Rattle and Hum

Rattle and Hum

by U2


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Functioning as both the soundtrack to U2's feature film documentary and as a tentative follow-up to their career-making blockbuster, Rattle and Hum is a bit messy. A mix of live cuts and new studio tracks, the album finds U2 running wild in the aftermath of The Joshua Tree, continuing their embrace of America to the point that they adopt several classic rock moves. Specifically, they dabble in American roots rock, something they ignored before. These experiments sometimes work: "Desire" has an intoxicating Bo Diddley beat, "Angel of Harlem" is a punchy, sunny Stax soul tribute, "When Loves Come to Town" is an endearingly awkward blues duet with B.B. King, and the Dylan collaboration "Love Rescue Me" is an overlooked minor bluesy gem. These are paired with some affecting laments -- the cascading "All I Want Is You" and "Heartland," which sounds like a Joshua Tree outtake -- but Rattle and Hum is by far the least-focused record U2 ever made, leaving it to the listener to mine for the Silver & Gold within its sprawl.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/1990
Label: Island
UPC: 0042284229920
catalogNumber: 842299
Rank: 9896

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Bob Dylan   Organ,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals
Memphis Horns   Horn
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Edna Wright   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Billie Barnum   Vocals,Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Helen Duncan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bono   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Larry Bunker   Percussion,Timpani
Adam Clayton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Phyllis Duncan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Vocals
Adam Gussow   Harmonica
Jimi Hendrix   Track Performer
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Sterling Magee   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Richard McKernan   Overdubs
Joey Miskulin   Organ
Larry Mullen   Drums
George Pendergrass   Vocals,Soloist
Rebecca Evans Russell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dorothy Terrell   Vocals,Soloist
Gary Wagner   Overdubs
Carolyn Willis   Vocals,Background Vocals
New Voices of Freedom   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Contributor
Bob Dylan   Composer
Van Dyke Parks   String Arrangements
U2   Composer
Edge   Composer
Paul Barrett   Engineer
Dennis Bell   Musical Director
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Jack Clement   Engineer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Brian Eno   Producer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Ethan Johns   Engineer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Richard McKernan   Overdub Assistant
Dave Meegan   Engineer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Randy Staub   Engineer
David Tickle   Engineer
Bob Vogt   Engineer
Gary Wagner   Overdub Assistant
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
John Stafford Smith   Composer
Bobby Robinson   Composer
Phil Gitomer   Engineer
Fritz Lange   Engineer
J.B. Matteotti   Engineer
Francis Scott Key   Composer
Macie Mabins   Composer
Dave Ferguson   Engineer

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This album that accompanied a film of the same name may have been the most U2 of all the band's projects. It was also the last time they played in what was their 80s style. Some critics have mauled Rattle And Hum over the years, but I like it. They could have put out the standard concert set, but they mixed new studio tracks with the live cuts. Some of my favorites are Hawkwind 269, Heartland, When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King), and the live All Along The Watchtower and Silver And Gold. Enjoy the lads' final effort before they embarked on their electro-pop phase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what your critic was smoking when he heard this album but I find it to be the best album that U2 have written. The selection of songs is varied and interesting. Perhaps your critic failed to understand the lyrics which made him lose the impact of this album. This album is a personal favorite and, to those who understand the lyrics, is very inspirational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's impossible to understand the evolution and adaptation capability of this band whitout the release of this album. It isn't a Joshua's live version, but a fully and complementary stand alone creation. Although they finally fell into the American influence, it's difficult to find stroger and rawer versions of Pride, Silver and Gold, Bullet The Blue Sky, than in this album. It shows a mainstream band playing powerful Rock and Roll and beautiful tunes- Heartland, All I Want Is You- in an age where the techno music and pop rock took the topcharts-Does it sound familiar?-. It captures the meaning of U2's live act at the end of the youth age.
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