U2 (with a tiny bit of Who)
schrade at akrobiz.com
Mon Jul 28 18:01:49 CDT 2008
U2 has just remastered & re-released their first three albums
in double-disc format. I picked up albums 1 & 2 -- BOY &
OCTOBER. (WAR can wait.)
They're packaged phenomenonally & include studio outtakes,
B-sides, live material, extensive liner notes, rare pics, etc.
Ya' really gotta give it to U2. Whether you like 'em or not.
They've been around for 30 years. No line-up changes. They've
recorded & toured steadily throughout their career. They've
maintained a sense of integrity, determination, intelligence, &
focus (arguable, maybe). They've been professionally & wisely
Shouldn't they now -- in 2008 -- be included in that pantheon
of "Top Tier" rock groups, which include The Beatles, The Rolling
Stones, The Who, & Led Zeppelin? Or does that mean we have
to include Rush, too?
I love early U2. But I'm indifferent to the post-JOSHUA TREE
stuff (like one of those Who fans who only likes the pre-TOMMY
Anyway....if you like early U2, grab some of these re-releases.
- SCHRADE in Akron
Interviewer: So rather than identify yourself with the bands that
came out of punk, what groups do you feel akin to?
Bono: The Who. Because of that three-dimensional quality:
sexual, spiritual and political.
(From Rolling Stone Magazine #512 - Nov. 5, 1987)
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