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Editors’ Notes

With their third album, 1983’s War, U2 came together as a fully charged unit as the anthemic “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “New’Year’s Day,” “Seconds,” and “40” prepared the Irish quartet for worldwide arenas. Again, Steve Lillywhite works his producer’s magic, keeping the band’s raw, visceral energy intact while emphasizing their sonic palette’s preference for imagistic guitar hooks. Bono had always aimed for a wide, sweeping, grandiose tone, but it’s here where he matures into a singer who can carry the weight of his political and personal convictions. Thematically, it’s a heavy album, handling the 1972 Bloody Sunday incident in Northern Ireland, the era of nuclear arms proliferation, and the suppression of the Solidarity movement in Poland. Yet, one doesn’t have to be versed in world events to enjoy the passion the group brings to these songs. “Two Hearts Beat As One” works as both a grand gesture and as an intimate love song. “Like A Song” chimes with a furious undercurrent pushing it forward. And the “Deluxe Edition” includes a number of remixes of “New Year’s Day” and “Two Hearts Beat As One,” b-sides and live tracks from 1982 in Belgium that make one wonder why the band never released a live album from this period, as it shows off their wild, spontaneous side.

Customer Reviews

Worth Every Penny, but....

Not on iTunes. See, I am one to buy allot of music from iTunes. We're talking complete collections such as the Complete U2, Bob Dylan and Depeche Mode. The fact that all of these music purchases never bothered me because they weren't remastered releases. Now that U2 is releasing allot of the early albums as remasters and adding allot of extra material. remasters are lost on 128kbps audio recordings. Please don't waste your hard earned money buying these low quality remasters. Since there currently is no other place that I know of online to buy and download U2, spend those dollars at your local CD shop and rip them yourself at at least 256kbps to enjoy the high quality of these songs. A few of the selections on this release many of you will already have especially if you own the Complete U2. The remixes of New Years Day are outstanding as are remixes of Two Hearts Beat as One. I keep forgetting just how great a band this early U2 was. Edge's guitars playing skills are at their best in this early stuff as is Bono's voice. We hear a much younger Bono and his singing and song writting skills stood out in these first ten songs. Enjoy this music loud. Enjoy it when you can sit back and really listen to it without any interruptions. It deserves your attention from beginning to end. Long live U2.

Most overlooked song of all time!

This album is a classic and a must buy. It includes the song: Drowning Man. One of U2's all time best songs and perhaps the most underrated and overlooked. Excellent.

Wonderful early U2 album

To me this album brings together the best elements of early U2 great music, lyrics, political awareness, and of course has "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "New Years Day" and "40" which are classsics. I believe "Like A Song" is one of the most overlooked U2 songs. It has great lyrics and music. The second CD highlights include "Treasure", and "Angel Too Tied to the Ground" which haven't been available commercially to buy for $0.99 before. I only wish that CD had less remixes and more unreleased or even live cover songs from that era.


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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