Note: this release was originally purchased as a LP, later replaced by a CD. I believe my CD is the 1992 reissue.
I bought this album upon its release in 1987 and listened to it very regularly for about six months. After I burned out on it, a friend asked if I’d sell my LP to him. I was 21, in college at the time, and wanted some beer money so I made that deal fairly quickly. While the Top 40 singles continue to get played on classic rock radio stations, I haven’t heard the complete album since late ’87. I recently spotted this CD in the used bin and picked it up. It’s been a good, long while, let’s give this a spin.
- US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1
- CashBox album chart: #1
- Rolling Stone chart: #1
- Billboard Pop CD chart*: #1
- CashBox Compact Disc chart*: #1
Press of the time:
- Stereo Review: “U2’s most mature and compelling album to date.”
- Smash Hits (9 out of 10): “their finest effort yet”
- Rolling Stone: “could be the big one”
- Robert Christgau (B): “something special–mournful and passionate, stately and involved”
- Billboard: “almost every song is a thought-provoking piece of rock”
- CashBox: “This band captures more power and energy than bands using five times the Marshall stacks.”
|With Or Without You||1||1|
|I Still Haven’t Found…||2||1|
|Where The Streets Have No Name||11||13|
|Bullet The Blue Sky||14||–|
|In God’s Country||6||44|
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: During the summer of 1987, between my junior and (first) senior year in college, I returned home to live with my parents, took a couple of early morning classes at the local community college, and had a job working with commercial glass, mainly as a glazier. At the time, my parents lived across the street from an elementary school which had some basketball goals on its playground. After work, I’d go shoot at the school and participate in the occasional pickup game. For reasons I can’t put my finger on, this album always makes me think of that basketball court and that summer.