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Their best years, their best songs: With or Without You; I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For; Desire; New Year's Day; Pride (in the Name of Love); Sunday Bloody Sunday; Where the Streets Have No Name; Angel of Harlem; When Love Comes to Town ; a new single mix of Sweetest Thing , and four more from one of the great bands of the modern rock era.

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 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. --Steven Stolder

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1. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
2. New Year's Day
3. With Or Without You
4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday
6. Bad
7. Where The Streets Have No Name
8. I Will Follow
9. Unforgettable Fire
10. Sweetest Thing
11. Desire
12. When Love Comes To Town
13. Angel Of Harlem
14. All I Want Is You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00000DFSK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Young on June 9, 2009
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Let me first be absolutely clear--I'm not a fan of 'Best of's for the true fan of an artist of band. Let me be absolutely clear about something else--I've never been a U2 fan. I don't turn them off when they're on the radio, but in over 25 years of buying music, I never felt compelled to purchase one of their records.

Until now.

This collection is perfect for what I call 'the Radio Fan.' This is a person not concerned with the genesis of a project, or of how an album fits together, or of hearing the chronological progression of a band's sound. It's simply U2's best known tracks from the 80s, presented, seemingly, in order of popularity rather than chronologically or with an eye to an overall aesthetic for the album. It's a 15-song sampling of the group during those years, and for those of us who never really cared about them beyond what we heard on the radio or saw on MTV (oh, for the days when they played videos!), this collection is just about perfect.

Highlights include...well, just about the whole thing, since it's a "Best of," but my personal favorites are "Sunday, Bloody Sunday," and Pride (In the Name of Love)." Both songs are infectious with that distinctive U2 chime and Bono's just-short-of-a-breakdown histrionic vocals. Good, catchy stuff.

There's absolutely nothing here for the true fan of U2--no B-sides, no alternate takes, no remixes, no demos. Just those radio songs that people like me remember fondly.

So, for the true fan who owns all the albums and sets--0 stars.

For the Radio Fans of the band--5 stars.

Recommended for nostalgic children of the 80s.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "serious_u2_fan" on December 2, 2002
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For the casual fan, this is a fairly good collection of U2 singles from the 1980s. If you would like to explore this era further, I recommend the following records (in order of priority): (1) 'The Joshua Tree' (1987); (2) 'Under a Blood Red Sky' (1983); (3) 'Rattle & Hum' (1988); (4) 'War' (1983); and (5) 'The Unforgettable Fire' (1984).
For the diehard fans, it should be noted that there are a few glaring omissions here (see "*" below), including no singles from 'October' (1981) (only the hidden track at the very end - "October"). Second, with this running order, the songs don't seem to fit together. That said, I would have included the following (in roughly chronological order, which sounds suprisingly coherent):
*1. "11 'O Clock Tick Tock" (4:30)
2. "I Will Follow" (3:31)
*3. "Gloria" (4:13)
4. "New Year's Day" (5:38)
*5. "Two Hearts Beat As One" (4:03)
6. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (4:38)
7. "Pride (in the Name of Love)" (3:51)
8. "The Unforgettable Fire" (4:56)
9. "Bad" (5:50)
10. "With or Without You" (4:56)
11. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (4:37)
12. "Where the Streets Have No Name" (5:36)
*13. "In God's Country" (2:57)
14. "Desire" (2:58)
15. "Angel of Harlem" (3:31)
16. "When Love Comes to Town" (4:17)
17. "All I Want Is You" [Single Edit] (4:40)
18. "Sweetest Thing" [Single Mix] (3:03)
All of these songs would have fit on a single CD (clocking in at less than 78 minutes) and would have represented a more comprehensive and coherent compilation of the 1980s.
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187 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Blehar on February 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to summarize the objections other people have to this compilation, while adding one of my own that (amazingly) no one else has mentioned yet. First of all, I have no problem with U2 cutting off this compilation at 1990 like others do; post-Achtung Baby U2 is a remarkably different band, and those songs would've sounded jarring here. Furthermore, there simply wouldn't have been enough room to include hits from Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop along with the early stuff - the later period work deserves a compilation of its own.

What I completely object to is the foolishness of the track selection here and the length of the CD. Of the four songs from Rattle And Hum, only two ("Desire," "All I Want Is You") should have been here (although tastes will differ), while their early career is grossly neglected. One song from Boy, possibly their best album? No songs from October except a hidden track? (Have they disowned this album?) Only two from their big breakthrough War? Meanwhile, let me repeat: FOUR from Rattle And Hum? Among the MIA tracks (all of which are important milestones, not merely personal favorites) are "Out Of Control," "11 O'Clock Tick Tock," "Gloria," "Two Hearts Beat As One," (an ENORMOUS hit single, no less) and "A Sort Of Homecoming."

Unlike everyone else here, I don't mind the "edits" on this disc; they were the single edits, and that's why they're on this CD. What truly makes this an obscene ripoff is the fact that it's only 60 MINUTES LONG! Yes! They could've put up to 20 more minutes worth here, but simply decided not to. Why? All those songs I mentioned above? They WOULD HAVE FIT! There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever, in this age of 80 minute CD running times, for not filling this disc out completely.
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u2 is just a tree huging hippie band with a rock edge take this crap off...
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