U2's 'Joshua Tree' getting deluxe reissue treatment

Ben Wener
The Orange County Register (MCT)

It's one of the best albums of the `80s and one of the most-loved ever -- and now, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it's finally getting an overhauling. U2's "The Joshua Tree" arrives Nov. 20 in nothing less than four new versions -- single-disc, double-disc, three-disc box set and double-vinyl (180 gram, of course).

The standard edition features remastered sound, liner notes by Bill Flanagan (author of "U2 at the End of the World") and previously unseen photos from longtime U2 lenser Anton Corbijn. (The vinyl is the same spread across four sides tucked into a gatefold sleeve.) The 2-CD job adds a bonus disc of B-sides and rarities from the "Joshua Tree" sessions (track listing after the jump), along with a 36-page book that, in addition Flanagan's writing, adds an essay from the Edge and handwritten lyrics by Bono.

The box set (the ultimate incarnation) expands the book to an embossed hardback 56 pages (adding memories from Adam Clayton, producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and more) and includes everything else plus a stuffed DVD highlighted by "U2 Live from Paris," captured at the Hippodrome de Vincennes on July 4, 1987. Also featured: the 40-minute documentary "Outside It's America," an alternate version of the "With or Without You" video and a Neil Jordan-directed clip for "Red Hill Mining Town." (Why all the other vids associated with this album have been left off kinda baffles me, though.)

The "Joshua Tree" bonus disc:

Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)

Walk to the Water

Spanish Eyes

Silver and Gold

The Sweetest Thing (presumably the original version)

Deep in the Heart

Race Against Time

Where the Streets Have No Name (single edit)

Silver and Gold (Sun City version)

Beautiful Ghost

Introduction to Songs of Experience

Wave of Sorrow (Birdland)

Desert of Our Love

Rise Up

Drunk Chicken


"U2 Live from Paris":

I Will Follow

Trip Through Your Wires

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For


The Unforgettable Fire

Sunday Bloody Sunday


In God's Country

The Electric Co.



New Year's Day

Pride (In the Name of Love)

Bullet the Blue Sky

Running to Stand Still

With or Without You

Party Girl






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