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PHOTOS: Wide Awake In Europe Seen 'In the Wild'

@U2, November 19, 2010
By: m2 / @mattmcgee

 

We've reported, and you likely know by now, that U2 is issuing a limited-edition vinyl next week called Wide Awake In Europe. The three-track record is being sent to independent record stores across North America as part of Record Store Day; some UK and Ireland stores are also expected to have it. The release date is Friday, November 26th. But U2 fan Mike S. has managed to get his hands on a couple copies of the record already, and took the photos below. (thx to Jose for help)

Our question: If this record is said to be limited to 5,000 pressings, how come Mike has numbers 5500 and 5501? (see third picture below)

UPDATE: A contact at Universal Music has answered this question for us. Here's why:

"During the manufacturing process, some jackets get damaged during the numbering process. These jackets are destroyed, but we do not go back and re-set the numbering machine for each damaged jacket. We simply run numbers past 5,000. If we didn’t do this, we would end up with much less than 5,000 total units."

So now we all know!

Wide Awake in Europe 1

Wide Awake in Europe 2

Wide Awake in Europe 3

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