U2 18 Singles (2006)
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Notes & Personnel Info
|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.|
Producer: Daniel Lanois; Brian Eno; Steve Lillywhite; Jimmy Iovine; Craig Thomas; Nellee Hooper; Rick Rubin; Daniel Lanois; Brian Eno; Steve Lillywhite; Jimmy Iovine
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
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 11/21/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 0008027|
|Label : Interscope (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517135420|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his CD is U2's catalog stripped down to the stadium-shaking warhorses..."
- 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."
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] demonstration that U2 are out on their own now, the last of their kind."
BioU2'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.
Customer Reviews of U2 18 Singles
What you would expect from a greatest hits album8/11/2008
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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