The Best of 1980-1990

The Best of 1980-1990

by U2


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As one of the most popular bands of the '80s, U2 didn't quite fit into any particular category. They were a post-punk band that quickly found acceptance from a hard rock audience, a group that made fully formed albums but often made their best statements on individual songs, especially during the '80s. Consequently, they're a very hard band to anthologize. Since they were most effective on single songs, it seems that throwing all of them together on one disc would work. The problem is, each of the albums, from Boy to Rattle and Hum, has a distinctive flavor that doesn't necessarily blend when combined, especially in the nonchronological form of The Best of 1980-1990. There's little quibbling with the featured tracks on U2's first compilation -- a few important songs, such as "Gloria," "I Fall Down," "Seconds," and "Two Hearts Beat as One," may be missing, but everything else deserves to be here ("Pride," "New Year's Day," "With or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Bad," "Desire," etc.). Even though the song selection is strong, the album winds up as less than the sum of its parts -- each song is pretty great of its own accord (even the single mix of the B-side "Sweetest Thing," which is, in truth, not much different at all), but the overall effect is a little underwhelming. On one hand, it may be a good choice for casual fans or nostalgia mongers, since it does contain everything they need to hear, but anyone who has more than a passing interest in the band will be better suited with individual albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1998
Label: Island
UPC: 0731452461322
catalogNumber: 524613
Rank: 2432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Helen Duncan   Background Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass Guitar
Phyllis Duncan   Background Vocals
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Joey Miskulin   Organ
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   String Arrangements
Edge   Composer
Paul Barrett   Engineer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer,Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Remixing
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Paul Thomas   Engineer
David Tickle   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Remixing
Joe O'Herlihy   Engineer
Dave Ferguson   Engineer

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The Best of 1980-1990 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
U2-The Best of 1980-1990 contains many strong and well known alternative rock hits that encompass the band U2’s musical career (such as New Year’s Day, Sweetest Thing, and Desire etc.). This collection has 15 hits and spans various parts of their musical growth (such as with the 1980’s era songs of Pride In The Name of Love, Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year’s Day, and Desire etc.). The Sweetest Thing song is a snapshot of their 1990’s musical journey. I’m lucky to have first found out about the 80’s musical hits collection of U2 as a high school student in the 1990’s(thanks to a caring friend I knew since middle school who gifted me with this collection). On a side note, this was partially why I was also elated when my husband bought me the U2 90’s greatest hits cd during the first year of our marriage (2004) (the 90’s greatest hits U2 cd is also enjoyable to listen to as is the 80’s U2 selection). For this reason, I would recommend The Best of 1980-1990 by U2 for those who enjoy greatest hits rock music collections and/or have also liked the Best of 1990-2000 by U2.
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An essential piece of post-punk that impresses you with its honesty and passion. I hope that didn't sound lame, because the album sure isn't - the core songs like Pride and Sunday Bloody Sunday are mixtures of political commentary and personal issues as well as of a punk rhythm section and an extremely melodic guitar sound. Get it! Just one question: Why doesn't New Year's Day have its last verse? The one with ''This is the golden age/Gold is the reason for the wars we wage'' ??? Apparently the song is edited from its original form on ''War''. E-mail me if you have any info on this.
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
this cd is one of the best all of u2 greatest songs from the 80s to the 90s u2 proves they are the best band in the world enough said u2 is the greatest rock band on earth
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs are spiratul and up lifting
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah tubular, its one of my favorite albums ever, and I was not even a big U2 fan to start out with. But now they are my top choice! The album is so worth it. I recommend it to even my enemies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd rocks. By listening to the songs you realize how many great songs they have come out with and how awesome of a band they are. The vocals from Bono are unbelievable and the guitar playing by The Edge gives every song that extra something.What I also liked was getting to listen to some of the bands early songs that launched them into the big time. All of the songs on the cd are great. Some of my favorites would be numbers 1,2,5,7,and 9.This cd is definetley worth ten bucks. With that you''ll be getting a lot of great songs from a great band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with their music.Bono has a voice that you fall in love with and you can't get their music out of your head.''With or Without You'' is my fav. song because it's a beautiful song.They are so talented and i'm a young fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Two years ago, I asked each one of my family members to buy this CD for me as a Christmas gift. I made sure to tell them to get the edition that came with the second disc: ''the B sides.'' I was surprised when I opened the present from my younger cousin, you know the one; she never buys a gift for anyone. From the time I got home that night even to today, I listen to this CD at least once a week. U2: Best of 1980-1990 displays all the greatest songs by this world-famous musical group. My favorites include ''Blue Skies,'' and U2's version of the classics (at least in my opinion) ''Unchained Melody'' and ''Everlasting Love.'' U2 has always had the amazing ability to evoke strong emotions about love and political injustices. This collection with its list order and the selections themselves take the listener on the journey from hit to hit as they expand their talents and insight to the ways and wrongs of the world. The best quality of this collection is, as a true U2 fan, being able to recognize the different producers of each song and knowing what was being relayed to the fan. This album infused a drive within myself to take my fanaticism to a new level. Each time I play this album (and the B-sides), I am rewarded with the awesome (for lack of a better word) gift of U2.
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