Rattle and Hum

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Functioning as both the soundtrack to U2's feature film documentary and as a tentative follow-up to their career-making blockbuster, Rattle and Hum is a bit messy. A mix of live cuts and new studio tracks, the album finds U2 running wild in the aftermath of The Joshua Tree, continuing their embrace of America to the point that they adopt several classic rock moves. Specifically, they dabble in American roots rock, something they ignored before. These experiments sometimes work: "Desire" has an intoxicating Bo Diddley beat, "Angel of Harlem" is a punchy, sunny Stax soul tribute, "When Loves Come to Town" is an endearingly awkward blues duet with B.B. King, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Functioning as both the soundtrack to U2's feature film documentary and as a tentative follow-up to their career-making blockbuster, Rattle and Hum is a bit messy. A mix of live cuts and new studio tracks, the album finds U2 running wild in the aftermath of The Joshua Tree, continuing their embrace of America to the point that they adopt several classic rock moves. Specifically, they dabble in American roots rock, something they ignored before. These experiments sometimes work: "Desire" has an intoxicating Bo Diddley beat, "Angel of Harlem" is a punchy, sunny Stax soul tribute, "When Loves Come to Town" is an endearingly awkward blues duet with B.B. King, and the Dylan collaboration "Love Rescue Me" is an overlooked minor bluesy gem. These are paired with some affecting laments -- the cascading "All I Want Is You" and "Heartland," which sounds like a Joshua Tree outtake -- but Rattle and Hum is by far the least-focused record U2 ever made, leaving it to the listener to mine for the Silver & Gold within its sprawl.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1990
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 042284229920
  • Catalog Number: 842299
  • Sales rank: 2,449

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
Bob Dylan Organ, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
The Edge Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Edna Wright Vocals, Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Billie Barnum Vocals, Background Vocals
Benmont Tench Keyboards
Helen Duncan Vocals, Background Vocals
Bono Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Larry Bunker Percussion, Timpani
Adam Clayton Bass, Bass Guitar
Phyllis Duncan Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Eno Keyboards, Vocals
Adam Gussow Harmonica
Jimi Hendrix Track Performer
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals
Sterling Magee Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Richard McKernan Overdubs
Joey Miskulin Organ
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums
New Voice of Freedom Vocals
George Pendergrass Vocals, Soloist
Rebecca Evans Russell Vocals, Background Vocals
Dorothy Terrell Vocals, Soloist
Gary Wagner Overdubs
Carolyn Willis Vocals, Background Vocals
New Voices of Freedom Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bruce Cockburn Contributor
Bob Dylan Composer
Van Dyke Parks String Arrangements
U2 Composer
The Edge Composer
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Paul Barrett Engineer
Dennis Bell Musical Director
Bono Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Jack Clement Engineer
Marc DeSisto Engineer
Brian Eno Producer
David Hewitt Engineer
Jimmy Iovine Producer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Ethan Johns Engineer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Daniel Lanois Engineer
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Richard McKernan Overdub Assistant
Dave Meegan Engineer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Thom Panunzio Engineer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Don Smith Engineer
Randy Staub Engineer
David Tickle Engineer
Bob Vogt Engineer
Gary Wagner Overdub Assistant
Shelly Yakus Engineer
John Stafford Smith Composer
Bobby Robinson Composer
Phil Gitomer Engineer
Fritz Lange Engineer
J.B. Matteotti Engineer
Francis Scott Key Composer
Macie Mabins Composer
Dave Ferguson Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's an essential document.

    It's impossible to understand the evolution and adaptation capability of this band whitout the release of this album. It isn't a Joshua's live version, but a fully and complementary stand alone creation. Although they finally fell into the American influence, it's difficult to find stroger and rawer versions of Pride, Silver and Gold, Bullet The Blue Sky, than in this album. It shows a mainstream band playing powerful Rock and Roll and beautiful tunes- Heartland, All I Want Is You- in an age where the techno music and pop rock took the topcharts-Does it sound familiar?-. It captures the meaning of U2's live act at the end of the youth age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fab album

    I don't know what your critic was smoking when he heard this album but I find it to be the best album that U2 have written. The selection of songs is varied and interesting. Perhaps your critic failed to understand the lyrics which made him lose the impact of this album. This album is a personal favorite and, to those who understand the lyrics, is very inspirational.

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