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This collection spans the band's entire 26 year career and includes 16 of the band's best known songs. Two brand new tracks have been recorded for the album: 'The Saints Are Coming', a collaboration with Green Day, which is the album's first single, and second single, 'Window On The Sky'. Both tracks are produced by Rick Rubin.

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Whittling down the back catalog of one of the most popular and respected bands of the last quarter-century to a single-disc collection is bound to inspire argument and dissent from the fans and faithful over what is included--and all that gets left behind--and U2's 26-year career is as celebrated and beloved as any band of their generation. U218 Singles doesn't try to please everyone, wisely sticking to the acknowledged high points (and there are many) between 1983's War and 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Nitpickers may quibble that the collection leans too heavily on the band's most popular albums and skips the (admirable if less anthemic) techno-pop tangents of Zooropa and Pop and the earnest energy of the Boy/October years, but the musical majesty accumulated here testifies to the undeniable power and emotion U2 can muster in a four-minute pop song. Two new Rick Rubin-produced tracks don't break new ground for the band, but both would fit snugly somewhere in the U2 canon--"Window in the Skies" is pure late-period arena rock with a typically towering falsetto chorus, while Green Day helps inject some October-era urgency into "The Saints Are Coming". The sum of these 18 tracks is a first-rate primer, perfect for that 10-year-old niece or nephew who thinks U2's big break was that iPod commercial. --Ben Heege

1. Beautiful Day
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. Pride (in The Name Of Love)
4. With Or Without You
5. Vertigo
6. New Year's Day
7. Mysterious Ways
8. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
9. Where The Streets Have No Name
10. Sweetest Thing
11. Sunday Bloody Sunday
12. One
13. Desire
14. Walk On
15. Elevation
16. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
17. The Saints Are Coming
18. Window In The Skies

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000JJRINY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Malvick VINE VOICE on November 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge U2 fan, and like many U2 fans, this compilation falls short. However, it has a purpose that is really not geared for the die hard fan. This album is meant to be a definitive collection of U2 songs over their career for the casual fan who may be new to the group. If one looks at it that way, this album is probably fine. This album is heavily weighted to the more recent popular albums (except "Pop" itself), and it does justice in picking those songs.

Unfortunately, as a 1 disc compilation it is forced to neglect some early gems, namely "I Will Follow", which at the least is a definitive U2 song. It also fails in the sense that the casual U2 fan may in fact be more interested in hearing the more obscure greats. It does well in picking from the Joshua Tree, War, and the Unforgettable Fire (Pride, New Years Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Where the Streets Have No Name, etc.) but it neglects songs off of Boy, October, and other greats off of Zooropa, Pop that would probably be worth while to the casual fan who is looking for something new without necessarily buying each individual album first.

In fact, I would say that if you are a new U2 fan and not aware of much pre- "All That You Can't Leave Behind" or "Achtung Baby", you might be better off buying the earlier compilations "Best of - 1980-1990 or 1990-2000" they give a better sampling of U2's best during those periods. However, if you are content with the popular stuff of the last 5 years, this album will do you just fine.

If you are a die hard fan who fails to see the purpose of this compilation, buy the two new songs online and don't support U2's effort here. Or, perhaps the DVD will appeal to you.
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on December 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I work with kids who are elementary school age (6-12), many of whom have been neglected or abused by their very own families. Almost none of them know who U2 is. All they know is Eminem, 50 Cent, Usher, and all the other hip hop/rap artists. They know nothing about religion, or better yet, spirituality. They don't know about hope, self-analysis, or generativity. They know cruelty, self-preservation and hostility. They think they will have all the bling, the big house, the girls, the limousine--what they see in the hip hop/rap videos.

Enter U2. "Beautiful Day", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "Where The Streets Have No Name", "Stuck In A Moment That You Can't Get Out Of", "With Or Without You", "Pride (In The Name Of Love)", "One", "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own", "The Saints Are Coming", "Sweetest Thing" and even "Sunday Bloody Sunday" get these kids to think about more than violence, sex and money. U2 offers them another way of looking at their lives while introducing them to rock and roll.

While I understand all the people talking about the record company scalping fans by putting this cd out, I think that's a narrow view of the wider possibility--introducing the next generation to a great band, a band that every child, teenager and adult ought to be familiar with. That's what I think about now, the next generation and how depraved they are with all this rap/hip hop pollution. I'd buy a copy of "U218 Singles" for all 48 unfortunate kids I work with if it meant that one kid would grow up to make some great music like U2 has.

Also, few artists can release a 16 song set that's impeccable, where you know every song almost like friends you've grown up with and lived with. That's rare in the music business, and even rarer by today's standards.

It was worth it to me to put down 10 bucks for "The Saints Are Coming" and digitally remastered versions of the other tracks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HuskerDog on January 1, 2009
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The perfect pick for a daily special...doubly-good, considering "New Year's Day" is included...and, it get's U2 fans in the mood for the upcoming album.

For someone who hasn't had the opportunity to collect all of U2's recordings, this compilation has it all in terms of the songs that the general public knows. It also includes a few bonuses...songs you may not have heard...and those tracks definitely add to the collection.

Usually I find at least one thing I don't like about an 'album'...but in this case, I have nothing to complain about. And if you grab this at the special price, 18 fantastic U2 songs in one package is a steal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By charktorious on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you were a U2 fan back in the mid eighties, you'll understand what I mean. the CD cover was definitely a rip-off of the "U2 PAC II" singles package from the mid-80's (the typeface is exactly the same). And the fact that they used a 25 year old photo on the front cover is no coincidence, I'm sure. But then you look at the music chosen and you're back in the 21st century, again.

I wish that the group that made the cover art also picked the song selection. I suspect songs like "A Celebration" and the original "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" would have made the list. Instead of a re-hash of the same old songs that are already available on other CD's, I'm still waiting for the old singles to be upgraded to the digital world. Maybe in "U218, Part 2"....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on January 2, 2009
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I was very much looking forward to listening to this collection, especially at the excellent MP3Deal price.

It turns out Amazon's rip is lousy. So tin-ey I didn't even finish listening to the whole album before I gave up. Unfortunately, "all digital download sales are final" so if you get a crappy product you're out of luck. Fortunately, this is the first time I've gotten bad digital content from Amazon and hopefully it won't happen again.
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Pop def has some memorable tracks
Jan 10, 2007 by DaBrandoChipper |  See all 18 posts
My two favorite U2 songs
Interesting choice of your 2 favorites. Tough thing to narow it down to 2. But if I have to pick 2....
1) One
2) Electric Co
3) City of Blinding Lights
oh crap...thats 3 isnt it?
Dec 21, 2006 by DaBrandoChipper |  See all 4 posts
For God's sake...
PERFECT Double Disk ...... the only other song I would ad to this list is BAD - the Live Version from "Wide awake in America" .. and "Running to Stand Still" from the Joshua Tree.
If I take two off? Last Night on Earth and Discotheque.
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Nov 12, 2006 by Catherine Moses |  See all 15 posts
Wish they would release POP MART LIVE FROM MEXICO on DVD
U2's weakest effort would be the least listened to album in your collection. For me it's ATYCLB. I love the album (just like I would any U2 album), but it's one long B-Side. 'Elevation', their best effort sounds like a track left over from POP. 'Beautiful Day' is boring. 'Peace On Earth' is... Read More
Dec 18, 2006 by Joel Steven Berk |  See all 8 posts
please Bono
Absolutely agree. Out of all the bands, U2 should know this better than anyone. They're supposed to be socially conscience and everything. Looks like they either don't care or they're caught up in the system just like any other band.
They really should have controlled this better and issued a... Read More
Nov 14, 2006 by Mike |  See all 2 posts
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