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The Best Of 1980-1990
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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 StolderSee all Editorial Reviews
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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.
I love almost all the songs on the 1980 to 1990 album. The only song I don't care for is "when love came to town" - I love B.B. King, but the two talents don't seem to mesh well together. That's just my opinion and many others may disagree with me, which is cool too.
Great set of songs - FIVE STARS