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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 (20 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000KEG8MK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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1. I Will Follow
2. Beautiful Day
3. Still Haven’t’ Found What I’m Looking For
4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
5. With Or Without You
6. Vertigo
7. New Year’s Day
8. Mysterious Ways
9. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
10. Where The Streets Have No Name
11. Sweetest Thing
12. Sunday Bloody Sunday
13. One
14. Desire
15. Walk On
16. Elevation
17. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
18. The Saints Are Coming
19. Window In The Skies

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The youthful faces that stare out from the cover of this latest collection of singles from Irish rockers U2 suggests that the focus of the album is, perhaps, their lauded yet under-represented early days. A quick glance through the tracklisting shows that not to be the case, however. There are examples of their rawer 80s sound - "Pride", "I Will Follow", "New Year's Day" - but where, older fans may well ask, are songs like "The Electric Co", "Gloria", "I Threw A Brick", "Fire" from Boy and October? Similarly, songs like "With Or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" were on The Best Of 1980-1990, whilst "Beautiful Day", "One", "Mysterious Ways" and "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" were all on The Best Of 1990-2000. U218 does have the advantage of featuring more recent tracks, including their collaboration with Green Day, "The Saints Are Coming" and a new song, "Windows In The Skies". Whilst dedicated followers of the band may see this as a missed opportunity to offer fans some genuinely rare gems, it still remains a collection of mighty pop music masterpieces.--Danny McKenna

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 7 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
U218 is the third U2 compliation, following The Best of 1980-1990 and 1990-2000. As stated by another reviewer , the usefulness of greatest hits and best of compliations is surely diminshed nowadays by downloading, whereby people can make their own selections consisting of the songs that they most enjoy. In the excellent book, U2 by U2, Bono states that the band waited a long time before agreeing to the release of a best of album, so it is quite surprising therefore that three compliations have now emerged during this decade.
U218 as the title implies consists of 18 singles, ranging from the early days through to a brand new song featured on the album. I actually prefer compliations to have songs arranged chronically, so that it can be seen how the band changed over time, rather than the songs being randonly placed next to each other. So here we have the fairly recent song, Beautiful Day, next to Where The Streets Have No Name, which was released in 1987. The album also omits several classic U2 songs, including their second number one single, The Fly, although their first number one Desire, which I think is one of their weakest tracks, is included. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me is also not featured here and surely more single releases could have been incorporated from Achting Baby, one of the bands best albums. Overall, although the quality of many of the songs included speaks for itself, this is an unnecessary release, perhaps reflected in its relatively low sales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a causal fan of U2 (which I guess this compilation is aimed at), I decided to look deeper into their music and bought this greatest hits CD (with 19 tracks, not 18). I thought it was a fantastic introduction to the band, with all the tracks that I already knew and so many more. No fillers, just big hits and great music. My personal favourites are 'With or Without You', 'Beautiful Day' and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday',

Already played it to death, I will definitely purchase some of their solo albums in the future. In the meantime, this is a great way for a newbie fan to become familiar with their music, and for bigger fans to have many of their favourite hits in one place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Skilton on 20 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like a lot of reviewers for this album, I cant see the point of it. It was only a little while ago two best ofs were released. Though strictly speaking these were greatest hits compilation's. When will these record companies realise there is a difference? This album is just a watered down version of the best ofs with a couple of new tracks. And, apart from the fact there are 18 songs on here, is there any other significance in the title? Its certainly not because these are their first 18 singles because there not. Maybe its because these are their 18 biggest hits. There is so much missing. There is nothing from Boy, October, Zooropa or Pop. Perhaps there is going to be a volume 2 in the near future. What should have been released is a compilation of their whole career including stuff from their first two albums, which seem to have been forgotten about after the War album and superstardom came along. If your new to U2 and just want an album of the big hits this will do. Otherwise check out their best albums:Boy, October, War, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Scole on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This compilation is really what people like me have been looking for - non-fans who have heard the singles, like them and want them on one easy to digest CD. This also serves as a great introduction and my surprise love of the single "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" has led me to purchase the Atomic Bomb CD.It seems rock bands can get better with age! Don't knock this CD - it does precisely what it was intended to do - expose the band to a new generation of fans. So what if some hardcore fan's favourite songs aren't on it - the people who buy this CD won't want to hear those initially. If it does for others what it has done for me, then the fans should be thanking it. I always recall the flack The Best of Bob Dylan got (a similar "slimline hits only" collection) - but a colleague of mine only had to hear "Tangled Up In Blue" once from that particular CD and almost immediately amassed a 20-strong Dylan CD collection! A thrilling listen from start to finish and a couple of very good new tracks to boot.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 13 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
After having released the 1980-1990 & 1990-2000 Best Of Compilations, it seemed logical that the next U2 compilation would be a 2000-2010 compilation. Apparently, U2 no longer have such patience and have delivered this single disk career overview just in time for Christmas.

This is a pattern that has increasingly been developing by U2, i.e. releasing recycled material of sorts between each new release. We've had this decade alone 3 concert DVD's (plus Zoo TV re-released) and the 1990-2000 CD & DVD compilation.

On the plus side, at least for the very casual fan, all the biggies are included on this set. For those who have been Following U2 for ages, it is highly unlikely that such fans will have any Desire listening to Pride One more time (included on all of the concert DVD's). Granted, there are 2 new tracks included but the average price for each new song for those who own U2's previous material, probably in many shapes, is steep.

The song selection is, as a set for casual listeners, as close to perfect as possible. U2 have e.g. skipped all the songs from the Pop flop; as are Zooropa and the first two albums (one hidden track though Follows). 2 UK #1's, The Fly and Discothéque are also nowhere to be found here, indicating that the songs are chosen by their world wide success. There are obvious misses, such as City of Blinding Lights, Numb and Angel of Harlem, but which songs to replace them with would be a difficult task.

U2 fans probably will, with a slight grumble, purchase this set en masse. With the entire catalogue yet to be re-released, however, patience with their recycling efforts may begin wearing thin if this process continues.
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