U2 - Rattle And Hum

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue

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Rattle And Hum is the sixth studio album by Irish rock band U2, originally released in October 1988 by Island Records.

Following the release of The Joshua Tree, U2's first truly huge album in global terms, the USA lay supine before them. Deciding to embrace the cultural heritage as well as the dollars, the band aimed to document the tour and pay homage to their perceived roots. The results were a double album of live and studio work and a film that met with decidedly mixed reactions. 

In truth there's nothing wrong with Rattle And Hum other than the fact that, unlike some other bands, U2 didn't necessarily mix so well with other artists or genres. For instance, “When Loves Comes To Town” (with B.B. King) is raucous but hardly classic. The same applies to cover versions. The live attempt at “All Along The Watchtower” needed more than grainy black and white footage and cowboy hats to set it up there with Dylan and Hendrix.

More impressive were the live cuts and other hits culled from shows in Denver and Tempe where it became obvious that the songs from The Joshua Tree became even grander in a stadium setting. The band's hearts were in the right place (“Silver And Gold”, as Bono rather obviously points out, is about apartheid). The real problem lay in the grandiloquent context the film provided. 

As its title suggests, Rattle And Hum is meant to be dynamic, rather than strictly coherent. It's intended to dramatise U2 in motion and transition and to exult in the barrage of influences the band had just begun to admit on The Joshua Tree. 

While the band subsequently claimed that things had run away with them, turning a modest tour diary into a Hollywood event, the critical reaction registered quickly enough. The only way to overcome an image of po-faced self-regard and epic gestures was to become more epic but also throw in a vast dollop of irony. Achtung Baby to the rescue, then...

Check out the tracks: “Desire”; “Angel Of Harlem” and “When Love Comes To Town”.

This reissued double LP with reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(042284229913)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Helter Skelter (Live)

3:07

A2

Van Diemen’s Land

3:06

A3

Desire

2:58

A4

Hawkmoon 269

6:22

B1

All Along The Watchtower (Live)

4:24

B2

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Live)

5:53

B3

Freedom For My People (Sterling Magee)

0:38

B4

Silver And Gold (Live)

5:50

B5

Pride (In The Name Of Love) (Live)

4:27

C1

Angel Of Harlem

3:49

C2

Love Rescue Me

6:23

C3

When Love Comes To Town (Feat. B.B. King)

4:14

C4

Heartland

5:02

D1

God Part II

3:15

D2

The Star Spangled Banner (Jimi Hendrix)

0:43

D3

Bullet In The Blue Sky (Live)

5:37

D4

All I Want Is You

6:30

SKU 042284229913
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 842 299-1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 01 January 2002
Original Release Date (Year) 10 October 1988
Barcode # 042284229913
Shipping Weight 0.5400kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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