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November 3rd, 2002

Why I won't be buying The Best of 1990-2000 @ 04:27 pm

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What propelled U2 to stardom in the 80's was their ability to write anthemic songs. You could put on any track from The Best of 1980-1990 (with the possible exception of UF) and anyone vaguely familiar with pop music would recognize it, and probably start singing along. Plus, the collection of B-sides offered those of us who may have missed the 80's added incentive, because for us there was actually NEW material. Not to mention that the 80's had been gone for almost 10 years, U2 were a substantially different band, and time had made all those 80's hits "classics."

But we are only two years removed from the decade this latest Best Of compilation revisits. For heaven's sake, some of the songs on the album are barely two years old.
Being a U2 devotee can be an expensive proposition, but I have never felt cheated or exploited by them, because I always felt like I was getting my money's worth. This seems like a blatant cash grab to me. Personally, I think the timing of this release has more to do with U2's label. U2 is such a huge money maker, that in the downtime between albums, their label was begging for something from them because they know any release from U2 is money in the bank. Thus we have The Best Of 1990-2000, WAY before it's time!

Secondly, I am hugely disappointed by the songs chosen for both discs. Please, IMHO, is the best lyric Bono's ever written, but it didn't make the cut. The Fly and Slow Dancing, two songs that epitomized U2's music in the 90's, are left off. I am as passionate a U2 fan as anyone, but I am not going to blindly hand over my money for something just because it has the 'U2' label on it if I don't believe I am going to get my money's worth. I'd like to think U2 gives its fans more credit than that.

Rant over :)
 
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From:heathervox
Date:November 3rd, 2002 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Then, Asher, don't buy it.
:D
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:November 3rd, 2002 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Of course, there are quite a few songs that were left off 80-90 as well.

*sighs*

I agree that there are several songs that should have been on this album. In my opinion, they should have cut it off right before ATYCLB and put on The Fly, Please (another of my favourites), &c.

Personally, I'll be buying this compilation for the remixes and the DVD. For fifteen dollars, it's a great deal. And as a Pop fanatic, I'll be glad to have the remix of Gone (although I have to question of taking the Boomchas out of Discotheque).

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From:ruffian114
Date:November 3rd, 2002 03:05 pm (UTC)
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i was from the beginning very anti the ATYCLB and new songs on the best of, but then read articles on how including them they're showing how they reinvented themselves and then went back to the rock & roll roots, so in that regard i kind of see the reason.

but i shall never forgive them for the removal of the boomchas. i was so traumatized the first time i heard it, i dreamt about it that night.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:November 3rd, 2002 04:00 pm (UTC)
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I don't mind the new songs. They make sense. If anything, they are the true representation of how U2 is currently using everything they learned in the nineties to make rock and roll.

I still think they should have left ATYCLB off. ATYCLB is not a roots record. It's not even really a rock and roll record. It's a pop/pop-rock album (with a few exceptions- New York, Elevation, and both BD and Walk On to a lesser extent) and inferior to the three nineties album in almost every respect (of course, that's just my opinion, and has nothing to do with why the songs shouldn't be on there). So that kind of knocks out the 'we're doing this to show how we got back to our roots' excuse. I mean, when there are so many more songs from the nineties that they could have included instead, most of which are vastly superior to anything on ATYCLB, there's no real reason to leave them out.

Meh.

/rant

Although I am still scarred by the removal of the boomchas, I have to say that the remix of Gone is nothing short of amazing.
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From:wydok
Date:November 4th, 2002 03:24 am (UTC)
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but i shall never forgive them for the removal of the boomchas. i was so traumatized the first time i heard it, i dreamt about it that night.

OK, what are the "boomchas"? Haven't read a lot about the Best Of album because I wanted to wait until I bought it (come on already, November 5th.)
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From:ruffian114
Date:November 4th, 2002 06:00 am (UTC)
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at the end of the original discotheque they repeat boom over & over while doing the little pelvic thrusts, thats taken out of the new mix. you expect it to be there, but they just don't say it. very frustrating
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From:wydok
Date:November 4th, 2002 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Oh, right. That's a little sad. Ah, well
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From:echoboom
Date:November 4th, 2002 10:00 pm (UTC)
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THEY TOOK OUT THE BOOMS!?!?!?!?!?

but,
but,
but, no matter where i am when i hear that song, my arms are always doing the dance....
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From:nicstaru2
Date:November 3rd, 2002 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Asher, I know where you're coming from...but heck, bloody hell, the new Gone is worth the cost of the entire cd alone! Plus being a dance fan, and quite fond of quite a few remixes, the B-Sides part was a must get from my point of view.
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From:heathervox
Date:November 4th, 2002 07:44 am (UTC)
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To me the DVD is worth it.....since MTV has stoped playing videos after Achtung Baby was released.
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From:eclipse69
Date:November 4th, 2002 01:54 pm (UTC)
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I have to wait until Tuesday to get this. What's on this DVD exactly?
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From:heathervox
Date:November 4th, 2002 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Just a few more hours. I am going to figure out how to get out of work for 15 minutes to get it so I don't have to wait till after work. But according to amazon.com "The bonus DVD contains a generous collection of videos of songs from disc one, along with alternate versions, director commentaries, additional bonus tracks such as "If God Will Send His Angels" and "Lemon," as well as a mini-documentary of the band's historic 1997 Bosnian concert, The Road to Sarajevo." I'd pay the $15 for just this bonus DVD.

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