U2 Are Ripping Off Their Fans

I have this pet peeve about greatest hits packages and I bet I’m not alone here.  Ever notice how many hits compilations, which should feature nothing but previously released hits, include one new song?  God, I hate that.  Why should I buy the same songs I already own just to get that brand new track that I don’t have?  It’s absolutely ridiculous.
Well, unfortunately, you can add U2 to an increasingly long list of rock acts who have betrayed their fans by following this greedy greatest hits formula.  Next week, they’re about to release U218.  This is their third CD of previously released material and they’ve buggered it up.  Of the 16 hits included on the album, only 4 (Walk On, Elevation, Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own and Vertigo) haven’t been previously reissued on a U2 hits package.  All the other singles you can find on either The Best Of 1980-1990 or The Best Of 1990-2000. 
But the worst part is the inclusion of 2 new songs.  There’s that benefit song the band recorded with Green Day (The Saints Are Coming), along with Window In The Skies.  Both songs were recorded by the great Rick Rubin at the famous Abbey Road Studios in jolly ol’ England.  That’s all fine and dandy but why weren’t those tracks saved for a proper studio album?
Earlier this year, I thought about what U2 was planning to do for their 30th Anniversary.  I remember lying in bed one morning thinking about all the songs that didn’t make their 2 previous greatest hits releases.  Because they didn’t include every hit they’ve ever had on those 2 albums, there were a lot of leftovers.  When I got up, I made a list of all the songs that probably should be on a third greatest hits package.  I even had a title:  Treasure Chest. 
Actually, a better title would be U230 since I came up with 30 songs for this imaginary double-CD release commemorating their 30 years together as a band.  Besides Walk On, Vertigo, Elevation and Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, I felt these 26 other tracks should be included:
The Fly
Two Hearts Beat As One
Last Night On Earth
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
All Because Of You
A Celebration
11 O’Clock Tick Tock
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Bullet The Blue Sky
Zoo Station
City Of Blinding Lights
Original Of The Species
If God Will Send His Angels
Another Day
A Day Without Me
Night & Day
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (Single Version)
One Tree Hill
Until The End Of The World (Live)
Remembering how the band issued special limited edition versions of their first two Best Of compilations, which featured bonus discs of B-sides, I thought they could probably throw in a third disc of soundtrack contributions (Mission: Impossible Theme, Stateless, Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1) and Bono appearances (Hallelujah, his duet with Frank Sinatra on I’ve Got You Under My Skin) as well as any leftover B-sides and unreleased rarities (J. Swallow, Holy Joe). 
Here’s hoping, somehow, they learn about my proposal and steal it.  I mean, doesn’t it sound a hell of a lot more worthwhile than what the band actually did?
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, November 10, 2006
6:29 p.m.
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