks of as the definitive version. It’s really not that radically different in execution than 16 v2.

How so? If anything, the 15 mix seems to be much closer to the single version, although it is a much superior take.

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10 minutes ago, no452 said:

How so? If anything, the 15 mix seems to be much closer to the single version, although it is a much superior take.

The synths being more up front, I guess? 

Edit: Hmm, now I’m not sure. Maybe 15 mix is the most pleasing AND most similar to OKNOTOK version. 

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15 is like a Bends era song, 16 is the same recording remixed to fit with the rest of the finished material.

Both are great in their own ways.

EDIT: also there is one incomplete take of Lift on disc 13 that almost sounds like an alternate from the same session as the OKNOTOK version.

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After several listens, I'm surprised anyone prefers anything other than the Disk 15 version. The loudness and energy of that one is just balls-to-the-wall great. It's basically a studio-quality version of the legendary Pinkpop performance. The two on Disk 16 sound significantly subdued by comparison.

Damn, I'll admit that I kind of forgot about Lift after they released that tepid OKNOTOK version, but this has made me remember why it's so special. Sad that only extremely hardcore fans will ever know the Disk 15 version. It deserves widespread recognition.

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11 hours ago, Phillipa C. said:

none of the 17 hours and 16 minutes of leaked Minidisc material has been mastered. 

OK you're right perhaps not mastered but v2 from disc 16 has more gain/volume than the other versions.

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17 hours ago, hysterical.useless said:

After several listens, I'm surprised anyone prefers anything other than the Disk 15 version....... The two on Disk 16 sound significantly subdued by comparison.

the only difference I'm hearing between the 15 and the second 16 versions is that the channels have been reversed. 

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3 hours ago, MarkGrace said:

After much deliberation went with 16v2.  It's just the loudest and cleanest so it sounds the best to me.  See the potential in 15, but sounds less polished here.

After 400 listens, I'm going with 15. There's something weird about Ed's guitar sounding like it's cutting out or something during the chorus on 16v2 that disturbs me too much.

Prefer the crunchier mid-90s rocker vs the late-90s synth heavy dreamy singalong.

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Oh man, I finally made it to the MD126 v2 of Lift (16v2), and it is glorious! I'm extremely pleased with it (and MD125).

This entire fiasco is worth it for Lift alone. Lift has been one of my favorite songs for years, and I was disappointed by the lack of energy on the OKNOTOK version. It just didn't seem like the same song. I'm so happy we now have two worthy versions out there. I just wish they would have given it a proper release as a single or something so more people could know about it. Knowing these exist now, it's shocking that they went with the OKNOTOK version and even went so far as to make a video for it.

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Though far superior to the oknotok version, these versions sound as if they are heading into quite notably "yellow" territory at the start. Rh fans well aware this existed first but to casual listeners? Maybe that's why they went with the subdued released version.

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Ok just had my world rocked. I just googled the lyrics to lift, all the lyrics sites say these words are the chorus

The smell of air conditioning
The fish are belly up

All these years since I first heard Pinkpop 96 I thought the lyrics were

A smell of recognition

A face you barely loved

 

I cant even right now. I'm too upset. Please someone say it isnt so....

 

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35 minutes ago, dbe14 said:

Ok just had my world rocked. I just googled the lyrics to lift, all the lyrics sites say these words are the chorus

The smell of air conditioning
The fish are belly up

All these years since I first heard Pinkpop 96 I thought the lyrics were

A small of recognition

A face you barely loved

 

I cant even right now. I'm too upset. Please someone say it isnt so....

 

You're not the only one who heard those lyrics (well, maybe you're the only person who thought it was "small" instead of "smell"). That was the debate for decades. But the OKNOTOK version makes it pretty clear it's "air condition / belly up".

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So it is settled.  The second version on disc 16 is the true version of Lift but we also appreciate the disc 15 version.  Both are better than what we got on OKNOTOK.  I hope we get the I Will and Follow Me Around versions from MPIE for the Kid Amnesiac re-release.  

 

I look forward to Paul's remastered versions of both.  

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12 hours ago, Duff said:

You're not the only one who heard those lyrics (well, maybe you're the only person who thought it was "small" instead of "smell"). That was the debate for decades. But the OKNOTOK version makes it pretty clear it's "air condition / belly up".

I meant smell, stupid phone

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