U2 U218 Singles
Rolling Stone: 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his CD is U2's catalog stripped down to the stadium-shaking warhorses..."
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- Released: November 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Interscope Records
Rolling Stone - p.1294 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his CD is U2's catalog stripped down to the stadium-shaking warhorses..."
Q - p.1544 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.964 stars out of 5 -- "[A] demonstration that U2 are out on their own now, the last of their kind."
- 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
- 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
- 14.Walk On
- 16.Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
- 17.Saints Are Coming, The - (with Green Day)
- 18.Window In The Skies
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.
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