U2 18 Singles CD (2006)

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What you would expect from a greatest hits album

by Chris on 8/11/2008

This album is a rock solid compilation of U2s greatest hits over the past quarter century. All of the biggest hits that I expected to be there were there and the track order jumped around the various years rather than simply progress in chronological order, which was a plus. The last few tracks were weaker and not what you would expect to see in this kind of album, but a very minor blemish on what was overall a no-brainer purchase at the price advertised given how good the first 14 or so tracks are.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 203329519
UPC 602517135420
UPC 14 00602517135420
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2006
Author U2
Associated Artist/Work Celtic Tribute Players (The)
Associated Artist/Work LM.C
Associated Artist/Work LMC (UK)
Associated Artist/Work Musique
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Persuasions (The)
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Skatalites (The)
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Daniel Lanois; Flood; Brian Eno; Carl Glanville; Paul Thomas; Robbie Adams; Richard Rainey; Dave Meegan; Greg Fidelman; Joe O'Herlihy; Kevin Killen; Patrick McCarthy; Paul Barrett; Stephen Harris; Tim Palmer; Flood; Carl Glanville; Paul Thomas; Robbie Ada
Producer Daniel Lanois; Brian Eno; Steve Lillywhite; Jimmy Iovine; Craig Thomas; Nellee Hooper; Rick Rubin; Daniel Lanois; Brian Eno; Steve Lillywhite; Jimmy Iovine
CatalogID 0008027
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 11/21/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517135420
Album Notes and Credits
U2: The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr., Bono .
Personnel: The Edge (guitar); Terry Lawless (Wurlitzer organ); Adam Clayton (bass guitar); Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Daniel Lanois ; Flood; The Edge; Carl Glanville; Steve Lillywhite; Chris Lord-Alge; Greg Collins ; Nellee Hooper; Andrew Scheps; Rob Jacobs; Shelly Yakus; Simon Gogerly; Simon Osborne; Stephen Harris; Tim Palmer.
Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (1982-2006); Hansa Ton Studios, Berlin, Germany (1982-2006); HQ, Dublin, Ireland (1982-2006); Slane Castle, Co. Meath, Ireland (1982-2006); Sts, Dublin, Ireland (1982-2006); The South Of France (1982-2006); Windmill Lane Recording Studio, Dublin, Ireland (1982-2006).
Photographers: Andrew McPherson ; Sheila Rock; Matt Mahurin; Colm Henry; Pennie Smith; Paul Slattery; Anton Corbijn.
By the time 2006's U218 SINGLES was released, U2 had been one of rock's reigning behemoths for a good quarter century. Whittling down the group's hefty discography to 18 tracks seems impossible, but U218 SINGLES solves the problem by focusing, as the title suggests, on singles. Consequently, some crucial tunes, namely early ones like "I Will Follow," "Gloria," and "Two Hearts Beat As One," are missing.
But since one of U2's greatest strengths is their ability to create imaginative and engaging music that can also cross over into the mainstream, the collection brims with great material. Some of the band's best recorded moments--"Pride (In the Name of Love)," "New Year's Day," and "One," for example--are showcased, along with immediately familiar anthems like "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Mysterious Ways," and "Sweetest Thing." A handful of tunes from the 2000s--like "The Saints Are Coming," the band's famed collaboration with Green Day--round out the set. Most of these songs have already become a permanent part of the pop-culture fabric, but that doesn't lessen the appeal of hearing them on this smartly compiled set.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.129) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his CD is U2's catalog stripped down to the stadium-shaking warhorses..."
Q (p.154) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a sense of personal care and attention here, as if the whole thing comes with U2's personal seal of approval."
Uncut (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] demonstration that U2 are out on their own now, the last of their kind."
Artist Bio
U2's Bono was one of the few real rock heroes of the 1980s, leading the Irish band to international recognition with a charged, political approach to music. The band's early efforts brought a stadium-size presence to alt-rock, with Bono's expressive vocals and the Edge's distinct guitar lines interacting seamlessly with the rhythm section of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. In 1987, U2 broke through to superstardom with THE JOSHUA TREE, a grand culmination of their '80s sound. In the 1990s, however, the band very purposefully deflated that epic image, simultaneously adding ambient, dance, and electronica touches on 1991's ACHTUNG BABY. Mining that vein for much of the decade, U2 kicked off the 21st century with a triumphant return to form that was embraced by new and longtime fans alike.
Disc 1
1 Beautiful Day
2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
4 With Or Without You
5 Vertigo
6 New Year's Day
7 Mysterious Ways
8 Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
9 Where The Streets Have No Name
10 Sweetest Thing
11 Sunday Bloody Sunday
12 One
13 Desire
14 Walk On
15 Elevation
16 Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
17 Saints Are Coming, The
18 Window In The Skies
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review If you thought that U2's last two greatest-hits discs had just a few too many minor songs on them, U218 Singles is the collection for you. Made in a land where Boy, October, Pop and Zooropa don't exist, this CD is U2's catalog stripped down to the stadium-shaking warhorses. With no attempt made to put them in chronological or any logical order ("Sunday Bloody Sunday" follows "Sweetest Thing"), the only reason anyone but the most casual U2 fan needs to check this out is the inclusion of two new tracks produced by Rick Rubin. The first, a cover of "The Saints Are Coming," by 1970s Scottish punk band the Skids, is an above-average "Walk On"-style anthem that -- despite the presence of Green Day -- has been thoroughly de-punked. The second, "Window in the Skies," sounds like a "City of Blinding Lights" remake with Bono's trademark vocal acrobatics. The astonishing success of The Beatles 1 proved there's a huge market for single-disc hits collections from monster bands, so Singles should almost certainly do well, even if it does feel a bit perfunctory.
Reviewer Andy Greene
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Artist U2
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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