The Best Of 1990-2000
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U2 The Best Of 1990 - 2000 (2002 UK limited edition 3-disc [2CD/1DVD] set - The second volume of U2s Best Of collection focuses on the Achtung Baby Zooropa Passengers Pop and All That You Cant Leave Behind albums. Comprising a 17-trackCD featuring the classic hits such as Even Better Than The Real Thing Beautiful Day One Stuck In A Moment [You Cant Get Out Of] Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me and more; a Bonus 14-track Remix CD including Lady With The SpinningHead [Extended Dance Mix] Even Better Than The Real Thing [Perfecto Mix] Mysterious Ways [Solar Plexus Club Mix] & Discothèque [Hexidecimal Mix] plus a Bonus DVD containing The History Mix - a video montage anthologizing the bands 90s albums and tours with snippets of interviews music videos and more a live performance of Please captured at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki Finland on 9th August 1997 and much more. The slimline double jewel case [housing the 2 CDs] and the card picture sleeve containing
The Best of 1990-2000 can be seen as an introduction to the reinvented U2 (Part One), the group who ruined irony for everyone. Gone were the mullets, canyon-scraping guitars and "locust winds", and out came the fly shades, leather and TV remote. Bono hid behind a mask, started enjoying himself, and the band begun making the best, most interesting, diverse and rewarding music of their career. When grouped together, however, the material on The Best of 1990-2000 feels mix-matched. But that is hardly surprising considering the between-album sonic leaps (bordering on artistic self-indulgence and poncy-Enofications with Passengers) and the half finished Pop.
Despite Pop's patchiness, the songs' zeitgeist experimentation and fundamental nonchalant attitude to their own position in the U2 scheme of things are both invigorating and satisfying. Notably though, they've been reworked (i.e., finished) here, "Staring at the Sun" apparently having suffered from "mid-temp syndrome". The new versions are better, and the new songs "Electrical Storm" and "The Hands That Built America" are stronger still. However, nothing comes close to the dark, bruised masterpieces from Achtung Baby, particularly "The Fly". The track order is odd, with some telling omissions ("Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses") and strange inclusions ("The First Time"), which just goes to show how hard the band have considered the songs as they see them today. Let's hope that when their current back-to-basics attitude subsides they'll go all weird again. --Ben Johncock
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Second off, there IS NO DVD with this package but luckily I found the History Mix in a local record-shop, doesn't bother me because I had another purpose for buying this CD.
Now I'm going to review this according to the albums the songs come from.
The 5 songs from Achtung Baby benefit from a loud and clear remaster, I can hear sounds and details that I couldn't hear before plus those that where already there are more intense, 5 stars for including THE FLY on this cd, no best of U2 can leave that song out !!! Until the End of the World is Other-Worldly, every time I listen to it I hear something else...In addition the loud drums, bass...Every detail, actually...ON Mysterious Ways there is a slight lyrical difference, I'll let you discover it !
The POP songs are reworked into different mixes (called NEW MIXES)...they are not better than the album versions...Just different.
The ZOOROPA songs...I can't decide if NUmb needed a new mix !!! The FIrst Time is very cool...It's intensity is very well emphasized !!! STAY-faraway so close...I love how Larry's drums sound heavier here !
It would be wrong to say why did they choose that instead of that or there should have also been that on there, when speaking of U2's 90's work....All three albums are great, it's impossible to choose...so If you want the best of the 90's, you gotta have all three..Achtung Baby, Zooropa and POP plus Passengers!!! Which brings me to the minuses.... Cutting up Miss Sarajevo is bad but I can overlook it because this version has THE FLY on it, Baby !!!
The Two New Songs (at the time of this compilation's release-2002) are Awesome...Electrical Storm is pure passion, fury of separation and misunderstanding expressed in a tender, poetic way, marvelous song...this song alone is better than three of U2's safest and most boring albums: "SOI"(Every Breaking Wave could have been a great follow up to Electrical Storm but they didn't listen to Eno and they trashed it on the album...), 'How to dismantle and atomic bomb' and "All that You can Leave Behind", which reminds me...I could have GONE without B-Day and Stuck (boring blab songs) and I'd have thrown in "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" and "If You Wear that Velvet Dress" !!!!
I would have added "Levitate", "Love You Like Mad" and "Flower Child" as good 00's work on this cd !
"The hands that Built America" is a good song...Not one of the greatest but a good U2 effort.
The B-Sides CD is Cool but there are too many remixes...I guess they could have added in more B-sides and rare tracks instead of remixes but I can go with this.
All in all I give this 5 stars, especially for the inclusion of The Fly, this song must be on every Greatest U2 Hits compilation ever !!! I second a previous reviewer here and state that the CD should have opened with THE FLY, not close with it ..However, it's great that it's here !!!
I recommend THIS specific version to every serious U2 fan...You can overlook the absence of the DVD and the other small minuses...The great heavy stuff is here for your pure enjoyment, as Loud, Intense and Clear as ever !!!!!
Now off to listen to it again !!!
LAter EDIT: I forgot to mention "Hold me, Thrill me..." Simply because IF you know your U2 then you can't even describe this GEM, it goes without saying, when you say U2, you say HMTMKMKM !!! !!! What MORE can I say about this song? It was my first favourite U2 song after I became a fan !!! It's absolutely great that it can be found here in wonderful remastered quality, It's essential that we can find it here, not only because it highlights what the 90's U2 sounds like but for all those of you (me included) who don't want to buy the Batman Forever soundtrack...
LATER, LATER EDIT: Just came back from listening to it again and I must say THE SHEER power of The Remastered FLY is mind-bending, totally different from what they did on the Uber-Deluxe Remaster in 2011 (Although I rate that 5 stars too and it's highly recommended for the massive Achtung Baby fans !)
Now back to this version...This version is U2 at it's greatest, this song is Hot...Adam's bass is subtle but groovy, thick and nourishing, just what you need to get your life started, just like mother's milk, ain't nothing better than that to kick start your life...IF this song doesn't get you going, then you're dead !!!
EDGE's guitar just takes your whole being and plays with it until the last drop of energy in you is drained but somehow you have regained enough to put this song on replay in a loop !!! The Edge's work on this one, especially the solo, is some of the best in his career !
Larry just whacks you in the back of the head with a hammer, straight from the attic just like Bonzo...He's so rude you LOVE IT !!!
What's left to say about THE FLY himself...He's calling you back from the STAY (faraway, so close) video, you'll have to buy the best of the 90's-00's videos for that, You better tell him you Love the song when he calls or you're F****d !!! I trust you all do love it anyway, so you should be OK tonight when he'll call....Or maybe...Who knows !!!