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The Joshua Tree

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Using the textured sonics of The Unforgettable Fire as a basis, U2 expanded those innovations by scaling back the songs to a personal setting and adding a grittier attack for its follow-up, The Joshua Tree. It's a move that returns them to the sweeping, anthemic rock of War, but if War was an exploding political bomb, The Joshua Tree is a journey through its aftermath, trying to find sense and hope in the desperation. That means that even the anthems -- the epic opener "Where the Streets Have No Name," the yearning "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- have seeds of doubt within their soaring choruses, and those fears take root throughout the album, whether it's in the mournful sliding acoustic guitars of "Running to Stand Still," the surging "One Tree Hill," or the hypnotic elegy "Mothers of the Disappeared." So it might seem a little ironic that U2 became superstars on the back of such a dark record, but their focus has never been clearer, nor has their music been catchier, than on The Joshua Tree. Unexpectedly, U2 have also tempered their textural post-punk with American influences. Not only are Bono's lyrics obsessed with America, but country and blues influences are heard throughout the record, and instead of using these as roots, they're used as ways to add texture to the music. With the uniformly excellent songs -- only the clumsy, heavy rock and portentous lyrics of "Bullet the Blue Sky" fall flat -- the result is a powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit due to its vision and its melody. Never before have U2's big messages sounded so direct and personal.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Where The Streets Have No Name (Remastered 2007)
00:05:36

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lillywhite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

An Island Records recording; ℗ 2007 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Remastered 2007)
00:04:37

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

An Island Records recording; ℗ 2007 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
With Or Without You (Remastered 2007)
00:04:55

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lillywhite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

An Island Records recording; ℗ 2007 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Bullet The Blue Sky (Remastered 2007)
00:04:31

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lillywhite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Running To Stand Still (Remastered 2007)
00:04:16

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Guitar, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Red Hill Mining Town (Remastered 2007)
00:04:52

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Barrett, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Lillywhite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio - The Arklow Silver Band, Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Red Hill Mining Town, Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
In God's Country (Remastered 2007)
00:02:56

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

An Island Records recording; ℗ 2007 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Trip Through Your Wires (Remastered 2007)
00:03:31

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
One Tree Hill (Remastered 2007)
00:05:22

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Doige, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio - The Armin Family, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Exit (Remastered 2007)
00:04:13

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Mothers Of The Disappeared (Remastered 2007)
00:05:14

PAT MCCARTHY, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Wallace, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Lanois, Producer, Tambourine, Strings, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Eno, Producer, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bono, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Flood, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - U2, MainArtist - Adam Clayton, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Meegan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Buckley, Studio - Joe O'Herlihy, Studio - The Edge, Composer, Guitar, Unknown, Background Vocalist, Other, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Mullen, Jr., Composer, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Coleman, Studio - Arnie Acosta, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mary Kettle, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Scott Sedillo, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cheryl Engels, Mastering Engineer, Unknown, Other, StudioPersonnel - Thomas 'Beno' May, Unknown, Other - Des Broadbery, Studio - Tom Mullally, Studio - Marion Smyth, Studio - Mary Gough, Studio

℗ 2007 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Using the textured sonics of The Unforgettable Fire as a basis, U2 expanded those innovations by scaling back the songs to a personal setting and adding a grittier attack for its follow-up, The Joshua Tree. It's a move that returns them to the sweeping, anthemic rock of War, but if War was an exploding political bomb, The Joshua Tree is a journey through its aftermath, trying to find sense and hope in the desperation. That means that even the anthems -- the epic opener "Where the Streets Have No Name," the yearning "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- have seeds of doubt within their soaring choruses, and those fears take root throughout the album, whether it's in the mournful sliding acoustic guitars of "Running to Stand Still," the surging "One Tree Hill," or the hypnotic elegy "Mothers of the Disappeared." So it might seem a little ironic that U2 became superstars on the back of such a dark record, but their focus has never been clearer, nor has their music been catchier, than on The Joshua Tree. Unexpectedly, U2 have also tempered their textural post-punk with American influences. Not only are Bono's lyrics obsessed with America, but country and blues influences are heard throughout the record, and instead of using these as roots, they're used as ways to add texture to the music. With the uniformly excellent songs -- only the clumsy, heavy rock and portentous lyrics of "Bullet the Blue Sky" fall flat -- the result is a powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit due to its vision and its melody. Never before have U2's big messages sounded so direct and personal.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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