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….