So you guys talked about The Joshua Tree almost being a double length album. Got me to thinking: what would my double length version be?
Well here it is:
1. Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. With or Without You
4. Running to Stand Still
5. A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel
6. Red Hill Mining Town
8. In God's Country
9. Sweetest Thing
10. Angel of Harlem
11. Trip Through Your Wires
12. One Tree Hill
13. All I Want is You
15. Silver and Gold
16. Bullet the Blue Sky
17. Mothers of the Disappeared
Boom, dog. I'll be the first to say it: some of these probably aren't from the Joshua Tree sessions. I don't care. I just listened to this playlist and it kicks serious ass for several reasons.
Reason one: symmetry. Side One is tracks 1-4, ending with Running to Stand Still, a perfect side closer, at around 20 minutes. Side Two: 5 - 9, clocking in around, oh, twenty minutes. Side three? Tracks 10 - 13 at right around twenty freakin' minutes. SIDE FOUR!? *ahem* Tracks 14 - 17, nineteen minutes. But pretty damn close to TWENTY MINUTES!!!
Reason two? Flow! One problem I had with Joshua Tree is just as you were getting into the darker, grittier side of U2 (Exit) it shifted right back to the tragic, operatic side (Mothers of the Disappeared). And let's be honest: Bullet the Blue Sky had no business being on side one. Splitting up With or Without You and Running to Stand Still was downright criminal. I skipped BTBS for literally DECADES because I wanted the album to slow down at track four which it damn well wanted to.
Reason three? Southern Comfort. And lemonade. Of which I've had quite a bunch tonight.
Reason four? Even if most of the tracks I've added to this were from the Rattle and Hum sessions it would only mean one thing: no Rattle and Hum. I rest my case.
And my head. Against my pillow. I've got a long headache waiting for me tomorrow.