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U218 Singles [CD + DVD] [US Import] Limited Edition, Deluxe Edition

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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2006)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000JJ4GW0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Format: Audio CD
Why, oh why, did this fantastic band think they needed to publish another "Best of" after the already brilliant "Best Of 1980-1990" and "Best Of 1990-2000"??? "U218 Singles" is a totally unnecessary compilation only aimed at those who do not own any U2 album and want a good collection of U2's "best" songs.
In my eyes, "U218 Singles" would be a complete rip-off if it wasn't for the excellent DVD of the Vertigo tour in Milan. Compared to the official DVD release of the Vertigo tour in Chicago, the band, the audience and even director Hamish Hamilton transmit an authentic feeling of a Vertigo open-air show on this 10-track bonus DVD.
The band should have spared us with the CD and published the whole Milan concert instead. That alone would have been worth 5 stars, now it's only 3: 1 for the CD, 5 for the DVD.
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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. With 2-3 leftovers from All...Behind, 4-5 contenders from How...Atomic Bomb, and the new single with Green Day (eh hem), not much would have been needed to fill that quota. 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 each concert DVD). 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 (I Will Follow is hidden though). 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.

This edition includes a "bonus" concert DVD including a staggering 10 songs.
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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. 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 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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Reich Stars , not Rock Stars:

In the 80s, I thought these guys had something---New Years Day, Unforgettable Fire, one or two other good tunes.. As the 80s wore on, it finally became clear:

--These People are Conning YOU: the bulk of their output is cynical dross, which they want YOU to pay for---these people are already stinking rich, they DO NOT CARE about you.

AVOID [If you actually enjoy this stuff, buy a good second hand copy--at least that way, you are not swelling their bloated coffers.
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U2 were one of my favourite bands when growing up in the 80s though, like many others of my generation, their appeal waned considerably as I reached my mid 20s in the early 90s. I very rarely find myself playing any of their old albums now and haven't bought any new product since 1993's Zooropa. Until now that is, with 18 Singles which has enabled me to own some of their best recordings in recent years as well as reminding me of why they were so good in the first place.

This is of course not the first U2 retrospective but, unlike 1998's 1980-1990 and 2002's 1990-2000 compilations, 18 Singles crucially covers the band's whole career and includes excellent recent tracks such as the thrilling Vertigo. Cramming the band's complete works onto one CD arguably also has its downside as many prominent singles are missing through overall I am happy with the choices made. It's interesting that number one hits such as The Fly and Discotheque are omitted in favour of lesser hits, but possibly more fondly remembered songs, such as Mysterious Ways, Sweetest Thing and Walk On. As with all selective singles compilations, each fan will of course have his or her own views as to what should have been included...

Other highlights which are included on 18 for me are the exciting Desire, stately Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of and New Years Day, the song that first got me into U2 all those years ago. The compilation also includes two new songs, a U2 / Green Day joint recorded-for-charity cover of The Skids' The Saints Are Coming and a new original song Window In the Skies. The Special Edition of 18 Singles also contains so much more including an excellent 10 song live DVD recorded at the San Siro Stadium, Milan in 2005.
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