"The Joshua Tree - New Roots" - Various Artists
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Full Track Listing:
- Where the Streets Have No Name – Gavin James
- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Imelda May
- With or Without You – Picture This
- Bullet the Blue Sky – All Tvvins
- Running to Stand Still – Kodaline
- Red Hill Mining Town – Aine Cahill
- In God’s Country – The Academic
- Trip Through Your Wires – The Strypes
- One Tree Hill – The Coronas
- Exit – Fangclub
- Mothers of the Disappeared – Lyra
- Red Hill Mining Town (Live from Amsterdam) – U2
Initially the album The Joshua Tree – New Roots, was announced in August 2017. The tribute album was announced as a project by RTE 2FM, where local Irish artists would be remaking the U2 album, with 11 covers of songs being recorded. At the time the compilation was not mentioned to include U2, but only announced that the compilation was being done with U2’s consent, and that the album would benefit Ireland’s LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. At the time the album was announced as being released by Universal Music Ireland.
In August there was also a competition to design the cover for the compilation, open to residents of Ireland. Judges of that competition included Steve Averill, long time designer for U2 themselves. Closing date for the contest was August 31, 2017, and the contest was won by Paul Joyce, a designer originally from Dublin.
In October 2017, it was announced that there would be an additional bonus track on the album beyond the 11 covers. The song would be “Red Hill Mining Town” recorded by U2 during their Joshua Tree 2017 tour stop in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. At this time, it is not known which of the two shows in Amsterdam the song has been taken from.
Larry Mullen of U2 said of the project, “The songs on ‘The Joshua Tree’ have traveled well with us over the past 30 years, it’s been a privilege to take them out on tour around the world again this year. And what an honour to hear them revisited on The Joshua Tree – New Roots in support of the important work of LauraLynn.”
Paul Russell, the Deputy Head of 2FM spoke of Larry Mullen’s involvement in the project as well, “The station has long been associated with U2. This special album is a 2fm Music initiative showcasing our support of Irish music by inviting some of our favourite acts to connect with one of the most famous Irish albums of all time. While highlighting the incredible work of LauraLynn, we are especially indebted to Larry Mullen for joining the dots together in the early stages.”
Tracks from the album are now being played on RTE 2FM radio. starting on October 11, 2017. Dan Hegarty is promising to play additional tracks from the album on “Present the Alternative” at 10pm (Dublin Time) on RTE 2FM on October 12, 2017.
The album is being released digitally and on CD on October 27, 2017. At this time it is only being released in Ireland.
Cover design by Paul Joyce.