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U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

January 18, 2017


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[Album 505B/1001]

Yesterday, I looked at The Joshua Tree‘s formidable opening three tracks.

Today, the remaining eight.

And to continue the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker comparison, among these eight tracks, are there diamonds left to be found?













Overall, how was The Joshua Tree poker hand?

Well, given some pre-existing notions about what they were dealing with, some participants may have folded (both the hand & the LP gatefold) immediately if not sooner.

But those who stuck around, to see how the cards/LP played out, will likely be glad they did.


Verbalize the Positive

I like how Jordan @ Canadiancinephile always uses terrific language & phrasing in his reviews. I also think the hearts & diamonds ratings here were inspired by his Maple Leaf rating system, cheers!

From → 1980s

  1. fyfeopedia permalink

    My vacation was delayed for 24 hours by a weather bomb, so I’m still around to comment. This album reminds me of Queen’s News of the World – ubiquitous hits up the front, then lots of enjoyable album tracks uninterrupted afterwards. I pretty much love all of tracks 4-9 on The Joshua Tree.

    • That’s too bad about the travel delay – glad to hear we’re on the same page with tracks 6,7,9!

  2. Ooh I thought Bullet the Blue Sky would have been one of the diamonds for sure. I think that’s the only one of these that I can actually remember anyway!

    • I think as a youth, I found Bullet a bit ‘tuneless’ after the opening tree – and now as a slightly less youthful listener, I’m not sure what he was saying, but Bono’s spoken parts just weren’t speaking to me!

  3. Bullet on Rattle And Hum is taken to another level as its been years since i listened to the studio version. I’m with u though as I like side two esp In Gods Country. Quick little snappy time changes makes that song great…
    I hammer on these guys now ..but this is a good album ….

    Here’s a little something for ya….

    You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
    Know when to fold ’em
    Know when to walk away
    Know when to run
    You never count your money
    When you’re sittin’ at the table
    There’ll be time enough for countin’
    When the dealin’s done


    • I think some groups forget about that counting money line!
      I’ll have to check out the live version – more energy may bring it up to diamond status for me!

  4. Bullet The Blue Sky is one of my favourite U2 songs. I get what you mean by saying it’s a bit tuneless… but it works for me. No doubt the live version from Rattle And Hum helped that one reach favourite status, but it’s a cracking track.

    Other favourites are those you’ve classed as diamonds – Red Hill Mining Town, In God’s Country and One Tree Hill.

    You’ve put me right in the mood to listen to this one.

    • That’s a few recommendations for Bullet as heard live – Rattle & Hum has been added to my list, I have a feeling my appreciation of that track will increase upon hearing it!

  5. There’s a hat trick of great U2 albums and this is one of them!

  6. I rate Blluet and Running WAY higher than you do! Best two tracks on the record, even? 🙂

    • I think it was either you or our friend/(fellow false apostle I gather?!) Bruce that said, Hooray for diversity!

      • Yup. This record was huge for me. I still need to do my U2 rant. Deke keeps telling me to get in there and give ‘er! haha.

        The live Bullet on Rattle And Hum might do you better than the album version…

      • That sounds like a U2 rant could fit in the IOU series!

      • Oh man, you’re right!! Good call!


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