The Joshua Tree [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

The Joshua Tree [30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]

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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. [The 20th Anniversary reissue of The Joshua Tree cleared the vaults of the B-sides, outtakes and stray songs U2 released in the wake of the album's 1987 release, so the 30th Anniversary doesn't pack the same kind of revelation as its predecessor. The big addition is the entirety of a concert the band gave at Madison Square Garden in 1987, one where they played almost all of the record. That's the bonus material on the simple two-disc deluxe edition, while the hefty Super Deluxe Edition retains almost all the extras from the 20th Anniversary (a single edit of "Where The Streets Have No Name" is absent but not missed), while adding an alternate mix of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" from 1987 and a host of brand new remixes from Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, St Francis Hotel, Flood and Jacknife Lee. For completists, the hardcover book is more enticing than this handful of new tracks and for those who are less dedicated—or have a tighter wallet—picking up the basic Deluxe for the fine live show might not be a bad idea.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2017
Label: Island
UPC: 0602557482621
catalogNumber: 002662402
Rank: 16060


Disc 1

  1. Where the Streets Have No Name
  2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  3. With or Without You
  4. Bullet the Blue Sky
  5. Running to Stand Still
  6. Red Hill Mining Town
  7. In God's Country
  8. Trip Through Your Wires
  9. One Tree Hill
  10. Exit
  11. Mothers of the Disappeared

Disc 2

  1. Where the Streets Have No Name
  2. I Will Follow
  3. Trip Through Your Wires
  4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  5. MLK
  6. Bullet the Blue Sky
  7. Running To Stand Still
  8. In God's Country
  9. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  10. Exit
  11. October
  12. New Year's Day
  13. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  14. With or Without You
  15. Party Girl
  16. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  17. 40

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Edge   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Barrett   Conductor
Dennis Bell   Conductor
Bono   Harmonica,Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass Guitar
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Omnichord
Larry Mullen   Percussion,Drums
George Pendergrass   Soloist
Dorothy Terrell   Soloist

Technical Credits

U2   Composer
Gavin Friday   Executive Producer
Edge   Director
Arnie Acosta   Remastering Engineer
Paul Barrett   Arranger
Dennis Bell   Musical Director,Choir Arrangement
Bono   Composer
Bob Doidge   Engineer
Brian Eno   Programming,Producer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Claudette Washington   Choir Arrangement
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Cover Design
Broadbery   Live Crew
Shaughn McGrath   Art Direction,Repackaging Design
Joe O'Herlihy   Live Crew
Sam O'Sullivan   Live Crew
Fraser McAlister   Live Crew
Lynette Washington   Choir Arrangement
Dallas Schoo   Live Crew
Scott Sedillo   Pro-Tools
Christopher Bell   Choir Arrangement
Pat McCarthy   Engineer
Sharon Blankson   Creative Consultant
Tim Buckley   Live Crew
Tom Mullally   Live Crew
Steve Iredale   Live Crew
Peter Williams   Live Crew
Dragan Kuzmanov   Live Crew
Bob Loney   Live Crew
Becky Coffey   Archives Coordinator
Adam Rankin   Live Crew

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