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Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree

4.8 41
by U2

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Long before Jars of Clay powered oblique Christian references into multi-platinum success, Irish supergroup U2 paved the way with this 10-times platinum 1987 smash. Don't believe it? You're not alone. Even with lyrics as blunt as "You carried the cross and my shame, you know I believe it," many purists debate classifying The Joshua


Long before Jars of Clay powered oblique Christian references into multi-platinum success, Irish supergroup U2 paved the way with this 10-times platinum 1987 smash. Don't believe it? You're not alone. Even with lyrics as blunt as "You carried the cross and my shame, you know I believe it," many purists debate classifying The Joshua Tree as a Christian album. But as Bono and the boys explore such spiritual concerns as hope, redemption and loving thy neighbor -- and you can't get much more Christian than that -- such critical mutterings become moot. Even at its darkest and most disturbing, on tracks such as "Bullet The Blue Sky" and "Red Hill Mining Town," The Joshua Tree never advocates turning anywhere other than to God for comfort. The fact that a large share of the Christian music industry has snubbed the best-selling Christian rock album of all time seems somehow appropriate: as Jesus said, a prophet is never accepted in his hometown.

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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, 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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Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
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   Group Member
Armin Family   Strings

Technical Credits

Edge   Composer
Paul Barrett   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Bob Doidge   Engineer
Brian Eno   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Flood   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Audio Production
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Steve Averill   Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Design
Pat McCarthy   Engineer

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The Joshua Tree 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Unforgettable Fire showed U2 moving from their initial primitive sound to a more commercial, electronic one. The first four Joshua Tree songs – Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You, and Bullet The Blue Sky – were the band at its peak form. In my opinion, out of the other songs, only In God's Country matches them in quality. The last couple tracks show a bent for experimenting that later marred Zooropa and Pop and keep me from giving The Joshua Tree 5 stars. Even with those flaws, JT is still a good starting place for someone with no prior knowledge of U2, if that is possible after their almost three decades of super stardom.
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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.
Gus_TT_Showbiz More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joshua Tree is the epitome of U2's work. It shows their passion for freedom and truth and it can never be forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is possibly one of the greatest CDs I have ever listened to. Great collection of songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
A Classic among classics. A nearly perfect album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been an avid U2 fan since I was fourteen and the Joshua Tree album and tour single handedly changed my life in 1987. I still come back to this album today and find myself needing it like oxygen twenty years later, discovering new things with every listen. This 20th Anniversary deluxe reissue is an embarrassment of riches and more than delivers. The bonus tracks on disc 2 are worth the purchase alone but couple that w/ the DVD live concert and Anton Corbijn's photography - this is a georgous gift & something to get excited about!
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