18 Singles (2LP)U2

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Release date: March 10th, 2017

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Format: Vinyl LP

Whittling down the back catalog of one of the most popular and respected bands of the last quarter-century to a single-disc collection is bound to inspire argument and dissent from the fans and faithful over what is included--and all that gets left behind--and U2's 26-year career is as celebrated and beloved as any band of their generation. U218 Singles doesn't try to please everyone, wisely sticking to the acknowledged high points (and there are many) between 1983's'War'and 2004's 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'. Nitpickers may quibble that the collection leans too heavily on the band's most popular albums and skips the (admirable if less anthemic) techno-pop tangents of 'Zooroopa and 'Pop' and the earnest energy of the 'Boy/October' years, but the musical majesty accumulated here testifies to the undeniable power and emotion U2 can muster in a four-minute pop song. Two new Rick Rubin-produced tracks don't break new ground for the band, but both would fit snugly somewhere in the U2 canon--"Window in the Skies" is pure late-period arena rock with a typically towering falsetto chorus, while Green Day helps inject some 'October-era' urgency into 'The Saints Are Coming'. The sum of these 18 tracks is a first-rate primer, perfect for that 10-year-old niece or nephew who thinks U2's big break was that iPod commercial
1Beautiful Day
2I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3Pride (In The Name Of Love)
4With Or Without You
6New Year's Day
7Mysterious Ways
8Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
9Where The Streets Have No Name
10Sweetest Thing
11Sunday Bloody Sunday
14Walk On
16Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
17The Saints Are Coming
18Window In The Skies