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It was twenty years ago today….


(Wow this has been a long time….)

Interesting to note that twenty years ago today, (debate-maybe yesterday?), saw the release of ‘The Joshua Tree‘, by U2. I had been slowly developing a grand appreciation for them from ‘October’ onwards, and particularly ‘Unforgettable Fire’ with it’s sonic experimentation. But this album seemed to take all that potential and catapult it into another dimension.

Politically articulate, spiritually rich, musically acomplished – it really was a significant moment in musical history, (as numerous ‘top album of all time charts’ etc still testify.

Mybe now it’s hard to appreciate it, A bit like trying to imagine a world without the Beatles, and I know the U2 are now hotly debated on the ‘cred-factor’. But this album was massive at the time and certainly bought something fresh and enriching to me… a time when i was about to re-enter church life, to get politically engaged and to start visiting some desperate places in the world.

I’d love to know other people’s recollections and reminiscences….

Excellent Wikipedia entry here…
Interesting article, (Andrew Collins), here…

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POSTED 09.03.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (6)

6 Responses to “It was twenty years ago today….”

  1. On March 9th, 2007 at 4:58 pm Fat Roland said:

    Totally passed me by. I was 13 and heavily into classical music. Even now, it’s not my favourite album by a long shot.

    Now, Achtung Baby, that’s a different matter!…

  2. On March 9th, 2007 at 7:14 pm Michael Radcliffe said:

    It was indeed the 9th March.

    I remember getting it on cassette on the Saturday from Woolworths. I bought in the lunch hour from my Saturday job at Budgen’s supermarket (or Bludgeons, as I came to call it).

    I got home, waited until my parents went out for the night and played it very, very loud. My life was never quite the same again.

    I also remember listening to “Where the Streets” on headphones on the way to school, the morning after the hurricane in October 1987 – trying to dodge fallen tree-trunks as the storm blew itself out. It was a strangely appropriate soundtrack for that and many, many other things.

    I also agree that Achtung Baby was axiomatic in a similar way (possibly more so for me), but then and for today, The Joshua Tree deserves its reputation.

  3. On March 9th, 2007 at 7:49 pm carey said:

    Blimey, was that really 20 years ago? I’d already been into U2 for some years by then, but the Joshua Tree tour was the first time I saw them live.

    I went straight from my Maths A Level and missed my rendezvous with my friends (no mobiles in those days!) so spent the whole gig on my own (well, found a couple of Scottish guys who gave me piggybacks so I could see the stage!)

  4. On March 9th, 2007 at 9:31 pm Gary said:

    Well of course Achtung Baby is a majorly significant album and probably i’d go along with the idea that it carries more punch than this; but then again I tend to think that was only possible because of this album in the first place – four men needed to plant the Joshua Tree before they could then chop it down so dramatically.

  5. On March 17th, 2007 at 6:36 pm jenny vorwaller said:

    twenty years! wow.

    i wanted to jump in to give a quick thought: it’s remarkable that the world has never missed the thousands of disappeared from south america, (yet any other event in history that has had fewer losses is taught in schools in america and elsewhere)

    to illustrate the sad overlooked time in history is the fact that this is one of the *top albums* of all time and yet no one even knows what “mothers of the disappeared” – is even about.

    definitely a politically articulate and spiritually rich album. one of my old favorites too. the cover to my album was all beat up to shreds…really? 20 years? 🙂

  6. On April 2nd, 2007 at 2:33 pm Jennifer said:

    This came out when I was in college and I already had War, Boy, and October on cassette–but this changed everything. I remember that I began jogging to this on cassette and it still serves as inspiration–both for running and faith.

    And I remembered that this album, along with music by the Waterboys and the Kane Gang (does anyone remember them???) allowed me to connect with God in a groove that the church couldn’t get.