Monday, November 20, 2006

Nov. 20, 2006: U2 released their U218 Singles collection

Last updated September 16, 2018.

** Compilations

Here are the collections featured on this page:

  1. Best of 1980-1990
  2. Best of 1990-2010
  3. U218

Click here to see all the album tracks featured on the above collections.


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U2: Best of 1980-1990

Recorded: 1980-1989


Released: Nov. 3, 1998


Sales (in millions): US: 2.0, UK: 1.5, IFPI: 6.0, World: 18.5


Peak: US: 2, UK: 11, Canada: 11, Australia: 15

Awards:

Review:

“As one of the most popular bands of the '80s, U2 didn't quite fit into any particular category. They were a post-punk band that quickly found acceptance from a hard rock audience, a group that made fully formed albums but often made their best statements on individual songs, especially during the ‘80s.” STE

“Consequently, they're a very hard band to anthologize. Since they were most effective on single songs, it seems that throwing all of them together on one disc would work. The problem is, each of the albums, from Boy to Rattle and Hum, has a distinctive flavor that doesn't necessarily blend when combined, especially in the nonchronological form of The Best of 1980-1990.” STE

“There’s little quibbling with the featured tracks on U2's first compilation – a few important songs, such as ‘Gloria’…and ‘Two Hearts Beat as One,’ may be missing, but everything else deserves to be here (Pride, New Year’s Day, With or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bad, Desire, etc.).” STE

“Even though the song selection is strong, the album winds up as less than the sum of its parts – each song is pretty great of its own accord (even the single mix of the B-side Sweetest Thing, which is, in truth, not much different at all), but the overall effect is a little underwhelming. On one hand, it may be a good choice for casual fans or nostalgia mongers, since it does contain everything they need to hear, but anyone who has more than a passing interest in the band will be better suited with individual albums.” STE

U2: Best of 1990-2000

Recorded: 1991-2000


Released: Nov. 5, 2002


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 0.6, IFPI: 3.0, World: 7.5


Peak: US: 3, UK: 2, Canada: 11, Australia: 11

Review:

Best of 1990-2000 was the second compilation from U2, the first being Best of 1980-1990, released four years earlier. This one picks up where that one left off, offering a nice one-two punch retrospective of the band’s first two decades.

Hits like Mysterious Ways, One, Numb, Discothèque, and Beautiful Day are here alongside 1995’s Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, which first appeared on the Batman Forever soundtrack. Also from that year is Miss Sarajevo, which was a collaboration with Brian Eno originally credited to Passengers.

Unlike the previous collection, this one offered a couple of new songs – Electrical Storm and The Hands That Built America. The former was released as a single and the latter appeared on the soundtrack for Gangs of New York.

Still, this album isn’t quite as strong as its predecessor. A couple of album cuts (Gone, The First Time) appear here, which take up space that could have been given to hits like “The Fly” (a #1 hit in the UK), “Last Night on Earth” (a top ten hit in the UK), or “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” (a #2 album rock hit), or even the band’s cover of “Night and Day,” a #2 modern rock hit which appeared on the 1990 album Red Hot + Blue, a tribute to Cole Porter.

U2: U218 Singles

Recorded: 1980-2006


Released: Nov. 20, 2006


Sales (in millions): US: 0.1, UK: 0.6, IFPI: 2.0, World: 5.13


Peak: US: 12, UK: 4, Canada: 3, Australia: 12

Review:

While a single-disc retrospective of U2 would seem a sure-fire hit, this album stalled in the U.S., becoming the band’s first album since 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire to miss the top ten. Part of the blame is releasing the album so soon after their last compilation – the 2002 Best of 1990-2000. In fact, based on that album title and its predecessor, Best of 1980-1990, the next compilation would seemingly have come at the close of the decade and rounded up the band’s hits from the new millennium.

That is accented all the more by the fact that the band had only released one studio album, 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, since Best of 1990-2000 so there’s not much new here. There’s Vertigo and Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own from that album and two new songs. One is a cover of the Skids’ The Saints Are Coming. The song was done as a collaboration with Green Day to benefit Hurricane Katrina charities. W18 The other new song was Window in the Skies.

Still, it isn’t the worst thing to have New Year’s Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride (In the Name of Love), With Or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Desire, Mysterious Ways, One, and Beautiful Day all on one collection.

Album Tracks – All Collections

Click here for the chart codes for singles/hit songs.


1980-1989:

  1. I Will Follow (10/19/80, #81 US, #78 UK, #20 AR) 80
  2. October (album: 10/20/81, --) 80
  3. New Year’s Day (1/1/83, #53 US, #10 UK, #2 AR) 80, 18
  4. Sunday Bloody Sunday (3/11/83, #7 AR) 80, 18
  5. Pride (In the Name of Love) (9/4/84, #33 US, #3 UK, #2 AR) 80, 18
  6. The Unforgettable Fire (4/1/85, #6 UK) 80
  7. Bad (8/24/85, #19 AR) 80
  8. With Or Without You (3/20/87, #1 US, #4 UK, #23 AC, #1 AR) 80, 18
  9. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (3/28/87, #1 US, #6 UK, #16 AC, #2 AR) 80, 18
  10. Where the Streets Have No Name (4/4/87, #13 US, #4 UK, #11 AR) 80, 18
  11. Sweetest Thing (8/4/87, #63 US, #3 UK, #31 AR, #9 MR) 80, 18
  12. Desire (9/26/88, #3 US, #1 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR) 80, 18
  13. Angel of Harlem (10/22/88, #14 US, #9 UK, #38 AC, #1 AR, #3 MR) 80
  14. When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King, 10/22/88, #68 US, #6 UK, #2 AR, #10 MR) 80
  15. All I Want Is You (6/13/89, #83 US, #4 UK, #13 AR) 80

1991-1997:

  1. Mysterious Ways (11/23/91, #9 US, #13 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR) 90, 18
  2. One (1/4/92, #10 US, #7 UK, #24 AC, #1 AR, #1 MR) 90, 18
  3. Until the End of the World (2/1/92, #5 AR, #4 MR) 90
  4. Even Better Than the Real Thing (6/7/92, #32 US, #8 UK, #1 AR, #5 MR) 90
  5. Numb (6/30/93, #61a US, #18 AR, #2 MR) 90
  6. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (7/31/93, #61 US, #4 UK, #12 AR, #15 MR) 90
  7. The First Time (album: 7/5/93, --) 90
  8. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (6/5/95, #16 US, #2 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR) 90
  9. Miss Sarajevo (recorded as Passengers, 11/11/95, --) 90
  10. Discothèque (1/24/97, #10 US, #1 UK, #6 AR, #1 MR) 90
  11. Staring at the Sun (3/14/97, #26 US, #3 UK, #2 AR, #1 MR) 90
  12. Gone (album: 3/4/97, --) 90

2000-2006:

  1. Beautiful Day (9/9/00, #21 US, #1 UK, #14 AR, #5 MR) 90, 18
  2. Walk On (1/6/01, #5 UK, #19 AR, #10 MR) 18
  3. Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (1/29/01, #52 US, #2 UK, #35 AR, #35 MR) 90, 18
  4. Elevation (4/28/01, #3 UK, #21 AR, #8 MR) 18
  5. Electrical Storm (9/14/02, #77 US, #5 UK, #26 AR, #14 MR) 90
  6. The Hands That Built America (album: 11/12/02, --) 90
  7. Vertigo (8/31/04, #31 US, #1 UK, #3 AR, #1 MR) 18
  8. Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own (2/7/05, #97 US, #1 UK, #29 MR) 18
  9. The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day, 10/14/06, #51 US, #2 UK, #33 AR, #22 MR) 18
  10. Window in the Skies (11/19/06, #4 UK, #32 MR) 18

80 Best of 1980-1990
90 Best of 1990-2000
18 U218 Singles


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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

UK Music Hall of Fame

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The UK Music Hall of Fame was launched in 2004 to honor musicians, regardless of nationality, for their lifetime contributions to the United Kingdom music scene. The last ceremony was held on November 14, 2006. There apparently is no standing Hall or official web page either.

  • The Beatles (2004)
  • Black Sabbath (2005)
  • Chris Blackwell (2004)
  • Bon Jovi (2006)
  • James Brown (2006)
  • Bob Dylan (2005)
  • Eurythmics (2005)
  • Aretha Franklin (2005)
  • Jimi Hendrix (2005)
  • Michael Jackson (2004)
  • Joy Division (2004)
  • Judas Priest (2005)
  • The Kinks (2005)
  • Led Zeppelin (2006)
  • Madonna (2004)
  • Bob Marley (2004)
  • George Martin (2006)
  • New Order (2005)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (2005)
  • John Peel (2005)
  • Pink Floyd (2005)
  • Elvis Presley (2004)
  • Prince (2006)
  • Queen (2004)
  • Cliff Richard (2004)
  • The Rolling Stones (2004)
  • Dusty Springfield (2006)
  • Rod Stewart (2006)
  • U2 (2004)
  • The Who (2005)
  • Robbie Williams (2004)
  • Brian Wilson (2006)

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums

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This is Time magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums, as determined by Josh Tyrangiel and Alan Light, and published November 13, 2006.

The list was not ranked; the albums were simply listed chronologically. However, compilations were listed by release year, meaning a collection like Sam Cooke’s Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 is listed as a 2003 release. The list has been adjusted here so that such collections are listed by the final year covered by the collection (in the case of Cooke, 1964) instead of the release date. After all, it is a bit odd to see artists like Sam Cooke and Hank Williams, who’ve been dead for more than four decades, show up with new millennium releases.

Hover over an album cover to see the name of the album, the recording act, and the year of release (or final recording in the case of compilations). Click on an album cover for the DMDB page that offers more information, such as the track listing, a full album review, and sales and chart details.