"The Best of 1990 - 2000" - U2

Remastered Collection (2018 Master)

Track Listing:

Background Information

On July 27, 2018, this release was officially announced. We are still listening to determine changes and as such this discography entry is still under development. We can confirm that there are a number of changes from the 2002 edition of this release:

  • “Miss Sarajevo” fades out slightly earlier.
  • The volume throughout is reduced (The 2002 mix was very loud, and clipped in places)
  • On the 2002 release, “Mysterious Ways” featured a different vocal track from the original album version. On Achtung Baby the line at 01:35 is “she’s the wave, she turns the tide, she sees the man inside the child” and for the 2002 pressing of The Best of 1990 – 2000 this became, “she’s the wave, she’ll turn the tide, and no question, she knows why”, but here on the 2018 version of The Best of 1990 – 2000 this line is once again “she’s the wave, she turns the tide, she sees the man inside the child” reverting to the original album lyric.

This is a new remastered version of The Best of 1990 – 2010, which was be released on vinyl only, and will feature two 12-inch vinyl, and will include a download card to download the audio files in an electronic format. These downloads should be in WAV format. The vinyl also includes special printed inner sleeves. The vinyl is on 180g vinyl.

Although released on vinyl in 2002, this set has become very limited and is priced quite high on the collectible market. This new version coming this fall, will replicate the original track listing on vinyl. As this is a remastered version of the original audio, there is some variation in the audio from the original set. (See notes above)

This set was released September 28th, 2018, and was available worldwide. The catalog number for this release is 5797099, but it contains alternate numbers as well. On the spine and bottom right corner on the back is listed U213/5797099. In the small print on the back cover the number listed is 00602557970999. This vinyl was pressed in France. It is dated 2018 on the back sleeve.

The press release for this set reads, “Island Records, Interscope and UMC today announce the vinyl reissue of The Best of 1990-2000 from U2, remastered and pressed on 180g double LP black vinyl and available on September 28th. The release will follow that of Achtung Baby (1991), Zooropa (1993) and The Best of 1980-1990 (1998) – all also remastered and pressed on 180g double LP black vinyl – out now.”

“Originally released in November 2002, The Best of 1990-2000 was the second compilation release from U2, the follow up to The Best of 1980-1990. It contained two newly recorded tracks – ‘Electrical Storm’ and ‘The Hands That Built America’ – the latter written for and features on the soundtrack to the 2002 film ‘Gangs Of New York’. And a selection of tracks were remixed by Mike Hedges for inclusion on the 2002 compilation. The album has now being fully remastered for the double vinyl reissue and will include a download card.”

Liner Notes

2002 Version:
Album Production Manager: Shiela Roche
Album Production Assistants: Candida Bottaci, Aislinn Meehan and Sally-Anne KcKeown
Audio Post Production by Cheryl Engels at Partial Productions Inc.
All tracks have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes where possible by Arnie Acosta at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles
Digital editing by Pat Sullivan at Bernie Grundman.

2018 Album Remaster:
Directed by The Edge.
Remastering Engineering by Scott Sedillo at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Audio Master Transfer Director: Declan Gaffney
Director of Production: Nadine King.
Project Production Manager on behalf of Island Records / UMC: Lisa Power
Archive Manager: Rebecca Coffey.


Sleeve designed by Four5One Design, Dublin
Back cover photography by Anton Corbijn
Inside photography by Anton Corbijn

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