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The Best of 1990-2000

U2 Audio CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars All They Couldn't Leave Behind 2 Mar 2003
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
U2's 1990s "Best Of" album is a rather strange collection. The band recorded only four studio albums during that time, all of which ardent U2 fans most likely already own. So this disc is for casual fans who want only the highlights, right? Well, not exactly. 1991's "Ach-tung Baby" gets the most conventional treatment--the four selections from it ("Even Better than the Real Thing," "Mysterious Ways," "One" and "Until the End of the World") are all the original versions. Likewise, the band's most recent studio album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" is grossly underepresnted with only two selections ("Beautiful Day" and "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of") that are also original versions.
It is the rest of the material where things really get strange. The three songs from the album "Pop" are all remixes, probably in acknowledgement that it was U2's least successful album. Likewise, the "Zooropa" cut "Numb" gets a similar realtering, but one that serves it very well. Otherwise that album is also underrepresented. Of the non-studio album tracks, "The Hands That Built America" from the "Gangs of New York" soundtrack is a ho-hum ballad (like the movie), while the two other new songs included add little to the band's legacy. The CD booklet, however, is quite cool--lots of photographs of the band looking pretty slick for a bunch of forty-somethings.
Overall, "The Best of...1990-2000" contains a lot of outstanding music, but is nevertheless a terribly confused anthology.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why are there songs missing? 14 Feb 2003
By neoninfusion - Published on Amazon.com
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I would give this CD five stars if it contained U2's best songs of the 90's. But it doesn't!
Where is "The Fly" - the first single off Achtung Baby? Where is the single or album version of "Lemon" - the most popular song on Zooropa? What about Pop's most important song - "Mofo"? What about the single - "Please"?
Why is "Beautiful Day" and "Stuck in a Moment..." on this basically 90's CD? Shouldn't they really begin the next Best Of version: 2000 - 2010?
If I wasn't a fan I would be extremely unimpressed with some of the remixes, especially "Staring at the Sun". I would like to have the album-versions of these songs that I remembered and liked at the time.
I still bought this CD because I am a U2 fan, and I guess if you're not a U2 'fan' than you would buy this CD before you bought any other U2 album anyway - as most people that build up a collection of CD's usually start with the greatest hits CD's.
This CD does provide for the general music fan, but as a U2 fan I'm a little disappointed.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best "Best Of" 28 Jan 2003
By Andrew Steeley - Published on Amazon.com
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"Incomplete" is the word that comes to my mind when I look at the tracklisting for "The Best of 1990-2000," U2's retrospective of the band's second decade of music. First off, "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" was not released until 2001, so trade that track for "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," and the compilation seems better already. The songs representing Achtung Baby are strong ones, though an argument in favor of "The Fly" being included can be made. "Hold Me..." was a great track to put on the CD because it was overshadowed by Seal's big hit from the Batman Forever Soundtrack. The middle two albums of the 90's, Zooropa and Pop, did produce some hits, though "If God Will Send His Angels" is the only song I can recall at my young age. I found a quote that said the Edge did not want the compilation to be weighted toward All That You Can't Leave Behind, so only two songs were included. "Beautiful Day" would have been just fine on its own, and save the other three hits for the Best of 2000-2010. In my opinion, if you want a true taste of U2 in the 90's, I recommend listening to the individual albums.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clearly, not a "best of" 12 April 2004
By efe - Published on Amazon.com
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The second U2 "best of" was a waste of time. The first one, "The best of 1980-1990" was a pretty good compilation, but quite short ( 65 minutes, U2 could have added 2 extra songs like Gloria, Out Of Control or MLK ). This time, this compilation is 50% horrible.
The hands that built America is so boring, one of the worst U2 songs, without a doubt. All the remixes are so bad !!!!. This is overall a big, big mistake. This is not the best of. I remember once participating in a U2 poll, in which they asked to the fans the best song from each album, before this "best of". One of those songs was "Please"... so where is this song ??? why U2 didn't include it ??. I don't know why U2 keep putting "Until The end Of The World" as one of their best songs. "The Fly" or "Who's Gonna Ride..." were real songs for a "Best Of".
This would be my "Best of 1990-2000"
1- Even Better Than The Real Thing
2- Mysterious Ways
3- Beautiful Day
4- Electrical Storm
5- One
6- Miss Sarajevo ( COMPLETE )
7- Stay ( faraway so close )
8- Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Off
9- Lemon
10- Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
11- The Fly
12- Discotheque ( ORIGINAL )
13- Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me, Kill me
14- Staring At The Sun ( ORIGINAL )
15- Please ( single )
16- If God Will Send His Angels ( single )
23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a little bit of a disappointment 12 Nov 2002
By "serious_u2_fan" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you were expecting the qualitative equivalanet to U2's first compilation of singles, 'Best of 1980-1990', you will find this one a bit of a disappointment, even if you liked the music of U2 from 1990 to 2000. Here's a song-by-song review:
1. "Even Better Than the Real Thing". As the fourth single from their most successful record of the decade, 'Achtung Baby' (1991), this pop dity, appropriately the opening track, has excellent guitar work and a lyrical irony that would characterize the "reinvention" of U2 in its second decade.
2. "Mysterious Ways". As one of their most popular singles and live songs from 'Achtung Baby', the underwater guitar sound, the funky bass-line, and a distinct lyrical shift into the secular (or is it?) would yield success of U2's debut as a pop band. (NOTE: For U2 fans, a line is changed from the original at 1:43.)
3. "Beautiful Day". If you don't know this one, a dose of optimism and heavy guitars hearlding the first single from the "return-to-their-roots" record, 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' (2000), you have probably been living under a rock.
4. "Electric Storm" [William Orbit Mix]. As the first of two new songs on this release, it is curious that the band included a remix on the original compilation. While the first 50 seconds are appropriate for the accompanying lyrics, this remix lacks the venom of the original version of the song (included only on the Limited Edition bonus disc), the quality of which lies somewhere between just-good and classic.
5. "One". If any song of U2 in the 1990s will be remembered, it is "One", a bittersweet ballad with multiple interpretations, which has been covered by a number of artists (e.g., Johnny Cash, R.E.M.) and would have been just as big of a hit as the other contender for U2's best ballad ("With or Without You") if it had a catchier chorus.
6. "Miss Sarajevo". This sleepy tune is the one single and sole entry included from the U2/Brian Eno collaboration, 'Passengers: Original Soundtracks' (1995). Unfortunately, because of the deletion more than one minute, what was a stunning guest performance by Pavorati on the original version seems awkward immediately following Bono's subdued verse on the edited version here.
7. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)". This relatively traditional and mellow single from U2's exploration into art rock, 'Zooropa' (1993), moves along nicely, with its value as a U2 classic derived from the lyrical imagry and fine vocal performance by Bono.
8. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of". Although the lyrics are a bit hokey for Bono, this single was originally an ode to the deceased INXS singer who killed himself in 1997 that took on new meaning in the nationwide grief post-9/11. Nonetheless, it seems a bit out of place among the tracks from the 1990s. (NOTE: This single was not actaully released until 2001, which is when the Grammy-winning "Walk On" and Elevation" were also released, leading me to wonder why these stronger tracks were not also included.)
9. "Gone" [New Mix]. As one of the three tracks from the much-maligned 'Pop' (1997) record, this one was not a single, but it is hard to argue against its inclusion on this compilation, as this plodding rocker is a lyrical highpoint of the U2 canon and has remained a live staple. On this "new mix", certain vocals and guitar parts have been re-recorded and the middle section has been re-arranged to mirror the live version - unfortunately, the result is flat and uninspiring when compared to the original.
10. "Until the End of the World". This is another strong non-single rocker, this time from 'Achtung Baby', which lyrically a conversation between Jesus and Judas. It has rightfully remained within the U2 live set for a decade.
11. "The Hands That Built America". This is the other new song on this compilation and the theme to the upcoming film 'Gangs of New York'. Initially, it comes across as a over-orchestrated and uninteresting ballad; when Bono's filtered, operatic vocal break shows up in the middle, you may find yourself cringing; and with the thrown-in lyrical reference to 9/11 at the end (without any real contextual connection to the rest of the song), one has to wonder what were they thinking?!
12. "Discotheque" [New Mix]. As one of the most controversial singles and introduction to the poorly-received 'Pop' record, this version is the most different from the remixes here. Unfortunately, where the original version was pumped up with many sonic colors and heavy beats, wonderfully closing the seemingly wide gap between club music and metal, this version is, quite simply, unfulfilling by comparison.
13. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me". The non-LP single from the 'Batman Forever' (1995) soundtrack is a welcome inclusion here, an autobiographical rocker which characterizes U2-in-the-1990s - "You don't know what you're doin' - babe, it must be art".
14. "Staring at the Sun" [New Mix]. As the second and perhaps most well-received single from the 'Pop' record, members of the band have often stated that they could never get the tempo right on this one (as an ill-fated attempt at the song in the opening night of the PopMart tour would prove). However, the added drum tracks in this remix here only adds a sense of disjointedness as compared to the original.
15. "Numb" [New Mix]. In the attempts to rewrite parts of U2's second decade by including several remixes, this is the one that was tampere with the least, and as such, may actually be better than the original, which was easily their most experimental and controversial "single" ever. In this version, the vocals have been moved up in the mix (so you can actually here what the Edge is chanting . . . well, kind of), the Bono's falsetto of the chorus ("I feel numb") in the original has been replaced by the deadpan voice of an unnamed singer who actually sounds numb (drummer, Larry Mullen, I presume), and some guitar has been added to make the sound a bit more anthemic.
16. "The First Time". This is the third non-single track included on the compilation, and while lyrically strong, the minimalist musical elements are far to similar to a previous U2 hit ("All I Want Is You") to warrant inclusion here. On this note, one has to wonder, where are the more experimental singles that defined the decade (such as "The Fly" and "Lemon") or even the stronger more traditional-U2 releases (such as "Please" or the single semi-acoustic version of "Wild Horses")? Whatever the answer, this compilation could have been bettter constructed and pales by comparison to its 1980s counterpart, even if you liked U2 in the 1990s.
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