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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 (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00000DFSK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Pride (In The Name Of Love)U2 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. New Year's Day (Album Version)U2 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. With Or Without YouU2 4:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking ForU2 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Sunday Bloody SundayU2 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. BadU2 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Where The Streets Have No Name (Single Edit)U2 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. I Will FollowU2 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Unforgettable FireU2 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Sweetest Thing (The Single Mix)U2 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. DesireU2 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. When Love Comes To Town (Album Version)B.B. King and U2 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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14. All I Want Is YouU2 9:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Essential 14-track compile of the first iconic hits from the early years of their career! Still sound great!

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One need hear only the first notes of this collection--the Edge's ringing guitar notes ushering in "Pride (In the Name of Love)"--to be taken back to 1984: Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher rule the Western world, the L.A. Olympics is the top sports story, and Ms. Pac-Man reigns at arcades. In rock & roll, there's U2 growing in stature with each new tour and title. Even doubters of the Irish lads have to concede that together they formed the one '80s band with the skill and sense of scale to take over the airwaves and concert stages in a decade of diminished expectations. This 15-song '80s best-of assortment (stick around for the hidden track) spans the decade, reaching back to 1980's "I Will Follow," when Bono and company were peach-fuzzy and earnest as choirboys, and tracking their path through their universal domination with 1988's Rattle and Hum. --Steven Stolder

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By O. Doyle on 3 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is U2 at it's finest. For me their best music ever was out in the 80's and every one of those songs is represented here. The album starts off with Pride and moves through the brilliance that is U2 with New Years Day all the way through to All I want is You. The emotion of Sunday Bloody Sunday is evident every time and brings you right back to the first time you ever heard that song.
I believe this is one of those must have cd's of the 80's especially if you're a U2 fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. C. P. Conway on 20 April 2005
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U2 are certainly in my book the best band of all time and the 80's was their finest era. The brilliance of the joshua tree, unforgettable fire and rattle and hum are wonderfully represented here. However, my only gripe with the album is the lack of material from the band's early flashpunk era. Songs like tomorrow, like a song, with a shout, drowning man, out of control, electric co. etc... deserve inclusion in my book. Any of them could certainly have replaced when love comes to town which, although incredibly interesting, is by far the worst song here. The revamped sweetest thing is excellent though I prefer the b side original.
But perhaps I am being too fussy. This is almost as good a best of album as you will get with ome truly fantastic songs, if you have never heard U2 in their prime you must buy this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2012
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For me, after 1990 U2 started their long gradual decline into irrelevance. (See my reviews of each individual album.) The 1980s, meanwhile, were a call to arms for the group, and that fact is vividly made manifest in this fine collection of hits and other best tracks from that decade. In 1980, who'd have thought the group would be where they were come the decade's end?

From the raw edge of 1980's `I Will Follow' through to the deep-rooted American stage of their journey in 1988's `Rattle & Hum' album, this `Best of' CD contains some superb music. For me 1984-87 was when they reached their peak, the period covered by the albums `The Unforgettable Fire' and `The Joshua Tree'. It's not all glory days, though: on this CD I would willingly ditch `I Will Follow' and `Sweetest Thing' in favour of other tracks.

This is a review of the original CD released in 1998. Its sound quality is good, but feels constricted (not so wide a spectrum) compared to the originals on some of the tracks. But don't let this put you off buying the best bits of one of the defining groups of the eighties.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Kimble VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2006
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Although the band still manage to create great songs and sounds it was during the 1980s that they arguably produced some of their best work and indeed, created some of the songs of all time which made the band the worldwide phenomenon they are today.

Songs like Pride, With or with out you, I still haven't found what I'm looking for and Where the streets have no name are now iconic and serve to represent what was a golden era for U2 and the music world in general.

Even if your not bothered about the B sides this compilation is simply brilliant and well worth owning. For me it should be in any music lovers collection.

Just as a final note, the music does not stop at track 14. After 'All I want is you', you will be treated to a bonus track so be patient and let it roll on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2003
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An amazing compilation, one of the best value CD's I've ever purchased. However, there are some absolute gems are to be found on the limited edition B-Side CD that sometimes accompanies this album. Listen to the energy of 'The Three Sunrises', where Bono is on top form, or the twinkling intro to the original 'Sweetest Thing'. "Love comes tumbling down" is dark, moody, road-trip music. But the atmospheric 'Walk to the Water' stands out. A subtle song that catches you by surprise with its beautiful melodies. A remarkable compilation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 5 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simply the best CD ever compiled - without doubt I’ll never buy another CD with superior music excellence. I received this CD as a Christmas present approximately 4 years ago and its just amazing. I listen to it more each day, unlike the vast majority of music which withers with time this CD just seems to hit the spot every time I listen to it, with truly glorious, touching music. Each track like the chapter of a book, intriguing and passionate. I really would encourage anyone and everyone to invest in this CD. Sends shivers down the spine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 1999
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Anyone who enjoyed U2's early releases in the late 80's and early 90's have to buy this C.D.They are the masters of rock and roll and as Bono said once "We are the best rock and roll band in the world".Turn up the base,turn up the volume and play it loud,listen to Bono's elctric voice as he sings New years Day,Pride and many more U2 classics.If you are a U2 fan this will bring back all the memories from 1980 to 1990 and you will be amazed what memories will come back as you listen to each track.I had the pleasure of buying the B-tracks with this album but certainly the A-tracks are the CLASSICS...don't just consider it ...buy it..a must in any genuine music fans C.D. collection
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When dealing with Greatest Hits and Best Of collections sometimes, depending on the depth of the artists catelogue, you sometimes find fillers or somebodies favourite would be omitted. On this album you have 14 songs and each one is a classic. There had been so much written about U2 that I would be sure to regurgitate something from somebody and so all I will give is my simple opinion. Joshua Tree was perhaps the best album of the eighties (and there was a lot to choose from), anybody who saw the Live Aid concert in 85 would get goosebumps everytime they hear 'Bad' and as a collection this album shows how a rock bad matures from raw prococious talent to rounded smooth musicians were the talent level just keep climbing. The voice, the guitar work have all been written about before but for me the pleasure is just in listening to a cauldron of angst, protest, fastidiousness and attention to detail. Like the title says even if not a true fan of the band this should be in your collection if you are a fan of music.
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