The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary [2 CD/DVD]

The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary [2 CD/DVD]

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The Joshua Tree: 20th Anniversary [2 CD/DVD]

U2 is one of the handful of major rock acts that hasn't exploited their back catalog as much as they should. Their early albums have not been remastered since the '80s, there are plenty of early singles and EPs that haven't shown up on CD, B-sides that aren't easily available, and rarities tucked away in the vault. In other words, they're the perfect candidates for a deluxe edition reissue campaign, a project they finally began in a big way in 2007 when they released two deluxe editions of The Joshua Tree. Although this 1987 album was neither their debut nor their first great record, it made perfect sense that The Joshua Tree would be the first deluxe reissue as it was the album that made U2 international superstars -- plus, the group was ready to embark on this reissue campaign just in time for the album's 20th anniversary, perfect timing for all concerned. The two reissues share restored artwork (the original CD release zoomed in on Anton Corbijn's photograph, distorting the four members) and the same bonus CD, which essentially rounds up all the B-sides from the extended CD singles pulled from the album, adding a couple other non-LP rarities along with a handful of previously unreleased outtakes. Of these, the most musically substantial are the B-sides, which are among U2's strongest, boasting such staples "Sweetest Thing" (here in the original 1987 version, not the re-recording for The Best of 1980-1990), "Silver and Gold" (present in both the band's take and Bono's country-blues duet with Ron Wood and Keith Richards for the Sun City album), "Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)," "Spanish Eyes," and "Deep in the Heart." The unreleased songs are more demos and mood pieces than finished songs -- although Bono did go into the studio prior to this reissue's release to add vocals to "Wave of Sorrow (Birdland)" -- but their incompleteness is their appeal, as the ideas are still intriguing even if they're not polished. Despite its gloomy title, "Desert of Our Love" is a light, infectious number with slight soul influences that would have been out of step with the rest of The Joshua Tree (yet it points the way toward Rattle and Hum), "Rise Up" is almost too insistent in its desire to be an anthem, "Drunk Chicken/America" is an Allen Ginsberg poem delivered like a piece of bad Jim Morrison poetry, while "Beautiful Ghost/Introduction to Songs of Experience" is eerie atmosphere, as is "Wave of Sorrow." None is great, but they are interesting, and they help round out the already-known B-sides to make this bonus CD as a truly useful and entertaining expansion of the original album. The bonus material stops with this second disc on the simple deluxe edition -- for the three-disc, super deluxe edition, the entire package is housed in a hardcover book, containing liner notes from band biographer Bill Flanagan, along with previously unpublished Corbijn photos and reminiscences by Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, Brian Eno, and Daniel Lanois. Also, there is a DVD contains an 18-song concert, "U2 Live from Paris," which documents a July 4, 1987 show, a brief documentary about their American tour called (what else?) Outside It's America, an alternate version of "With or Without You," and, most interesting of all, the never-seen Neil Jordan-directed video for "Red Hill Mining Town." Even if the $59.98 suggested retail price is a little steep, this book and video are nice additions that will please hardcore U2 fans, of which there are many -- plus, that high price justifies the release of the relatively bare-bones deluxe edition, as it's not only more affordable, it has the truly substantial musical rarities that should be heard by the widest audience.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2007
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517509481
catalogNumber: 001030400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Edge   Guitar
Paul Barrett   Conductor
Bono   Vocals
Adam Clayton   Group Member
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Omnichord
Larry Mullen   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Allen Ginsberg   Author
U2   Composer,Producer
Edge   Composer
Paul Barrett   Arranger,Engineer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer,Liner Notes
Barry Devlin   Director
Bob Doidge   Engineer
Brian Eno   Composer,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Liner Notes
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Gavin Taylor   Direction
Carl Glanville   Engineer
Joe Herlihy   Engineer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Steve Averill   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Cover Design
Matt Mahurin   Direction
Anton Corbijn   Liner Notes
Paul McGuinness   Executive Producer
Joe O'Herlihy   Engineer
René Castro   Liner Notes
Malcolm Gerrie   Producer
Meiert Avis   Director
Ned O'Hanlon   Producer
Sharon Oreck   Producer
David Naylor   Producer
Pat McCarthy   Engineer
Marcus Coleman   Engineer

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Joshua Tree 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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!
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.
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
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
This is possibly one of the greatest CDs I have ever listened to. Great collection of songs.
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
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
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
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
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago