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January 12th, 2005

I need some advice... @ 05:10 pm

hobbitdork:
Hello, everyone. I'm new to the U2 scene and this community. I want to buy my friend who is a big U2 fan one of their albums, not their new album but something classic. I heard the Joshua Tree was very good but I need some other thoughts on the subject. If you had to pick one U2 album which one would it be and why? Your input is very important to me. Thanks.
 
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From:bleedblacklove
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Well, if you are thinking of buying the Joshua Tree for your friend them I'm assuming they don't have any other albums (since that is their most popular) so I'd suggest U2's Greatest Hits from 1980-1990. It's got the singles on there which is very nice to have, :).
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From:krptonian_sith
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Yea I concur. Both Greastest hits albums are great for new U2 fans. They let you hear the best songs with out having to go out and buy the albums. But on the other hand some songs that grow on you (like seconds for me) is not on the greatest hits albums. But its ok. the greatest hits are defiently a new u2 fans choice.
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From:arcmorality
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I would go for the 1980-1990 best of. Its got all the classic U2 singles. Can't go wrong there at all.
Whilst The Joshua Tree is the classic U2 studio album, some of the tracks do take awhile to get into. Achtung Baby is the other classic U2 album, but again its got some stuff that not everybody would get into.
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From:volare
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
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The Unforgettable Fire will always get my vote..

it's such a prescient album, a map of where they'd go in the future....the later darkness of Achtung Baby was evident here, the heralding of the later fascination with America, yet it was also one of their most solidly "Irish rock" albums, very mystical lyrics and overriding themes. it's the one that hooked me way back then in '84 and still my favorite today.
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From:cherry_divinity
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I agree! My fave U2 album!! xox
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From:axver
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
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You're quite right about The Unforgettable Fire. I personally believe it's U2's best album, though I'm not sure I'd get it for someone who doesn't have a couple of U2 albums already. It's one of those albums that I don't think initially grabs people - you have to experience the atmosphere rather than wait to be caught by a catchy hook or guitar solo.

Really, you can't go wrong with Boy, The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, or the Best Ofs.
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From:skylark74
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
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The greatest hits are good - if you're going to get them I'd suggest investing in the 2 disc ones. The 1st disc if the greatest hits & the 2nd disc if B-sides. I have both 1980-1990 & 1990-2000 w/the B-side discs.

If you don't go with either of those, I'd get Achtung Baby. It's hard for me to choose between that one The Joshua Tree, but I like AB because it's darker, Edge's guitar kicks ass & Bono sounds amazing.

If it too hard of a choice you can always join BMG.com & get a bunch of cds for a great price. *that's what I did*
From:starbucksmanic
Date:January 12th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)

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From:starbucksmanic
Date:January 12th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Er, I'm not sure. I have a ton of favourite songs which are all scattered here and there, but the biggest collection of my favourites is in Joshua Tree.

Also, I like your icon. Disgruntled!Andy is cute :)
From:stainedrose
Date:January 12th, 2005 11:43 pm (UTC)
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When I was a little girl my father would sang U2 as Lullabys so when I asked him what album was the best he said Joshua Tree. He said that the songs in the ablum were some of their best. I like Unforgettable Fire because it is focus on America and their famous things like Elvis, MLK, The Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, and Native Americans but yea that is my opinion.
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From:mrslat
Date:January 13th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
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If your friend is already a big U2 fan, make sure you're not getting them an album they already have... that could be easy to do.

I personally am opposed to getting greatest hits albums for artists that I am big fans of, because I'll eventually want to get their other songs, and that means I'll buy the rest of their albums, and end up buying the same song more than once.

Also, greatest hits albums lack the... unity of an album. The same sort of thought isn't put into how to arrange the tracks on a greatest hits compilation as it is for a normal record. I think that that sort of thing matters, so that's important to me.

Anyway, to answer your question, I'd have to say that the biggest/best older U2 albums are The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. However, since they're the most popular, there's a good chance your friend already has them. You might want to get your friend something like Boy or October or the really old stuff.

I'm done here.
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From:canadanne
Date:January 13th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
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I started with Best Of 1980-1990 & B-sides, and then I got Achtung Baby. That worked brilliantly for me and I'd recommend it to anyone. The Best Of gave me a good sample of the popular 80s stuff, and then it was Achtung that really blew me away and hooked me for life.
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From:fluidwhispers
Date:January 13th, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
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this is exactly what I did, and it was the best choice I ever made. The Best Of 1980-1990 was a perfect start because it had all the early hits I loved but never knew were by them (I was very ignorant). Then, after realizing how much of U2 I loved unknowingly, I bought Achtung Baby at the recommendation of a friend. It was the best first "real" album to own because I already understood 80's U2 and why 90's U2 was such a difference for fans and the music world at the time.

Anyway, my two cents. :D
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From:rockingthemike
Date:January 13th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
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definitely Achtung Baby! (!!!)
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:January 13th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
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I second that one! I would get it first =)
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From:giuliacucina
Date:January 13th, 2005 02:33 am (UTC)
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i would definitely go with joshua tree... their classic album, and a perfect album for beginner's as well... i think the hits album is not the way to go, because you actually want to get them interested in more than just the hits that they've probably already heard on the radio at some point...
From:loopaygirl
Date:January 13th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
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if they don't have any albums I'd go with the best of 1980-90 but it really depends on your friend and which songs she likes best.

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