- Best of U2 1980-1990 (Limited Edition)
any band endured time, culture, and trend quite as well as
Best of U2 almost seems like a contradiction-- how can
we choose "the best of" U2? How could one song be judged as
less or better than the others? This band has produced countless
platinum albums, among them "Rattle and Hum," their famous
on the road album with the great blues man B. B. King. They
have done many collaborations with great musicians like Frank
Sinatra and even Luciano Pavoratti. In my eyes, any compilation
of the "best of" would be a matter of opinion.
though it took on the impossible job of choosing only 14 songs
to represent U2's earlier years, is an incredible compilation.
It spans the years 1980-1990, including the albums "Boy,"
"October," "War," "The Unforgettable Fire," "The Joshua Tree,"
and "Rattle and Hum." Each album is represented by a few songs,
all of which more than likely were singles and live recordings.
The songs chosen certainly do stand up to "the best" of U2,
and capture the essence of each individual album.
be said about each of the songs included? A true U2 fan will
know all of these songs by heart-- from the heart-wrenching
chorus of "Pride in the Name of Love" to the soulful "All
I Want is You." (Note: Wait for the hidden track. And you
thought they didn't include any songs from "October!") When
the album plays you will find yourself saying out loud to
the person or persons sitting around you, "Oh, I love this
song," then, when the next song plays, "Oh, this one is great,
too," then "Wait! This song is my favorite!" then, "But wait,
I like this one, too. . ." and so on and so on. This is definitely
one of those rare albums that you can just let play without
having to advance to other better tracks. Each and every song
is a classic.
As a matter
of fact, this album is perfect for every occasion-- parties,
relaxation, background music, and even for driving. (Though
when listening to this album in the car, you will find other
drivers giving you strange looks when you are wailing along
to the chorus of "With or Without You." But isn't this album
worth that embarrassment?)
be better than having a compilation of the best of U2? A B-sides
track, of course! Here we have yet another enjoyable collection
of U2 songs, many of which are alternate versions of other
well known songs with a twist only U2 can give. The best of
these remakes is their version of "Unchained Melody," a blending
of creative guitar licks by The Edge and soulful and wailing
vocals, Bono's trademark. Included is also another take of
the pop-ish, upbeat song "The Sweetest Thing," and "Trash,
Trampoline, and the Party Girl," a catchy song, but with probably
the worst U2 lyrics ever ("I know a boy named Trash / Trashcan.
. .But he won't tell me his name. . .").
these albums shows U2's progress through the years. They most
certainly have come a long way since Larry Mullen Jr. advertised
for band members on the school bulletin board, and Since Paul
Hewson decided to chance his name to Bono Vox, the name of
a hearing aid store (Latin for "good voice"). Practices were
held in the school gym until Adam Clayton was expelled from
school. What humble beginnings! Who could have possibly imagined
the fan base of millions, and the platnum albums yet to come?
hoping for 19 more years of remarkable, enduring, and unforgettable
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of U2 1980-1990 (Limted Edition)