314-524 613-2 The Best of 1980-1990
previously released material
Track 10 by Steve Lillywhite with Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
Released on November 10, 1998
US CHART POSITION #45 (w/ B-SIDES, CHART POSITION #2)
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314-524 613-2 cover
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U 2 fans are a bunch of bastards, apparently. I’ve read honest-to-goodness negative reviews of this disc on Amazon, that universal ambassador of overenthusiastic praise, from fans who felt that U2 had somehow been artistically compromised by this compilation. And I suppose the book “Sex” cheapened Madonna, too. The Best of 1980-1990 is simply a good soldier, chronicling what history has already written. There’s no second-guessing the singles, sorry, they are what they were. The disc shakes up the chronological order, adds a wonderful new track, “Sweetest Thing,” and even throws in a hidden “October” at the end for all the crybabys who felt the band sold out after War. I pretty much wanted to puke after Rattle And Hum came out, because every preppy turd who ever laughed at me for listening to Siouxsie and the Banshees had discovered the chick magnetism of U2 and was now using it as part of some unholy courting ritual (I probably needed to lighten up a little back in those days). Honestly, I was never a big U2 fan to begin with, and had little skin invested in their saga anyway, so I shouldn’t have cared. Yet I didn’t live under a rock either, and so much of this music entered my daily life through the radio and MTV (before they decided to become the 24-hour-a-day douchebag channel). To underscore the disc’s purpose as a singles setting, a companion disc of B sides was released called, wait for it, B-Sides. Maybe there’s a heated dialog taking place somewhere about which B sides they selected for that disc, I don’t know. Yes, Island could have added more tracks (“Gloria,” “Fire”). And they didn’t need to add “Bad.” If you don’t like it, just download “Sweetest Thing” for a buck and be done with it.

314-524 613-2 back sleeve
314-524 613-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE)    3:48
  2. NEW YEAR'S DAY    4:17
  3. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU    4:55
  4. I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR    4:38
  5. SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY    4:40
  6. BAD    5:50
  7. WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME    4:35
  8. I WILL FOLLOW    3:36
  9. THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE    4:53
  10. SWEETEST THING (THE SINGLE MIX)    3:00
  11. DESIRE    2:59
  12. WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN    4:17
  13. ANGEL OF HARLEM    3:49
  14. ALL I WANT IS YOU    6:31
  15. (Hidden Track:) OCTOBER

    JPN CD bonus track
  16. ONE TREE HILL

    All songs written by U2

CREDITS

BONO -- vocals and guitar
ADAM CLAYTON -- bass guitar
THE EDGE -- guitar, keyboards and vocals
LARRY MULLEN -- drums and percussion
Joe O'Herlihy -- engineer (10)
Pat McCarthy -- engineer (10)
Steve Harris --additional engineer and mixing
Daragh O'Toole -- string arrangement (10)
Una O'Kane, Nicola Cleary, Aengus O'Connor, Nicholas Milne -- strings (10)
Ali Baba -- special thanks (10)
ABA, Dublin -- design
Ian Finlay -- cover photography
Anton Corbijn -- back cover photography, inside photography
Colm Henry, Hugo McGuiness, Robert Krythe Kortekaas -- inside photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/AUSL/BRA/CAN November 10, 1998 Island CD/CS 524 613-2/4  
US/CAN 1998 Island 2CD 524 612 repackaged w. B-SIDES disc
UK 1998 EMI 2CD CIDDU211 repackaged w. B-SIDES disc
JPN 1998 Island 2CDX PHCR-90715/6 repackaged w. B-SIDES disc + bonus track

 

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