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The Age DECEMBER 13, 2007 - by Andrew Murfett
U2: THE JOSHUA TREE REMASTERED
It begins with three seconds of silence. Then there is a slow, buzzing hum. Forty seconds in comes the Edge's unobscured guitar riff. Ninety seconds later, Bono arrives: "I want to run, I want to hide, I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside." There was no better pop song released in 1987 than The Joshua Tree's Where The Streets Have No Name. Twenty years on, this spectacular three-disc package celebrates one of the greatest albums of all time. In the headphones the remastered tracks sound exceptional. Classics including Running To Stand Still, In God's Country, Bullet The Blue Sky, With Or Without You, Red Hill Mining Town and One Tree Hill are augmented by two new discs: a fourteen-track album of curios and a stunning twenty-one-track live DVD. Mention must be made of the sumptuous, lovingly detailed packaging, too. A hardcover book and separate prints are housed in gorgeous gatefold packaging. Yet, in spite of all that, you can't help but come back to those original eleven tracks. Sublimely produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, they nail a band at their peak. Extraordinary.