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Rattle and Hum Import

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  • Audio CD (June 15 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record  |  VHS Tape
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews
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1. Helter Skelter
2. Van Diemen's Land
3. Desire
4. Hawkmoon 269
5. All Along The Watchtower
6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
7. Freedom For My People
8. Silver And Gold
9. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
10. Angel Of Harlem
11. Love Rescue Me
12. When Love Comes To Town
13. Heartland
14. God Part II
15. The Star Spangled Banner
16. Bullet The Blue Sky
17. All I Want Is You

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The ill will that initially greeted Rattle and Hum--the follow-up to the band's massively successful Joshua Tree album--was due in large part to the bloated and self-important feature film that accompanied it, which showed the band as being simultaneously naive and pretentious as it "discovered" America. But as the film mercifully slips from memory, the music has remained, from the furious swirl of "Desire" and a clutch of live hits to insightful musical nods to heroes such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Billie Holiday. Songs like "When Love Comes to Town", a supercharged blues duet with B.B. King, suggests the quartet knew more about America from listening to its music than Phil Joanou's unintentional mockumentary suggested. --Daniel Durchholz

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By A Customer on June 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
During the "Joshua Tree Tour", director Phil Joanou captured a massive amount of footage, to be sorted and used in a documentary about U2 and this tour. To quote Edge: "No one could really remember when it went from being this small project that we all knew what it was and could deal with it, to being this big thing, but at some point that shift occured." Indeed it did, and this documentary morphed into a massive project, resulting in a movie and eventual home video, and a new album, a double album of sorts, a mix of live material from the "Joshua Tree Tour" and brand new studio material.
As far as the live stuff is concerned, U2 are a phenomenal live band, so the live stuff is great. But some of the best live performances that were in the movie were left off the album(Streets, With Or Without You, Running..., and the powerful Sunday Bloody Sunday on the night of the Enniskillen bombing, featuring his now notorius 'f**k the revolution' speech). The best thing to come out of "Rattle And Hum" is the new material. 'All I Want Is You', 'Angel Of Harlem', and 'Desire' are classics, and are part of the live set to this day. The B.B. King collaberation, 'When Love Comes To Town' is a sore spot among U2 fans...some love it, some hate it, I think it's good but not great. Lesser-known gems from this record are 'Hawkmoon 269', 'Heartland', 'Love Rescue Me', and 'God Part II', and 'Van Dieman's Land', which is one of three songs in the U2 catalog to feature The Edge on lead vocals(the previous one was on "War" and entitled 'Seconds').
U2 recieved quite a bit of backlash when "Rattle And Hum" was released, labeled as arrogant and presumtious to put themselves in the rock pantheon of the Beatles and Dylan.
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"Rattle and Hum" somehow survived 1988, the movie and "The Joshua Tree's" shadow to stand on its own as a massive slab of U2 product -- pulsating (sometimes ominous) bass, chiming guitars, hammering drums and Bono's trademark whisper-wailing.
It's a giant mixed bag -- live cuts from the tour ("Silver and Gold," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Pride," and "Bullet the Blue Sky" are magnificent), studio cuts ("God Part II," "Love Rescue Me," "Desire," and "Heartland" live on, while "Angel of Harlem" and "When Love Comes to Town" never made it out of the 80s), covers ("All Along the Watchtower" and "Helter Skelter," both of which are simply OK) and original tunes ("Hawkmoon 289" is extremely underrated).
Dark and beautiful, exceptionally well-produced, "Rattle and Hum" is not U2 for the masses but for the fan and the collector. It just barely misses greatness; its lack of focus and all-over-the-place approach has charm but no momentum. The movie can't compare, but the album does strangely leave off two excellent tracks from the tour: "With Or Without You" (with Bono throwing in the famous "missing lyric") and the bone-breaking "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Oh, well, you can't have it all.
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"Rattle And Hum" is an exciting, poetic and sometimes visceral take by U2 on American music. Like the album that preceeded it, "The Joshua Tree," "Rattle And Hum" is filled with vibrant colors, memorable images and driving music. The band shines with what was to be their last work of more stripped down music before jumping into modern electronica with "Achtung Baby." The album opens with a blistering cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" where Bono proclaims that they were stealing the song back from Charles Manson who stole it from The Beatles. The Edge exercises his pipes with "Vin Diemen's Land," a haunting, almost etheral ballad. "Desire" is a fast-driving number that remains a fan favorite. This album is a find for listeners barely discovering the band's work, some of the songs here that are not widely known are very good such as "Hawkmoon 269" which pounds and grooves up to a great climax. "Heartland" is a beautiful song with an atmospheric quality. There are some live moments here too that shine like an edgy cover of "All Along The Watchtower" where the band manages to capture a lot of the song's essence. There's also a version here of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a gospel chorus that makes the song soar and shine. "God Part 2" is an interesting sequel to the John Lennon original. "All I Want Is You" is a wonderful love song that a great classic feel. "Rattle And Hum" didn't receive much high praise when first released, mostly because of the much disliked film of the same title (which is a damn good documentary). But it is a great album filled with great music, wonderful melodies and memorable words.Read more ›
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When U2 made Rattle and Hum, they confused people. They started out with a live album to go with their concert film, but then they added some new live tracks --- one of their own (Silver and Gold) and one by the Beatles (Helter Skelter). They cut 6 or 7 new songs. Some of them were with guest stars like BB King and Bob Dylan. Then the Edge got a lead vocal. Then they added a bit of Jimi Hendrix playing the Star Spangled Banner.
Okay guys. Are you really wondering why people were confused and/or disappointed? You have to commend the band for taking a few chances, of course. They took a perfectly good live album and squeezed an EP of "American roots music" songs into it. They thought it would work, but it didn't.
The whole thing would be an afterthought, but this is U2. When they make an album between "proper" albums, they have trouble making it modest. It happened again with Zooropa: After a big tour, they tried to make a little post-tour CD of outtakes and experiments, but it grew into a full-sized album.
In the end, just about everyone likes half of Rattle and Hum. But few people agree on exactly which half. I prefer the studio tracks that either sound like Joshua Tree outtakes (like Heartland) or the noisy stuff like God Part 2. I don't have any use for live versions of the Joshua Tree songs. They're overproduced and dull. Fans will always come back to this CD for their favorite parts. Non-fans can probably live without it.
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