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U2 Deluxe Edition Box Set Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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Under a Blood Red Sky - Deluxe Edition CD/DVD is the final CD that completes the Amazon.com-Exclusive U2 Deluxe Edition Box Set, and fits into the open slot within the packaging. Complete your collection now.

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U2’s first three albums--Boy, October, and War--receive star treatment with these re-mastered versions, just as their legendary The Joshua Tree record did last year. Every album includes a second disc of b-side remixes, live versions, and rare performances that die-hard fans of the Irish band will surely appreciate. The box also has room for a fourth album (we assume it’s for The Joshua Tree), but we can’t help to think that they’ll come out with a second Deluxe Edition Box Set next year, with even better albums from the band’s vast musical catalog. --Ernesto Sánchez (People en Español People en Español)

Los tres primeros discos de U2--Boy, October, and War--reciben el tratamiento de lujo en versiones remasterizadas, justo como el año pasado sucedió con su legendario The Joshua Tree. Cada título incluye un segundo disco de lados-b, remixes, versiones en vivo y rarezas que sólo y exclusivamente los fanáticos de la banda irlandesa podrán apreciar. La caja tiene espacio para un cuarto álbum (suponemos que para poner The Joshua Tree), pero desafortunadamente no podemos dejar de pensar en que se trata en una simple estrategia de la disquera, y que el segundo Deluxe Edition Box Set saldrá el siguiente año, con mejores álbumes del grupo. --Ernesto Sánchez (People en Español People en Español)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B001C0JRJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Eric E. Weinraub on August 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
From the opening riff of I will Follow, I had chills ... Like U2, I'm in my 40s and this was the music of my teen years. I may have been a little late to the U2 party becoming a fan with the release of October. That said, I always felt that that the one knock on all 3 of their first albums was production, not the mix. Between money and technology some of the band was lost between their performances in the studio and what we got in the shop. That has finally been taken care of. Edge has done an outstanding job of bringing these albums finally and completly to life. I am reminded of the re mastering job that Jimmy Page did on the Zeppelin catalog.

The bonus tracks, as a whole, are both invigorating and illuminating. Many memories came back to me as I remember many of these songs from now long lost 12" singles. I hope I am not the only one who remembers the 12" single. My one complaint, albeit small, is the utterly poor choice of bonus tracks on War.

...and the poster is a nice touch
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Staps on September 16, 2008
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Nice package of the first 3 albums of U2. All three of them have a bonus disc with live performances or remixes of the songs on the orginal disc.
In comparison with the european edition, you get an extra box in which you can store these 3 albums, together with a mini-poster.
The 4th album - Under a blood red sky - of which a deluxe edition will come later this year, can also be stored in this box.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Synesthesia on January 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this Deluxe Edition as soon as it became available and I was excited when it came in the post. Delivery was fine, everything was there, the box was in good shape, but I feel that the box itself could have been put together a lot better. Sometimes, when I am moving and organising my things, the little books containing the discs tend to slip right out, onto the floor and the box itself could be easily crushed. I wasn't too thrilled about that. I love packaging as much as I do the actual music inside, that's why I'm a collector. So that knocks some points off for me. The books, however, I did enjoy. Probably more than the music.

As for the actual music, I was a little bit disappointed with it. I already own all three albums and admittedly, I was lacking the bonus material, which helped me in deciding whether or not to buy this release, or just save my money for a more worthy release, like the Under a Blood Red Sky remaster. The upgrades to the music are nice, but not enough for me to rave over and the bonus material, most notably on the War end of things, was very disappointing to say the least. I've listened to the War Bonus disc maybe all of once or twice. Who really needs that many versions of New Year's Day? I think that the studio version got played enough, thanks.

My last complaint is the price. Yes, the price. For what was asked for this product, I do not feel it lived up to it's worth. The remastering is OK at best and the bonus material leaves a lot to be desired, though I will say I do frequently listen to the Boy and October bonus discs. The price is awfully steep for what's inside and the box looked to me like not much thought had gone into it at all. 6 Discs enclosed in hardback books with a poster would warrant a price like this, but like I tend to say ... quality over quantity, my friends. I feel it could have been much better than it was - especially for what it cost.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Martin Balogh on July 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Like many fans of U2's early work, I fell off the bandwagon after the Joshua Tree but this box set gets you all the goodies (and then some) that were never released on vinyl or CD, or at least not officially... and I don't count the Apple/iPod MP3 crap that was released with the U2 iPod. I have all their original first pressing singles and it's great to finally have them on a very good sounding CD, as auditioned on my mega-buck all tube system.

There's a great first version of "Fire" called "Saturday Night" that, to me, is worth the price of admission alone. Never heard it before, never knew it existed. I think it's better than "Fire". Lyrics are completely different but the instrumentation is basically the same. Killer.

Oh, did I mention the packaging? First rate. Jeez, I sound like a shill for their record label. I could write more but I think I'll go back to listening. Best 65 bucks I've spent in awhile.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Noah Kintzel on August 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
You may be want this box set because you crave better sound quality and are intrigued by the plethora of "unreleased" tracks. Maybe you are a U2 collector enamored by the nice packaging. But more likely, you want to avoid the hefty price tags of the seperate remasters. If placed a check mark next to any of the above, just do yourself a favor and buy it now. The sound quality of each album is definitely better. While the first two albums are mostly mixed louder, War boasts more definition, probably due to the improvement of their recording, mixing, and master tape. Each album is supplemented very nicely by liner notes that provide interesting prefaces, rare pictures and footnotes for each song, including those found on the bonus discs. The rare and unreleased material is enlightening for casual fans, but may be redundant for collectors of rare singles, mixes (New Years Dub), and bootlegs (think Another Time, Another Place). The packaging for this box set is as-smooth-as-silk (really, no plastic) and justifies the purchase by itself. Though printed on quality paper, the included poster is the least impressive part of the package. Bottom line: for the price, this box set is even better than the real thing. Buy it.
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Difference between UK & US issues?
The Amazon.com listing for the two-disc version of remastered WAR now has twelve tracks for the second disc. It seems likely that Amazon has not updated the tracklisting here.
Jul 18, 2008 by Thomas A. Holmes |  See all 5 posts
Is there a 4th CD?
I'm guessing (& hoping) the 4th set will be "Unforgettable Fire" to keep it in line with the others. "Under A Blood Red Sky" was originally a Mini-Lp and I don't recall any particular singles being lifted off it at the time plus it's being issued as a remastered CD/DVD set...
Jul 30, 2008 by PETER XUEREB |  See all 6 posts
Poster
from viewing the youtube videos it looks to be folded up in the dummy box for 'Under a blood red sky' which you buy seperate to add to the collection...
Nov 3, 2011 by Brad |  See all 2 posts
Why is this being released a week after the individual titles?
Now it's a month. Just got an email from Amazon showing the set as not being available to ship until the week of August 11 - 15.
Jul 19, 2008 by CC |  See all 3 posts
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