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Old 08-04-2005, 11:11 PM   #16
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Well, first, I'd start with what they actually released since, as Ruckman said, it was pretty good (whereas, if I were to recreate the nineties disc, I'd have to ditch the whole damn thing and start over).

Drop "When Love Comes To Town" (too many R&H tracks) and either drop "October" as a hidden track or drop it altogether.

Add "Gloria" and "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" (the only two major omissions from the officially released set; they were huge omissions, though).

Also add maybe "Out of Control" or "The Electric Co." (probably the former because it was their first single) because the early stuff is not as well represented as the later stuff.

Also add "Two Hearts Beat As One" and/or "40." The first was a pretty big single for them, the second their definitive concert closer in the eighties. There's only two War tracks anyway.

Don't add any more Joshua Tree tracks because there are enough already. Yes, there are some really good songs on there absent, but a compilation needs to at least try to represent all periods equally if it's to serve as a decent retrospective.

Also leave off "A Celebration." It was a single, but not a very well known one, and it doesn't fit the mood anyway. I'd be a little stunned if the band even remembered they wrote this song.

Use the unedited version of "Bad" (just because the minor edits in this song annoy me more than the major ones in "New Year's Day") and the single version of "Streets" (because it's shorter than the album version and more interesting for fans and collectors than an edit of that version). Keep the "New Year's Day" edit since the full album version would probably kill the flow.

Keep "Sweetest Thing" 'cause I like it.

Shift around the R&H tracks so they aren't all piled together at the end.

No stupid bonus tracks or hidden tracks or anything.

So maybe:

1. Pride (In the Name of Love)
2. New Year's Day (edit)
3. With or Without You
4. Gloria
5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
6. Sunday, Bloody Sunday
7. Bad
8. All I Want Is You
9. Where the Streets Have No Name (single version)
10. I Will Follow
11. The Unforgettable Fire
12. Sweetest Thing (single version)
13. Desire
14. Two Hearts Beat As One
15. Angel of Harlem
16. Out of Control
17. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
18. "40"

2 non-album
2 Boy
1 October
4 War
3 Unforgettable Fire
3 Joshua Tree
3 Rattle and Hum

Well, it needs work, but it fixes the problems I've identified at least. (Edit: Actually, I kind of like this.) Hope that comes out to less than eighty minutes. If it doesn't, I'd (grudgingly) drop "Two Hearts" since War has the most tracks represented.

For the B-sides disc, I'd get rid of all the edits and use the full versions. I mean, geez, it's a disc for collectors, don't give them more to collect. The "Love Comes Tumbling" edit is interesting, though, so I'd retain that.

There are a minor handful of missing B-sides, but I think they got all the best ones. There are also a few songs that aren't B-sides but also aren't album tracks (like "Jesus Christ" and "A Celebration") that are also up for consideration.

But since there's room for more a few tracks, I'd probably add "Deep In the Heart" (to complete all the B-sides for The Joshua Tree), "Treasure," "J. Swallow," and whatever else fits. I really don't think there was any essential material they left off, though. I'd try not to mess with the track order much since it works rather well as it is.
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Old 08-04-2005, 11:21 PM   #17
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are you talking LP there?! There's no way you could fit all of that onto each side, that'd be a double at least!!
The vinyl version of The Best of 1980-1990 actually was a double album (same with the nineties set).
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Right, I'm gonna have a crack now. Because I think the 80's best of was good, except for tracks 11-13.

1. Out of Control
2. Pride (In The Name of Love)
3. New Year's Day (Single Edit)
4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
5. With or Without You
6. Bad
7. The Unforgettable Fire
8. Where The Streets Have No Name
9. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
10. I Will Follow
11. Two Hearts Beat as One
12. Fire
13. Sunday Bloody Sunday
14. Gloria
15. All I Want is You (Single Edit)
16. One Tree Hill (Extended Version)

I haven't actually heard Fire or Gloria.

Boy - Two songs
October - Two
War - Three
The Unforgettable Fire - Three
The Joshua Tree - Four
Rattle And Hum - One (all it needs)
Non-album - One.
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1. Where the streets have no name - (single edit)
2. Pride (in the name of love)
3. New Year's Day - (edit)
4. I still haven't found what I'm looking for
5. With or without you
6. Angel of Harlem
7. Desire
8. Bad - (edit)
9. Gloria
10. I will follow
11. The unforgettable fire
12. Sunday bloody Sunday
13. Bullet the blue sky
14. When love comes to town - (w/ BB King)
15. In God's country
16. All I want is you
17. Party girl - (live from Red Rocks)
18. '40' - (live Red Rocks)
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Rattle And Hum - One (all it needs)
Desire? Angel of Harlem? They're great songs.

I bet you will grow to like them. A lot of teenagers have to grow to like more rootsy music. I was one of them.
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1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Will Follow
3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
4. Bad
5. Sunday Bloody Sunday
6. With or Without You
7. Bullet the Blue Sky
8. Running to Stand Still
9. Unforgettable Fire
10. New Year's Day
11. Pride
12. Desire
13. One Tree Hill
14. A Sort of Homecoming
15. All I Want is You
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1. Out of Control
2. I Will Follow
3. The Electric Co.
4. Gloria
5. I Threw a Brick
6. New Years Day
7. Two Hearst Beat As One
8. 40
9. Sunday Bloody Sunday (Red Rocks)
10. A Sort of Homecoming
11. Pride
12. Bad (WAIA)
13. Where The Streets Have No Name
14. I Still Havev't Found What I'm Looking For
15. With or Without You
16. Desire
17. Angel of Harlem
18. All I Want Is You
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The vinyl version of The Best of 1980-1990 actually was a double album (same with the nineties set).
Oh yeah, I know they were both doubles...I've been looking for the 80-90 double LP for an AGE now, but it's too damn hard to find!!

What I meant, in case I mis-typed, was the amount of songs he wrote couldn't possibly fit on to two sides of vinyl and would definitely be double, (like the originals), looking back...surely that would be a triple or more??!

Not that it matters of course, was just saying...
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