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The Joshua Tree - U2 (1987)

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The Joshua Tree - U2 (1987)

"America's the promised land to a lot of Irish people," U2 singer Bono told Rolling Stone. "I'm one in a long line of Irishmen who made the trip." On U2's fifth full album, the band immerses itself in the mythology of the United States, particularly the wide-open spaces and possibilities of the Western frontier, while guitarist the Edge exploits the poetic echo of digital delay, drowning his trademark arpeggios in rippling tremolo. While many of these songs are about spiritual quests -- "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- U2 fortify the solemnity with the outright joys of rock & roll, although one of the most moving songs is "Running to Stand Still," a stripped-down slide-guitar ballad about heroin addiction.

Total album sales: 10 million

Peak chart position: 1

http://www.rollingstone.com/features/cover...en.asp?pid=2126

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I would say "Achtung Baby" my favorite but "Joshua Tree" is an excellent recording. It's probably the album that turned U2 into superstars

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I would say "Achtung Baby" my favorite but "Joshua Tree" is an excellent recording. It's probably the album that turned U2 into superstars

Atchung Baby has my favorite U2 song on it....Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses..that song as such great lyrics :good job:

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I have to admit I like this album... I even had some of the first U2 albums on vinyl, but what completely spoiled U2 as a band for me was seeing them perform, before they became large and looming as a mega band.

Playing to the crowd politically may be a wise act in promotion on a world stage, but not in this small country where political and sectarian divides cut deep wounds. I lost all respect for them as a band after witnessing certain unnecessary minor actions performed on stage back in the early 80's, which, rather than use their stage and music as an opportunity to bring a nation together... they chose to incite bitterness. Of course they were entitled to flaunt their political opinion but I'm still gritting my teeth thinking about it 20 years later.

I havent bought a U2 album since.

:soapbox:

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I respect your ipinion cause you're Irish and know better but I just see them as artists.

I don't like many Greek artists for the same reason though

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