“The Joshua Tree” turns 20 & we all get a gift!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since U2 released their epic album The Joshua Tree. I was only 11 when it debuted, but I can still vividly recall getting chills when I first heard “Where the Streets Have No Name” on the radio. Not a bad introduction to what would ultimately become one of my all-time favorite bands.

Twenty years later U2 stands alone as the band that has had the greatest influence on the music, culture and even the faith of many in my generation. They have used their enormous popularity to raise awareness, dollars and activism in fighting global poverty and the AIDS pandemic. Their celebrity and influence have grown exponentially as their career now approaches its fourth decade. Much of that popularity can be directly attributed to the mammoth commercial success of The Joshua Tree.

Next Tuesday the band will release four different versions of the album to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release:

  • CD format: remastered album on CD
  • Deluxe format: remastered album on CD, bonus CD with b-sides and rarities from The Joshua Tree sessions, and a 36-page booklet
  • Box set edition: remastered album on CD, bonus CD with b-sides and rarities from The Joshua Tree sessions, bonus DVD with a concert from the Joshua Tree Tour and other videos, and a 56-page hardback book
  • Double vinyl edition: remastered album on two gramophone records, and a 16-page booklet

One of the highlights of the release will be the previously unavailable song titled “Wave of Sorrow.” Bono recently added the vocals to this track and it will be released as a single next week. As a teaser for the album’s release here’s a little video of Bono (sort of) performing the song while providing insight into the meaning of the lyrics. Hope you enjoy!

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7 thoughts on ““The Joshua Tree” turns 20 & we all get a gift!

  1. greatest. band. ever.

    seeing them live, with paul “bono vox” hewson 10 feet in front of me, all 5 feet of him (dude’s tiny!) was one of my greatest experiences. that and the time when living in dublin that i went to his house and stood outside the gate and a local yelled “leave bono alone ye fookin’ yank!” sorry, was that too blue for sb.com?!?!?! 🙂

  2. yo tim, can i get a copy of that live U2 show from new years that you gave me a long time ago? one of the great live shows i’ve ever owned. please. if it involves me coming to visit you with my tribe of entwistles and physically picking up the disc, i will gladly do it.
    or i can trade you any plethora of live phish shows if you’d like!!!

  3. Did you get the box set of this, Shane? If you haven’t, you simply must. The documentary alone is worth the fifty bucks.

    It is already one of my most prized possessions.

    As one who loves music, (especially U2) it’s a dream come true for the greatest album of all time to get such a treatment.

    Now I’m gushing…

    Do yourself a favor and buy it today.

  4. I haven’t picked it up. Too close to Christmas to be making purchases like that for myself.

    But I’m considering just getting the 2-CD set. I just can’t justify the money for the DVD. I really only want the remastered version of the album and the “bonus tracks.”

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