The Joshua Tree

It was the album that transformed U2 from a politically-charged, lesser-known (comparatively speaking) “college” band to international music superstars, and that status was well-earned, because The Joshua Tree was just that awesome.

Recorded in 1986 and released in March 1987, the album (their fifth) still stands as U2’s pièce de résistance.

Eleven songs… starting with “Where the Streets Have No Name” and ending with “Mothers of the Disappeared”… with a couple of pretty darn good tunes in between.

Yes, it was a departure for the lads from Dublin. Taking inspiration from gospel and blues, while still turning out pure rock takes a special breed of musician, but they pulled it off.

Sure, every album has one or two (three, if you’re lucky) great songs, but looking beyond the still-classic “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, you can’t help but love the lesser-known tunes, too. From the ethereal “Running to Stand Still” to the hard-driving “Bullet the Blue Sky” to the building crescendo of our favorite track, “Exit”… it’s all good.

Oh, did we mention its legacy? How about the fact that it’s #5 on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Definitive 200” list (behind only Sgt Pepper…, Dark Side of the Moon, Thriller, and Led Zeppelin IV). Or that it’s sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Or that Rolling Stone put it at number 26 on their “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. Yes… “of ALL TIME.”

And, if nothing else, it produced what’s still one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made. (More on that later…)

We ♥ The Joshua Tree.

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~ by weheart80s on May 11, 2010.

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