The Best of 1990-2000 [Bonus Tracks/DVD]

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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. The limited-edition pressing adds a second disc that's largely given over to remixes, including a harsh, in-your face "Gun Mix" of "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and a revamped "Solar Plexus Mix" of "Mysterious Ways" that boosts the bass to booty-shaking levels. It also brings together some hard-to-find B-sides, including the elegant, organ-laced "Your Blue Room" and the spare, percussive "North and South of the River." This special version also includes a DVD housing videos, director commentary, six bonus tracks, and The Road to Sarajevo, a documentary chronicling the band's 1997 visit to Bosnia. 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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The story goes like this: poised on the brink of disappearing in their own earnestness in the wake of the Rattle and Hum, U2 revitalized themselves with Achtung Baby, embracing irony and modern music in a garish celebration of pop culture that effectively distracted attention from the wounded, broken heart at its center. Basking in the acclaim of Achtung Baby, U2 continued to release Euro-experimental music -- equal parts Madchester, Krautrock, and good old-fashioned prog rock, partially courtesy of longtime collaborator Brian Eno -- until their ambition imploded on Pop, leading them to a celebrated return to roots, All That You Can't Leave Behind. Through it all, they turned out singles that equaled their '80s work (and in the case of "One" and "Beautiful Day," surpassed it), providing the basic ingredients for a great hits collection, The Best of 1990-2000. Anytime U2 flirted too closely with either dance or electronica has 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" (sounding more majestic than ever) and the Batman & Robin theme "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (a glam rock pastiche that was the best thing about the film and remains a highlight), plus the underappreciated "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" (as lovely as anything they've ever cut). [Like the first U2 hits compilation, the first pressings of The Best of 1990-2000 are graced with a bonus disc containing B-sides from the same era.]
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: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 044006343808
  • Catalog Number: 063438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:41)
  2. 2 Mysterious Ways (4:03)
  3. 3 Beautiful Day (4:08)
  4. 4 Electrical Storm (4:39)
  5. 5 One (4:35)
  6. 6 Miss Sarajevo - Luciano Pavarotti (4:32)
  7. 7 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (4:59)
  8. 8 Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (4:34)
  9. 9 Gone (4:34)
  10. 10 Until the End of the World (4:40)
  11. 11 The Hands That Built America (4:58)
  12. 12 Discothèque (4:42)
  13. 13 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:45)
  14. 14 Staring at the Sun (4:49)
  15. 15 Numb (4:23)
  16. 16 The First Time (3:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lady With the Spinning Head (4:42)
  2. 2 Dirty Day (4:08)
  3. 3 Summer Rain (4:25)
  4. 4 Electrical Storm (4:38)
  5. 5 North and South of the River (5:29)
  6. 6 Your Blue Room (4:47)
  7. 7 Happiness Is a Warm Gun (5:52)
  8. 8 Salome (6:39)
  9. 9 Even Better Than the Real Thing (5:51)
  10. 10 Numb (4:10)
  11. 11 Mysterious Ways (5:42)
  12. 12 If God Will Send His Angels (5:30)
  13. 13 Lemon (5:44)
  14. 14 Discothèque (5:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The History Mix
  2. 2 The Best of 1990-2000 DVD Trailer
  3. 3 Please
  4. 4 Beautiful Day
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
William Orbit Keyboards
Paul Barrett Background Vocals, Brass
Bono Synthesizer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ian Bryan Background Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass Guitar
Marius de Vries Keyboards
Brian Eno Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, Harmonium, Background Vocals
Mary Gaines Cello
Howie B Loops
Daniel Lanois Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Larry Mullen Jr. Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Steve Osborne Keyboards
Kate O'Conner Strings
Rosie Nic Athlaioch Strings
Technical Credits
Christy Moore Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
U2 Composer, Producer
William Orbit Producer
The Edge Composer
Paul Oakenfold Producer, Remixing
Craig Armstrong String Arrangements
Paul Barrett Producer, Engineer
Bono Composer
Ian Bryan Engineer
Joe Chiccarelli Remixing
Adam Clayton Composer
Rico Conning Digital Editing
Marius de Vries Programming
Joe Edwards Camera Operator
Brian Eno Composer, Programming, Sound Effects, Producer, String Arrangements
Terry Farley Remixing
Howard Gray Producer, Remixing
Bernie Grundman Digital Editing
Pete Heller Remixing
Nellee Hooper Producer
Howie B Producer, Engineer, Inspiration
Daniel Lanois Producer, Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Producer, Remixing
Louise McCormick Engineer
Alan Moulder Remixing
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Steve Osborne Producer, Remixing
Tim Palmer Engineer
Mark "Spike" Stent Engineer
Danton Supple Engineer
Butch Vig Producer, Remixing
Gary Wilkinson Remixing
Carl Glanville Engineer
Mike Hedges Producer
Duke Erikson Producer, Remixing
John X. Remixing
Trevor Gray Producer, Remixing
Robbie Adams Engineer
Ruadhri Cushnan Engineer
Jake Davies Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing
Rob Kirwan Engineer
Anton Corbijn Cover Photo
Stephen Harris Engineer
Ben Hillier Programming, Remixing
Rollo Remixing
Pat Sullivan Digital Editing
Rob D. Remixing
Ger McDonnell Engineer
Richard Rainey Engineer
Iain Roberton Programming, Engineer, Digital Editing
Victor "Vino" Merritt Producer, Remixing
Sam O'Sullivan Studio Manager, Drum Technician
Ned O'Hanlon Producer
Dallas Schoo Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Of Album Or Remix Album?

    Compared to the companion CD, "The Best Of 1980-1990," U2 traversed into another universe in the '90s. While the first best of collection was filled with classic rock songs that are some of the best recorded ever, U2's second Best of collection travels from rock to pop to dance to techno to opera! It is an exhilarating if somewhat jarring listen. Covering their recorded output from "Achtung Baby" to "All That You Can't Leave Behind," U2 shows they still have that early rock energy even though it sometimes got lost with mindless songs like "Numb." This collection is overall solid, however one might be tempted to call it a remix album, as the album (including the 2nd B-Sides disc) contains 15 songs remixed! Some of the song selections are questionable as well: why include poor tracks like "Numb," and leave off stronger tracks like "The Fly," "Please," or "Walk On?" One hugh highlight is the inclusion of two new tracks that are outstanding and better than some of the material here: "Electrical Storm," and "The Hands That Built America." In conclusion, if you are a U2 fan, there's no question you'll want this CD. The bonus DVD is short (about 20 minutes) and interesting, but outside of a superb live version of "Please" doesn't bear up well to repeated listenings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Be Fooled!

    Being a serious fan of the band, I hate to disparage against them, but this compilation is a disgrace. Be aware that when reading the tracklisting above, the dreaded words "NEW MIX" are missing from tracks. Namely, the tracks from *POP* & Numb. (Even Mysterious Ways has an alternate lyric!) If you purchase this album, be aware that the original tracks from *POP* (Discotheque, Staring At The Sun & Gone) are nowhere to be seen! I took this "new mix" fiasco as a slap in the face to those fans who legitimately loved *POP*, as it appeared to be an attempt at covering up the past with new vocals and bass-drained "minivan mixes" to the music that inspired intense emotions in 1997. You're better off getting the three albums from the '90s if you want to hear where the band has been. This compilation is a whitewashed lie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A lot of fun for anyone with even the slightest interest in U2.

    A great overview of the biggest hits/singles from the 1990's, along with a couple of interesting remixes/remakes (whatever you call them), and two new songs that are fantastic, yet not at all alike. I am shocked that "The Fly" was not included, however, although I read an interview with Edge and Larry where they said they weren't sure it held up after all these years. I disagree, but it is their song after all! One last bone to pick: The second disc has entirely too many dance/techno/Eurotrash type mixes and reintrepretations. Really, if I cared about that sort of music, I probably would not have enough sense to love U2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Compilation

    I am a huge fan of U2 and looked forward to the release of this disc anxiously. I have, of course, the Best of 1980-1990, which is amazing. 1990-2000 definitely has a different feel to it, no questions asked. It's not as politically forceful and some songs are softer, dreamier, and more odd. The mixes are certainly interesting to listen to, and overall are very good. Some of U2's best indeed are included, such as Beautiful Day, Even Better than the Real Thing, One, Numb, and two great new ones, Electrical Storm and The Hands that Built America. I was disappointed to not find Zoo Station or The Fly on there, but no big deal, I can always pop Achtung Baby in my CD player. U2 is the best band in the world, I'm convinced. Their lyrics are astonishingly poignant and gorgeous and the Edge knows how to provide great background. When pressed, I have to say I consider U2 the best band of all time, surpassing the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Sure, some people will be upset, but really, it's my opinion, so please, get over it. Thanks. Anyway, conclusively, this two disc set is extremely impressive and a wonderful edition to any U2 fan's library. It takes the best of All That you Can't Leave Behine, Zooropa, Pop, and Achtung Baby, and nicely places it on two CDs. I cannot wait until their new one!

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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