The Best of 1980-1990 / The B-Sides
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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
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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If you're not a U2 fan yet and want to get some U2 going on in your life, start by getting this one. Disc two, "The B-Sides" is also terrific. My favorites are "Spanish Eyes", "Everlasting Love" & "A Room At The HeartBreak Hotel". I just love the gospel background voices which sound so spiritual, and there is a lot of spiritual meaning in lots of U2 songs. They even made a special MTV video for "One" and "Walk On" for the 9/11 attacks, since they do bring hope and warmth into anyone's heart.
Get the greatest hits from the "Best Rock N Roll band in the World" --MTV, VH1 and all their fans. And ME :)