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Cleaner and Clearer but not for everyone,
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This review is from: Joshua Tree (Deluxe) (Audio CD)
This remastering of The Joshua Tree is not radically different from the original. The sound is perhaps cleaner and clearer and all the songs benefit from this freshening up - particularly "Streets" which is a markedly better song. Nevertheless, this upgrade is probably only worth buying if you are a rabid fan, or don't own the original.
U2's B sides have always been better than most other bands' A list material and the bonus CD of extras is worth having - if you don't already have it, or are replacing worn out vinyl. Again though, I wouldn't say it was an essential purchase if you already have the B sides. "Wave of Sorrow" is nice but the other outtakes are nothing particularly special.
It is the DVD that is the real joy in this collection and I agree with another reviewer who says it should be available separately. A youthful looking band (Bono without sunglasses) are clearly having a whale of a time in Paris and the concert is an uplifting joy. The Old Grey Whistle Test documentary is fine - a mix of music videos and footage of the band relaxing in the US. It's nothing special though - a sort of "outtakes of Rattle and Hum". The two music videos too are both fine.
I'm a fan of U2's early material in particular and I like this upgrade. The remastering has made the sound a little less "80's" and a little more modern feeling. I hope their first four albums get the same treatment. However, if you are not a fan of this album, this reissue will do little for you I suspect.