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2017-03-29: The History Mix: Covering the Tree

The Joshua Tree. An album with an iconic front cover. Or actually, many front covers. We are going to look back at this album and the images that have graced the front of the album, from early prototype designs to the most recently announced additions for the 30th anniversary, due to be released in June.

Last year we took a look at U2’s alternate covers. Among the covers we looked at were...

2017-03-22: Record Store Day U2’s Red Hill Mining Town: Question and Answer

Yesterday U2’s contribution to Record Store Day 2017 was announced. And we saw a lot of comments and questions throughout the day and into the evening. So many questions we decided to try to answer some for you about the release, about Record Store Day and maybe help you breathe a bit easier. If you are looking for information about the release itself, please check out our article about...

2017-03-21: U2 Exclusive on RSD: Red Hill Mining Town Vinyl

It’s official, U2 will release a new single on Record Store Day. This afternoon, a list of items released for Record Store Day 2017 was announced, and U2 is on the list. Previously, on March 10, Steve Lillywhite had tweeted an image of this vinyl release, but later removed the picture from his social media accounts, and this is the first official confirmation that U2 will release anything....

2017-03-20: 5 Albums: Daniel Lanois

U2Songs’ celebration of #U2JT30 and the studio team that brought the album to life continues with one-half of the “dynamic duo” that produced it, Daniel Lanois. At the time of The Unforgettable Fire, Lanois was considered something of an Eno protege, but by the time The Joshua Tree became a hit, he had come into his own. Although the five albums listed below all fall into roughly a...

2017-03-17: St Francis Hotel and “One Tree Hill”

Last week U2 announced a new version of The Joshua Tree being released for the albums 30th anniversary. There are two box sets being produced, and each of these will include a disc of remixes of songs from the original album. In the vinyl box the remixes make up one 12-inch vinyl of seven in the set, in the CD box the remixes make up one 5-inch CD of four in the set. The remixes are produced...

2017-03-15: Joshua Tree Advertising Campaign in London

Recently we’ve seen the start of a marketing campaign for the 30th anniversary releases of The Joshua Tree. The campaign is popping up throughout London and appears to be the work of Diabolical Creative Marketing. Diabolical is a marketing firm who specializes in “masterminding outdoor and experiential advertising campaigns.” They work on campaigns for a number of clients, including a number...

2017-03-12: Atomic Bomb Reissue Details

Last week we brought you news that entries on Amazon were pointing towards a reissue of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb on vinyl. We have been able to gather more information about this upcoming release, and are able to confirm a few additional details.


IMAGE: Cover Art from Amazon Listing for Re-Run How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

According to Universal, this album is a “re-run of the...

2017-03-10: 5 Albums: Steve Lillywhite

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree and the launch of the tour, U2Songs is looking at the work of the production team that helped bring the album to life. We’ve already considered five albums each from Brian Eno and Flood, and in this installment we turn our attention to the man whose relationship with U2 goes back the farthest: Steve Lillywhite!

As the sole producer of the...

2017-03-09: What’s In The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary?

More information about the new releases of The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Edition are coming to light. We can now report on the length of some of the new materials in the box set. The disc of live material from the 1987 New York Concert will run 76:36 in length. The new remix CD will run 31:42 in length. There are two additional new mixes, one from ’87 and one from ’17 on the rarities...

2017-03-09: Merchandising the Tree

Today marks thirty years since the release of The Joshua Tree in stores. Vinyl was a fading format. Cassettes were at the forefront for many music fans. And compact discs were just starting to make an appearance in North America and Europe having found favour in Japan in the years prior. The Joshua Tree was released at such a time that there was even an 8-track version of the album pressed,...

2017-03-07: 5 Albums: PopMart Mix!

We’ve been celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree by selecting five albums each from the team that produced U2’s landmark fifth LP. So far we’ve covered Brian Eno and Flood, with Steve Lillywhite and Daniel Lanois still to come.

But since Pop also celebrates a birthday this month, let’s throw some love its way! Far be it from the team here at U2Songs to neglect such an...

2017-03-05: The History Mix: Pop Muzik

In 1997-1998 the PopMart tour would circle the world over twelve months. North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, Africa, and South America. The tour lasted five legs, and played 93 shows to 3.9 million fans. And each night the show opened with U2 taking the stage while the song “Pop Muzik” played over the PA system.

“Pop Muzik” is a song performed by M, which is a musical...