#8: U2 – Rattle and Hum (1988)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #8: U2’s Americana kitchen sink odyssey Rattle and Hum now receiving Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Rattle Undoubled

Side One:

  1. Desire (2:59)
  2. Hawkmoon 269 (6:22)
  3. Freedom for My People (0:38)
  4. Silver And Gold (5:49)
  5. Angel of Harlem (3:49)

Side Two:

  1. When Love Comes to Town (4:15)
  2. Heartland (5:03)
  3. God Part II (3:15)
  4. The Star Spangled Banner (0:43)
  5. All I Want is You (6:30)

Gone are the unnecessary live tracks and a couple of other plodding studio tracks (Love Rescue Me, Van Dieman’s Land), while the two short tracks in the American roots rock theme remain, tightening up what now is a worthy follow up to their greatest recorded works in The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree.

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