This Best of is a cracking album. U2 have such a depth of music, even just from these years, that it is impossible to include all of their best songs just on this album. Most notably absent for me are One Tree Hill, Gloria and Bullet the Blus Sky. However, they have put together a great selection of tracks which is ideal for longstanding fans like myself or those just getting into U2 and wanting something that provides a wide selection of their music.
Pride (in the name of love) and With or Without you are the best, most powerful songs on the album, although there just is not a bad song here. Pride is quite possibily the best song ever written in my view, and certainly the best tribute song ever (written about Martin Luther King). The one quibble I do have is that some of the earliest stuff is not here, such as Gloria. However this is a minor quibble and does not take away from a great collection of songs.
The songs display all of U2's power in including both love songs and the more political songs from this era. The collection is perhaps not as musically punchy as its follow up greatest hits due to the nature of the music they were making at the time, but the lyrics are as powerful and moving as ever. All of U2's musical talent as well as moral intergrity is on display here, and the album is an ideal example of why all young musicians should aspire to be like this band more than any other.
Overall this is a cracking album, which ideally displays the music U2 made in the 80s. It is a must for any music fan.