February 22, 2009
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

As a courtesy to their fan club, U2 began releasing a series of exclusive albums in the mid-‘90s. This rarities album was issued in 2009 to subscribing members of, and it contains two discs of unreleased tracks, B-sides, alternate takes, and cover songs. Although most of these tunes can be found elsewhere -- many were released as bonus tracks on the remastered versions of Boy, October, War, and The Joshua Tree -- it’s helpful to have them all in one place, especially since they occasionally trump the material that did appear on U2's official albums. Of particular note are the discarded songs from the recording sessions for All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, including “Native Son” (a primitive -- although arguably superior -- version of “Vertigo”), "Fast Cars" (which includes the lyric that gave How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb its name), and the charming, semi-psychedelic “Flower Child.”
Andrew Leahey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Levitate
  2. Love You Like Mad
  3. Smile
  4. Flower Child
  5. Beautiful Ghost/Introduction to Songs of Experience
  6. Jesus Christ
  7. Xanax and Wine
  8. All Because of You
  9. Native Son
  10. Yahweh [Alternative Version]
  11. Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own [Alternative Version]
  12. Saturday Night
  13. Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl
  14. Angels Too Tied to the Ground
  15. Wave of Sorrow (Birdland)
  16. Always
  17. Summer Rain
  18. Big Girls Are Best
  19. Fast Cars [Jacknife Lee Remix]
  20. Neon Lights