All That You Can't Leave Behind CD (2000)

Artist: U2

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by 1973Writer on 10/31/2001

This album moved me. I just can't stop listening to it. They are really going back to their roots. If you like Joshua Tree you will like this.

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My favorite U2 album

by JC on 3/12/2012

Most of my peers (and people older than me) prefers Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, but this is by far my favorite album. Beautiful Day, Stuck in a Moment you can't get out of and Walk On are all so inspirational. I remember playing this album over and over and over ten years ago. Love it

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Product Overview

Over 100 million albums, a dozen or so GRAMMYs® and two decades since their formation, there is little denying that U2 have cemented their reputation as being among the greatest rock acts in history. This album reunites the band with the production team of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois who have previously contributed to the massive commercial and critical successes of The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. This album will not merely fulfill the expectations of U2 fans around the world, it will certainly overwhelm them.


Label Uni/interscope
SKU 60445432
UPC 731452465320
UPC 14 00731452465320
Format CD
Release Date 10/31/2000
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
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Brian Eno
Artist Influence David Bowie
Artist Influence Joy Division
Artist Influence Lee Clayton
Artist Influence Lou Reed
Artist Influence Marc Bolan
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Artist Follower Arcade Fire
Artist Follower Bloc Party
Artist Follower Cactus World News
Artist Follower Coldplay
Artist Follower Creed (Post-Grunge)
Artist Follower Daniel Lanois (Producer)
Artist Follower David Gray
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Technical Info
Engineer Ger McDonnell; Alex Hass; Alex Haas; Mark Howard; Richard Rainey; Stephen Harris; Tim Palmer
Producer Richard "Biff" Stannard; Daniel Lanois; Julian Gallagher; Mike Hedges; Steve Lillywhite; Brian Eno
CatalogID 524653
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 10/31/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731452465320
Musical Guests
Brian Eno
Daniel Lanois
Album Notes and Credits
"Beautiful Day" won the 2001 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, for Song Of The Year and for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. "Walk On" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. "Elevation" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. "Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Lyricist: Bono .
Personnel: The Edge (vocals, guitar, strings, piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Bono (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Daniel Lanois (guitar, background vocals); Paul Barrett (brass); Brian Eno (synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Jay Goin; Richard "Biff" Stannard; Daniel Lanois ; Julian Gallagher; Mike Hedges; Richard Rainey; Steve Fitzmaurice; Steve Lillywhite; Tim Palmer; Alvin Sweeney; Brian Eno.
Recording information: HQ; South Of France; Totally Wired, Dublin, Ireland; Westland Studios, Dublin, Ireland; Windmil Lane Recording Studios; Windmill Lane Recording Studios.
Photographer: Anton Corbijn.
Seldom has an album title been as appropriate as ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND. Here, U2 returns to its pre-irony '80s glory days with a straightforward rock approach, leaving behind the electronics and intentional mock-decadence of POP and ZOOROPA. It quickly becomes clear however, that the band had to make those albums in order to get to the ego-free state from which this one emerges. While Larry Mullen's driving beat, Adam Clayton's insistently throbbing bass, the Edge's chiming guitar, and Bono's soulful vocals mesh as in the days of yore, there's a less messianic feel to the proceedings that must have resulted from the group's ego-deflating '90s endeavors.
While POP and ZOOROPA were the sound of four guys having fun, on this album U2 manages to combine unpretentious joy with the open-hearted rock power of its early recordings. From the spiritual warmth of "Grace" to the soul leanings of "In a Little While," the band regains the organic quality that had been missing from its music of the previous decade. What sounds like an unusually hands-off approach on the part of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois can only mean that they were smart enough not to fix what was clearly not broken.
Artist Overview
Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock bands in the world -- equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound (his heavily processed, echoed guitars) while the grand gestures of lead singer Bono played better in arenas than small clubs. By the late '80s, the band's following had grown large enough to propel them to the level of international superstars. Unlike many of their contemporaries, U2 sustained their popularity by reinventing themselves as a postmodern rock group, confirming their status as one of the most popular bands in rock history, in addition to earning additional critical respect. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, pp.106,118) - Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 Albums of 2000" - "...They sound emotional, intense, sincere and full of themselves..."
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128) - Ranked #139 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND brought things back to essentials. The songs grapple with morality..."
Spin (1/01, p.73) - Ranked #20 in Spin's "Top 20 Albums of the Year [2000]" - "...A warm, relaxed album....Thesis: THE JOSHUA TREE. Antithesis: ACHTUNG BABY. Synthesis: this great record."
Entertainment Weekly (12/29/00, p.138) - Ranked #2 in EW's Top 10 Albums of 2000.
Entertainment Weekly (11/3/00, pp.79-80) - "...It's as if they decided it was time to write and record an album of very good, extremely substantial traditional rock songs with an underlying inspirational bent....unwaveringly assured..." - Rating: A
Q (1/01, p.94) - Included in Q's "50 Best Albums of 2000".
Q (12/00, pp.116-7) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...U2 have turned the clock back to doing what they used to do..."
CMJ (10/30/00, p.4) - "...You are now entering an irony-free zone, where you, too, can get back in touch with the 'real' U2..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.56) - Ranked #84 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "The album defined an unprecedented moment, and sealed the band's place in history."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.102) - "...The performances are sparky and committed..."
NME (Magazine) (10/28/00, p.41) - 7 out of 10 - "...Possibly their most straightforward, honest record...modern enough to sound new, but sufficiently evocative of their prime JOSHUA TREE days..."
Disc 1
1 Beautiful Day
2 Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
3 Elevation
4 Walk On
5 Kite
6 In A Little While
7 Wild Honey
8 Peace On Earth
9 When I Look At The World
10 New York
11 Grace
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review U2's tenth studio album and third masterpiece, All That You Can't Leave Behind is all about the simple melding of craft and song... The album represents the most uninterrupted collection of strong melodies U2 have ever mounted, a record where tunefulness plays as central a role as on any Backstreet Boys hit... each song has a resonance that doesn't fade with repeated listening.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Entertainment Weekly
Review's as if [U2] decided it was time to write and record an album of very good, extremely substantial traditional rock songs with an underlying inspirations bent... But at a time when rock feels so earthbound, and dance steeped albums like Moby's Play provide the musical exhalation guitar bands once did, U2 simply want to reclaim some of that old stomping ground. In their hands, falling back on old habits isn't cowardice, but a virtue. Grade A.
Reviewer David Browne
ReviewRating 9

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