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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 10:23 AM
wow, I am pleasantly surprised how good these are.

It's been at least 10 -15 years since I listened to either of
these albums. It's a little jarring to hear how different their
sound was and how it developed later into the whole
"Arena rock" sound.

Still not a big fan of their "October" album, though

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 10:29 AM
The enhanced remaster of the first three are out now along with a DVD from ‘Live at Red Rocks”

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 10:39 AM
U2 was great in the early years before Bono's head got bigger than the earth.
 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 10:41 AM


I was really into those two albums when they came out, along with Romeo Void, Laurie Anderson, The Alarm, etc.

Later on I got tired of U2, but I still respect them. I liked both "Boy" and "October" a lot. Loved the song "Tomorrow"


Remember this bizzare Laurie Anderson song ?.

Laurie Anderson - O Superman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhm0NHhCBg

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 10:52 AM
Romeo Void.

Now that's taking me back ...

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 11:38 AM
I think I peaked on U2 after Joshua Tree. There are some good tunes on that one, as well. Then we were inundated with them on MTV and everywhere else. I saw Rattle and Hum on cable the other day and I couldn't help but notice how self important Bono thought he was. Still...they are a good rock band...when they rock.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 11:39 AM
I like those albums alot but my favorite has always been Achtung Baby
 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 11:59 AM
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wow, I am pleasantly surprised how good these are.

It's been at least 10 -15 years since I listened to either of
these albums. It's a little jarring to hear how different their
sound was and how it developed later into the whole
"Arena rock" sound.

Still not a big fan of their "October" album, though



You know, I just did that about a year ago and had the same reaction... Totally surprised. In fact in some ways I think I'm enjoying those albums more now than ever. (Not that I've been listening to them that much or anything). I do like October though too. Not as much maybe, but I do like it. I do like some of the next few albums too.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:05 PM
They still put on one hell of a live show They pulled out Gloria in 2005 Boston

The Fly

A Cat Dubh-Into the Heart

Gloria // The Ocean

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:11 PM
New Year's Day

I was there for this one
Bad

Out Of Control

[Edited on 9/12/2008 by No1ToRunWith]

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:22 PM
next up, some Echo and the Bunnymen, the Fixx , and the Cars

Holy 80's, Batman!

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:29 PM
I used to like the cars....in the 80's. R.I.P. Benjamin Orr.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:43 PM
early R.E.M is great, anything before Out Of Time. Also Stipes previous band The Golden Palominos.

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 12:47 PM
I only have the first two Cars albums

will leave it at that

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 04:11 PM
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Echo and the Bunnymen




I have the Bunnymen box set, always liked them. This was my fave by them :



Echo and The Bunnymen - All My Colours
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS1EN1z4ow4

Echo & The Bunnymen - Rescue (Rockpalast 1983)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99B7azrxgDc&feature=related


Your right about the Cars, the first two releases and maybe the live one with Todd Rungdren singing...I liked it.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 04:44 PM
Their live albums from this era, Under A Blood Red Sky and Wide Awake In America, also hold up really well. Tremendous passion in their music, which translates best live.

I agree that Bono lost his way for a while there, but I enjoyed their last two albums, and the live show I saw in 2000/2001 (?) was a wonderful live music experience.

Everyone in the U2 camp, including producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, seems to think the new album is their best work yet. "This is the big one," Eno said. Can't wait to hear it!

 
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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 08:04 PM
The last two albums worth of material when performed live brings them back to the quality and power of their first 5 studio albums. Find the live versions. Unfortunately, they overproduce still in the studio by about 10-15% unnecessarily.

Bono has become more diplomatic and mellowed a bit with middle age. I respect him alot even if I don't agree with him on everything. I saw them about 3 years ago and it was a powerful rock n roll show.

If I could have only one U2 album, it would be Under a Red Blood Sky. They need to expand that one.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 08:09 PM
I know the topic was Boy and War, which I really dig...particularly War...but youtube some of U2 Slane Castle 2001 to see how much they rock in this decade. Great DVD.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 08:23 PM
Did not like them then and like them even less now sorry i fail to see the talent but the ego's shine brightly... Yuck

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 09:23 PM
I can see why they are not everyone's cup of tea. I didn't "get" U2 until War. They were too alternative for me at the time. Gloria video and the live version of I Will Follow played a good bit on MTV in their day. Then when War hit (and then Under a Red Blood Sky), it clicked for me.

They lost me again in the 1990s with the zoo TV stuff. I wanted them to rock again. They've sufficiently done that (live) and then some since returning in 2001.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2008 at 10:26 PM
Funny I just loaded these 2 albums and Talking Heads on my ipod this week.

And it still has it like it did back then. I just lost interest when Bono got bigger than the universe!

 

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  posted on 9/13/2008 at 06:57 AM
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wow, I am pleasantly surprised how good these are.

It's been at least 10 -15 years since I listened to either of
these albums. It's a little jarring to hear how different their
sound was and how it developed later into the whole
"Arena rock" sound.

Still not a big fan of their "October" album, though




When I first heard Boy it just blew me away. And you're right. It was a totally original sound, especially The Edge's guitar work.

October was a bit of a letdown for me as well, even though the song Gloria rates way up there. I think this one suffers from Sophomore slump as they were constantly touring and did not have the time to flesh these songs out.

War more than made up for it. Great album !

I like The Unforgettable Fire, even though it's a harder listen than War or Boy. Pride in the Name of Love almost makes up for it on its own.

Joshua Tree needs no introduction. An outright brilliant record. Too bad it became such a hit that the songs are almost impossible for me to listen to now. Way too much radio saturation. (I call it the Led Zep 4 Effect)

I have not followed them after Joshua Tree even though I know they have a few memorable songs since then.

Guess I'll be dusting these off this weekend also. Thanks for the suggestion...

[Edited on 9/13/2008 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 9/13/2008 at 07:49 AM
U2 will always have a place in my music collection. I was a HUGE fan seeing them probably as many times as I've seen the ABB.
I stopped seeing them after the Joshua Tree tour, that was the beginning of Bono's head exploding to gigantic self indulgent proportions. The whole Zooropa, calling the White House during the concerts. STOP THE INSANITY !


The Boy album was so cutting edge and different for it's time, nobody sounded like them, nobody could recreate the Edge's guitar work.The entire album kicks ass and it's on regular rotation on my ipod.

October was a bit hard to digest for me as I think it was everyone.

War, I don't even think it needs a review, War kicked ass.

Unforgettable Fire- ya had to really give this album some time to grown on ya, but when ya did you "got it" . It's another favorite of mine.

Live at Red Rocks - I think this is still one of the great live shows that's on film.

I caught them for the first time about 3 years ago at the Meadowlands, not sure what to expect, when Bono came out and sung those first few words I gotta chills. I missed seeing this band ! They really do put on a killer show. When Bono's on and doing his whole improvising with the songs ,it doesn't get any better than that.
Bono going from Bad > walk on the wild side >Street Fighting Man> Bad
I remember him siginging Maggies Farm at the Meadowlands for one of the Amnesty shows, no body else can pull that kinda stuff off like he does.


 

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  posted on 9/13/2008 at 08:30 AM
I was a metal head when "War" came out. There was something about "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Years Day" that where being played on the radio made me pick up the album on cassette of course so I could listen to it in my car. Most of my friends thought I was crazy and didn't want to listen to U2 so I usually only got to listen to them when I was by myself. I bought all their albums up to Zooropa, that was the line in the sand for me.

 

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  posted on 9/13/2008 at 03:07 PM
War is the only album that I have ever really liked. All the others have some songs maybe.

Definitely lost me over the years from overkill.

 

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