U2 – 18 Singles (2006)

FrontCover1U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin, formed in 1976. The group consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). Initially rooted in post-punk, U2’s musical style has evolved throughout their career, yet has maintained an anthemic quality built on Bono’s expressive vocals and the Edge’s chiming, effects-based guitar sounds. Their lyrics, often embellished with spiritual imagery, focus on personal and sociopolitical themes. Popular for their live performances, the group have staged several ambitious and elaborate tours over their career.

The band was formed when the members were teenaged pupils of Mount Temple Comprehensive School and had limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed with Island Records and released their debut album, Boy (1980). Subsequent work such as their first UK number-one album, War (1983), and the singles “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love)” helped establish U2’s reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. By the mid-1980s, they had become renowned globally for their live act, highlighted by their performance at Live Aid in 1985. The group’s fifth album, The Joshua Tree (1987), made them international superstars and was their greatest critical and commercial success. Topping music charts around the world, it produced their only number-one singles in the US to date: “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.

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Facing creative stagnation and a backlash to their documentary/double album, Rattle and Hum (1988), U2 reinvented themselves in the 1990s. Beginning with their acclaimed seventh album, Achtung Baby (1991), and the multimedia-intensive Zoo TV Tour, the band pursued a new musical direction influenced by alternative rock, electronic dance music, and industrial music, and they embraced a more ironic, flippant image. This experimentation continued through their ninth album, Pop (1997), and the PopMart Tour, which were mixed successes. U2 regained critical and commercial favour with the records All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), which established a more conventional, mainstream sound for the group. Their U2 360° Tour of 2009–2011 set records for the highest-attended and highest-grossing concert tour, both of which were surpassed in 2019. The group most recently released the companion albums Songs of Innocence (2014) and Songs of Experience (2017), the former of which received criticism for its pervasive, no-cost release through the iTunes Store.

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U2 have released 14 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold an estimated 150–170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and in 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked U2 at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and social justice causes, including Amnesty International, Jubilee 2000, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, War Child, and Music Rising.

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U218 Singles is a greatest hits album by Irish rock band U2, released in November 2006. In most markets, the album contains 18 songs: 16 of their most successful and popular singles, and two new songs. The 17th track is a cover version of the Skids’ “The Saints Are Coming”, recorded with Green Day to benefit Hurricane Katrina charities. The 18th and closing track was a new song entitled “Window in the Skies”. In some markets such as the United Kingdom, an extra song, “I Will Follow”, was included as the opening track. A DVD compilation of music videos from throughout the group’s career entitled U218 Videos was released concurrent to U218 Singles.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart on 9 December 2006 at number 12 with sales of 134,000 copies. It spent 45 weeks on the chart. Despite not being released until November 2006, it was the seventh-highest-selling album in the world that year. (wikipedia)

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U2’s first two greatest-hits albums neatly divided themselves by decade, with the first covering the ’80s and the second summing up the ’90s. Their third hits comp, 2006’s U218 Singles, is at once more ambitious and more concise, offering an overview of their first 26 years on a single disc comprised of 18 tracks — and since two of those are new songs, that leaves just 16 songs to tell their whole story. That’s not much space for a band with a career as lengthy and ambitious as U2, so it’s inevitable that some painful cuts have been made. Nothing from October, Zooropa or Pop is here, and unless you’re buying various import editions that have “I Will Follow” as a bonus track, there’s nothing from Boy, either.

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There’s only one cut each from The Unforgettable Fire and Rattle and Hum — and bucking conventional wisdom, none of their three widely accepted masterpieces — War, The Joshua Tree, or Achtung Baby — provide the most songs here. No, out of all their albums the one that dominates U218 Singles is All That You Can’t Leave Behind, their 2000 comeback from the depths of the misguided Pop, and one of two records that they’ve released since their last hits compilation, The Best of 1990-2000. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Adam Clayton (bass)
David Howell “The Edge” Evans (guitar, keyboards, background vocals)
Paul David “Bono” Hewson (vocals, guitar)
Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion)

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Tracklist:
01.Beautiful Day (2000) All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) 4.06
02. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (1987) 4.37
03. Pride (In The Name Of Love) (1984) 3.49
04. With Or Without You 81987) 4.57
05. Vertigo (2004) 3.11
06. New Year’s Day (Japanese single version) (1983) 4.18
07. Mysterious Ways (1991) 4.03
08. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of All (2000) 4.32
09. Where The Streets Have No Name (Single version) (1987) 4.48
10. Sweetest Thing (Single mix) (1998) 3.01
11. Sunday Bloody Sunday (1983) 4.41
12. One (1991) 4.36
13. Desire (1988) 3.00
14. Walk On (Edited version) (2000) 4.29
15. Elevation (2000) 3.49
16. Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own (2004) 5.06
17. The Saints Are Coming (with Green Day) (new song) (2006) 3.23
18. Window In The Skies (new song) (2006) 4.07

All song written by:

except 17., written by Richard Jobson & Stuart Adamson

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I have climbed highest mountains
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

I believe in the kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
But yes I’m still running
You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Oh my shame
You know I believe it

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

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