Wednesday marks the 24th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree” Most will agree that in addition to being one of the most culturally significant rock ‘n’ roll albums ever recorded which managed to sell over 25M copies and made U2 ” The Worlds Greatest” Band and the title remains. Greatest does not start with a plan or a road map as to where your heading. You can pick up your own copy here
Today some would say who cares about U2? They have past their time and that the music may not relate to the masses today. However what does a pre-teen Justin lover really know about the world? U2’s message is clearly directed towards the college crowd to guide them to making a difference in the world. Becoming something more than a pay check collecting person.
The idea that one is no greater than another is not a new concept, what’s different is the idea of main streaming the thoughts of being good to each other and looking for ways to help one another. 24 years later and the message still matters. The only difference today is that we may have to tweet it, or shoot a video to get the message out.
The bio is not provided for the dedicated U2 fan rather the possible new U2 fan. Music moves you beyond your space and time.
The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release The Unforgettable Fire, U2 aimed for a harder-hitting sound on The Joshua Tree within the limitation of strict song structures. The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music and depicts the band’s love-hate relationship with the United States, with socially- and politically-conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery.
Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, U2 chose America as a theme for the record. Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group recorded in two houses, in addition to two professional studios. Several events during the sessions helped shape the conscious tone of the album, including the band’s participation in A Conspiracy of Hope tour, the death of roadie Greg Carroll, and lead vocalist Bono’s travels to Central America. Recording was completed in November and additional production continued into January 1987. Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a “cinematic” quality for the record that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of America. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.