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Rattle And Hum

U2 Audio CD
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U2 formed in 1978 after Larry Mullen pinned a 'musicians wanted' ad to the notice board at Dublin's Temple Mount School. Adam Clayton had discovered rock'n'roll as a thirteen year old, buying his first acoustic guitar and then talking his parents into buying him a bass guitar. 'It just sounded good to me. Deep and fat and satisfying.'
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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001FS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Helter Skelter (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Van Diemen's Land (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. DesireU2 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hawkmoon 269U2 6:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. All Along The Watchtower (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 5:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Freedom For My People (Excerpt)Adam Gussow0:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Silver And Gold (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 5:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pride (In The Name Of Love) (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Angel Of HarlemU2 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Love Rescue MeU2 6:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. When Love Comes To Town (Album Version)U2 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. HeartlandU2 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. God Part IIU2 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Star Spangled Banner (Woodstock Festival Excerpt)Jimi Hendrix0:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Bullet The Blue Sky (Live - Rattle & Hum Version)U2 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. All I Want Is YouU2 6:290.99  Buy MP3 

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The ill will that initially greeted Rattle and Hum--the follow-up to the band's massively successful Joshua Tree album--was due in large part to the bloated and self-important feature film that accompanied it, which showed the band as being simultaneously naive and pretentious as it "discovered" America. But as the film mercifully slips from memory, the music has remained, from the furious swirl of "Desire" and a clutch of live hits to insightful musical nods to heroes such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Billie Holiday. Songs like "When Love Comes to Town", a supercharged blues duet with B.B. King, suggests the quartet knew more about America from listening to its music than Phil Joanou's unintentional mockumentary suggested. --Daniel Durchholz

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 out of control...... 28 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Most of this 1988 release was recorded during the band's Joshua Tree tour. It is often derided for marking the moment U2 began to balloon out of control, veering into something near parody. To be fair, there are several highly inspired moments including "Desire," "Heartland," and "All I Want Is You." An uneven listen.

Rattle and Hum is an expression of U2's urge to have it both ways. A sprawling double album that incorporates live tracks, cover versions, collaborations, snippets of other people's music and a passage from a taped interview, the record is an obvious effort to clear the conceptual decks and lower expectations following the multiplatinum success of The Joshua Tree.

But ambition has always been U2's gift and curse, and the band clearly doesn't feel fully comfortable with its sights lowered. Consequently, if amid the rather studied chaos here, you feel moved to draw comparisons with masterpieces of excess like the Beatles' White Album or the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, you can be sure that Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. won't mind a bit.

This record doesn't quite ascend to those heights, but U2 does win half the prize. In its inclusiveness and rollicking energy, Rattle and Hum caps the story of U2's rise from Dublin obscurity to international superstardom on a raucous, celebratory note. At the same time, it closes off none of the options the band might want to pursue for its next big move - and, possibly, the album even opens a few doors.

Despite Bono's insistence in the blistering "God Part II" that "I don't believe in the 60's in the golden age of pop/You glorify the past when the future dries up," Rattle and Hum is in large part a paean to the tradition of Sixties artists that U2 reveres.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide Awake in America 7 Jun 2011
By Mr. 880
Format:Audio CD
Somewhere along the extended length of a career, whether you're a writer or filmmaker or musician, you hit a creative peak and along with impulse and self-belief comes the reasoning that you can do no wrong. On the whole critics are quite good at identifying that creative peak in artists too, and the reviews and analyses that follow usually move in one of two directions: either it's your masterwork and will never be bettered; or you've become bloated, self-indulgent and think that if you write, direct or sing the telephone directory, people will go out and buy it in droves. Well, if The Joshua Tree was U2's peak (and arguably their re-invention with 1991's Achtung Baby runs it close!) Rattle and Hum was by-and-large, as reviews have noted, their comedown. A mishmash of ideas said the critics, a potpourri of studio outtakes and ill-considered "classic" covers that U2 had no right touching. And then there was that "discovery-of-America" odyssey that the accompanying film turned out to be. Hindsight is always useful in these instances and now history is being somewhat kinder to Rattle and Hum - possibly because in comparison to Pop-era U2 in the late '90s, this record now looks like Sgt Pepper, Pet Sounds and Exile on Main Street all in one! There are vignettes here - Van Dieman's Land, Hawkmoon 269, the Dylan collaboration, Love Rescue Me - that don't really work, and one can still accept that All Along the Watchtower isn't quite Hendrix in his pomp. But the thrust of Desire, the grandeur of All I Want is You and the sheer joy of re-creating Memphis-sound rock and soul with Angel of Harlem (surely a bona-fide U2 classic?!) makes this a record worth re-visiting every now and then. Read more ›
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This is a tribute album which U2 at the time of its release were heavily criticised for, but what critics fail to see is the outstanding use the band make of their roots in songs like "Heartland", "Love rescue me" and "Hawkmoon 269". What can be seen is an intensity carried on from the Joshua Tree, with an influence of blues, folk and country, which deliver beautiful melodies and powerful sounds. U2 were criticised for not delivering anything new, but how can songs like "All I want is You" and "Desire" not be considered original material. There is something about U2 in this album, Larry Mullen's intensity behind the drums, Adam Clayton's heartbeat sensation, Edge's atmospheric echoes and Bono's even stronger commitment to reaching his listeners, creates something enourmous, something which bursts out of your speakears, which renders this piece of music as original and as intense as U2 meant it to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark classic 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I can't understand why any U2 aficionado would criticise RATTLE AND HUM. I have THE JOSHUA TREE too, which seems to be everyone's favourite, but this one is surely on a par. Well, it's all a matter of opinion, and mine is that it is! Seventeen tracks, no less, and some classics among them. For me the best include Desire, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Pride (In the Name of Love), Angel of Harlem, God Part II, and the best of a fantastic lot: All I Want Is You. Even if you removed all these outstanding songs the album would still be pretty decent. 25 years down the line and this one album contains some of the best rock music in an entire generation. Forget the 'Americanist' allegations, the moaning about the accompanying feature film - this is U2 at their best. A landmark musical creation by any standard, and an indicator of what made U2 one of the greatest rock bands on earth.
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Dated and too political for me. Much prefer U2's later work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Great CD, replaced the old vinyl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
It is nice to hear some of the old U2 hits and with the old time favourite featuring BB King
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Well what can I say other than I love U2. I have this on vinyl but wanted to get it on CD. Arrived in swifty time, well packaged
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Quick delivery - and a good price - Just as I remember the original one years ago. Purchased as a gift for Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic music
Real music live concert. True musicians at the top of their profession. Should be in every child of the 80s collection
Published 9 months ago by colin
5.0 out of 5 stars stunning Album
personally i think U2 are a massively overrated band with the exception of two albums ... this is one of them

this is them at their best and they blow everything else... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well pleased !!
Received cd on time has promised. Good quality and a great price . Used these guys before, first name I look for when wanting cds
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