U2’s Joshua Tree Remastered and Expanded

joshua-tree.jpgToday, U2 is releasing a remastered version of the album that turned a popular band into a super band. Commemorating its 20th anniversary (how can it be that old already?), the Joshua Tree is being re-issued in four versions -- 1) a remastered single CD, 2) a 2-CD set that features the remastered album and b-sides/rarities from the Joshua Tree recording sessions, 3) a 2-CD/1-DVD collectible box that includes a 56 page book; and 4) a double vinyl package.

The re-release of this album has a certain unwelcomed commercial feel to it. I'll grant that. But, regardless, I'm buying it. The Joshua Tree loomed in the background during a great moment in my life. And just hearing it brings me back to the sounds and smells of that period. So, if I can hear it remastered and get more songs from the recording sessions, I guess I'll take it.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with these bits of free U2 media. First, spend some time with "Bono: The Rolling Stone Interview" (iTunes - Feed - Web Site). Here Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone, leads a long and wide-ranging interview with Bono Vox. The second item is a video (below) featuring Bono singing and telling the story behind "Wave of Sorry," one of the b-sides from the new Joshua Tree release.

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