"Greatest Irish Bands" - Various Artists

Compilation Album

U2 Related Content:

Full Track Listing:

USA and Canada:
  • Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
  • Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzy
  • Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinéad O’Connor
  • I Don’t Like Mondays – The Boomtown Rats
  • In A Lifetime – Clannad featuring Bono
  • Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
  • Alternative Ulster – Stiff Little Fingers
  • Tattoo’d Lady – Rory Gallagher
  • Linger – The Cranberries
  • Breathless – The Corrs
  • Don’t Go – Hothouse Flowers
  • Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
    Bonus Tracks (UK and Europe):
  • Harry’s Game – Clannad
  • Irish Rover – The Pogues / The Dubliners
  • Dearg Doom – Horslips

Disc Two (All Countries):

  • Sightings of Bono (Short Film)

Background Information

This compilation album takes some of the best known Irish artists worldwide, and compiles some of their best known songs. The compilation was put together by Universal Music, and contained 13 tracks in North America, but added three additional, lesser known, tracks in the UK and Europe. The album features two songs with U2 content, the first is U2’s own “Where the Streets Have No Name”. This is not the album version of the song but the 1998 edit that was featured on “The Best of 1980 – 1990” compilation. The compilation also features Clannad’s “In a Lifetime” which was performed with Bono. This song features on a number of Clannad albums, and has also been released as a single a number of times.

The second disc in this package is a short film on DVD titled “Sightings of Bono”. The film is approximately 7 minutes in length, and the disc features only a menu otherwise. There is no additional content. The film was released in 2000 in Ireland, and is based on a short story by the author Gerald Beirne. The story deals with a young girl who meets Bono regularily in the streets of Dublin and begins writing these encounters down, becoming obsessed with her sightings, until one day he visits her in the store she works. Bono does appear in the film as himself. “The Sweetest Thing” and “Miss Sarajevo” can both be heard on the soundtrack to the short film. The film was directed by Peter Kavanagh, and was adapted for film by Kathy Gilfillian, the wife of Paul McGuinness. Alexandra McGuinness, daughter of Paul McGuinness has a small role in the film.

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