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Joshua Tree

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001FS3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  UMD for PSP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 331 customer reviews
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1. Where The Streets Have No Name
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. With Or Without You
4. Bullet The Blue Sky
5. Running To Stand Still
6. Red Hill Mining Town
7. In God's Country
8. Trip Through Your Wires
9. One Tree Hill
10. Exit
11. Mothers Of The Disappeared

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2007 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the release of The Joshua Tree, the album which saw U2 become `Rock's Hottest Ticket.' Features a bonus CD that includes rare B-sides, alternate versions, demos and rarities. Both CDs packaged in a hardback 23 page case bound book. U2's biggest selling album to date, entered the US album charts at #7 and reached #1 three weeks later. It was U2's first album to reach #1 in the United States. In 1999, The Joshua Tree was awarded the RIAA's highest certification, Diamond, with 10 million units sold. The album and sleeve cover also placed #1 in Rolling Stone magazine's annual Music Awards chosen by readers. Critics at Rolling Stone made it #2 album of the year. U2 also won Album Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Group Or Duo at the Grammy Awards for The Joshua Tree.


Having nearly exhausted their capacity for pop-song politics on War and The Unforgettable Fire, U2 turned toward themes of personal identity and complex relationships on The Joshua Tree. Not that the group was willing to come down off the barricades entirely: "Mothers of the Disappeared" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" turned a jaundiced eye toward Central America and the United States's role there. But the predominant mood here is one of self-discovery and the hunger for something more on tracks like the pulsating "Where the Streets Have No Name" and the gospel-ish "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". The album's masterstroke, however, is "With or Without You", a nasty love song dressed up as an ode of devotion and care. It ranks with the Police's "Every Breath You Take" as the most misread smash hit of the 1980s. --Daniel Durchholz

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By A Customer on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
"The Joshua Tree was the album U2 HAD to make, the only one they COULD make"
Those are the words of Eamon Dunphy, author of "Unforgettable Fire - The Definitive Biography of U2", on U2's process of making a new record in 1986 and early 1987. That might sound like an over-dramatization for a rock record, but once you've heard the record, that thought goes out the window. This record, U2's exploration of America, is one of the quintessential rock records ever recorded. It is, varying with opinion, U2's masterpiece of masterpieces. Since this album was recorded back when it was still 'ok' to talk about records in the context of 'sides', I will say that every song on the first 'side' of this record is a classic. 'Where The Streets Have No Name' with an intro that ranks with the best of all time, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' with a theme of longing that anyone can relate to, 'With Or Without You'(my favorite U2 track), one of the most popular breakup songs ever, 'Bullet The Blue Sky' with its hypnotic talk/chant at the end at Edge's furious and passionate solos, and 'Running To Stand Still' with its atmosphere of deep pain being held in. The second 'side' was comprised of lesser-known but no less mesmerizing songs: 'Red Hill Mining Town', 'In God's Country', 'Trip Through Your Wires', 'One Tree Hill', which was written for roadie Greg Carroll, who died in a motercycle wreck running an errand for U2, the dark and moody 'Exit', and the mournful and haunting ballad closer, 'Mothers Of The Disappeared'.
This record catapaulted U2 in a realm of superstardom seldom seen by any band. They were not expecting it and they were taken by surprise a bit. I own this record on vinyl, cassette, and CD, and I even have the 'Classic Albums' DVD for it.
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Format: LP Record
This is specifically the 2007 double LP reissue on vinyl that I am reviewing here. And my focus is on sound quality as the musical content has been thoroughly covered!
I love this double vinyl reissue and my expectations were surpassed for it. Not sure who did the pressing but my copy is beautifully pressed with excellent sound. From what I can tell reading online, this is the digitally mastered source used in the cd issue. As a vinyl fan, I find the sound very pleasing, very clear and still very `organic' sounding. Even if the source is digital, to my ears, vinyl provides a better soundstage than cd in this case.
As a double lp presentation at the normal 33 1/3 rpm. speed, the tracks are set up as follows:
Disc 1:
Side 1 - Original tracks 1-3
Side 2 - Original tracks 4 and 5
Disc 2:
Side 1 - Original tracks 6-8
Side 2 - Original tracks 9-11
This leaves lots of vinyl groove space for maximum sound reproduction. I wasn't sure from the cover if it would be 33 1/3 or 45 rpm. but it is the former. Yes, this means getting up more often to change sides but I was surprised to find this advantageous, not only in sound quality but it made me pay more attention to what I have previously considered the `lesser' tracks on this record - #6 - 11. They are the ones that perhaps benefit most from this presentation as there are some terrific production touches that I have missed before and now standout on this crystalline vinyl sound. Until know, I have not appreciated the left turn taken in mood with the final 2 songs `Exit' and `Mothers of the Disappeared'. There is a ghostly atmosphere provided by the Eno/Lanois production that is revealed better than ever here.
Also worthy of mention, `Bullet the Blue Sky' has never this good to me.
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1. The remastered version of The Joshua Tree sounds way better (and louder) than previous editions on CD.

2. The Bonus CD: it's great to have ALL the remastered b-sides from the Joshua Tree singles on one CD (The Best of U2 1980-1990 only featured a selection of these tracks) + some of the outtakes, although obviously unfinished, give an idea of various directions the band could have taken with this album. A special mention goes to "Rise Up", which sounds almost exactly like Edge's and Sinéad O'Connor's "Heroïne" from '86. Also included are both versions of "Silver and Gold", one by U2 and the other by Bono with Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones.

3. The DVD contains a full concert from the beginning of the Joshua Tree tour. Where the Rattle and Hum film used footage from later in the tour, when the band was not only getting better at playing the new songs, but had also already cut some of them out of the set list, here they were still road testing most of the songs from the album. Even the hit songs were not classics yet, so U2 doesn't even bother to play "Where the Streets Have no Name", which is something they probably couldn't get away with today. They also weren't performing as many covers as they would later in the tour, which leaves more room in the setlist for songs from the first four albums.Also included is a documentary featuring footage from the first leg of the American tour, including photo shoots with Anton Corbijn, the band performing country songs in small clubs and even shopping for cowboy boots. Interesting to watch because U2 were so much less self conscious than when filming Rattle and Hum. This footage shows U2's less serious side, which makes this DVD an essential complement to Rattle and Hum.
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