U2: The Best of 1980-1990; Island Releases U2’s First Retrospective Album & New Single

U2: The Best of 1980-1990; Island Releases U2's First Retrospective Album & New Single (1998-09-09)

Island Records news release, September 09, 1998

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 — The first decade of U2’s extraordinary history is celebrated with the worldwide release by Island Records of U2: The Best of 1980-1990 on Tuesday, November 3.

For the first week, the 14-track album will only be available as a limited edition double-CD pack, with a bonus CD featuring 15 of U2’s B-sides from the Eighties. This limited edition will retail at a special low price. The regular edition of U2: The Best of 1980-1990 — without the B-sides bonus CD — is in stores on Tuesday, November 10. As a prelude to the album, Island will also release a new U2 single called “The Sweetest Thing” to radio on Tuesday, September 29. “The Sweetest Thing” was originally intended to be on The Joshua Tree album, but was not finished in time. An incomplete version subsequently appeared as a B-Side to “Where the Streets Have No Name.” The band recently returned to the studio with producer Steve Lillywhite and finished the track.

The full track listing of U2: The Best of 1980-1990 is:

Pride (In the Name of Love) New Year’s Day With or Without You I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For Sunday Bloody Sunday Bad Where the Streets Have No Name I Will Follow The Unforgettable Fire Desire Angel of Harlem When Love Comes to Town Sweetest Thing All I Want is You

Say Island Records Chairman Davitt Sigerson and President John Barbis, “We couldn’t be happier to be spearheading the American release of this great collection of music. What better way to celebrate Island’s association with this extraordinary band than to release a powerful new single along with this compelling body of work.”

U2: The Best of 1980-1990 is the opening volume in a series chronicling the history of the band. No dates, however, have been set for subsequent releases.

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