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=== U2 The best of 1990 - 2000 ===
U2 is an Irish band formed in 1976 and consists of four members, including Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Adam (bass guitar) and Larry (drums). U2 has been known for more than thirty years, and already started in 1976. The band members met at school and decided to start a band. They have since then grown in terms of music and had influences of rock, alternative rock, punk, dance and pop. Especially in recent years was increasingly criticized for being too much inclined to Pop music and less focused on rock. Eventually, they released 12 albums and more than 150 million albums sold worldwide. The best part is that the band still consists of all original members.
The album Best of 1990 -2000 was released in 2002. There are several versions of this album available including the version with the B-sides and a DVD of video performances. The album was a great success and in many countries the album reached number 1 in the charts. The album gives a good picture of the band U2 over a period of 10 years. The collection of songs is of different albums released during this period and there is one new song on the album. Below is a discussion of some songs:
=== Even Better Than the Real Thing ===
The Best of album has a good start with the song Even Better Than The Real Thing. This song is from the album Achtung Baby. It begins with an instrumental intro including the use of the guitar and the drum. I think both Bono and The Egde sing on this song with Bono's voice a bit more on the foreground. It is a good mid tempo song, which in terms of tempo and volume increases here and there. A good up beat song.
=== Mysterious Ways ===
The second song is also from the album Achtung Baby and is also one of the better songs of U2. This song begins with electric guitar and use of the drum, after about 20 seconds Bono starts singing. It is a mid tempo song which is particularly strong because of the good correlation of the drum, the voice of Bono and the occasional use of the electric guitar. The latter gives the song just that little extra which makes it original and interesting.
=== Discothèque ===
The synthetic pop influence on this song is clear from the beginning. It is a remix of the original and with a strange electronic beat start starts the song, but after that it quickly goes back towards the drum and bass. Both Bono and The Edge sing the song, but the voices are more in the background and sounds somewhat distorted. It is clearly edited with the computer. It is a up tempo song with electronic pop influences.
=== Staring at the Sun ===
Staring at the Sun is a lovely song were the band does what they are good at. Rock influences with a clear use of the drums and the guitar and especially the beautiful warm voice of Bono in the foreground. The number is well built and stays fairly mid tempo. Certainly one of the stronger songs.
=== Gone ===
This song begins with clear use of an electric guitar or electric type of influence. It begins slow with the voice of Bono reasonably calm. Only halfway through the song it becomes a bit stronger and the volume goes a bit higher. I particularly like the guitar work on this song significantly, but otherwise it's a reasonable song.
=== My opinion ===
This Best Of album is a nice collection of 10 years U2. The songs are from the albums: Achtung Baby, Pop, Zooropa, and All That you can leave behind. There is only only one new song on the album. Normally on this kind of albums are at least two new songs. I normally have my doubts about this kind of compilation albums, but I must say that I certainly appreciate this album. The set of songs gives a good picture of the band U2 and is especially suitable for people who are fan of the band. Five stars.
Be warned, I am about to be scathing about a much loved band. So if you're a staunchly loyal U2 fan, I suggest you look away now. The bottom line is, they are overrated. There are heaps of groups who do the same kind of thing if not better than this lot and never get a look in. Yet for some reason, there always seems to be a hype and an air of untouchability about U2 that really isn't all that deserved.
This twenty nine track album is spread over two discs and collects some of their best work from 1980 through to 1990. 'Pride' is a fine way to start, with a breathy vocal from Bono and and anthemic chorus which make you want to hold your hands aloft and unite with brothers. 'With Or Without You' is a slowburner, haunting and moody with just the right levels of sentiment and it sounds convincing enough to this day.
'I Still Haven't Found' is what could be described as a grower. It could also be described as tedious. I find it overwrought with emotion and laborious. Lyrically astute, but also a trifle dull. Much better is 'Where The Streets Have No Name' with a majestic intro which makes the hairs on the arms stand on end, possibly their finest hour.
'The Sweetest Thing' might have provided them with a big hit, but it is too naff for me, with an overtly cheerful chorus and Bono trying to sound all joyous, which comes across as a forced smile. Head instead to 'Angel Of Harlem' with a rip roaring vocal and chord changes to make you go a bit tingly. For something grungier 'When Love Comes To Town' smells like it has been soaking in gin for a dozen years and has just been dusted off, a fine piece of music with a real essence of nostalgia about it.
CD two throws up some treats on the limited edition CD. 'Spanish Eyes' and 'Walk To The Water' being two of the standout songs, benefiting from rich tapestries of melodies and aching vocals. The CD is also available as a one disc edition.
U2: The Best of 1980 - 1990
Released in 1998 this 14 track CD charts some of the classic U2 tracks of the decade in the title. It is sometimes easy to forget that they have been together as a band since 1976.
However, this is just some background; the important thing for me is always the music itself.
1. Pride (In the Name of Love) (from The Unforgettable Fire)
What a great opener, all fast guitar riffs and drums, you just know it is going to be good. It is. I love this song, Bono's vocals seem real and heartfelt. This song was a big single hit at the time.
The influences of the New Romantic genre can be heard in this song and it is not unlike some Early Spandau ballet, yet has that raw 'rock' feel that charachterises U2 so well. As a 'tribute' to Martin Luther King, you just have to hand it to U2, they sing 'big. 9/10.
2. New Year's Day (from War)
I have always loved the intro to this song, post punk influenced by New Romantic again, lovely build to the vocal entry.
One of U2's more 'controlled' songs, at first, then gets a little more 'edgy' and almost screamed. I kinda think from the lyrics that it is an anti war song which is always good. There is something very 'haunting' about the use of the electric piano and whiny guitar in this track which I love. 9/10.
3. With or Without You (from The Joshua Tree)
Great track, always has been, always will be. I love the almost lazy start to the vocals. To me, at the time, this showed the band had matured as it is a very musically, lyrically and vocally accomplished song. It has several key changes, as well as tempo changes and just builds, and builds in a slow but sure way. Brilliant. 9/10.
4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (from The Joshua Tree)
What an anthem. From the same album as the last song. Brilliant intro again. From the first line of the first verse it is a classic, one of the best rock songs of all time. Although a rock song, the Gospel influences and almost blues backing is just awesome. Added to that, the chorus is absolutely iconic. 10/10. 'nuff said.
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday (from War)
The band get very political with this song and why not. The start has an almost militaristic drum beat which sets the tone.
The song tells the story of how the band heard on the news of Bloody Sunday. Lyrically it is brilliant; the imagery through the lyrics is incredibly powerful. Musically it is not their strongest song. Emotionally, politically and lyrically it is amongst their best. 9/10.
6. Bad (from The Unforgettable Fire)
A long haunting, slow intro, great guitar work, very low vocals coming in. I find the lyrics a little confusing at first. I do love it when the drums come in. On it's own it is a good song, after the last five tracks it is just 'okay'. 6/10.
7. Where the Streets Have No Name (from The Joshua Tree)
Unadulterated mid western (US) influenced rock. I think the build up/intro in this song is amongst their best.
The guitar and drums are frenetic, almost like a train in terms of beat and the expectation that is created by the intro is superb. Great song 9/10.
8. I Will Follow (from Boy)
An early song, and here we hear the guitar and drum based 'signature' backing that is to become very essence of U2, though in terms of vocals and actual 'memorability' this song is not that strong.
It reminds me a little of the Buzzcocks strangely. 5/10.
9. The Unforgettable Fire (from The Unforgettable Fire)
Lot's of folk rave over this song, I don't know why. It is good in a musical sense, vocals are fine, but it is just, well, a little boring, a bit too 'mature'. 5/10.
10. Sweetest Thing
In contradiction to the last track, many U2 fans (well at least the ones I know) though this was a 'sell out', shallow song. I love it.
I love the fact that it was Bono wearing his heart on his sleeve, making a very public apology to his wife for forgetting her birthday. Whilst this is an album review, the video is worthy of mention for he really did pull out all the stops to say sorry on this.
The band backing him on this song show how close they all are. It is a great song, up and down in nature and very sweet. 9/10.
11. Desire (from Rattle and Hum)
More American influenced rock, great stuff, all guitar and drums again and Bono being very bluesy with his voice. Good stuff 8/10.
12. When Love Comes to Town (from Rattle and Hum)
I like this, and then sometimes I listen to it and think it's very naff. Real heavy blues influence, with BB King what would one expect. It is quite interesting to compare the vocal styles. 8/10.
13. Angel of Harlem (from Rattle and Hum)
Love it. Good strong indie rock. Cannot getaway from the Americana in this, in fact it is all about America. Lots more instruments than we usually hear with U2, wind instruments and brass too, I like this, almost 'jazzy'. Good stuff. 9/10.
14. All I Want Is You (from Rattle and Hum)
Is this Bono or Elvis? Lyrically it is actually a good song and the beginning is more vocals than backing, in fact, for the whole song the 'story' is the important part. That being said the music does get stronger and we even hear some strings. It is a bit 'arty' for U2 but that is okay, I like it. 8/10.
15. October (hidden track; from October)
People who have read my reviews no that I am no fan of 'hidden tracks' especially when they are preceded by silence as this is.
The piano solo that introduces this track is beautiful I have to say. The vocals come in as a bit of a surprise as we are almost carried away with the piano. In fact the lyrics are almost incidental. Good stuff, and I'll make an exception and say that even as a 'hidden track', I like it. 8/10.
There are one or two tracks that I probably would not have included on a 'best of', and there are a couple of tracks that I would have put in, but I'm not going to get into that.
Overall it is a great album, really shows off the different styles and influences of/on the band. There are some absolute iconic songs on this album and that is always good. Well worth buying I reckon, especially as it can be bought pretty cheaply on the net used.
What can be said about U2 that hasn't already been said in thousands of column inches in the musical press? From humble beginnings in the pubs and clubs of their native Dublin the band were to become iconic stars who can sell out stadiums in minutes! Most people if you ask them could name at least one U2 track such is their fame.More than likely it would be one of the tracks on the 1998 Best of U2 1980-1990 CD U2 weren't a band in the 80's I was particularly in to. I own a couple of their albums from this era namely War,The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum. But what appealed to me about this CD was the fact it charted the bands development from the humble beginnings of Boy released in 1980 to their near super stardom which allowed them to release on the back of the success of the Joshua Tree the rather higgledy piggledy album that is Rattle and Hum in 1988. The Best of CD doesn't place tacks in chronological order so you can go from 1984 jump to 1980 then onto 1988 personally I'd have like to have seen the track listing in some kind of chronological order. ~~Pride ( in the name of love)~~ The album opens with the classic Pride, taken from the Unforgettable fire album. Pride( in the name of love) was first released here in the UK by Island records in 1984. Now for me Pride is a excellent track But it's by no mean's one of their finest. Personally I'd have opened the album with say something like Sunday Bloody Sunday to show the band at their rawest and moved onto the more refined tracks later in the CD. The opening to Pride doesn't fulfill it's full potential.you get a semi decent opener musically then unfortunately Bono pop's up and for a man that can sing with such gusto he fails to do so! He should have belted out the first few lines. As the track progresses Bono seems to put more into it. For me it needs to be slightly more in your face -but I can imagine it goes down well
live in a big stadium as can be seen in the live version of the track on the 1988 album Rattle and Hum. the version on rattle and Hum does show this track off to it's full potential with the audience singing along. Pride is not an overtly political song, it's more subtle then say the previously mentioned "Sunday Bloody Sunday" but it is a tribute to the equal rights activist Martin Luther King jr. U2 chart within the lyrics a man who achieved so much but in a peaceful way. King was to be murdered on the 4th April 1968.With it's simplistic lyrics it is indeed a fitting tribute to a man who did so much in his life to gain equality for others. I make no apology for putting the entire lyrics down as to only put a line or so would negate the true meaning of this very simplistic tribute. One man come in the name of love, One man come and go. One come here to justify, One man to overthrow, In the name of love, What more in the name of love. One man crawled on a barb wire fence, One man he resist. One man washed on an empty beach. One man betrayed with a kiss. In the name of love, What more in the name of love. Early morning, April 4. A shot rings out in the Memphis sky. Free at last, they took your life, But they could not take your pride. In the name of love, What more in the name of love. ~~New Years Day~~ The album moves onto quickly to another of U2's better known tracks New Years Day taken from the 1983 War album. Instantly recognizable as a U2 track with it's some what melodic opener this must have been played to death in clubs on New Years Eve in the 80's just after midnight. On first listening you'd be lead to think it was another of U2 superb and cleverly written love songs. Yes indeed you hear in the lines like " I will be with you again...." Scratch the surface and it's a lament about war and a ne
ed for change.The fact nothing changes just because a new year has started. A time to make a few more new year's resolutions perhaps? "Under a blood red sky A crowd has gathered in black and white Arms entwined, the chosen few The newspapers says, says Say it's true it's true..." "And so we're told this is the golden age And gold is the reason for the wars we wage Though I want to be with you Be with you night and day Nothing changes On New Year's Day On New Year's Day" ~~With or without you~~ The first of three tracks lifted from the 1987 Joshua Tree album. This for me has to be my favourite U2 track. With it's semi hypnotic opening beat you're drawn into to this track. U2 rely heavily on some superb keyboard sounds in this track. Vocally Bono is at his best as he intepratates the lyrics with a tinge of anguish. A clever but bitter sweet look at a love lost and what you should do now. Do you stay and just hope against hope or do you make the final break? This is not a track to listen to if you've just broken up with someone! I'm sure many an angst ridden moment has been spent by millions mourning the lose of love with this superb track. "See the stone set in your eyes See the thorn twist in your side I wait for you......." "My hands are tied My body bruised, she's got me with Nothing to win and Nothing left to lose....." "With or without you With or without you I can't live With or without you" ~~I still have found what I'm looking for~~ The second track lifted from the Joshua Tree album. For a moment you could be forgiven that this like the last track was another angst ridden lament about lost love. Given the title of the track you'd assume it was about searching for a lost love or trying to find love.
In a way it is but not in the sense of man meets woman love it's about the search for inner peace and finding your spirituality. My one criticism of this track would be that at times Bono is nearly drowned out. Musically the track is not U2 at their best. Given the subject matter I personally would have thought a more softer approach would have given Bono the perfect background in which to explore vocally the sensitive subject matter. Unfortunately the track is a jumble of sounds which as I said do on occasions drowned out Bono. But all said and done it is still a pretty good track.The live version on Rattle and hum is perhaps the version that should have been put on this CD as with the added extra of gospel singers it truly makes it a superb track more in tune with the subject matter. "I believe in the kingdom come Then all the colors will bleed into one Bleed into one Well yes I?m still running You broke the bonds and you Loosed the chains Carried the cross Of my shame Of my shame You know I believed it....." ~~Sunday Bloody Sunday~~ The opener for the 1983 album War. Opening with a neo militaristic drum beat which given the subject matter is appropriate, there is nothing subtle about this track. From the raw musical sounds and Bono singing with a passion, it packs no punches as U2 give you their feelings about the atrocities that happened on "bloody sunday" where on the streets of Derry 13 people where killed by British troops whilst attending a peace rally. It attempts to get a very powerful message over and in it's way it does. "Broken bottles under children's feet Bodies strewn across the dead end street But I won't heed the battle call It puts my back up Puts my back up against the wall" "How long... How long must we sing this song? How long? How long..." ~~Bad~~ Aft
er the rawness of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" the tone is stepped down a bit with "Bad" the second track taken from the "Unforgettable fire" album. This is a clever song with a very soothing sound to it. It also shows if you compare it to the proceeding track how in a few short years U2 have developed musically. Bad is the kind of track that after a few listens does eventually grow on you.But in all honesty even though it is a poignant track which soothes you it's not one that I'd have said Why on earth didn't they put it in?? "This desperation Dislocation Separation Condemnation Revelation In temptation Isolation Desolation Let it go......" ~~Where the Streets have no name~~ The third track to be taken from the Joshua Tree. It's one of those track that you instantly know is a U2 track. With the intro that builds up to a superb finale as Bono belts out with great gusto the opening lyrics. The upbeat tempo remains pretty constant throw out this track. In all honesty it might well be one of U2's better known track but it's never really made the grade for me. the subject matter seems somehow to have got lost in the frenzy of music. "I want to run I want to hide I want to tear down the walls That hold me inside I want to reach out And touch the flame Where the streets have no name....." ~~I will follow~~ The only track to be taken from their first album Boy released in 1980. It most definitely has a very 80's feel to it. The track is not like the other tracks on the CD instantly recognizable as a U2 track. Unfortunately it sounds very dated and how it managed to get into a best of collection is rather debatable. You get the impression that "I will follow" was added as a filler and because nothing had been added from their first album. Unfortunately it's one track I do tend to
skip over when listening to this CD. " I was on the outside when you said You said you needed me I was looking at myself I was blind, I could not see....." ~~The unforgettable fire~~ The second track to be lifted from the 1984 album of the same name. Unfortunately again this track is one of those lets skip passed this one onto much better things. The melodic intro lulls you into thinking your in for a treat musically but unfortunately this is not the case with track. It has a typical U2 sound to it but with it's slightly softer sound it just doesn't pack the punches musically that other tracks do on this Cd. It drags and unfortunately you feel that Bono doesn't have his heart and soul into this one with his half hearted vocal performance. "Ice Your only rivers run cold These city lights They shine as silver and gold Dug from the night Your eyes as black as coal Walk on by Walk on through Walk 'til you run And don't look back For here I am....." ~~Sweetest thing~~ With it's tinkering keyboard intro and Bono sounding like he's having fun this really is a good track which pulls you back into this Cd after the lack lustre of the proceeding two tracks. Sound wise this is by no means U2 at their best but it's got a way of getting you to sing along with them! when you listen to the track you can imagine the band knocking this out as a bit of fun and then think why not actually release it? "My love she throws me like a rubber ball Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing But she won't catch me or break my fall Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing Baby's got blue skies up ahead But in this I'm a rain cloud You know she wants a dry kind of love Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing" ~~Desire~~ Taken from the "Rattle and Hum" -the 1988 follow up album to
the successful Joshua Tree. Desire opens with a very breathless "Yeah" from Bono which even 15 years on from first hearing still sends a shiver up my spine! This is not a slow melodic song, it fills the speakers, you have got Bono singing with great gusto and passion. Given that it was recorded a year after the Joshua Tree album it sounds a so different from that album.If you were to play it within the contexts of the other tracks on rattle and hum it does stand out as one of the better tracks. On this CD I'd have to say it blends in but that is not to say it isn't a good track in it's own right as it is.The band make use great use of the Edge's guitar playing and the closing bars on the harmonica are pretty good to! "She's a candle burning in my room Yeah I'm like the needle, needle and spoon Over the counter with a shotgun Pretty soon everybody got one And the fever when I'm beside her Desire, desire..." ~~When Love comes to town~~ Taken from the 1988 Rattle and Hum album. When Love comes to town see's U2 attempt adopt a semi rock and roll 50's style which unfortunately they don't do too well!! In keeping with Rattle and Hum it goes down well but on a best of CD it seems to be slightly out of keeping with the other tracks. Personally if I'd have wanted another track from Rattle and Hum I'd have opted for the far superior "Love rescue me" "Love comes to town I'm gonna jump that train When love comes to town I'm gonna catch that flame Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down But I did what I did before love came to town" ~~Angel of Harlem~~ Another track lifted form Rattle and Hum. With it's superb intro and a stunning vocal performance from Bono you finally start to think you might just like this CD again. Angel of Harlem takes U2 back to what they do best -produce roc
k/pop songs that will sound superb in the live stadium setting. This track draws you in to the point that again you are singing along with the band.Add to this a clever use of brass instruments and you have got a pretty decent track! "It was a cold and wet December day When we touched the ground at JFK Snow was melting on the ground On BLS I heard the sound Of an angel..... ~~All I want is you~~ The final track taken from Rattle and Hum. With it's soft melodic opening it draws you in even when the tempo picks up in the latter stages you're still listening to it. It's by no means a U2 classic but vocally Bono shows you he has the diversity needed to pull of this song. When I first heard it as the final track on the Rattle and Hum album I instantly warmed to even though it seemed a little out of place in the higgledy piggledy style that is Rattle and Hum "All the promises we break From the cradle to the grave When all I want is you......." The best of U2 1980 -1990 is a good album and in the light of the tracks it contains I would definitely recommend you bought it. But what is questionable is the content. Is this really the Best of U2? In my opinion its no. In the 10 year period of the 80's U2 released 6 albums all of which allowed them to grow musically and home their skills. With this they have an enormous back catalogue to select tracks for this CD from. for their own reasons they chose the tracks they did but if it had of been me choosing the tracks I'd have probably gone for the following 14 tracks: The October album : Gloria The War album: Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Years day Two hearts beat as one The Unforgettable Fire album: Pride(in the name of love) The Joshua Tree album: With or without you Where the streets have no name I still have found what I'm lookin
g for Mothers of the disappeared. Rattle and Hum I still haven't found what I'm looking for ( live version) Pride ( live version) Angel of Harlem All I want is you and Sweetest thing But as I said previously this is a good album with a diverse range of tracks taken from that era, just in my mind some of them are by know means the Best of U2. All I can say is try it and see!
The Best Of U2 1980 - 1990. This is pretty self -explanatory title , but everyone's version of their best differs so widely and besides most of our "best's" wouldn't fit all on one album. This is 14 tracks of glory , listed for you below , just so you can just see how many you do know ! My guess is at least 10 , even if you think you are not a U2 fan, everyone has a bit of rock in them somewhere ! 1 Pride (in the name of love) 2 New Year's day 3 With or without you 4 I still haven't found what I'm looking for 5 Sunday bloody Sunday 6 Bad 7 Where the streets have no name 8 I will follow 9 Unforgettable fire 10 Sweetest thing 11 Desire 12 When love comes to town 13 Angel of Harlem 14 All I want is you This album was originally released in October 1998 and shows their progression of style and fluidity and their gradual rise to the rock gods they are known as today. They landed on our scene at the start of the 80's with an honest real look at life, they spent the rest of the 80's growing up before strengthening and securing their status as rock idols. The Best Of Album , shows the talent and commitment it takes to make the band what it is today, the songs are masterpieces Desire is an upbeat choon to which everyone knows "Desiiiiiire , Desiiiiiire" , "All I Want Is You" , shows the moody , refective side of the band giving all members of the band a chance to show their instrumental melodies to the full and show they are not all about post punk rock. Just in case you aren't aware of the ones that made it all happen , Bono obviously is our lead singer, and he also plays guitar, The Edge - is vocals , guitar and keyboards , Adam Clayton plays Bass , and Larry Mullen , Jnr. does our drums and percussion. This is a great album which shows the grea
test of their early material and is what i would call their best. i hope you try this album , it is one for every eclectic household cd system .
This is a must for any u2 fans wow!!! what a compilation!!! Being a huge u2 fan maybe I am a little bias but most will have heard the classic u2 hits such as "with or without" you and "I still havent found what I am looking for". This is a 14 track cd with an added surpise at the end!!! The last track is 6.31 seconds long but wait for the timer to reach 7.31 seconds and you will hear more!!! A wonderful ending to a superb Album!!! For a band that has been around for this length of time they have to be classed as highly recommended and have managed to reach number one in the charts again with their latest single "Beautiful Day" If you love u2 this is "the" Album to own!!!
What can you say about this album then, it's the greatest hits of U2. It's not meant to be inspirational or new, it's is supposed to allow people to hear some of the old ones they might not have. And that is what it acheives and no more really. It has all the right songs on it, Pride, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Angel of Harlem, and Where The Streets Have No Name. It doesn't chart their years through the 90's so expect a part 2 to arrive on the scene at some point. Personally I have the limited edition 2 disc version which has a load more songs on it, but they don't really add much to the overall album. If you're after U2 at their best then this will deliver, but be warned some of the songs do sound a little dated these days
I'm not really a devout U2 fan, it's just that I like most of their songs. So I was looking out for a "greatest hits" album rather than "studio" albums. I came across The Best Of 1980-1990, and I was amazed. "The Best Of" has all the songs I was looking for (Pride, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You, Angel Of Harlem). And then there's the side of U2 I didn't know about, through the likes of "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "I Will Follow" and "The Unforgettable Fire" And then there's "The Sweetest Thing", Bono's song for his wife after he forgot their wedding anniversary. It's strange that this one's on the 1980-1990 album, since it was released in 1998! But, who cares, it's great song (and a great video too)! In the usual style of albums I find myself buying, this album has an extra hidden track, about 1 minute after the end. This is as good as the rest, starting with a great piano solo. My only complaint is that I didn't know about the "limited edition" of this album, with the extra B-sides CD. Ah well, maybe if I get enough dooyoo miles I can go and buy it!
Always liked U2 but never got round to buying any of their stuff? Do you know all the words to "The Sweetest Thing" or hum nostalgically along to "Angel of Harlem" when you think noone's within earshot? Well stop pussyfooting around, admit you're a closet fan and go and get this brilliant album. It has all the classics and spans the years which mark the greatest changes in U2's music. If, like me, you think they went off the tracks a bit with Discotheque and more recent tunes, then don't worry, cos none of these are on here anyway! You can kick back and immerse yourself in those songs which, somehow, you already know off by heart. It has been revelatory to realise how many of my friends are also subconscious U2 fans atsome level, as I tend to play this if people are just round chatting or something - it's mellow enough to be music wallpaper if you want, or you can turn it up and yell lyrics at your reflection whilst getting ready to go out. Truly a versatile album, and can be used in all weather conditions too. ps - am considering asking U2 for commission on every sale I make.
U2's best of is probably the most well put together greatest hits album I've ever seen. It picks songs from every era they're focusing on, and perhaps more mportantly puts them in the right order. Being a huge U2 fan anyway, I ran out and bought this as soon as it came out, wanting to get the limited edition. I brought it home, and ran through the A-Side disk. The main attraction of the disk, however, is the b-sides compilation that was supposed to only be available in this limited edition. It contains 15 songs that had previously only appeared on singles over the 1980s, and is actually a better reason to buy the disk. First though, a bit about disk 1. The first disk starts off with "Pride (In the Name of Love)" from The Unforgettable Fire, which of course was the song that rocketed U2 to superstardom at Live Aid in 1985. It's also showcases the power of Bono's voice,that would be used so effectively on The Joshua Tree. It then jumps to "New Years Day" from War, which was actually the album before Unforgettable Fire. That's what makes this greatest hits so interesting...instead of just going in order of song release, they really try to make it all flow together. Speaking of The Joshua Tree, "With Or Without You" is the third song on the disk, making the first three songs such a complete package that I now prefer to listen to them in that order. Following up with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" isn't a bad route to take either. The album ends with selections from the great (despite what critics said) album Rattle and Hum, which features "Desire", "When Love Comes to Town" (with B.B.King, no less), and the very touching "Angel of Harlem". Of course, it's not all great. Where was the inclusion of the anti-America (and very moving) "Bullet the Blue S
ky" from Joshua Tree, and why did they feel the need to include "Bad"? Not to mention the fact that throwing in the single for "The Sweetest Thing" was pure promotion, considering that the original B-Side is on disk 2. Speaking of disk 2, that's where the album really pays off. The original "Sweetest Thing" is far better than the re-mixed single, being stripped down and more intimate. "Everlasting Love" and "Unchained Melody" are remakes of the 60s classics, and now two of my favorite U2 songs. The B side album is great to just kick back and throw on as background music. Plus, you could never get all those songs without buying a ton of out of print singles. So ends my infomercial. This set is truly great, and I would recommend it to anybody. The second disk was only supposed to be available in this limited edition, but I've seen it on just about every copy available, so don't sweat it. Just buy it. Note: Greatest Hits are no substitute for the real albums. If you haven't already done so, go out and buy a copy of The Joshua Tree, War, and Achtung, Baby!, which doesn't even have any songs on this set. You won't regret it.
U2's first greatest hits compilation is a great album of highlights from the early part of their career. Most of the singles and U2 anthems are included such as 'New Year's Day', 'Pride (In The Name of Love)' and 'I Will Follow'. The songs from the 'Joshua Tree' album are the highlights of this for me. They bring across beautiful style of guitar that Edge used on these tracks have and lovely atmospheric production courtesy of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. These songs are a reminder of the work that really brought U2 major success worldwide. Also included are some tracks from 'Rattle and Hum'. "All I Want Is You" is really the highlight from this era as it's where U2 sounded most musically accomplished and emotional. A re-recorded version of the old B side "The Sweetest Thing" is thrown into this compilation too. It's an excellent collection for anyone just getting into U2's music who doesn't have any early albums, but also a nice CD for fans to have all the highlights on one album. Hopefully there'll be a similar release featuring work from 'Achtung Baby' onwards. By the way, this compilation contains 14 tracks
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
2 New Years Day
3 With Or Without You
4 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
5 Sunday Bloody Sunday
7 Where The Streets Have No Name
8 I Will Follow
9 Unforgettable Fire
10 Sweetest Thing
12 When Love Comes To Town
13 Angel Of Harlem
14 All I Want Is You
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Three Sunrises
2 Spanish Eyes
3 Sweetest Thing (2)
4 Love Comes Tumbling
5 Bass Trap
6 Dancing Barefoot
7 Everlasting Love
8 Unchained Melody
9 Walk To The Water
10 Luminous Times (Hold Onto Love)
11 Hallelujah Here She Comes
12 Silver And Gold
13 Endless Deep
14 Room At Theh Heartbreak Hotel
15 Trash Trampoline And The Party Girl