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U218 Singles

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While U2 have already looked back once or twice in order to assemble best-of collections, this set marks the first time that the Irish rockers have done so with a wide lens -- culling material from their entire career rather than distinctly divided eras. Rather than simply arranging the tracks in chronological order, the band chose to mimic the flow of one of their live shows, opening with the one-two emotional punch of "Beautiful Day" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and segueing into the thoughtful strains of "Pride In the Name of Love." The breadth of the band's playing is showcased beautifully here, with the focus falling alternately on the melodic ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While U2 have already looked back once or twice in order to assemble best-of collections, this set marks the first time that the Irish rockers have done so with a wide lens -- culling material from their entire career rather than distinctly divided eras. Rather than simply arranging the tracks in chronological order, the band chose to mimic the flow of one of their live shows, opening with the one-two emotional punch of "Beautiful Day" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and segueing into the thoughtful strains of "Pride In the Name of Love." The breadth of the band's playing is showcased beautifully here, with the focus falling alternately on the melodic inventiveness of the Edge the driving force on songs like "New Year's Day" and the often overlooked potency of the lockstep rhythm section of Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton, who fuel "Desire" and "Vertigo" in high-octane fashion. To bring fans completely up to date, 18 Singles includes a pair of new songs: the elegiac "Window in the Skies" and "The Saints Are Coming," the '70s punk classic that U2 and Green Day retooled earlier this year for the benefit of charities on the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. It brings full circle this distillation of what continues to be an inspired, and inspiring, career.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
U2's first two greatest-hits albums neatly divided themselves by decade, with the first covering the '80s and the second summing up the '90s. Their third hits comp, 2006's U218 Singles, is at once more ambitious and more concise, offering an overview of their first 26 years on a single disc comprised of 18 tracks -- and since two of those are new songs, that leaves just 16 songs to tell their whole story. That's not much space for a band with a career as lengthy and ambitious as U2, so it's inevitable that some painful cuts have been made. Nothing from October, Zooropa or Pop is here, and unless you're buying various import editions that have "I Will Follow" as a bonus track, there's nothing from Boy, either. There's only one cut each from The Unforgettable Fire and Rattle and Hum -- and bucking conventional wisdom, none of their three widely accepted masterpieces -- War, The Joshua Tree, or Achtung Baby -- provide the most songs here. No, out of all their albums the one that dominates U218 Singles is All That You Can't Leave Behind, their 2000 comeback from the depths of the misguided Pop, and one of two records that they've released since their last hits compilation, The Best of 1990-2000. The other record they've released since then is How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which provides two songs here -- or, as many as there are from War and Achtung Baby. What this means is that this compilation skews very heavily toward latter-day U2 -- eight out of 18 tracks, a full 44 percent of the collection, are from 2000 on, which means that U218 Singles presents the classicist version of the band, featuring the anthems from U2 at their peak, plus the highlights from when U2 were trying their best to sound like U2 at their peak. They did it quite well, of course, from both a commercial and artistic standpoint, sometimes writing songs that stood proudly alongside "Pride In the Name of Love" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" as in "Beautiful Day" and sometimes not "Elevation". When it's all mixed together, it paints a portrait of a band that's a little slicker and streamlined than it often was, and it's hard not to miss the big-hearted yet moody band that made "Bad," "Gloria," and "A Sort of Homecoming," not to mention the middle-aged Euro experimentalists responsible for "Numb" and "Stay! Faraway, So Close," two essential components of the band that has been forced aside by the arena rock pros on display here. Then again, U2 always were the best arena rockers of their generation, and for those who love the spectacle and sound of the band in full flight, U218 Singles serves up that side of the band quite well, along with two new entries that find the band continuing the assured, even-handed sound of Atomic Bomb: a cover of the Skids' "The Saints Are Coming," recorded with Green Day and rewritten to vaguely address the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and "Window in the Skies," an anthemic pop number that relies too heavily on synth strings yet is saved by the band's sturdy songwriting and reliable performance. As such, it might not cover all the bases, but it covers enough of the major ones to be a good summary for fellow travelers who just know U2 from the radio, and it's also a good one-stop introduction to the basics for neophytes.
Rolling Stone - Andy Greene
If you thought that U2's last two greatest-hits discs had just a few too many minor songs on them, U218 Singles is the collection for you.

If you thought that U2's last two greatest-hits discs had just a few too many minor songs on them, U218 Singles is the collection for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517135420
  • Catalog Number: 000802702
  • Sales rank: 4,524

Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
The Edge Guitar
Adam Clayton Bass Guitar
Larry Mullen Jr. Percussion, Drums
Terry Lawless Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
The Edge Composer
Arnie Acosta Mastering
Stuart Adamson Composer
Paul Barrett Engineer
Bono Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Brian Eno Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Flood Engineer
Nellee Hooper Producer
Jimmy Iovine Producer, Audio Production
Richard Jobson Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Daniel Lanois Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Lillywhite Producer, Audio Production
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Dave Meegan Engineer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Tim Palmer Engineer
Rick Rubin Producer
Paul Thomas Engineer
Carl Glanville Engineer
Robbie Adams Engineer
Greg Fidelman Engineer
David Corio Cover Photo
Stephen Harris Engineer
Paul McGuinness Management
Joe O'Herlihy Engineer
Richard Rainey Engineer
Sam O'Sullivan Studio Manager, Drum Technician
Dallas Schoo Guitar Techician
Scott Sedillo Digital Editing
Dawn Kenny String Arrangements
Craig Thomas Producer
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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    U218 has 18 Of The Greatest!

    This CD is a great cd if you want to get into U2, as this CD has most of their well known songs... And some with a little less attention that others. Overall a great CD

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    There actually could be about 20 more songs I would like to add.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Hodgepodge

    There is great music here, but the non-chronological order dilutes the flow. It would have made more sense to order the songs by their release date, since most U2 songs work as part of the project they belong to. It is a good CD, but dropping a newer song or two and adding I Will Follow and/or Bad might have made it a better one. As it is,it seems a bit of a grab bag.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    one very well made greatest hits album by the best band in the world

    this cd is the bomb has lots of great u2 songs this cd even has a new track the saints are coming featuring green day this has got to be a very good greatest hits album its just as good u2 greatest hits from 1980 to 1990 u2 is one very made band they do not curse or scream or yell or curse they are one very good band

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this is a great collection of u2s singles has all the known hits.plus one of the new tracks the saints our comming featuring greenday. this disc is a must for any u2 fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    this is sucha cool cd!it would make the perfect gift for a music luver. its packed with awesome songs!my fav is "the saints are coming".i could listen to that song over and over again!?!?i will never get tired of that song!this cd is a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good Start For Someone Who Does not Know About U2

    However, the two prior greatest hits releases seem to capture more of the band and their sound. Most of this compelation is being played across the country on Rock Stations, so it seems to be devoid of any of the gems that perhaps are not quite as well known. Still, a good CD for those who admire the band but do not have to have the body of work

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