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Album Review

Although recorded on July 4, 1987, this bootleg from the Joshua Tree era wasn’t officially released until 2007, when U2 included a DVD of the performance in the remastered Joshua Tree box set. One year later, the audio version was released as a digital download. The 18-track set list spans the first decade of U2’s career, from the set-opening “I Will Follow” to a handful of the band's late-'80s hits. This isn't a full concert — the group played a handful of cover songs that night, three of which ("Stand by Me," "C'mon Everybody," and "Help!") are absent from the remaster — but it's certainly close, and Live from Paris is the only album apart from Rattle and Hum to document U2's acclaimed Joshua Tree tour.

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Things to be aware of before you buy - positives AND negatives.

Please keep in mind before you buy that this is the audio rip of the DVD that was included in the remastered Joshua Tree Boxed Set. With that the show recorded on July 4th 1987 demonstrates U2 at what was considered their highest point during the 1980's. While the concert showcases excellent performances of what is considered classic U2 there is nothing much we have not seen before. Many of these songs have had "live" releases before in one incarnation or another. Another detraction from this CD is that there are three songs missing. While iTunes advertises that there is an excerpt of Marley's "Exodus" they fail to mention that Island Records must not have been able to secure the rights for "Stand By Me", "C'Mon Everybody" and "Help" to be sold with this digital disc. However all in all you will not be disappointed with a twenty year old (plus) mastered audio example of U2 during this time period. I own the physical boxed set of the Remasted Joshua Tree album that had this show on DVD and I still bought this album if that helps you.


Personally, I think the great bands should release a live album (I SAY "album," but...) for every tour, because every tour is different and live albums serve as terrific time capsules. This one is no exception. The Joshua Tree tour was outstanding. Saw 'em at Three Rivers Stadium (in the 17th row) on a cold Fall evening. And this recording makes for a great memory of that night. It's before The Fly. Before the big light shows. And before the Hall of Fame. This was the tour that changed everything. And you should own it.

Streets was NOT played that night

In case nobody has pointed it out yet.... U2 did NOT play "Streets" that night, so iTunes is not guilty of removing it. Every so often on the JT tour, the show opened with the band coming onstage with the house lights still up, and joining in to the intro song playing over the PA - "Stand By Me". As someone else mentioned, iTunes probably had a clearance issue with that song, and "C'mon Everybody" which followed it. The next song in the set was "I Will Follow", which is where this collection picks up.


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 in the world -- 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, the rhythm section of Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton played the songs...
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