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The Best of 1990-2000

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Intended as a companion piece to the anthem-laden Best of 1980–1990, this new collection of U2 nuggets is considerably duskier around the edges, but perhaps more illuminating in the end. It spans the Irish rockers' biggest and best '90s hits, including "Even Better than the Real Thing," "Beautiful Day," "One," and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of." But the primary draw for Bono-philes is the two new tunes that round out the compilation, both of which are undeniably up to the band's highest standards. "The Hands That Built America" recaptures a good bit of the grandeur of U2's halcyon banner-waving days with a mix of nostalgia and intensity that seems like a good...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Intended as a companion piece to the anthem-laden Best of 1980–1990, this new collection of U2 nuggets is considerably duskier around the edges, but perhaps more illuminating in the end. It spans the Irish rockers' biggest and best '90s hits, including "Even Better than the Real Thing," "Beautiful Day," "One," and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of." But the primary draw for Bono-philes is the two new tunes that round out the compilation, both of which are undeniably up to the band's highest standards. "The Hands That Built America" recaptures a good bit of the grandeur of U2's halcyon banner-waving days with a mix of nostalgia and intensity that seems like a good harbinger for Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, for which it serves as theme music. The other previously unreleased gem is "Electrical Storm." The disc is punctuated with other cinematic offerings, such as the theme from Wim Wenders's Until the End of the World and "Stay," which accompanied the same director's Faraway, So Close. Even in looking back, the band display a pervasive restlessness, offering up remixed -- not radically, but noticeably -- versions of "Discotheque" and "Staring at the Sun," both of which are somewhat more organic sounding than the originals. An indispensable document of U2's inspiring, thought-provoking path to the 21st century, Best of 1990–2000 captures these important rockers at the peak of their creative powers. Also available: a limited-edition pressing with a bonus disc featuring remixes and B-sides plus a DVD housing videos, director commentary, six bonus tracks, and The Road to Sarajevo, a documentary chronicling the band's 1997 visit to Bosnia.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Through the ups and downs of the '90s, U2 turned out singles that equaled their '80s work, providing the basic ingredients for a great hits collection, The Best of 1990-2000. Songs in which U2 flirted too closely with either dance or electronica have been replaced by mixes that attempt to give these tunes the sound of neo-classicist U2 à la All That You Can't Leave Behind. So, all the pop material ("Gone," "Discotheque," "Staring at the Sun") is given new mixes, as is "Numb." There are great songs here -- not just "Mysterious Ways" and "Beautiful Day," but relatively rare items like the Passengers tune "Miss Sarajevo" and the Batman & Robin theme "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me."
Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
Surprisingly coherent, both familiar and fresh.
Spin Magazine - Robert Levine
[U2 are] still obsessed with transcendence, whether it's the kind you find on a Joshua Tree bluff or a Miami dance floor. And their best songs -- "One," "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)," "Staring at the Sun" -- framed that search in the most intimate of terms. (8)

Surprisingly coherent, both familiar and fresh.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 044006336121
  • Catalog Number: 063361
  • Sales rank: 3,545

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
William Orbit Keyboards
Paul Barrett Brass
Bono Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass Guitar
Marius de Vries Keyboards
Brian Eno Synthesizer, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards
Howie B Turntables, Loops
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Larry Mullen Jr. Percussion, Drums
Steve Osborne Keyboards
Rosie Nic Athlaioch Strings
Technical Credits
U2 Composer, Producer
William Orbit Producer
The Edge Composer
Craig Armstrong String Arrangements
Paul Barrett Engineer
Bono Composer, Producer
Adam Clayton Composer
Rico Conning Programming
Marius de Vries Programming
Brian Eno Composer, Programming, Sound Effects, Producer
Nellee Hooper Producer
Howie B Engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer, Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Steve Osborne Producer
Tim Palmer Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent Engineer
Danton Supple Engineer
Carl Glanville Engineer
Mike Hedges Producer
Robbie Adams Engineer
Ruadhri Cushnan Engineer
Jake Davies Programming
Stephen Harris Engineer
Ben Hillier Programming
Pat Sullivan Digital Editing
Ger McDonnell Engineer
Richard Rainey Engineer
Iain Roberton Programming
Sam O'Sullivan Drum Technician
Matthieu Clouard Engineer
Dallas Schoo Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Coolio

    beautiful Day is the best song ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I was so disapointed when I got this CD home!

    The reason to buy this CD was for the new material, right? If you're a big U2 fan like I am, you already own the other great songs on this title. But I'd been hearing "Electrical Storm" on the radio for weeks now and had to have it. Imagine how disappointing it was to find out that the version of "Electrical Storm" that is on this CD is NOT the radio version. I was eagerly looking forward to some typically wonderful guitar playing by The Edge... and its SYNTHESIZER MUSIC! The guitars come in for the bridge and I think that's about it. Maybe the 2-CD set "Special Edition" has the "REAL" version of "Electrical Storm" on it, but this one doesn't. Otherwise, though, how can you go wrong? Any CD that has "Beautiful Day" on it is worth buying.

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