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Album Review

Island and U2 realized that longtime fans of the band wouldn't need The Best of 1980-1990. Unlike the proposed Best of 1990-2000, which would likely boast the non-LP "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" and the Passengers' "Miss Sarajevo," 1980-1990 contained nothing but material culled directly from the albums, which didn't exactly entice hardcore followers. So, the label and the band decided to pair the compilation with a collection of the group's B-sides from the '80s, none of which had ever appeared on an album before. For die-hard U2 fans, this is something of a godsend — not necessarily a holy grail, which would have been a complete B-sides collection, including the long-missing early EPs — since many of these tracks have been out of print for years. That's not to say they'll be entirely pleased with what they hear. The B-Sides is wildly uneven, fluctuating between a handful of lost masterpieces ("Spanish Eyes," "Sweetest Thing," "Hallelujah Here She Comes," "Silver and Gold," "A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel," "Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl"), a momentum-crushing triptych of mediocre karaoke ("Dancing Barefoot," "Everlasting Love," "Unchained Melody"), and formless filler (pretty much everything else). Despite the uneven music, fans will need The B-Sides, not just for the handful of worthy contenders but for its sheer rarity. Not only have the B-sides themselves been difficult to locate, but the disc itself was designed as a collector's item: after the first week of sales, The B-Sides was pulled from the market, and Island shipped only The Best of 1980-1990. Clearly, this was a tactic to raise press awareness and boost sales, but that doesn't mean that fans shouldn't take advantage of its limited release.

Customer Reviews


THESE SONGS ARE ALL AWESOME. as a "preeteen" i really reccomend these to all u U2 fans. i really think that if u have the money u should buy the u2 complete album....446 SONGS!!!!!!.. Well anyway i went to one of the concerts in the Vetigo//05 tour. i REALLY RECCOMEND U GO THE ONE OF THE CONCERTS!!! THEY HAE EXCELLENTLIGHT PATTERNS AND DESINGS!!! OK well i will always remain loyal to this good anti-war christian human rights band. SO BUY THESE SONGS!!!!!

Get the B-sides, buy the albums

All of these songs are great (the non B sides) but they appear on U2's albums and there buying any of these songs when you can just purchase the albums, all of these (with the possible exception of Rattle&Hum) are definitely worth it considering these songs appear on albums such as War and The Joshua Tree which are albums you want because all the songs are brilliant. Boy is also very good, though not quite the same quality as the others, as is The Unforgettable Fire. Desire is also a great song though Rattle&Hum isn't worth it, even if there are a lot of good songs. The B-Sides are something else. Since they don't appear on any other releases (with the exception of Three Sunrises and Love Comes Tumbling) it is prudent to take the best of these off this album: Spanish Eyes, Dancing Barefoot, Hallelujah, Heartbreak Hotel, and Trash etc.

I Love U2!

U2 has to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Bono is an amazing singer and sings with heart. The Edge is really cool and a great guitar player. There is not one bad song on the Best of 1980-1990. The B-Sides on the otherhand, meh. I have THIS album with the B-sides and they aren't that great. On the otherhand. Best of 1980-1990 is amazing. They are constantly looped on my iPod. I would say buy just the Best of 1980-1990, because it is AMAZING!


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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