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!