Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy 25th Anniversary, The Joshua Tree

Desert sky
Dream beneath the desert sky
The rivers run, but soon run dry
We need new dreams tonight...
In God´s Country

On March 9, 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree, its fifth studio album and one that would catapult the Irish rock quartet from popularity to international superstardom.
Rolling Stone named it the third best album of the '80s and   the magazine critic Anthony De Curtis wrote: 

"The wild beauty, cultural richness, spiritual vacancy and ferocious violence of America are explored to compelling effect in virtually every aspect of The Joshua Tree — in the title and the cover art, the blues and country borrowings evident in the music ... Indeed, Bono says that 'dismantling the mythology of America' is an important part of The Joshua Tree's artistic objective."

One of the most influential and influenced albums by U2, The Joshua Tree is and was a jewel in the discography of the Irish band (and in any other who would die to have their own "Joshua Tree"). More history of the album here

It produced the hit singles “With or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Where the Streets Have No Name”. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.

"I just think the album takes you somewhere," bassist Adam Clayton told the magazine. "It's like a journey. You start in the desert, come swooping down in Central America. Running for your life. It takes me somewhere, and hopefully it does that for everyone else."

And it has takes us many places for sure...Happy Anniversary, TJT!!! 

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