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  • Audio CD (20 Nov. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000KEG8MK
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U2 - 18 Singles - Cd

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The youthful faces that stare out from the cover of this latest collection of singles from Irish rockers U2 suggests that the focus of the album is, perhaps, their lauded yet under-represented early days. A quick glance through the tracklisting shows that not to be the case, however. There are examples of their rawer 80s sound - "Pride", "I Will Follow", "New Year's Day" - but where, older fans may well ask, are songs like "The Electric Co", "Gloria", "I Threw A Brick", "Fire" from Boy and October? Similarly, songs like "With Or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" were on The Best Of 1980-1990, whilst "Beautiful Day", "One", "Mysterious Ways" and "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" were all on The Best Of 1990-2000. U218 does have the advantage of featuring more recent tracks, including their collaboration with Green Day, "The Saints Are Coming" and a new song, "Windows In The Skies". Whilst dedicated followers of the band may see this as a missed opportunity to offer fans some genuinely rare gems, it still remains a collection of mighty pop music masterpieces.--Danny McKenna

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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 (one hidden track though Follows). 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.

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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I had always been a causal fan of U2, and I know that it is those kinds of people of whom compilations such as this aimed at. I decided to look deeper into their music and bought this greatest hits CD from 2006, which, despite the name, actually has 19 tracks on it, not 18. As I started hearing more and more of the songs on here, I became a much bigger fan.

If you don't already own an U2 album, then this is a fantastic introduction to the band. It had all the tracks that I already knew and so many more. No fillers, just big hits and great music. My personal three favourites are the beautiful 'With or Without You', a timeless song which will always remain relevant, the uplifting 'Beautiful Day', and catchy anti-war protest song 'Sunday Bloody Sunday',

This release subsequently encouraged me to seek out a good number of U2's studio albums, and I feel it will have the same impact on other people who wish to hear these guys' deeper cuts. Ultimately though, this is a great way for a newbie fan to become familiar with their music, and for bigger fans and collectors to have many of their favourite hits in one place.
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This compilation is really what people like me have been looking for - non-fans who have heard the singles, like them and want them on one easy to digest CD. This also serves as a great introduction and my surprise love of the single "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" has led me to purchase the Atomic Bomb CD.It seems rock bands can get better with age! Don't knock this CD - it does precisely what it was intended to do - expose the band to a new generation of fans. So what if some hardcore fan's favourite songs aren't on it - the people who buy this CD won't want to hear those initially. If it does for others what it has done for me, then the fans should be thanking it. I always recall the flack The Best of Bob Dylan got (a similar "slimline hits only" collection) - but a colleague of mine only had to hear "Tangled Up In Blue" once from that particular CD and almost immediately amassed a 20-strong Dylan CD collection! A thrilling listen from start to finish and a couple of very good new tracks to boot.
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It should have been so simple - U2 put out a collection of all their singles on one compilation. But as with the previous 2 collections (covering the 80s and 90s) there's some significant ommisions. I know it's impossible to put all their singles on one CD, but this compilation is being mis-sold as having "all the hits on one album". If that's the case then where are hits such as The Fly, Unforgettable Fire, Wild Horses, Discotheque, Fire... I could go on.

And when are they going to put genuine hard to find singles like A Celebration on an anthology?!

Great songs - shoddy compilation.
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It must have taken unusual gall, even for record company marketeers, to claim in magazine ads that this CD contains 'all the hits'. It's not a verbal sleight of hand, not an evasion - it's the purest of fibs. A good two fistfuls of top ten singles are missing, including two Number 1s ('The Fly', 'Discotheque').

Most of the songs from this decade confirm that U2 are, creatively if not commercially, a spent force. The clodhopping 'Stuck in a Moment' and the hooting vacuity of 'Elevation' are the band at their very worst. There's nothing at all here from 1997's *Pop*, perhaps the last time they were interesting (listen to 'Please' and 'Wake Up Dead Man' again). Even one of the few highlights since then, 'Electrical Storm', is nowhere to be seen.

I just cannot imagine who would want this CD. It exists purely to prey upon the most exhausted and uninspired of present-buyers - honestly, nobody will thank you for giving them this.
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