The Joshua Tree

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Using the textured sonics of The Unforgettable Fire as a basis, U2 expanded those innovations by scaling back the songs to a personal setting and adding a grittier attack for its follow-up, The Joshua Tree. It's a move that returns them to the sweeping, anthemic rock of War, but if War was an exploding political bomb, The Joshua Tree is a journey through its aftermath, trying to find sense and hope in the desperation. That means that even the anthems -- the epic opener "Where the Streets Have No Name," the yearning "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- have seeds of doubt within their soaring choruses, and those fears take root throughout the album, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Using the textured sonics of The Unforgettable Fire as a basis, U2 expanded those innovations by scaling back the songs to a personal setting and adding a grittier attack for its follow-up, The Joshua Tree. It's a move that returns them to the sweeping, anthemic rock of War, but if War was an exploding political bomb, The Joshua Tree is a journey through its aftermath, trying to find sense and hope in the desperation. That means that even the anthems -- the epic opener "Where the Streets Have No Name," the yearning "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- have seeds of doubt within their soaring choruses, and those fears take root throughout the album, whether it's in the mournful sliding acoustic guitars of "Running to Stand Still," the surging "One Tree Hill," or the hypnotic elegy "Mothers of the Disappeared." So it might seem a little ironic that U2 became superstars on the back of such a dark record, but their focus has never been clearer, nor has their music been catchier, than on The Joshua Tree. Unexpectedly, U2 have also tempered their textural post-punk with American influences. Not only are Bono's lyrics obsessed with America, but country and blues influences are heard throughout the record, and instead of using these as roots, they're used as ways to add texture to the music. With the uniformly excellent songs -- only the clumsy, heavy rock and portentous lyrics of "Bullet the Blue Sky" fall flat -- the result is a powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit due to its vision and its melody. Never before have U2's big messages sounded so direct and personal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602517449398
  • Catalog Number: 001028502
  • Sales rank: 6,301

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
The Edge Guitar, Background Vocals
Paul Barrett Conductor
Bono Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Adam Clayton Group Member
Brian Eno Keyboards, Background Vocals, DX-7
Daniel Lanois Rhythm Guitar, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Omnichord
Larry Mullen Jr. Group Member
Armin Family Strings
Technical Credits
U2 Contributor
The Edge Composer, Contributor
Arnie Acosta Mastering, Remastering
Paul Barrett Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Bono Composer, Contributor
Adam Clayton Composer
Bob Doidge Engineer
Brian Eno Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Flood Engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer, Contributor, Audio Production
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Dave Meegan Engineer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Bill Flanagan Liner Notes
Steve Averill Artwork, Art Direction, Cover Design
Cheryl Engels Mastering
Scott Sedillo Digital Editing
Pat McCarthy Engineer
Armin Family Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This needs no introduction

    Perhaps the greatest rock album of the 1980s, U2's The Joshua Tree has the three best opening tracks to ANY album. The album is mostly soft rock, making it fun to listen to whenever. Words can't describe how good this truly is.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    One of just a handful of albums in the running for 'the best of all time'.

    A Classic among classics. A nearly perfect album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of The Pluck of the Irish

    The Irishmen known as U2 are cemented as the best band at least of the least 20 years and this album is their best. It is always searching, even in such songs as "Bullet the Blue Sky," there's always a deeper spiritual yearning to it. And it's authentic, in its love, redemption, doubt and hope and searching and above all, mystery--what God is made of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An absolute classic!

    This album is a legendary rock n roll masterpiece. Every song is excellent. U2 have recorded many great albums over the last 25 years, but this one is their BEST. This album, along with Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, are the 2 single greatest rock albums ever recorded!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you were trapped in the desert...

    What better time to play this great album than on a sunny Tuesday afternoon with nothing better to do? Because that's where I'm at right now. I have found U2 to be an overrated band. Their type of music and the lyrics about the world's miseries were kind of too much for me to take, but with this album they've done something special. The melodies and the lyrics on this album all stand up well - and they made the right choice by enlisting Daniel Lanois (of Peter Gabriel's So fame) and Brian Eno at the production boards. To be honest, I can't think of a better way to kickstart an album with lyrics like: "I want to run/I want to hide/I want to tear down the walls/That hold me inside." Now that's enthusiasm! My other favorites from this album are almost every other track. It's sad that U2 never made another album that wasn't as splendid as this one. In fact, I didn't like How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb at all and felt that they need to move on. But, anyways, thanks guys for giving us this wonderful album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best cd ever

    This is possibly one of the greatest CDs I have ever listened to. Great collection of songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums ever made

    I honestly can not name many cds better than "The Joshua Tree." It IS the essence of U2 and the best work they have and probably will ever make. IT is simply amazing! Worth more than 5 stars, it is incredible. The songs are moving, the music extremely well written and a great thing to listen to. IT IS A MUST BUY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ballads are the thing on this album

    The first three songs have become classics on this album, which makes it a top notch record. I am not sure how "Bullet the Blue Sky" fits into the picture, but the rest of the music fits nicely into one nice, neat package. There is no overuse of any instrument on this album. Bono's singing on this record is in top form also. I highly recommend this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Memorable stuff

    I must say after looking at the rating of 4.5 I had to jump on and give this Irish band a 5 star rating!! Every song on this CD is worth listening too... The music on this CD is as easy as clicking repeat on your player and never getting tired of it! I've over used this CD so much I believe I'm on my 3rd copy of it! If you love, like, or even heard one great song from U2 then, this CD will make u a fan for life~! I give it an easy 5 star rating all the way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2´s best album

    Hi, I´m Herlin from Peru, in 1988 when I was going to school, in the middle of bomb threats and violence that we were living at that moment because of terrorism, I heard for the first time The Joshua Tree, some songs in that album were the reflection of the political moment we were undergoing (i.e. terrorism from both sides the state and the guerrillas) there is a big difference between bands that want to express something in what they sing and ''the others'' very few of them do it. That´s why I like U2, because this guys have passion and beacuse their music is great. Regards from Peru.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The classic!

    U2 is one of the most important bands on our planet,and this is probably their best album. What to say about the album about which everything has been said. A must in your collection,trully enjoyable,deeply and phylosophical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joshua Tree is the epitome of U2's work.

    Joshua Tree is the epitome of U2's work. It shows their passion for freedom and truth and it can never be forgotten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2's Joshua Tree: epitome of good music

    U2¿s Joshua Tree is the epitome of U2¿s work. This cd contains many of the classic U2 songs that have topped the charts and can never be forgotten. The listener can perceive the passion and work that went into writing and singing the songs on Joshua Tree. They cover a wide range of subjects all the way from love songs to political statements. I would highly recommend any of their other cd¿s, especially The Unforgettable Fire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I have loved U2 ever since I was little. I grew up listening to their music and it is the best. My favorite song is 'With or Without You'. This album is definately the best one they made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the BEST Rock Albums ever recorded!

    This album by U2 is a must have for any rock fan. When EVERY SONG on an album is GREAT, you know it is one of the best ever! I could listen to this album every day and not get tired of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Number one on the Billboards, Number one in my Heart

    U2 is the best band ever to live. Ever song from every album is amazing. Right from the songs they write to the preformances they give, U2 are true showmen. Bono is the essence of cool. If you don't believe me watch the video ZooTV live from Sydney. Their best album is Actung Baby with All that you can't leave behind a close second. Long live the Irishmen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic Album

    I wasn't really a U2 fan until I heard ''Beautiful Day'' on the radio, but at that instant I was hooked and had to get this. The Joshua Tree is the best U2 album by far, and is definitely the best music to come out of the eighties. This is an amazing listening experience from start to finish, the best tracks being ''With or Without You'', ''I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'', and ''Where the Streets Have No Name.'' The Joshua Tree gets better every time you listen to it, no wonder it got to No. 15 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums (I even think it should be higher than that). It was all that was needed to convince me that U2 is the best rock and roll band since the Beatles!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterpiece of rock music

    This work stands alone. It's top-shelf among albums in the rock genre. The Joshua Tree is as complete a rock album as any ever recorded. Each song resonates with powerful tones, passionate vocals, brilliant songwriting, seductive intros and outros. No other work of art touched me like this classic. This album led me to visit Joshua Tree National Park, the most beautiful place on Earth. I conducted three separate photo shoots and captured what most people don't know exists. Each time, I walk away from Joshua Tree National Park (.net) a renewed person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only 10-times platinum?

    An absolute masterpiece. This album is a must have for any music collection. Not a single track on this album is a throw-away. With each song, Bono delivers beautiful, powerful lyrics of longing, loving, and loss. Even those tracks that provide U2's political commentary do so with a subtle tact and effortless grace. Edge and Adam Clayton provide edgy and sharp guitar and bass lines, while Larry Mullen's drums thump your chest. From the quiet, peaceful organs that fade in to open Where the Streets Have No Name to the faux-techno synthesizers that close Mothers of the Disappeared 50 minutes later, each track grabs the listener and takes them for a wonderful and heart-pounding ride. Absolutely beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2 2 cool

    I first heard this album in 1987 when i was going to school in west virginia, i loved the music and the words of truth and feeling flowing from the band. this album was inspiration for me to write songs of my own and enjoy the beautiful sights of nature in Kanawha valley. I still listen to them and felt i have grown as they have. They have blended with other artists and proved they can stand the test of time.

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