Rattle and Hum Import
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I loved this record long before Bono became a pompous ass, so I still love it :DPublished 12 months ago by Bruce
It was good to hear some of U2's "Joshua Tree" material live. It was great to hear some unreleased/never heard material as well. Read morePublished on April 19 2013 by Sir Steven
Loved Rattle and Hum; unfortunately had to see my whole cd collection when I got sick. Played the heck out of it. Favorite song is Angel of Harlem. Good live album. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2011 by Ms Dee
The CD was delivered to me promptly in a bubble-wrapped envelope. The disc is in very good condition. I'm extremely pleased with this first class service! :DPublished on Oct. 20 2011 by Will Smith
The product was shipped properly and it was like new, yet the music was not as good as previous u2 cds, as I see it.Published on July 31 2006 by MARIO
I bought this record when it came out a long time ago, but I still get goose bumps and break out in a sweat every time I listen to it. This is a great album, make no mistake. Read morePublished on June 10 2006 by Sly Swing