Joshua Tree [30th Anniversary Edition] [1CD]

Joshua Tree [30th Anniversary Edition] [1CD]

by U2

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Overview

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. [A single-CD re-release of The Joshua Tree was among the 30th Anniversary Edition sets issued in 2017.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2017
Label: Island
UPC: 0602557484144
catalogNumber: 002662502
Rank: 224

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Edge   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bono   Harmonica,Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass Guitar
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Omnichord
Larry Mullen   Percussion,Drums
Armin Family   Strings

Technical Credits

U2   Composer
Gavin Friday   Executive Producer
Edge   Director
Arnie Acosta   Remastering Engineer
Paul Barrett   Brass Arrangment,Brass Conductor
Bono   Composer
Brian Eno   Programming,Producer
Flood   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Guy Oseary   Management
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Cover Design
Shaughn McGrath   Art Direction
Paul McGuinness   Management
Scott Sedillo   Pro-Tools
Declan Gaffney   Director
Pat McCarthy   Engineer
Sharon Blankson   Creative Consultant
Becky Coffey   Archives Coordinator

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