The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 by Island Records. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release The Unforgettable Fire, on The Joshua Tree U2 aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures. The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and depicts the band's love–hate relationship with the United States, with socially and politically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at number 27 on their 2012 list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", calling it "an album that turns spiritual quests and political struggles into uplifting stadium singalongs".
Passengers is a collaboration between U2 and Brian Eno, so it should come as no surprise that the music on Original Soundtracks 1 is an extension of U2's last album, Zooropa. Under Eno's influence, the group incorporates more ambient electronic soundscapes, which unravel over the course of the album. In fact, Original Soundtracks 1 sounds more like a Brian Eno album than a U2 release, except when the band's knack for anthemic pop songwriting shines through every once and a while.
Boy is the debut album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Steve Lillywhite, and was released on 20 October 1980 on Island Records. Thematically, the album captures the thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. Boy included U2's first hit single, "I Will Follow". The album's release was followed by the group's first tour of continental Europe and the United States, the Boy Tour. The album received generally positive reviews from critics. It peaked at number 52 in the UK and number 63 in the US. In 2003, the album was included at No. 417 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
'ZOO2LIVE', a limited edition U2 live double album, was released in 2006 only to subscribers of U2.Com. Featuring 24 live tracks from the band's legendary ZOO TV Tour of the early 90's, the album came in a specially designed sleeve, with a double-sided poster celebrating the 1993 Sydney show. (The two-disc release featured one additional track - Trying To Throw Your Arms Around the World, recorded live in New York.)
'U2 Go Home' is a live album of the band's legendary home-coming gig at Slane Castle in Ireland during the Elevation Tour. Released exclusively to U2.com subscribers in 2007, the emotionally charged, two-hour, 20-song set features tracks spanning the length of U2's career from Boy to All That You Can't Leave Behind. The stuff of legend among U2 fans, 'U2 Go Home' is an historic live set capturing the remarkable atmosphere with spine tingling clarity.
'U2 Rare and Remastered' is a specially commissioned 20-song collection of rare tracks and lost early cuts spanning three decades in the studio. A 2009 limited edition release for U2.com subscribers, this two-CD collection features: 'Rare' tracks from the sessions that led to All That You Can't Leave Behind and How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, first made available on The Complete U2 digital box set; digitally 'Remastered' tracks from the band's first albums; and previously hard to get b-side releases from 2001 to 2005.
Recorded over 6 months in 1991 in Berlin and Dublin, Achtung Baby was U2's seventh studio album. It was produced by Daniel Lanois , Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite and mixed and engineered by Flood. Led by "The Fly", Achtung Baby spawned four more huge hit singles, "Mysterious Ways", "One", "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses". Heralded by Rolling Stone’s Robert Hilburn as "U2’s daring descent into darkness”, the album was awarded the Grammy for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most acclaimed rock records of the nineties and of U2's career. As Bono said at the time, it was “the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree”.
Over the years a unique community of artists have shared a recording studio with U2. From folk to punk, from country to blues and soul, these extraordinary collaborations have spanned musical genres… but until now they've never been collected together. 'U2:DUALS' is a specially commissioned collection capturing U2 in collaboration with other artists over three decades. From the Soweto Gospel Choir to Allan Ginsberg, Willie Nelson to Mary J Blige and Mick Jagger to Green Day, the band have curated a collection of 'duals' which highlight the remarkable range of artists they've worked with. A few of the fifteen tracks have featured on studio albums, but many have had only limited previous availability and some are released here for the first time. We think it's a pretty special collection.
'U22' is a limited edition, live 2-CD set documenting their U2360° Tour from 2009 to 2011. For subscribers only, this double-CD comes packaged in a U2.com LP-sized 24-page book and will not become commercially available. On U2360° between 2009 and 2011, the band played 110 shows in 30 countries to 7 million people. There were at least 22 songs in the show every night, but over 26 months the set list was continually reinvented. By the last night more than fifty songs had featured, stretching from 2009's No Line On The Horizon all the way back to 1980's debut Boy. It was down to the subscribers of U2.com to decide on the 22 songs (via a vote) that appear on the 'U22'.