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The Best Of 1990-2000
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The Best Of 1990-2000

31 Oct. 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2002
  • Release Date: 31 Oct. 2002
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 1:16:21
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  • ASIN: B001KF1YYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,340 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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This collection is a perfect introduction to any new or casual U2 fan. It is a collection that demands to be heard in full, as there is not a weak song in the collection, although fans will dispute the inclusion and exclusion of certain songs.
Personal highlights include, Even Better than the real thing, One, Stay, Gone and The Fly.
It abtly demenstrates Bonos ability as a lyricist and singer, while also showing why Edge is one of the most revered guitarists around, and Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton keep the musical pulse pumping. It also opens up listeners to delve further into U2 albums, definitley check out Pop(different) Atomic Bomb(guitar and more guitar) ATYCLB(melodic) and Acthung Baby(classic). This best of is a must for any music fan.
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U2's excellent Best of 1980-90 was followed up by this one, the best of their work from the 90s. First off, let it be said: this release was essential. It deserves just as much attention as the 80-90 collection, simply because U2 produced some stunning tracks during the 90s, many of which fans either didn't buy, or didn't hear. Why then, considering how important this compilation is, was it given such a trite formatting and sequencing job? Who was pulling the shots on this reissue?
Yes, it's hard to argue with many selections on this album, and indeed a lot of the material on this album is absolutely essential listening for any rock fan (i.e. "One", "Beautiful Day", "Stay", "Mysterious Ways"). But the Zooropa, and especially Pop, eras seems to have completely desiccated. Sure, new mixes of "Staring At the Sun", "Discotheque", and "Gone" are pleasant enough, but including them on the Best Of, in place of the original mixes, completely destroys the history associated with that era. Yes, we know the band were not happy with them. But for authenticity's sake, the original mixes should have been included, with a bonus disc featuring the new ones. Then fans could have decided what THEY wanted to listen to. It's also very strange to see "Numb" remixed, a track that stood up very well on its original mix. If anything, the classic dance mix of "Lemon" from Zooropa should have been included, a mix that WAS deserving to appear here.
And The Fly relegated to UK bonus track status?! Sorry to say, but that's a positive insult. It stands as one of the best tracks in the U2 calibre, and the track that mercifully dethroned Brian Adams horror "Everything I Do" from its never-ending grip on the chart.
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By A Customer on 28 Jan. 2006
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What can i say, the nineties have been a good decade for U2. The sudden change in experimentation shocked audiences and critics alike, but in a good way. So what better way then to chuck a "best of" in there for good measure.
I must say I was a little dissapointed with the tracks for this album. It would have been nice to have had the original versions of the likes of "Discotheque" and "Staring at the Sun" but I suppose the new versions are OK.
I must ask though, who's idea was it to not put in "Who's Gonna Ride in Your Wild Horses" and "If God Will send His Angels". These are two great songs that I really don't see the point in leaving out of the list.
A favorite of mine which isn't in is "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" which I would have liked in and which I think is a little under-rated.
But there are some good points to the album. Most of their best songs are in like "One", "Mysterious Ways", "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" and "Gone". I wasn't sure whether putting songs from ATYCLB was the best idea, but it does liven up the album a bit more. The bonus of "Electrical Storm" was a good idea and balences the album out taking it away from being too much like just a experimentation album.
Overall, the album is quite good, all the best songs are there, however some tracks would have been nice to stick in also. If you want an introduction to the nineties U2 then this is the best way to start.
P.S. Get the Special Edition with the B-Sides disk.
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I'd like to get something off my chest at the start of this review. I really detest the current trend to produce hits compilations that feature remixes, rare tracks and new tracks (often scrubbed up b-sides that weren't good enough in the first place) in an attempt to get committed fans to buy them as well as the general public who don't own an album by the artist in the first place. I don't see the point of it - completists will have most of the tracks in the first place and joe public just want to listen to the hits the way they sounded on the radio.
Unfortunately, this compilation is overrun with remixes that lack the immediacy, and often the quality, of the original tracks, which is a shame because most of the original tracks are great. It's especially nice to see Miss Sarajevo and Hold Me, Thrill me, Kiss Me, Kill Me here. I didn't particularly like U2's last album but the singles sound a lot better here than they did on that record. The excellent Zooropa is somewhat under-represented, though - where's Dirty Days or The Wanderer? It's disappointing to see Please from Pop missing too - but short of making this a double CD, it's hard to see how there could have been space to fit everything in.
Of the two new tracks, Electrical Storm is dreadful - another bit of bland filler like that on All That You Can't Leave Behind - but The Hands That Built America is the best thing they've done in ages.
I think what's worst about this is that it could have been a lot better - maybe more selectivity about the tracks, and avoidance of the remixes. Ironically, although I prefer U2's 90s output to their 80s, the 80s compilation CD from last year is better than this one - check that out first instead, and then maybe Achtung Baby (which makes up 1/3 of this CD anyway).
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