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The Joshua Tree [Gold CD]

U2 Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity
  • ASIN: B000000IUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  UMD Mini for PSP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For many "The Joshua Tree" is one of the finest rock records made. Others see it as overwrought and overly earnest. But this was a band with a conscience and who on the evidence of this record could write damn fine songs. After the bold experimentation of "The Unforgettable Fire", with its sprawling ambience produced by the winning partnership of Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, "The Joshua Tree" was a more focussed affair, with the production more subtle and assured. The remastering on this re-issue, supervised by The Edge, brings out all the details and nuances in the Lanois/Eno soundscape. Just listen to the shimmering sound of The Edge's "infinite guitar" on the intro to "With Or Without You"! Never has it sounded so gorgeous!

The post-Joy Division sound of U2 showed a more classic rock feel on this album, partly due to the American viewpoint the band were aiming at. Though they would make more boundary pushing albums like "Achtung Baby" and "Zooropa", "The Joshua Tree" is a classic album of its type. In some ways it can be seen as part of a trilogy of albums around that time, all produced by Lanois. The others being Peter Gabriel's "So" and Robbie Robertson's self titled album. All shared a certain similar sound, feel and even personnel.

This re-issue is something quite special. The deluxe box edition is a thing of beauty. Containing the original album, another CD containing material recorded at the same sessions and a DVD containing a complete live performance, documentary and videos, each are housed in separate gatefold sleeves. There is also a cardboard folder containing photo prints and a thoroughly informative hardback book with essays by the likes of Brian Eno and The Edge.
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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I remember it vividly. It was the summer of 1987, probably August, and I was standing in the HMV Megastore in Oxford Street in London browsing through their CD racks looking for something else to punish my long-suffering credit card with. Back then the 'video' was king. I mean the buggers were everywhere. MTV had them on rotation on our television sets at home all day and the more elaborate and expensive ones even made the news. 1987 was a year when a pop video was given as much credence as the release of the album it was promoting. And HMV was no different. The flagship shop had loads of black TV monitors hanging out of their Oxford Street ceiling covering every square inch of floor space in their huge new store. So I'm standing there in this busy Megastore browsing like everyone else. And then it happened.

On came the new U2 video for "Where The Streets Had No Name". It was filmed in California on top of a building with the band playing live without announcement while American street goers below simply stopped in their tracks and looked up in amazement. And so did we. We all stopped and we all looked up in amazement. It was the only time I've ever seen this. The entire music store stopped and looked up at the TV monitors - hooked instantly by this incredible song and this dog's bollox of a band. The tune creeps in - building, building, building - then it bursts out of the speakers with this stunning chiming trailblazing guitar work and Bono's impassioned growl and lyrics. It was mesmerizing. I remember looking around me and noticing people's smiling faces. No one was browsing anymore. And I remember thinking - my God - they really have hit the Global zeitgeist with this.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I remember it vividly. It was the summer of 1987, probably August, and I was standing in the HMV Megastore in Oxford Street in London browsing through their CD racks looking for something else to punish my long-suffering credit card with. Back then the 'video' was king. I mean the buggers were everywhere. MTV had them on rotation on our television sets at home all day and the more elaborate and expensive ones even made the news. 1987 was a year when a pop video was given as much credence as the release of the album it was promoting. And HMV was no different. The flagship shop had loads of black TV monitors hanging out of their Oxford Street ceiling covering every square inch of floor space in their huge new store. So I'm standing there in this busy Megastore browsing like everyone else. And then it happened.

On came the new U2 video for "Where The Streets Had No Name". It was filmed in California on top of a building with the band playing live without announcement while American street goers below simply stopped in their tracks and looked up in amazement. And so did we. We all stopped and we all looked up in amazement. It was the only time I've ever seen this. The entire music store stopped and looked up at the TV monitors - hooked instantly by this incredible song and this dog's bollox of a band. The tune creeps in - building, building, building - then it bursts out of the speakers with this stunning chiming trailblazing guitar work and Bono's impassioned growl and lyrics. It was mesmerizing. I remember looking around me and noticing people's smiling faces. No one was browsing anymore. And I remember thinking - my God - they really have hit the Global zeitgeist with this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars u2 box set
U2 greatest rock band ever fact,box set arrived on time and we'll packed, very happy a must buy for u2 fans.
Published 6 days ago by e.m.s.16
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is U2 at their best. the live vesion of where the streets have no name on this album is fantatic and a must for U2 fans
Published 25 days ago by mr t a rudge
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 at their best.
Yes they had gone pompous. But at heart it's still quite raw & underproduced. All 11 tracks are great, in fact what was once called Side 2 is the best, very understated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening
I had the original and loved it. Having purchased the remastered one I love it even more now. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by joolsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Replacing much loved LP's with CD's when ever I can. This album was one I first heard many years ago and loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Matthew D. Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome never been bettered
Bought this on cassette in 1988 have it on CD and downloaded it now it is quite simply stunning.Buy it!
Published 2 months ago by MR STEPHEN DYER
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic U2
my cassette version got worn-out years ago,
An impulse buy, but at 1.99 for the full album in MP3, what's not to like?
Published 2 months ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! Brilliant!!!
It was brilliant in the 1980s and remains so, I have always loved this album, a must have to anyone music collection.
Published 3 months ago by seeta55
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best
There are some albums you need in your collection this is one of them. It was in my mind the point when U2 took a step up and became a world class act. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Graham Bruce
2.0 out of 5 stars Great album poor quality recording
Love The Joshua Tree but this recording is awful. I thought my phone's ear jack was playing up as the tracks stop, skip and judder. Read more
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