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The Best of 1980-1990

The Best of 1980-1990

by U2 U2


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As one of the most popular bands of the '80s, U2 didn't quite fit into any particular category. They were a post-punk band that quickly found acceptance from a hard rock audience, a group that made fully formed albums but often made their best statements on individual songs, especially during the '80s. Consequently, they're a very hard band to anthologize. Since they were most effective on single songs, it seems that throwing all of them together on one disc would work. The problem is, each of the albums, from Boy to Rattle and Hum, has a distinctive flavor that doesn't necessarily blend when combined, especially in the nonchronological form of The Best of 1980-1990. There's little quibbling with the featured tracks on U2's first compilation -- a few important songs, such as "Gloria," "I Fall Down," "Seconds," and "Two Hearts Beat as One," may be missing, but everything else deserves to be here ("Pride," "New Year's Day," "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Bad," "Desire," etc.). Even though the song selection is strong, the album winds up as less than the sum of its parts -- each song is pretty great of its own accord (even the single mix of the B-side "Sweetest Thing," which is, in truth, not much different at all), but the overall effect is a little underwhelming. On one hand, it may be a good choice for casual fans or nostalgia mongers, since it does contain everything they need to hear, but anyone who has more than a passing interest in the band will be better suited with individual albums.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1998
Label: Island
UPC: 0731452461322
catalogNumber: 524613
Rank: 17444


  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. The Unforgettable Fire
  10. Sweetest Thing
  11. Desire
  12. When Love Comes to Town
  13. Angel of Harlem
  14. All I Want Is You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass Guitar
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Joey Miskulin   Organ
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   String Arrangements
Edge   Composer
Paul Barrett   Engineer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer,Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Remixing
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Paul Thomas   Engineer
David Tickle   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Joe O'Herlihy   Engineer
Dave Ferguson   Engineer

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