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Joshua Tree (Remastered / Expanded) (Super Deluxe Edition) (2CD/DVD) Box set, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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The Joshua Tree (Remastered)
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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, December 18, 2007
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Nearly 21 years after the original release of The Joshua Tree, the CD version of the album has finally gotten its due. In what must be considered an embarrassment of packaging riches, this new "Super Deluxe" 20th Anniversary Edition of the album more than does justice to the original album art (poorly served on previous CD releases), and the music has been given a spanking new mastering, supervised by none other than The Edge. The "Super Deluxe" edition comes in a sturdy, 6" x 8" x 1.5" box with fully restored cover art. Inside is a 56 page hardcover book containing liner notes, lyrics, pictures, single-sleeve art, technical information, and a number of essays, including ones by Bono, Daniel Lanois, Adam Clayton, Anton Corbijn, Brian Eno, and The Edge. An embossed envelope contains five more Corbijn photos, printed on 5" x 7" sheets of textured, "antique" paper. The three discs all come in their own mini-LP gatefold sleeves: the album disc is in a quasi replica of the original LP sleeve, whereas the bonus CD and DVD are in similar sleeves featuring alternate photos. No detail has been overlooked - even the CD labels are patterned after the spindle label on the original LP. This is a truly "super deluxe" package.
But what about the sound? While the original 1987 mastering was never great, much of what has been lambasted over the years as murky sound is really intrinsic to the original recording and/or mix. It is important to note that this is a remastered version of the original mix, not a remixed version of the original session tapes. Thus, the overall qualities of the original mix remain, such as dense atmospherics and an ambient soundscape. However, this version improves matters.Read more ›
The opening suite is about as good as it gets in music: Where the Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and With or Without You. All of these are more than just great rock hits: they're part of the fabric of our time. Outside of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band, I can't think of a more amazing beginning to an album. The instant those echoed notes of Where the Streets Have No Name start to fade in, you know - whether it's the first time you've heard it or the thousandth - that you're in for a transcendent musical experience. There aren't many songs or albums that deserve this kind of excessive praise (Sgt. Pepper, Blood on the Tracks, Automatic for the People, Exile on Main St., Songs in the Key of Life, to name a few) and this is one of them.
Not only are the opening tracks incredible, and well-known to all, but the album continues with series of songs both hard-hitting, stunningly beautiful, totally heart-felt, and wonderfully pure, sometimes all at once. The production by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno is textured, nuanced, and completely appropriate for every song. This new, remastered version only enhances the production.Read more ›
A joshua tree is a real tree that thrives despite the dry environment it lives in. The image - the icon - of life amidst its seeming absence, embodied in the joshua tree, is one that is fully appropriate to U2 - particularly at the end of their first decade. U2, like the joshua tree, stood in stark contrast to its environment: ascetic, prophetic and disarmingly (some would say "naively", but let the tension stand) sincere. (Their foray into the realm of post-modern sampling, irony and sarcasm was an identity crisis fully in line with where they stood in the 80s: cynicism is frustrated optimism.)
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", the second song, really expresses the kernel of The Joshua Tree; every other song fleshes it out in some way or another. The album is, in the end, about distance: "I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls only to be with you: But I still haven't found what I'm looking for." While one may take this to be an admission of defeat - and distance whispers of despair as much as consummation - doing so is incorrect: "I'm still running," Bono sings.Read more ›
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What's not to like about U2? Should have bought this when the album came out.Published 5 days ago by Gail Kerwin
Top 5 favorite album. Arrived as advertised, great condition and sounds wonderful.Published 10 days ago by Fm
I was so grateful to find this! It was a gift for my husband, and he was thrilled. It was in great condition, as noted. I'm very satisfied.Published 18 days ago by Madison Dumas
I'd say that I'm satisfied, but I still haven't found what I'm looking for.Published 1 month ago by Andy Bassham
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I agree. I'm no "audiophile" but this sounded a bit either "muffled" or "muddy" to these ears. This is particularily noticable in the later part of the album starting with "One Tree Hill"....
I actually like the original copy I have that I bought in...
Nov 7, 2009 by Mr. x | See all 5 posts
Not wide screen? SHOCKING! Why didn't they use a wide screen HD camera? oh wait this show is 20 years old.
Honestly, I can't understand why anyone would expect a show that was shot for 4:3 TV to have 16:9 format.
Likewise, there's not much point in going to 5.1, since they are unlikely to be... Read More
Nov 20, 2007 by Music Fan | See all 9 posts
As I mentioned in my review, yes, this error has been fixed.
Nov 26, 2007 by El Grande | See all 5 posts
|the us version of the DVD is NTSC||
It has to be or it won't play on a US television. By definition, NTSC is all DVDs released in the US and Japan.
Feb 10, 2008 by C. Joe-Yen | See all 2 posts
|this is overpriced||
It absolutely is overpriced, and it will sell, and we will see more of these next year at this time. This has been the plan for a while in the industry, I read about it a couple years ago - a three-tiered pricing structure with a low-cost, stripped down version, a mid-priced, slightly more... Read More
Nov 17, 2007 by Personal Robot | See all 9 posts