U218 Singles Best of
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|1. Beautiful Day|
|2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For|
|3. Pride (in The Name Of Love)|
|4. With Or Without You|
|6. New Year's Day|
|7. Mysterious Ways|
|8. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of|
|9. Where The Streets Have No Name|
|10. Sweetest Thing|
|11. Sunday Bloody Sunday|
|14. Walk On|
|16. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own|
|17. The Saints Are Coming|
|18. Window In The Skies|
This collection spans the band's entire 26 year career and includes 16 of the band's best known songs. Two brand new tracks have been recorded for the album: 'The Saints Are Coming', a collaboration with Green Day, which is the album's first single, and second single, 'Window On The Sky'. Both tracks are produced by Rick Rubin.
The youthful faces that stare out from the cover of this latest collection of singles from Irish rockers U2 suggests that the focus of the album is, perhaps, their lauded yet underrepresented early days. A quick glance through the tracklisting shows that not to be the case, however. There are examples of their rawer '80s sound--"Pride," "I Will Follow," "New Year's Day"--but where, older fans may well ask, are songs like "The Electric Co.," "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick," and "Fire," from Boy and October? Similarly, songs like "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "Where the Streets Have No Name" were on The Best of 1980-1990, whilst "Beautiful Day," "One," "Mysterious Ways," and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" were all on The Best of 1990-2000. U218 Singles does have the advantage of featuring more recent tracks, including their collaboration with Green Day, "The Saints Are Coming," and a new song, "Windows in the Skies". Whilst dedicated followers of the band may see this as a missed opportunity to offer fans some genuinely rare gems, it still remains a collection of mighty pop music masterpieces. --Danny McKenna
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This is a pattern that has increasingly been developing by U2, i.e. releasing recycled material of sorts between each new release. We've had this decade alone 3 concert DVD's (plus Zoo TV re-released) and the 1990-2000 CD & DVD compilation.
On the plus side, at least for the very casual fan, all the biggies are included on this set. For those who have been Following U2 for ages, it is highly unlikely that such fans will have any Desire listening to Pride One more time (included on each concert DVD). Granted, there are 2 new tracks included but the average price for each new song for those who own U2's previous material, probably in many shapes, is steep.
The song selection is, as a set for casual listeners, as close to perfect as possible. U2 have e.g. skipped all the songs from the Pop flop; as are Zooropa and the first two albums (meaning that I Will Follow is not included). 2 UK #1's, The Fly and Discothéque are also nowhere to be found here, indicating that the songs are chosen by their world wide success. There are obvious misses, such as City of Blinding Lights, Numb and Angel of Harlem, but which songs to replace them with would be a difficult task.
U2 fans (me included) probably will, with a slight grumble, purchase this set en masse.Read more ›
This record is a great career retrospective and is appropriate for the casual fan, or the new fan that has only been following the band since 'All that You Can't Leave Behind' was released back in 2000. The band has had three decades of music, which means there are people who may not know War, The Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree or even Achtung Baby.
Of course no collection is complete and obvious omissions are "Bad", "Stay", "All I Want is You" and "City of Blinding Lights". However, it is impossible to put everything on one disc for a band this big, so overall a good effort. " The Saints are Coming" with Green Day is okay and "Window in the Skies" is a very good song that is growing on me with each listen.
Great job guys! Let's keep the quality and meaningful music coming for years to come.