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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Import
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B00000DFVF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Available again, the UK pressing of their first-ever greatest hits, complete with the 15 track bonus disc of B-sides added and with 'October' added as a hidden track on the hits CD. A combined total of 30 tracks. Some of the versions on the hits disc have

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One need hear only the first notes of this collection--the Edge's ringing guitar notes ushering in "Pride (In the Name of Love)"--to be taken back to 1984: Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher rule the Western world, the L.A. Olympics is the top sports story, and Ms. Pac-Man reigns at arcades. In rock & roll, there's U2 growing in stature with each new tour and title. Even doubters of the Irish lads have to concede that together they formed the one '80s band with the skill and sense of scale to take over the airwaves and concert stages in a decade of diminished expectations. This 15-song '80s best-of assortment (stick around for the hidden track) spans the decade, reaching back to 1980's "I Will Follow," when Bono and company were peach-fuzzy and earnest as choirboys, and tracking their path through their most glaring misstep, 1988's overblown Rattle and Hum. The limited-edition second disc is the real treat for stalwart fans. It's laden with odds and ends, highlights of which include some spot-on covers (Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot," the old pop hits "Everlasting Love" and "Unchained Melody") and misplaced originals (the great '82 B-side "Trash, Trampoline, and the Party Girl"). The group's more jovial '90s recordings provide evidence that U2 shine brightly when they don't take themselves too seriously. These likable leftovers prove that was true in the '80s, too. --Steven Stolder

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This is a must for U2 fans.
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When U2 are great (which is nearly all the time), the band stands as one of the best ever.
Sal Nudo
Excellent songs in B-Sides and better in disc 1.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
U2's first real "Best Of" CD (at least officially), the Limited Edition package can rightly claim to be one of the most important U2 albums ever. THE BEST OF 1980-1990 is a trip back through the politicking, hope, rage, despair, joy, and wonder inherent to any decade so full of world-changing events and timeless truths; it ranges from "Sunday Bloody Sunday", U2's best-known political commentary, to "The Sweetest Thing", a playful love song - to love.
But what makes the Limited Edition so incredibly valuable is the B-SIDES 1980-1990 CD. This is the side of any band rarely seen by the public. This is the side of U2 hidden away from the radio DJs and the overplayed hits - the works of love that make a band what it is. Songs like "Love Comes Tumbling" and "Trash, Trampoline, and the Party Girl" hint at the cynical, hard-hitting edge (no pun intended) of U2's future in ACHTUNG BABY or ZOOROPA, while "Walk to the Water" and "A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel" reveal more of the incredible depth of U2's artistry.
If any CD package is a must, it is this one; THE BEST OF 1980-1990 [Limited Edition] is music, life, the world, and humanity rolled into one incredibly well-sculpted package that leaves U2's place in the annals of music history solidly marked for all time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
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Hands down one of the greatest compilations by one of the greatest bands in the history of music. If you do not purchase the B-Sides "limited" edition you are depriving yourself of fantastic music. It is a testament to the band's incredible talent that tracks such as "Sweetest Thing", "Spanish Eyes", "Party Girl", "Hallelujah Here She Comes", etc. were scrapped from their albums. In all, there are 30 songs on both CDs. 29 are fabulous. A MUST BUY
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sal Nudo VINE VOICE on August 31, 2000
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Though some of these greatest hits have been played a zillion times on the radio, there's nothing wrong with hearing such grandoise monsters as "Pride," "New Year's Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" on one disc. Surprisingly, it's the hits from one of the greatest albums in rock history, The Joshua Tree, that come off as the most boring on this CD. More interesting are less played, ethereal numbers like "Bad," "Unforgettable Fire" and the lively "I Will Follow." There's certainly a fire that was present in early U2, passion and meaning within the songs, coupled with an arena-ready feel that fans and journalists have come to love and respect.

U2 flaunts a surprisingly soulful side of itself on such greats as "When Love Comes to Town," "Desire" and "Angel of Harlem," heard toward the end of disc one where the band kind of lets its hair down. "All I Want is You" is a tender U2 beauty on which the band clicks on all levels; it's almost spiritual-sounding. Bono's sincere voice sounds like gold amid the Edge's sparkling, chiming guitar work. A gorgeous string section lovingly closes the song out. Let disc one continue to play after the last song to hear "October" (from October), an extremely beautiful piano instrumental. Quiet and peaceful, "October" is as good and memorable as the songs that proceeded it, despite its hidden, non-hit status.

The included 1980s b-sides are as great as U2 have ever sounded -- get this compilation because of them. All these closeted gems make a convincing case that U2 may have been at the top of its game back then, despite future classics in the 1990s.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Malvick VINE VOICE on March 17, 2003
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This album is really two in one and is far better than the more recent best of 1990-2000. So, I want to take a short time to talk about the first disc (which I previously, more thoroughly reviewed for the 1 disc set).
Disc one is the greatest hits, and as a devout U2 fan I can't complain about the selection of songs provided. There are some songs left out, and this CD is more of a collection of singles rather than best of. However, covering U2's best in that 10 year span would require a 2 Disc set alone. People unfamiliar with U2's albums will recognize their popular hits from the Joshua Tree, "With or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found", their early years, "I Will Follow", "Sunday Bloody Sunday", and "New Years Day", and even greats like "Desire", "Bad" and "Pride". My biggest disappointment with the selection provided is the editing job done on "Where the Streets Have No Name". This is more because this is my favorite song of all time, but the intro is cut short because this is the single version. Believe it or not, the song is not quite the same as the album version.
Based on the collection provided, if you are a person who is only a fan of some of these songs, i.e. perhaps from a certain period, like the Joshua Tree Album or War, you would be better off buying those albums and enjoying them as they were meant. Especially, the Joshua Tree, which is U2's greatest album and seems like a collection of hits as it is.
Now, disc 2. This is a gift and magnet to U2 fans. I wouldn't even own the album based on the first disc alone. I already own all the U2 albums, so there is nothing really to gain.
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