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No Going Back [Explicit]
No Going Back [Explicit]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're not going Back to front, 16 April 2014
Having first saw the band live in 1979 and many many times since, to be honest my love of the band was really based on the first 3 albums. There's been the odd great track since but No Going Back really does take me back to the 1980's when the band delivered some great, catchy, meaningful, memorable tracks. This isn't Inflammable Material which was pretty raw punk rock at it's best, but there are some similarities to Nobody's Heroes and Go For It on here, albeit with a contemporary 2014 mix/twist. I've only listened to it a couple of times but automatically know it will be a real 'grower' and it's great to see the lads deliver such a quality set of songs ten years on from their last record. Well worth a buy( I pledged for mine so have a signed cover & my name in the credits - chuffed!). I've managed to meet the guys(in various line ups) a few times over the years in Aberdeen and they genuinely are all great, down to earth, top blokes. They may not have wanted to be nobody's heroes, but to many they are, and why not?


No Line On The Horizon (Ltd Edition Digi Pack)
No Line On The Horizon (Ltd Edition Digi Pack)
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Achtung Baby, 8 Mar. 2009
It's been a long wait, but NLOTH has finally arrived and it does not disappoint! My own view is that it takes about half a dozen listens to really 'get it'. It's a grower in every sense of the word but once you let it into your heart - it's there to stay. I've followed the band with passion since 1981 so there's been loads of highs and a few lows over the last 28 years. Without a doubt this is some of their finest(if not finest) work. It's obvious that Eno has had a huge influence on the record - in a similar fashion to The Unforgettable Fire - but this has taken the songs into a musical environment full of beautiful textures and layers that is a joy to listen to. Unlike most U2 albums, there is not one poor track on the album - there is usually one poor/unfinished/weak track on every album - all the tracks are extremely strong but personal favourires are Magnificent, Moment of Surrender, Stand Up Comedy & Breathe. Bono has hyped up the last 2 CD and yes they were extremely good but be assured that this time you can believe the Hype - NLOTH is the real deal. Magnificent.


U2: Under A Blood Red Sky - Live At Red Rocks [DVD] [2008]
U2: Under A Blood Red Sky - Live At Red Rocks [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ U2
Offered by Tom-Media LTD
Price: £11.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide awake in America, 12 Feb. 2009
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For anyone who wants to witness U2 pre lemons, huge stadiums filled with banks of overhead plasma screens, McPhisto & call's to the President, this is the real deal and worth it's weight in gold. It was 1983 and 6 months earlier I had witnessed, along with less than 1000 other fans, U2 performing live in my home town of Aberdeen, Scotland in an old cinema building! I had been to loads of concerts before - but never anything like this. The passion, the commitment and the music lifted us all into a place none of us had ever been before. The gig at Red Rocks captures these feelings and emotions beautifully and indeed takes them to an even higher level. The weather, the crowd and the band all contribute to a gig that not only kicked off U2's rise to stardom; it also has to go down as one of the greatest live gigs of all time. I've seen U2 perform many many time throughout Europe in the last 25 years, but believe me, it doesn't get any better than Red Rocks!


Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas
Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas
by Bono
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I feel numb, 24 Jan. 2006
Having followed U2 since the very early 80's and read literally all books written about them, I was left feeling a bit flat after reading Bono on Bono. There was very little in here that I didn't already know and a huge chunk of the dialogue concentrates on Bono's work for Africa. Yes - an extremely important subject area and one that we are all greatly interested in - but to fill so much of the book with this topic created an imbalance of subject matter. I wasn't looking for tabloid style journalism here - simply a greater insight into the bands early days, struggles, achievements, personalities, relationships and so on. It doesn't really go there in any great depth which left me feeling a bit numb and unfulfilled.


I Was Bono's Doppelganger
I Was Bono's Doppelganger
by Neil McCormick
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed band, 12 Oct. 2004
Congratulations to Neil for writing a highly entertaining account of his relentless attempt to crack it in the music industry. The reader is taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the author, remaining brutally honest and forthright throughout, describes with humour and downright disbelief, his oh so nearly entry into the rock and roll hall of fame. The book is scattered with some great and previously unheard of U2 and Bono anecdotes which glue the sections of the book together perfectly. Full marks to the author for not milking his U2 association in real life or indeed in print - it would have been very easy to rely on the U2/Bono angle to act as the main guts of the narrative to keep the reader(especially U2 fans) hooked, but in fairness, the story would hold up incredibly well without any reference to his Irish rock star mates. A great read for anyone interested in music, U2, yer man Bono, forming a band, the pitfalls and injustices of winning a record deal - or indeed a combination of all five! An old cliche I know, but one started, I genuinely found this book hard to put down. Nice one Neil - you shoulda been a contender!


I Was Bono's Doppelganger
I Was Bono's Doppelganger
by Neil McCormick
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy's gonna pay for your crashed band, 7 Oct. 2004
Congratulations to Neil for writing a superb account of his rollercoaster ride experienced whilst trying (and boy did he try) to make it into the music business. A frank and honest delivery is given at all times and you come away at the end feeling a number of emotions for him and his fellow band mates - sorrow, pity, frustration, admiration,jubilation, revelation(apologies Bono). What struck me most about the book was how Neil has cleverly avoided using his association with U2 and particularly Bono to hold the story together. The fact that Bono appears every so often merely enhances the tale and it is to his credit that the book would be more than readable minus the U2 connection. For U2 fans, (I've been one since Boy was released) there are also some great insights into early U2 performances, the late 70's/early 80's Irish music scene, together with some fantastic accounts of the authors 'one to ones' with the man himself. Whether you're into U2 or not, I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has the slightest interest in music(although any up and coming bands may instantly consider jacking it all in given the sheer hard luck and frustration suffered by the author and his various bands). A great read.


The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide Awake...not sleeping, 29 April 2004
This review is from: The Unforgettable Fire (Audio CD)
A truly great U2 album. Having followed the band since 1981, I was somewhat nervous(and curious) as U2 made the brave decision to get Brian Eno and Daniel Lanios to produce. The result however is mesmerising. There is probably more linkage back to some of the atmospheres and melodies of early tracks on Boy here rather than the tracks found on the excellent October and War albums. U2 were brave enough to reinvent themselves for the first(but certainly not last) time amd the result is a collection of tracks that still sound fantastic nearly 20 years on. From the opening bars of A Sort Of Homecoming, you know you are onto an absolute winner. There is not a poor track to dilute the overall brilliance of this record. The opening track, Pride, and the title track in particular are superb, but, if there has ever been a better track than Bad recorded by any band, not just U2, then I have yet to hear it. For those wishing to hear Bad at it's very best then explore some of the live versions released by the band to truly appreciate the magnitude and magnificence of the song. If you don't own this U2 masterpiece then I'd advise you to buy this album today and catch up on wasted listening time!


October
October
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £7.83

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars October stripped bare, 27 April 2004
This review is from: October (Audio CD)
Having followed the band with a passion since 1981, it still irks me that October was and still is to some extent continually slated by reviewers, music mags, authors and even some fans of the band. Recorded during a turbulent period for the band(Bono had his lyrics stolen in the US, pressure was being applied by the Shalom group that Bono, Edge and Larry were part of to disband and concentrate on more Christian based activities thus causing moral dilemas for the three and problems with Adam too, together with other disruptive issues)the emotional uncertainty of these issues seeps through beautifully in the songs and in particular Bono's lyrics. Sure, given the chance to revisit, the band would have tackled a few songs differently(eg Tommorrow was superbly re-recorded by Bono and Adam for the Common Ground compilation)but overall what you get is U2 at their most vunerable with their backs firmly up against wall and in many respects this is when they are at their most powerful. Tracks such as Gloria, I Fall Down, Rejoice, Tomorrow, October and Stranger in a Strange Land are really great tracks. At the age of 15 in 1981, the album was never off my turntable(it was pre CD's folks!) and the ease in which I could relate to the lyrics and 'feel' of the songs still stays with me 23 years on. If you've never delved into their back catalogue, I can assure you that you too will rejoice in the wonderfully uplifting and passionate sounds of October.


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