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Universal Music/Island Records will reissue remastered vinyl versions of U2‘s Pop and All That You Can’t Leave Behind albums next month, alongside a vinyl reissue of the 1985 Wide Awake In America EP.

“Pop” was the band’s ninth studio album and was originally issued in 1997, reaching number one in over 30 countries around the world, including the UK and America. It continued U2’s ‘reinvention’ – which started in the early nineties with Achtung Baby and Zooropa – and was produced by Flood with Howie B and Steve OsbournePop delivered four top ten singles in the UK, but despite this success the band were apparently not totally satisfied with the final product, and post release they constantly fiddled with tracks, re-recording and remixing many of the songs for various single and compilation releases.

The new reissue is remastered and pressed on double black 180g vinyl. It comes in a gatefold sleeve and has as download card.

 

All That You Can’t Leave Behind was the first U2 album of the new millennium, issued three and a half years after Pop. Their 10th studio album pulled back from all the experimentation and returned to a more traditional sound. It was no coincidence that the album was produced by old muckers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. The album benefitted from the enormous success of the first single Beautiful Day which was a massive hit virtually everywhere (except in the USA, interestingly).

Like Pop, the vinyl reissue is newly remastered and pressed on 180g black vinyl. It comes with a 16-page booklet and a download card.

 

The Wide Awake In America EP was only ever issued in America and Japan, in 1985, although it was reissued internationally on CD in the late eighties. Two tracks (A Sort Of Homecoming and Badare live recordings from the The Unforgettable Fire tour in late ’84 while the other two (The Three Sunrises and Love Comes Tumbling) are studio recordings issued as B-sides on the 12-inch of The Unforgettable Fire single. The vinyl reissue uses the 2009 remasters created for the The Unforgettable Fire reissue of that same year. Again, 180g black vinyl and a download card.

All three vinyl reissues will be released on 13th April 2018. Pop is rather pricey in the UK at the moment, but that’s likely to come down fairly quickly (with Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee you’ll only pay the cheapest price between ordering and shipping, of course).

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Even as U2 were summoning their own illustrious past on The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour, which only completed its continent crossover in October, they were looking ready to release the next recording adventure. From the opening shows onwards, the rock giants were offering a preview of it by performing the appealing new song ‘The Little Things That Give You Away.’

When that adventure reached fruition with the 1st December release of “Songs Of Experience”Q Magazine has already described it as a “classic,” while for Mojo, it’s “U2’s strongest album this century.”

Songs Of Experience may be titled as the complementary bookend of its 2014 predecessor Songs Of Innocencebut what’s really on display is the collective experience of a rock institution with more than 40 years of friendship on the clock. As the pleasing symmetry extends from the studio to the road, the new companion album will be made flesh by 2018’s Experience + Innocence tourdue to start in Tulsa in May 2018. It will do so fuelled by the weighty 14th studio entry in the U2 canon.

Early listens to Songs Of Experience reveal a band still so nimble that they can draw on the weight of their achievements, not be dragged down by them. In the process, they’ve created a deftly updated version of themselves. New textures and fresh filters abound, for what is still one of the world’s most cohesive and visceral rock outfits. There are contributions from Kendrick LamarLady GaGa and Haim may convey this work to a younger audience, but not at the expense of the essence of U2.

Some listeners have sensed an enforced optimism about the album’s lyrical demeanour, but when Bono introduces the opening ‘Love Is All We Have Left’ with the words “Nothing to stop this being the best day ever/Nothing to keep us from where we should be,” it’s with a sense of informed realism and his an entirely believable, undimmed positivity.

The dreamy, almost celestial hue of that opener quickly blends into the infectious, ragged rock shuffle of ‘Lights Of Home.’ Like much of the album, it’s live enough to retain a demo-like energy, yet as it progresses, big enough to have stadiums singing along to it. And there goes Bono again: “I believe my best days are ahead, I can see the lights in front of me.”

Thus they proceed on an odyssey that, on the album’s deluxe edition with its various mixes and alternative versions, embraces no fewer than 17 tracks and 67 minutes, created in London, Dublin and Los Angeles. Production, by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, is ever-imaginative, focused on innovation without smothering the spirit of the song in its presentation. The Edge’s guitar leads are as admirably nuanced as ever and the Clayton/Mullen rhythm section has the kind of intuitive depth that can only come from this quartet’s unbuyable symbiosis.

The album also exudes sharp-eyed lyrical observation, from the zeitgeist phraseology of ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ and ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ to some moments of poignant observation, such as the moment in ‘Red Flag Day’ when Bono notes how inured we have become to shocking world events such as the global immigration crisis. “Not even news today, so many lost in the sea last night,” he sings. “One word that the sea can’t say is no, no, no.”

Moods undulate from the stripped back, acoustic guitar and tambourine set-up of ‘The Showman (Little More Better)’ to the laid-back ‘Landlady’ and on again to another potential anthem in ‘Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way.’ To quote themselves, U2 have got out of their own way and added a significant new chapter to their epic story.

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The Rolling Stones  –  On Air

On Air is a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from The Rolling Stones formative years. The songs, including eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965. These flashbacks offer an insight into the band as a vital and constantly surprising live unit. Such was the frequency with which they visited BBC studios in the 60’s, the group constantly set out to offer listeners something different. As well as songs that never appeared on singles or albums, there are seven tracks that were debuted over the airwaves before featuring on albums or EPs.

The group’s take on familiar R&B staples like Roll Over Beethoven, Memphis, Tennessee and Beautiful Delilah (all originated by Chuck Berry) illustrate the verve and energy the Stones regularly brought to their live shows. The BBC would urge them to perform their current singles, and while happy to do so they also relished the opportunity to showcase a fuller picture of their prowess as Britain’s foremost blues outfit, packing clubs and ballrooms night after night.

Among the tracks, first heard ringing out of transistor radios over a period of just under two years, is Come On, the group’s debut single and also the first number laid down for the iconic Saturday Club, hosted by the late, legendary Brian Matthew. Other highlights include the strutting Fannie Mae(originally recorded by bluesman Buster Brown in 1959), Tommy Tucker’s Hi Heel Sneakers, and Bo Diddley’s Cops And Robbers. Nestling among the illustrious and well-chosen cover versions, are raw and vibrant renditions of Stones Jagger / Richards originals, such as (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Last Time and The Spider And The Fly in a form closer to the thrilling immediacy of the band’s live shows than on vinyl. These recordings bring the listener as near as possible to the excitement of the era without actually being there in person. If last year’s collection of new recordings of past masters Blue and Lonesome presented the Stones returning to their roots after more than 50 years, On Air is the perfect “sister” compendium, a lovingly curated and restored treasure trove that puts the listener front and centre in the eye of the original storm. To help recapture the spirit of the songs when they were first performed, the tapes have gone through a process called “audio source separation”, which involved de-mixing the transcripts and allowing engineers at Abbey Road access to the original instrumentation and voices within each track, so that they could be rebuilt, rebalanced and remixed to achieve a fuller, more substantial sound. The end result is the Stones at their most passionate and intense, transporting listeners back to the band’s lean and hungry years when their standing as household names was already assured, and global domination was just 12 bars away.

The variety of radio shows from which the material is compiled is testament to the special relationship the Stones had with the BBC from the very beginning of their recording career. The music speaks for itself, but ‘On Air’ also serves as an important historical artefact, and an essential of the group’s impressively evergreen canon. On Air offer a unique insight into the formative days of The Rolling Stones a few years before ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’ became a reality this was a band playing the music they loved so much – Blues, R&B, Soul and even the odd country song. Performing these songs night after night in clubs and dancehalls meant they are all honed to perfection and performed with the genuine love and affection that The Stones have for their musical heritage.

The Rolling Stones’ On Air marks the first wide release of any of the band’s live BBC sessions, recorded during the beginning of their storied career.  An audio companion to the recently published book of the same name, On Air features a bevy of tracks recorded between 1963, when the group appeared on Saturday Club just months after the release of their debut single, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On,” and 1965, when the band returned to the show armed not only with more great blues and soul covers but a new original, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”  Available in 1CD and 2CD formats, as well as a 2LP vinyl edition (which replicates the contents of the 1CD version).

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Muddy Waters  –  Electric Mud

Third Man Records reissue of Muddy Waters’ fifth studio album Electric Mud, which comes as a continuation of Third Man’s partnership with Universal Music Group and the Estate of Muddy Waters. The album, which Chess originally released in 1968 has not seen a legitimate domestic vinyl release since 2002, despite its enormous influence on generations of blues rockers. It features members of Rotary Connection as Muddy’s backing band and was very controversial upon its release for its fusion of electric blues with psychedelic elements. The album is now recognized as a forward-thinking classic, sampled extensively by artists like The Black Keys and Gorillaz.

Van Morrison  – Versatile

Van the man releases his 38th studio album Versatile, which arrives less than three months after the singer released his 37th studio album Roll With the Punches. While Roll With the Punches, found Morrison reinterpreting the work of blues and soul legends like Sam Cooke, Bo Diddley and Little Walter, Versatile sees the Irish crooner shifting to jazz standards like George and Ira Gershwin’s A Foggy Day and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Cole Porter’s I Get a Kick Out of You and Unchained Melody, popularized by the Righteous Brothers. Like Roll With the Punches, the covers are interspersed with Morrison originals; the singer penned seven new songs for Versatile, including an arrangement of the traditional Skye Boat Song.

For his second studio album of the year, Van Morrison has turned to the classics.  Versatile features six Morrison compositions alongside jazz vocal standards and other legends of the Great American Songbook.  Of the six Morrison-penned songs, three are originals and three have been previously recorded: “I Forgot That Love Existed,” “Only a Dream,” and “Start All Over Again” – on Poetic Champions Compose (1987), Down the Road (2002), and Enlightenment (1990), respectively.  Flautist Sir James Galway appears on the new Morrison song “Affirmation.”

Neil Young and Promise of the Real  –  The Visitor

In addition to new single Already Great, the 10-track album The Visitor also includes Young’s patriotic Children of Destiny, which the rock legend surprise-released on July 4th. Young recorded that song at Hollywood, California’s famed Capitol Studios alongside Promise of the Real – led by Willie Nelson’s son Lukas – and a 56-piece orchestra; in total, 62 musicians played on the track. The Visitor, also arrives less than a year after Young released his solo Peace Trail in December 2016; earlier that year, Young and Promise of the Real unleashed their double-disc live LP Earth.

Neil Young with the band Promise of the Real for his latest studio album on the same day that he opens his online archives for business.  Songs like “Already Great,” “Fly by Night Deal,” and “When Bad Got Good” show Young as fiercely political and fiery as ever.

U2  –  Songs of Experience 

U2 return with their hotly anticipated new studio album Songs of Experience. Recorded in Dublin, New York and Los Angeles, Songs of Experience was completed earlier this year with its subject matter influenced by Brendan Kennelly’s* advice to Bono, to “…write as if you’re dead”. The result is a collection of songs in the form of intimate letters to places and people close to the singer’s heart: family, friends, fans and indeed himself. Songs Of Experience is the companion release to 2014’s Songs Of Innocence, the two titles drawing inspiration from a collection of poems, Songs of Innocence and Experience, by the 18th century English mystic and poet William Blake. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas, the album features a cover image by Anton Corbijn of band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

U2 is garnering acclaim for this newest studio album, a follow-up to 2014’s Songs of Innocence.  

Wilco, A.M. / Being There

Wilco revisits its first two albums this week.  A.M., the band’s 1995 debut, is expanded on 1 CD or 2 LPs with eight previously unreleased bonus tracks, including “When You Find Trouble,” the last track recorded by Jeff Tweedy’s previous band, Uncle Tupelo.  The band’s sophomore double album, Being There, morphs into a 5-CD or 4-LP box set by pairing the original album with a disc of 15 unreleased outtakes and alternates plus a clutch of live material recorded in Los Angeles just after the release of the original album. (The vinyl includes a radio set for KCRW-FM, while the CD box has that, plus a lengthy show recorded at The Troubadour a day before that appearance, on November 12th, 1996.)

Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols: 40th Anniversary Edition

UMG revisits the long out-of-print 2012 Super Deluxe Edition of The Sex Pistols’ album in a smaller format still boasting 3 CDs which include the original studio album with 1977 B-sides, a disc of outtakes, and one disc of live material. A DVD has 1977 footage of the band playing live from the infamous boat party held on the River Thames, London, the Winter Gardens, Penzance in Cornwall and the Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden.  A 48-page booklet rounds out the set.  Available today in the U.K., and next Friday in the U.S.

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The Skids  –  Scared to Dance

Deluxe Expanded Edition of the debut album by The Skids. Originally released in March 1979 the album spent ten weeks in the UK National Charts, eventually peaking at No.19. The hit singles Sweet Suburbia (No.70), The Saints Are Coming (No.48) and Into The Valley (No.10) are all featured. This three CD edition contains the original album expanded with nine bonus tracks, a second disc with 12 previously unreleased 1978 studio demos (long sought after by collectors of the band) and a third disc with the complete show from a late `78 show at the legendary London Marquee from which the B-side T.V. Stars (Albert Tatlock!) was taken. Each disc comes in its own cardboard wallet and is housed in a clam shell box featuring original album artwork. A 20-page booklet contains lyrics to the album, pictures of all relevant singles and detailed liner notes.

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Hater  –  Red Blinders

Rough Trade Shops top tip.You can imagine John Peel’s hurriedly inaccurate summation of a cold and unforgiving Swedish winter as he juxtaposes the big-jumper-like welcoming warmth of Hater. Their lush and tempered guitars are an almost Marr-approved Smiths-like foil for Caroline Landahl’s beautifully accented and accentuated vocal – it’s a heartwarming brew. Hater are new to the game. Last year’s well-received debut album, You Tried earned comparisons to Alvvays, The Pretenders and even Jefferson Airplane, eclectic for sure, but that’s just incidental. Their new EP distinguishes their very own super polished and intricate guitar-led dreamy pop. Featuring their first single for Fire, the wonderfully forlorn and truly lovesick Blushing (we’ve all been there) and Rest with its haunting monosyllabic guitar break, a super-clean chiming motif that seems like a closing salvo before it regains momentum and brings proceedings to a suitable climax, welcoming back Landahl for one last chorus. The echoey eeriness of Red Blinders could have come right out of the bubble blowing indie pop hey days of the early ‘80s, while Penthouse is a chunkier c86 groove with a wind blowing through its motorik rhythm.

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The Lovely Eggs  –  Cob Dominos

Repressed on their own Lovely Eggs imprint. Described as unhinged, strange, bizarre, cuckoo and howling mad; but with a growing army of fans including Radio One’s Huw Stephens and Art Brut’s Eddie Argos you’d be crazy not to fall in love with their underground grunge-pop sound. Inspired by everyday life, coupled with a fierce ethos that music should be about magic and art and feeling and fun, the Lancashire duo have more in common with writer Richard Brautigan and artist David Shrigley than they do with their musical peers.

Big Country, – We’re Not In Kansas (The Live Bootleg Box Set 1993-1998)

One of the Scottish alt-rock group’s lesser-known periods is examined in this band-approved 5CD set of recordings of live shows across the U.S. and Europe during their second decade.

Other Re-Issues Releases This Week on Vinyl and CD

Suicide – The First Rehearsal Tapes – Superior Viaduct
Olafur Arnalds – Eulogy For Evolution – Erased Tapes
Bob Dylan & The Band – The Basement Tapes – We Are Vinyl
Bob Dylan & The Band – Before The Flood – We Are Vinyl
The Specials – The Specials – Chrysalis
Special AKA – In The Studio – Chrysalis
Tom Waits – Glitter & Doom Live – Anti
Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained – Silver Lining
Andy Human & The Reptoids – Kill The Comma 7″ – Emotional Response
Protomartyr – Under  Color Of Official Right – Hardly Art

After nearly a year of waiting, details on U2’s Songs of Experience, album release which is confirmed for a December. 1st release, with a tour to follow beginning in May of 2018.

In addition, the band has released a third song from the album, “Get Out Of Your Own Way.” the full Songs of Experience track listing below, including bonus tracks that will appear on the deluxe edition. Like any great rock ‘n’ roll anthem, the song builds and builds from start to end, and features a chorus that anyone, even the rest of the band, can sing along to. The track is laced with words of encouragement—”Fight back / Don’t take it lying down / You got to bite back”—and, as if it wasn’t already powerful enough, culminates in a spoken-word outro from Kendrick Lamar, The album’s title, along with its 2014 companion Songs of Innocence, draws inspiration from Songs of Innocence and Experience by 18th-century English poet William Blake. Lyrically, it serves as a collection of intimate letters to places and people near and dear to Bono’s heart after he received advice to “write as if you’re dead.”

U2 had already released two songs from Experience, “The Blackout” and “You’re the Best Thing About Me,” and performed a third, “The Little Things That Give You Away,” live on tour. “Get Out of Your Own Way,” “The Blackout” and “Get Out Of Your Own Way” will all be immediately available for streaming with advance orders.  The album has been produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder, with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow and Jolyon Thomas. The cover image (by Anton Corbijn) features band-members’ teenage children Eli Hewson and Sian Evans.

The band will kick off their U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour in May 15 dates have been announced, concluding June 29 in Newark, New Jersey.

Details of the album match the previously reported rumors. The record is a companion to 2014’s Songs of Innocence. It was close to completion prior to America’s most recent Presidential election, but the band chose to pause work on it while focusing on their 30th anniversary Joshua Tree tour and reconsidering the ramifications of the vote. It was also impacted by an unspecified health scare for Bono, the band recently said.

U2, Songs of Experience Track Listing

1. “Love Is All We Have Left”
2. “Lights of Home”
3. “You’re the Best Thing About Me”
4. “Get Out of Your Own Way”
5. “American Soul”
6. “Summer of Love”
7. “Red Flag Day”
8. “The Showman (Little More Better)”
9. “The Little Things That Give You Away”
10. “Landlady”
11. “The Blackout”
12. “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way”
13. “13 (There Is a Light)”

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
14. “Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix)”
15. “Book Of Your Heart”
16. “Lights of Home (St Peter’s String Version)”
17. “You’re The Best Thing About Me (U2 vs Kygo)”

The release date coincides with World AIDS Day, in conjunction with Product RED, an organization co-founded by Bono that raises funds and awareness to help eliminate AIDS in African countries.

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U2 have previewed their 2017 version of their track “Red Hill Mining Town” which is to be released as a picture disc for this year’s Record Store Day on April 22nd .

The remix version which will also appear on the about to be reissued 30th Anniversary edition of “The Joshua Tree” was mixed by Steve Lillywhite and features all-new vocals by Bono , along with greater focus on brass instrumentation by the Arklow Shipping Silver Band.

“Red Hill Mining Town” was devised as a literal illustration of the controversial and divisive British miners’ strike of 1984-85, placed within the terms of a marriage that’s breaking down under the stresses of the times. Bono admitted that some people would “beat me with a stick” for his take on a classic American protest song.

But he added: “What I’m interested in is seeing that another thousand people have lost their jobs. What you don’t read about is that those people go home, and they have families and they’re trying to bring up children.” In another interview he said: “A cold statistic about a pit closure and redundancies that follow is drastic enough – but it never tells the full human story. I wanted to follow the miner home and write about that situation.”

U2 reported in an announcement that “Red Hill Mining Town,’ originally inspired by Bono’s reading of Red Hill: A Mining Community by Tony Parker‘Red Hill Mining Town’ is famously “the single that never was”, originally discussed as the second single from The Joshua Tree but then put to one side at the last minute in favour of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. To coincide with the 30th anniversary of U2​’s iconic album, The Joshua Tree, Island Records will release a 2017 mix of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ on limited edition 12″ picture disc .

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To coincide with the 30th anniversary of U2’s iconic album, The Joshua Tree, Island Records will release a 2017 mix of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ on limited edition 12” picture disc, featuring the classic photography of Anton Corbijn in colour. The previously unreleased mix is by Steve Lillywhite, who produced the band’s critically acclaimed debut, ‘Boy’. ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ is famously “the single that never was”, originally discussed as the second single from The Joshua Tree but then put to one side at the last minute in favour of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. The Joshua Tree went to number1 in the U.K, U.S., Ireland and around the world, selling in excess of 25 million albums, and catapulted Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars”

U2 has shared a preview video of the vinyl being cut alongside the updated version of the track.

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U2 / The Joshua Tree super deluxe edition

U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree this June, with three new editions of the album, including a four-CD super deluxe edition box set.

The plot of U2’s ‘THE JOSHUA TREE’ (released on March 9th, 1987) is essentially an immigrant’s tale: Four guys from Ireland set off to find America, & what they discovered left them both invigorated & outraged. While the lyrics to U2’s 1987 opus give voice to their ever-expanding social conscience, the roots of ‘The Joshua Tree’ are planted firmly in blues, gospel & folk – with an outsider’s edge. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr. were strangers in a strange land, & this sense of otherness is prevalent throughout the album…

Archive photograph of world famous Irish rock band U2, pictured beside the River Thames during their visit to Britain as part of their 18 month world tour. (From left to right) lead guitarist David Evans, bassist Adam Clayton, drummer Larry Mullen and lead sin

The super deluxe edition box set (which is also available as a 7LP vinyl set) includes a remastered version of the album, 17 tracks performed “Live at Madison Square Garden” in 1987 (featuring most of the album), a disc of new remixes and a B-sides and outtakes CD. That final disc repeats most of the tracks on the bonus CD included in the 20th anniversary reissue (the SDE of which was a 2CD+DVD set), although it omits the single edit of Where the Streets Have No Name and adds an unreleased alternate mix of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (called the ‘Lillywhite Alternative Mix ’87’) and a new 2017 mix of “One Tree Hill”  (called One Tree Hill Reprise) courtesy of Brian Eno.

In total 25 audio tracks are previously unreleased (including the live material) and the CDs will come housed in a large format 12-inch double gatefold folio. This is packaged with The Joshua Tree – Photographs by The Edge, an 84-page hardcover book of never-before seen photography by The Edge, taken during the original Mojave Desert Joshua Tree shoot in 1986. Additionally this super deluxe set comes with a folio of eight 12-inch Anton Corbijn colour prints. The outer box features a “textured embossed gold foiled Joshua tree icon”.

The 7LP vinyl version of this super deluxe edition box features exactly the same audio and exactly the same books and prints as the four-CD set. The only difference is that the audio is across 14 sides of vinyl! .

Additionally, there will be a two-CD edition of the 30th anniversary which will feature a colour version of the famous cover shot set on a white background. The bonus disc in this set will be the The Joshua Tree Live at Madison Square Garden 1987. There will be single CD and standard double vinyl, editions available as well.

All 30th anniversary editions of The Joshua Tree will be released on 2 June 2017.

As reported U2 are to play their 1987 huge selling album The Joshua Tree  this year. The band have announced a six-week tour of North American football stadiums, including a stop at the Bonnarroo Music + Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., with a three weeks worth of dates in Europe to follow.

The European portion will begin May 8th in London and conclude August. 1st in Brussels, including a stop at Croke Park in their hometown of Dublin on July 22nd.

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 will mark the group’s first time playing a classic album in concert. They picked one packed with hits, including “Where The Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” For hardcore fans, the tour is an opportunity to hear rarely played deep cuts like “Exit,” “Trip Through Your Wires” and “In God’s Country.” It will also feature the first live performance of “Red Hill Mining Town.”

U2 guitarist The Edge says they’re still figuring out how to structure the show. “The show might not necessarily start with Track 1, Side 1 ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ because we feel like maybe we need to build up to that moment,” he says. “So we’re still in the middle of figuring out exactly how the running order will go.”

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” Bono quoted “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park… it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”

The Edge said that the election of Donald Trump influenced the decision to play The Joshua Tree. “That record was written in the mid-’80s, during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics,” he said. “It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. Thatcher was in the throes of trying to put down the miners’ strike; there was all kinds of shenanigans going on in Central America. It feels like we’re right back there in a way.”

Perhaps recalling the lyric in “God Part II” where Bono sang, “You glorify the past when the future dries up,” the Edge was quick to note that this new tour isn’t about nostalgia. “There’s an element of nostalgia that we can’t avoid, but it’s not motivated by a desire to look backwards. It’s almost like this album has come full circle and we’re back there again. It’s kind of got a relevance again that we’re certainly aware of.”

U2’s record company didn’t like the title, According to Bono, ‘The Joshua Tree’’s title – coined on a trip to the Mojave Desert – didn’t have the ring of a masterpiece to it. “You get record-industry people saying, ‘As big as the Beatles — what’s the name of the album?’ ‘The Joshua Tree.’ ‘Oh, yeah, oh, right.’ It’s not exactly ‘Born in the Joshua Tree’, or ‘Dark Side of the Joshua Tree’,” It sounds like it would sell about three copies.”

Kirsty MacColl helped decide the track list, The late singer volunteered to pick ‘The Joshua Tree’’s running order while the album was being mixed. The only specifics were for ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ to open, with ‘Mothers of the Disappeared’ closing. The rest was up to her. It’s fair to say she did a pretty great job.

At the time, U2 felt ‘Sweetest Thing’ didn’t fit with the rootsy, grand-scoped feel of ‘The Joshua Tree’. As such, they used it as the B-side to ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’. But due to its legacy as a fan favourite, the song was re-recorded and re-released as part of the band’s ‘The Best of 1980-1990’ compilation.

The death of the band’s roadie inspired one of the album’s best songs, ‘One Tree Hill’ was written in memory of Greg Carroll, a roadie who went on to become one of Bono’s close friends. A tragic motorcycle accident in Dublin killed Carroll, and the song was written shortly after, building from a jam session between Bono and Brian Eno. The frontman recorded his vocals in one go, too overwhelmed by emotion to attempt another take.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public next Monday, Jan. 16th, for the European dates

The Edge also gave an update on the recording of Songs of Experience, saying that they were “pretty much complete” with it when the election happened and they decided to change their plans. “We definitely want to take this opportunity to think about it, make sure it’s really what we want to put out given the changes that have occurred in the world,” he continued. “And maybe a little will change, but we absolutely wanted to take that chance just to reconsider everything. And who knows? We may even write a couple of new songs because that’s the very position we’re in. We’ve given ourselves a little bit of breathing space for creativity.”

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U2 are to release iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris next month on blu-ray, DVD and a lavish super deluxe edition box set.

The core of all three editions is U2’s 30-song concert performance in Paris in 2015 where they played much of their most recent album Songs of Innocence as well as a healthy selection of classics such as Where The Streets Have No Name and With or Without You. This is the performance where they are joined by Eagles of Death Metal at the end.

iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE is available on standard DVD, while a blu-ray and two-DVD edition adds plenty of extra content including extra live material (including being joined on stage by Patti Smith) and all the promo videos from the Songs of Innocence album.

A super deluxe edition contains the blu-ray and both DVDs and includes a 64-page hardback book, along with a plethora of bits and bobs, such as postcards/art prints, sticker sheet, stencils, badges, a dog tag (individually numbered) and a USB lightbulb.

iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE is released on 10th June 2016.

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The concert film captures the Irish band’s ground-breaking tour as it returned to the French capital for two very special shows in December last year. In addition to guest performances from Eagles of Death Metal and Patti Smith, U2 – ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live In Paris’ puts viewers inside the Paris arena with Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. and deluxe versions of the release also include behind-the-scenes footage of band and crew; an interview with live broadcast director Hamish Hamilton; exclusive tour visuals narrated by the band’s lifelong friend Gavin Friday; music videos; additional live tracks filmed during the tour; and much more. It sees the band perform fan favourites from latest album ‘Songs of Innocence’, with highlights featuring ‘Cedarwood Road’, ‘Song For Someone’ and an acoustic version of ‘Every Breaking Wave’, as well as career- spanning staples including ‘I Will Follow’, ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, ‘Until The End of the World’, ‘Beautiful Day’, ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ and many more.
DVD – Standard DVD – 30 Tracks.
CD / DVD – Double Deluxe DVD Set with DVD one featuring 30 Tracks plus 2nd DVD featuring extras, Naration by Gavin Friday, 9 Videos etc.
Heavy – Limited edition set with 2 DVDS plus Blueray and 64 pagebook, 4 postcards / art prints in black envelope, Sticker sheet, 4 stencils, USB lightbulb, 3 Badges and black dog tag on black chain (individually numbered 00001 – 15000).

U2 – ” Celebration “

Posted: November 23, 2015 in MUSIC
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After everything everyone still has a grudging respect for U2, and  I say “grudging respect” because a) they are one of the biggest rock bands in history and plenty of people love them ) I can’t overlook the fact that of any “classic” rock act, they’ve probably been consistently better than most bands you can name, and for a long period of time,  Even the towering genius of David Bowie’s peak creative years have got nothing on U2 who have never really been “bad” in over 35 years.  U2 have had a remarkably good run of it. Bono, although he’s undeniably done some good things in the world, strikes me as a man who absolutely who loves himself, like Sting does. So here we have 1982’s “A Celebration.”. “A Celebration” does not appear on any U2 album and was deleted six months after it came out. According to a 1983 interview with drummer Larry Mullen Jr.:

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“We did a video of it. We went to this prison in Dublin, where the 1916 uprising took place, called Kilmainham Jail, and filmed it with the idea of breaking out. It was very much a look at ourselves. Like when we were in school and everyone was telling us ‘you’re crap’ and we couldn’t get a record dealit was the triumph of breaking through.”

The reason for the record’s cold shoulder from the group who recorded it—and were presumably proud enough of it to shoot a video for the song. This is a corker of a song with an amazing guitar riff.  but it’s still tragically the least known song in U2’s large catalog. Eventually it was released on CD in 2004 on The Complete U2.