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Classic Album Review: U2 | The Best of 1990 – 2000

The Irish rockers' 'limited edition' best-of has decent rarities – & too many remixes.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If there’s one perk to this whole CD reviewer thing, it’s getting all those rare limited-edition discs. Like the new two-CD version of U2’s Best Of 1990 – 2000. I don’t want to brag, but I got copy No. 222781. Yeah, it’s a great feeling to be in an elite group with — well, apparently, another 999,999 people.

OK, so maybe U2 don’t quite grasp the concept of a “limited” edition. Still, if you’re a fan, you might feel this 30-song affair is pretty special anyway. Naturally, it has all their hits from the last decade, like Beautiful Day, Mysterious Ways, Even Better Than The Real Thing, One, Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of and, um, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me (OK, so the ’90s weren’t their best decade). Plus it has two new songs — the typically anthemic Electrical Storm and Hands That Built America — along with some decent B-sides, covers (including an edgy cover of Happiness Is A Warm Gun) and plenty of remixes. So many, in fact, that they start to feel like filler after not too long. One other quibble: The Fly is only included on the single-disc version of the set, so you gotta shell out again if you want it. Presuming, of course, that you can find it for sale anywhere.