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The Best Of 1990-2000 (2CD+DVD) Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B00006OYLF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
2. Mysterious Ways
3. Beautiful Day
4. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix - NEW TRACK)
5. One
6. Miss Sarajevo (Single Radio Edit)
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
2. Dirty Day (Junk Day Mix)
3. Electrical Storm
4. Summer Rain
5. North and South Of The River
6. Your Blue Room
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. History Mix (Video)
2. Best Of DVD Promo
3. Video - 'Please' (Mural Cut) (Bonus Video)
4. Video - 'Beautiful Day' (Eze Version) (Bonus Video)

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U2 The Best Of 1990 - 2000 (2002 UK limited edition 3-disc [2CD/1DVD] set - The second volume of U2s Best Of collection focuses on the Achtung Baby Zooropa Passengers Pop and All That You Cant Leave Behind albums. Comprising a17-track CD featuring singles and classic hits such as Even Better Than The Real Thing Beautiful Day One Stuck In A Moment [You Cant Get Out Of] Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me and more; a 14-track CD including Lady With The Spinning Head [Extended Dance Mix] North & South Of The River Happiness Is A Warm Gun [The Gun Mix] Even Better Than The Real Thing [Perfecto Mix] Mysterious Ways [Solar Plexus Club Mix] & Discothèque [Hexidecimal Mix] plus a Bonus DVD containing The History Mix - a video montage anthologizing the bands 90s albums and tours with snippets of interviews music videos and more a live performance of Please captured at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki Finland on 9th August 1997 and much more!)


The Best of 1990-2000 can be seen as an introduction to the reinvented U2 (Part One), the group who ruined irony for everyone. Gone were the mullets, canyon-scraping guitars and "locust winds", and out came the fly shades, leather and TV remote. Bono hid behind a mask, started enjoying himself, and the band begun making the best, most interesting, diverse and rewarding music of their career. When grouped together, however, the material on The Best of 1990-2000 feels mix-matched. But that is hardly surprising considering the between-album sonic leaps (bordering on artistic self-indulgence and poncy-Enofications with Passengers) and the half finished Pop.

Despite Pop's patchiness, the songs' zeitgeist experimentation and fundamental nonchalant attitude to their own position in the U2 scheme of things are both invigorating and satisfying. Notably though, they've been reworked (i.e., finished) here, "Staring at the Sun" apparently having suffered from "mid-temp syndrome". The new versions are better, and the new songs "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands That Built America" are stronger still. However, nothing comes close to the dark, bruised masterpieces from Achtung Baby, particularly "The Fly". The track order is odd, with some telling omissions ("Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses") and strange inclusions ("The First Time"), which just goes to show how hard the band have considered the songs as they see them today. Let's hope that when their current back-to-basics attitude subsides they'll go all weird again. --Ben Johncock

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben Saunders VINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2002
Format: Audio CD
Best Of
They've done it again. U2's first best of (1980-90) seemed to contain their best ('Pride', 'With or Without You', etc), and to many it was only 1991's Achtung Baby that offered much more before U2 somewhat lost the plot in the mid-90s. Well, 'The Best of 1990-2000' combines a rather eclectic mix of material to reveal that, despite Bono going somewhat off-track (which he always was) U2 continued to put out a steady stream of high quality material.
The big hits from Achtung Baby are mostly present ('Even Better...', 'Mysterious Ways', 'One') though 'Who's Going to Ride Your Wild Horses' is strangely absent. Their recent 'return to form' is borne out by the presence of 'Stuck in a Moment...' and 'Beautiful Day'; the greatest classic U2 songs since Achtung. At first the new single 'Electrical Storm' sounds slightly out of place, but it's another that really grows on you, and augurs well for the future. Personally I'd have quite liked to see 'Elevation' included too, but it wasn't.
We do, however, get 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me' from the Batman movie soundtrack, and another new song 'The Hands That Built America' (theme from Gangs of New York). Unfortunately neither of these are particularly exciting, and the same can be said for a couple of others - one can't help wondering if 'Miss Sarajevo' was included more for its political message, or Luciano Pavarotti's warblings, but either way I'd have left it out.
Most interestingly, much of the material from the mid-90s albums appears in 'new mixes' by Mike Hedges. Perhaps an admission the band weren't fully happy with Pop themselves, or maybe a response to the fans' reaction. Whatever the reason, the edginess of 'Discotheque' and 'Numb' is thankfully retained, but 'Staring at the Sun' doesn't fare so well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "spartapraha24" on 7 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine collection of tracks by any standard and is a good showcase of the bands undoubted greatness. It is just a shame that the band suffered a dip in the quality of their output as they went all postmodernistic and tried to re-invent irony. This minor gripe aside this is a must have of an album for anyone who appreciates what good music is all about. The strongest tracks on the album are those taken from Achtung Baby and Everything You Can't Leave Behind, which any U2 fan is of course familiar with. The more interesting part of the album is the B-sides, particular Lady with the Spinning Head, which has been given a remix which keeps the fundamental elements of the song; Edge's guitar and Larry's drumming. Unfortunately the Solar Plexus Club Mix of Mysterious Ways had made it into the list, which tears apart the original track, and leaves nothing but a bland collection of noise around the driving guitar riff.
One bad track however does not make a bad album, and as the band did not remix this track... it can be easily forgiven.
In essence this is a great album and one which must be in everyone's collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stracs VINE VOICE on 29 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so I make no secret of the fact that I am a dedicated U2 fan of longstanding. Even so, I feel I am unbiased in saying that this album, along with the first Best of, is a must for any music fan with even a modicum of taste. U2 are the standout band of the past 25 years and this second part of their "Greatest Hits" documents a fascinating period in their history. The 90's was U2's experimental period when they produced some of their finest, and admittedly some of their least finest, work! Most of the highlights of this time are on here, with one or two exceptions. Inevitably with a band that produce so many fab songs there are going to be some you feel should be on there that are not, but overall this collection is spot on.
There are of course the biggest hits from Achtung Baby - the best album of this period - including the heartbreaking One. Also are the big hits from All That You Can't Leave Behind - including the Grammy winning beautiful day. The two new songs featured - Electrical Storm and Hands That Built America (Oscar nominated) are up to U2's usual high standard and just add to the value of this album. Hands That Built America in particular is very powerful, evoking strong images of September 11th, but then who could ever accuse U2 of shying away from the big issues!
Perhaos the most interesting feature of this collection is the remixes of the songs from the Pop album. U2 have admitted since that this album was hurried and therefore not as polished as it should have been, and the remixes are I think an attempt to show us how they really wanted the album to sound. Many of the tracks are much improved for the reworking, and to be honest most people who buy this will also have bought or come to but Pop, so it does not really bother me that the originals are not on there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
In a time when there is so much rubbish in the charts, U2 remain the guiding light, at the forefront of music. Alright this is another 'Best Of' but with so many to choose from, once again they are far the best.
After shedding their 80's skins U2 realised they had become 'predictable' so along came the shake up of Achtung Baby and with it Fly shades and Zoo Tv. The new darker, more ironic U2 played with new sounds and more subversive feelings.
Their journey would take them into the recorded-on-tour Zooropa album. This was even more experimental the 'Achtung Baby' but captured the tour madness and fun which they were experiencing well.
However, often mistakenly seen as U2's failure, their next album Pop went even further, with the group sampling techno dance beats and merging it into their own unique sound.
With All That You Can't Leave Behind bringing the band back to basics and back to being the best band in the world. Only by buying all these albums could you fully appreciate all the complexities but this compilation is good enough for a summary.
Achtung Baby is well represented. The moving 'One' and funky 'Mysterious Ways' and 'Even Better' being counter balanced by 'Until the...' and the awesome single 'The Fly'. Zooropa is less well represented but aptly with the beautiful 'Stay' and the reworked mantra of 'Numb'.
U2 clearly unhappy with Pop, have extensively reworked 'Gone' and 'Staring' brilliantly, less so 'Discotheque'. All of which contain a flood of sounds and beats which are, in some ways, deceptively un-U2.
We are then brought up to date with the classic anthems of 'Beautiful Day' and 'Stuck in a moment'.
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