March 18, 2007
March 9, 1987
Twenty years have passed since one of the greatest rock albums of all time was released: U2's The Joshua Tree. I am pretty sure I got it on my birthday, one week later (you know, I was a very hip...errr.. 3 yr old). As overplayed as it was, I still love it. I won't do a big review here; most of you know this record. Here are a few facts:
1. The working title of the album was The Two Americas
2. Red Hill Mining Town- Bono doesn't sing it live because he can't hit the notes!
3. Some people think it was supposed to be a double CD, but this is not mentioned in U2 By U2. Here is a website called Restore The Joshua Tree.
4. Here is a 7-min. video with the band and Eno talking about Where The Streets Have No Name. The album opens with that epic track and the video below, from the 1987 tour, proves that it's their most grand concert opener. Below is the first scene of the Rattle And Hum movie:
I tend to go back a lot to the album tracks that were not singles, like the gorgeous One Tree Hill (written for a friend who dies) and the ominous Exit, below. Film director Phil Joanou made the latter song an incredibly intense experience for the big screen. The yin yang is the heart of this tune: soft verses juxtaposed with angry choruses. And it's Bono at his best...
The question I ask now is why why why have U2 not seized this moment between albums to rerelease The Joshua Tree in a re-mastered special edition? The album had 7 b-sides, all high in quality: Spanish Eyes, Deep in the Heart, Luminous Times (Hold on to Love), Walk to the Water, Sweetest Thing (later redone), Silver and Gold and Race Against Time.
One Tree Hill, below, is a video outtake from Rattle And Hum movie. Bono was like a cat live, slinking across the stage. Or... undulating. He's kind of beyond the sexy now.
Finally, watch a very cool 4 year old singing U2 songs with a mic.