49 Songs, 3 Hours 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

U2’s fifth album cemented their status as the greatest rock band to rise out of the ’80s. Bono’s bell-like voice and The Edge’s ringing guitar lines were honed to a deceptively simple melodic perfection, bolstered by the rhythm section’s propulsive marches and airy atmospherics of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. They're firing on all cylinders here, attacking social barriers (“Where the Streets Have No Name”) and insipid politics (“Bullet the Blue Sky”), while making heartbreak sound anthemic (“With or Without You”). The album effortlessly combines U2’s initial post-punk energy with their immersion into the American mainstream. This 30th-anniversary Super Deluxe set includes new remixes, b-sides, and a stunning live set from Madison Square Garden in 1987.

EDITORS’ NOTES

U2’s fifth album cemented their status as the greatest rock band to rise out of the ’80s. Bono’s bell-like voice and The Edge’s ringing guitar lines were honed to a deceptively simple melodic perfection, bolstered by the rhythm section’s propulsive marches and airy atmospherics of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. They're firing on all cylinders here, attacking social barriers (“Where the Streets Have No Name”) and insipid politics (“Bullet the Blue Sky”), while making heartbreak sound anthemic (“With or Without You”). The album effortlessly combines U2’s initial post-punk energy with their immersion into the American mainstream. This 30th-anniversary Super Deluxe set includes new remixes, b-sides, and a stunning live set from Madison Square Garden in 1987.

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