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Old 10-23-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Why are U2 re-releasing 'The Joshue Tree'?

I have to admit to being a little puzzled why U2 are re-releasing The Joshua Tree. OK, I realise that, commercially, it's one of their greatest albums in terms of sales, and was a defining album in their career.

Edge has always said that he believes their best music is ahead of them. Does this mean that he believes each album is better than the last? So instead of looking to the future, why re-release an album from the past?

What also puzzles me is why they're re-releasing the album just before Christmas, when the actual 20th anniversary was in February/March 2007. Are they trying to cash in on Christmas sales?

I absolutely love U2, and have been a fan ever since they released the original album back in 1987, but I'm just intrigued by their latest (re)release.
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it's the thing to do...

that, and the current cd version sounds like garbage
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Re: Why are U2 re-releasing 'The Joshue Tree'?

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I have to admit to being a little puzzled why U2 are re-releasing The Joshua Tree. OK, I realise that, commercially, it's one of their greatest albums in terms of sales, and was a defining album in their career.

Edge has always said that he believes their best music is ahead of them. Does this mean that he believes each album is better than the last? So instead of looking to the future, why re-release an album from the past?

What also puzzles me is why they're re-releasing the album just before Christmas, when the actual 20th anniversary was in February/March 2007. Are they trying to cash in on Christmas sales?

I absolutely love U2, and have been a fan ever since they released the original album back in 1987, but I'm just intrigued by their latest (re)release.
U2 have often stated they're a business as well as a family as well as a band. And big business is done around Christmas; thus the probable reason for the Christmas relese rather than last spring.

As to the rest of your post, you're not making the 'either-or' argument are you? That "instead of re-releasing the Joshua Tree they should be working on the new album" notion? If you are, well that's rediculous. If you're not, then why worry about whether they release it or not if it doesn't interest you?
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Remastered, remastered, remastered. Fixing the end of One Tree Hill/beginning of Exit. Remastered. B-sides. B-sides no one has ever heard before. Red Hill Mining Town Video. Live Paris show on DVD. Remastered. Remastered.

There are probably a few more good reasons that I'm missing.
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There are probably a few more good reasons that I'm missing.

Remastered?

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But seriously, if these things don't appeal to you/justify a re-release...well, I...I'm speechless.
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Re: Why are U2 re-releasing 'The Joshue Tree'?

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So instead of looking to the future, why re-release an album from the past?
Just because U2 is re-releasing a drastically improved Joshua Tree doesn't mean they aren't looking to the future. They can certainly do both. It won't have any effect on the progress of the new album.
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JT remestered
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It will make the perfect stocking stuffer


JT (like many other U2 records) will benefit greatly from a re-master.
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Re: Re: Why are U2 re-releasing 'The Joshue Tree'?

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U2 have often stated they're a business as well as a family as well as a band. And big business is done around Christmas; thus the probable reason for the Christmas relese rather than last spring.

As to the rest of your post, you're not making the 'either-or' argument are you? That "instead of re-releasing the Joshua Tree they should be working on the new album" notion? If you are, well that's rediculous. If you're not, then why worry about whether they release it or not if it doesn't interest you?
Thanks for saving me the trouble of posting.
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Merge, this has been discussed...
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The One Tree Hill/Exit error already has been fixed. At least my copy is working properly.
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Money plain and simple
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why wouldn't they re-release it?
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I can't say I recall the original release of 'The Joshue Tree'








Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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To piss off the 9 people who wouldn't want to hear a remastered classic in all its glory piping through a nice set of cans. If you're one of the 9, that's great-----that means we only have 3 or 4 more to hear from.
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wait i'm really confused can someone please clarify....if they are remastering it, how do they already have it? are they re recording a JT? umm, yeah i'm really confused sorry hahaha
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wait i'm really confused can someone please clarify....if they are remastering it, how do they already have it? are they re recording a JT? umm, yeah i'm really confused sorry hahaha
You just confused me.
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I think it comes down to two things:

1. Remastering (I'm not an audiophile, but those who are say the sound quality on the original CD is pretty crappy.)

2. $
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