4400633612 The Best of 1990-2000
Tracks 4, 11 produced by Flood
Released on November 12, 2002
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #3 . . .
PLATINUM RECORD
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T he second decade was a pricklier one by design. I blame Eno; he’s a bad influence. You knew things were headed in a weird direction when the CD for Achtung Baby warned you that any distortion was natural and not the result of a defective disc. The second decade was also less prolific, as the band only released four albums plus an experimental disc with Eno as Passengers (represented here with “Miss Sarajevo”). The Best of 1990-2000 recaps what the decade had wrought, remixing all of the tracks from Pop and one from Zooropa (“Numb”). Again, there are two new tracks included, the quiet “Electrical Storm” (which served as the album’s single) and the theme from Gangs of New York, “The Hands That Built America.” Neither of them will change your world the way “The Sweetest Thing” did mine. As you might expect (demand?), this disc is heavily skewed toward Achtung Baby; even with four selections, essential moments like “The Fly” and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” are missing. In their place are the minor singles that made Pop and Zooropa palatable to the public: “Stay (Faraway, So Close!),” “Gone,” “Staring at the Sun,” “Discotheque.” No Lemon in the bunch, but we can’t have everything. For my money, the two standout tracks on here come from the end of the decade: “Beautiful Day” and “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.” Not surprisingly, they’re also two of the least experimental tracks on here. As with the first Best Of, a companion disc of B sides was included, heavy again on the remixes. All in all, it’s no substitute for owning Achtung Baby, but the timorous among us might want to start with the Best first.

400633612 gatefold sleeve
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TRACK LISTING

  1. EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING    3:39
  2. MYSTERIOUS WAYS    4:02
  3. BEAUTIFUL DAY    4:05
  4. ELECTRICAL STORM (WILLIAM ORBIT MIX)    4:37
  5. ONE    4:35
  6. MISS SARAJEVO    (U2/Brian Eno)    4:30
  7. STAY (FARAWAY, SO CLOSE!)    4:58
  8. STUCK IN A MOMENT YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF    4:31
  9. GONE (NEW MIX)    4:32
  10. UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD    4:38
  11. THE HANDS THAT BUILT AMERICA    4:57
  12. DISCOTHEQUE (NEW MIX)    4:40
  13. HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME, KILL ME    4:44
  14. STARING AT THE SUN (NEW MIX)    4:48
  15. NUMB (NEW MIX)    4:21
  16. THE FIRST TIME    3:44
  17. (UK/JPN bonus CD track:) THE FLY

    Bonus B-side Disc Two
  18. LADY WITH THE SPINNING HEAD (EXTENDED DANCE MIX)
  19. DIRTY DAY (JUNK DAY MIX)
  20. SUMMER RAIN
  21. ELECTRICAL STORM
  22. NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE RIVER
  23. YOUR BLUE ROOM
  24. HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN (THE GUN MIX)
  25. SALOME (ZOOROMANCER MIX)
  26. EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING (PERFECTO MIX)
  27. NUMB (GIMME SOME MORE DIGNITY MIX)
  28. MYSTERIOUS WAY (SOLAR PLEXUS CLUB MIX)
  29. IF GOD WILL SEND HIS ANGELS (BIG YAM MIX)
  30. LEMON (JEEP MIX)
  31. DISCOTHEQUE (HEXIDECIMAL MIX)

    All tracks written by U2 unless noted

CREDITS

BONO -- vocals and guitar
ADAM CLAYTON -- bass guitar
THE EDGE -- guitar, keyboards and vocals, string arrangement (11)
LARRY MULLEN -- drums and percussion
Four5One Design -- sleeve design
Anton Corbijn -- photography
William Orbit -- additional keyboards, mixing (4,11)
Daragh O'Toole -- string conductor (11)
Katie O'Connor, Rosie Nic Athlaioch, Emer O'Grady, Una O'Kane -- strings (11)
Carl Glanville -- engineer (4,11)
Jake Davies -- mix engineering, Pro-Tools programming (4,11)
Iain Robertson -- mix engineering, Pro-Tools programming (4,11)
Rico Conning -- Pro-Tools programming (11)

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 12, 2002 Island 2CDX CIDTU-213 w. bonus track and B-side disc
US November 12, 2002 Interscope CD 4400633612  
US/CAN 2002 Interscope 2CD/DVD 4400634380 w. B-side disc + bonus DVD
AUSL 2002 Island 2CDX/DVD 063435-0 w. bonus track, B-side disc + bonus DVD
JPN 2002 Universal 2CDX/DVD UICI-9003 w. bonus track, B-side disc + bonus DVD

 

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