More U2 Reissues Coming Soon

The Joshua Tree was only the beginning.
 
Last week, U2 announced on their website that they were re-releasing their first three studio albums.  Newly expanded versions of Boy, October and War, all Steve Lillywhite productions, are to be released July 21st.  (Curiously, however, amazon.com says the first two are arriving June 10th while the last one is out June 24th.)
 
Like the band’s superb 1987 blockbuster, these latest reissues will be available in several forms.  First, there’s the standard, remastered single-disc version.  Then, there’s the “deluxe double disc” edition, and finally, for the old school, vinyl pressings.
 
Personally, it’s the 2-disc sets I’m most interested in.  Besides getting the original albums with, hopefully, better sound, we can expect expanded liner notes (including the long lost elements of the original record packaging) and bonus discs of added material.  A number of B-sides recorded during this period have never been available on CD before (a grand total of two can be heard on The Best Of 1980-1990 & B-Sides) which will most likely make each of these items highly prized.  Plus, it will be great to hear some material that’s never been officially released in any form before.
 
God knows this is long overdue.  The CD track listing for Boy needs a correction (there are 10 songs, not 11), a number of songs on October are far too hissy and it will be great to have complete lyric sheets for all these original numbers, not just a few.
 
I haven’t heard the special deluxe edition of The Joshua Tree, which was released last year.  For some annoying reason, you can’t find it in record stores.  (I’ve only seen the single-disc version which I don’t want.)  Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to securing copies of all four of these special editions.  Here’s hoping they’re better than the originals I have.
 
U2.com notes that more information about these latest re-releases is forthcoming.  Bring on those expanded track listings.  I can’t wait any longer.
 
Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, April 18, 2008
12:49 p.m.
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