U2 Re-releasing The Joshua Tree

Their next studio album won’t be ready until sometime next year but that won’t stop U2 from putting out something this year.  According to their official website, the Irish foursome is re-releasing the album that made them global superstars in the late 1980s. 
Hard to believe but The Joshua Tree is now 20 years old.  Originally issued in March 1987, it spawned two number one singles in America and went on to win the Grammy for Album Of The Year.  It has sold tens of millions of copies in multiple formats worldwide.  (In fact, it was the first full-length release to be issued simultaneously on vinyl, cassette and CD.  Prior to that, CD versions always followed the distribution of vinyl and cassette copies to record stores weeks later.)
For its 20th Anniversary, the album is being reissued in four different versions.  There’s the standard, single disc, remastered edition which features the original 11 songs in the same order as they appeared on the initial release.  Author Bill Flanagan, who wrote the definitive book about the Zoo TV period, U2 At The End Of The World – It’s on my book list.  Buy it and enjoy it.  It’s a great read. – has written new liner notes.  Previously unreleased photos by respected Dutch lensman Anton Corbijn, who’s been working with the band for 25 years, will be included in the package.
For diehard vinyl fans, there’s also a remastered double 12" package.  No bonus material, unfortunately.
Speaking of that, it appears Bono’s original concept of The Joshua Tree will happen after all.  He wanted the record to be a double album and now it is, thanks to the special deluxe edition that’s coming out.  Disc one is the spruced up version of the original album and disc two features all the B-sides from that period as well as much sought after rarities like the original version of Silver And Gold from the hard-to-find Artists United Against Apartheid album.  (As an aside, where’s Woman Fish?)  That one features Bono with a couple members of The Rolling Stones.  (It was recorded during a break from the band’s Dirty Work sessions in 1985.)  Even the less impressive single edit of Where The Streets Have No Name makes an appearance, the third time it’s appeared on CD.  It should be noted, though, that many of those B-sides, like Spanish Eyes and Walk To The Water, were already included on the bonus disc of the first pressing of The Best Of 1980-1990. 
The deluxe edition will include "a 36-page bound book" which features Flanagan’s notes, commentary from The Edge and Bono’s handwritten lyric sheets.
Finally, there’s the three-disc box set which features the two-CD deluxe edition and a bonus DVD which will include the Outside It’s America documentary, videos (a different cut of With Or Without You and the never-before-seen Red Hill Mining Town) and a full-length concert from a fourth of July appearance at The Hippodrome in Paris, France from the 1987 Joshua Tree tour.
According to Billboard, you can expect all of these releases on November 20.  Start making your Christmas lists.
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, October 19, 2007
1:39 p.m.
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  1. U2 makes another zillion dollars

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