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Editors’ Notes

1987’s The Joshua Tree cemented U2’s status as one of the 1980s preeminent groups. From Bono’s anguished cries from Mount Olympus and the Edge’s serrated guitar riffs to the rhythm section’s punishing marches and the Brian Eno-Daniel Lanois production team’s desert atmospherics, the album presented some of the band’s most memorable material in its most drastic form to date, assimilating the band’s initial post-punk energy with their fascination and immersion in American roots music. “With or Without You,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and especially the often overlooked “Running to Stand Still” shimmer with intensity, nuance and elegant style.

Customer Reviews

The classic

I don't think any album shook the world (excluding Nevermind) so strongly. This album was everywhere and changed music greatly. It was one of those albums that everyone owned and could recite word for word. Although Nirvana changed the style of music to a grudge sound I think U2 showed you could have a popular album and still give it a message. Highly recommend.

summer 87

I remember when this album came out. graduated from high school that year. fixing up and driving my 68 buick gran sport. working my job in the military. the album was a slow take for me. it surprised me at first listen. It was not what I was used to from U2, whom I listened to long before most people even knew who they were. It got better and better each time I listened to it. It slowly became my anthem. Like the most recent killers and Coldplay efforts, it improved with each listen. I think that, truly, this is the way to measure great music in this class; the more catchy something is out of the box, the faster it becomes trite. The more it grows on you over time, the longer life it will have in your ear, heart and soul. this is the sound of peace. this is the sound of satisfaction. this is the sound of my youth. this is the sound of the great, sad, challenging times of my life. I guess this is one of the watershead albums of my life. Wish you were here; pink floyd. the first killers effort. crowded house greatest hits. this album are ones that will be listened to over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over. did I mention over and over?

Bow to The Joshua Tree = Extraordinary, Astonishing, Monumental, Unbelievable, Wondrous...

Pretty much zero to say here except that it's one of the most unbelievable, beautiful, gobsmacking albums of all time: music, lyrics, vocals. The only pass you get for not already owning this (originally released in 1987) is that you are likely very young. To you, I say: excellent taste, and may it move you as much as I expect it will (if it doesn't, I don't know what to say!) Brilliant through and through: the power and impact of "The Joshua Tree" never lessens, never fades. @ another reviewer's comment re. earth-shaking albums...yeah, there were and are others: a "little" album came along in 1997, goes by the name "OK Computer." It altered music infinitely...left everybody else in the dust and has never stopped resonating (just like TJT.) Radiohead continued to break wonderful new ground with each and every album, and continue to do so, God bless them. All I can think about when I think of Nirvana is how sad it still is (except, happy for Dave Grohl and his success with Foo Fighters)...Cobain was a tormented genius...such a shame. Peace.


Formed: 1976 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock & roll bands of the '80s. They were rock & roll crusaders during an era of synthesized pop and heavy metal, equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound by creating sweeping sonic landscapes with his heavily processed, echoed guitars. Though the Edge's style wasn't conventional,...
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