U2 / The Best of 1990-2000 [Bonus Track] & B-Sides
Artist U2
Title The Best of 1990-2000 [Bonus Track] & B-Sides
Format 2CD
Released 2002
Label Island
Tracks
The Best of 1990-2000 [Bonus Track] & B-Sides
1. Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:41)
(U2)
2. Mysterious Ways (4:03)
(U2)
3. Beautiful Day (4:08)
(U2)
4. Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix) (4:39)
(U2)
5. One (4:35)
(U2)
6. Miss Sarajevo (4:32)
(U2)
7. Stay (Faraway, So Close) (4:59)
(U2)
8. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out of (4:34)
(U2)
9. Gone (New Mix) (4:34)
(U2)
10. Until the End of the World (4:40)
(U2)
11. The Hands That Built America (Theme From 'gangs of New York') (4:58)
(U2)
12. Discotheque (New Mix) (4:42)
(U2)
13. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (4:45)
(U2)
14. Staring at the Sun (New Mix) (4:49)
(U2)
15. Numb (New Mix) (4:23)
(U2)
16. The First Time (3:50)
(U2)
17. The Fly (4:28)
(U2)
The Best of 1990-2000 & B-Sides
1. Lady With the Spinning Head [Extended Dance Mix] (6:08)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
2. Dirty Day [Junk Day Mix] (4:42)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
3. Summer Rain (4:08)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
4. Electrical Storm (4:25)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
5. North And South of the River (4:38)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge,Christy Moore)
6. Your Blue Room (5:29)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Brian Eno)
7. Happiness is a Warm Gun [The Gun Mix] (4:47)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
8. Salomé [Zooromancer Remix] (5:52)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
9. Even Better Than the Real Thing [Perfecto Mix] (6:39)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
10. Numb [Gimme Some More Dignity Mix] (5:51)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
11. Mysterious Ways [Solar Plexus Club Mix] (4:10)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
12. If God Will Send His Angels [Big Yam Mix] (5:42)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
13. Lemon [Jeep Mix] (5:30)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
14. Discothèque [Hexidecimal Mix] (5:44)
(Adam Clayton/Bono/Larry Mullen Jr/The Edge/Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge)
Notes Review by Tom Erlewine
The story goes like this: poised on the brink of disappearing in their own earnestness in the wake of the Rattle and Hum, U2 revitalized themselves with Achtung Baby, embracing irony and modern music in a garish celebration of pop culture that effectively distracted attention from the wounded, broken heart at its center. Basking in the acclaim of Achtung Baby, U2 continued to release Euro-experimental music — equal parts Madchester, Krautrock, and good-old-fashioned prog rock, partially courtesy of longtime collaborator Brian Eno — until their ambition imploded on Pop, leading them to a celebrated return to roots, All That You Can't Leave Behind. Through it all, they turned out singles that equaled their '80s work (and in the case of "One" and "Beautiful Day," surpassed it), providing the basic ingredients for a great hits collection, but The Best of 1990-2000 is botched, nearly fatally so, by a desperate attempt to rewrite history. Original mixes are replaced by recent remixes, while album tracks (why does "The First Time" close the collection?) and two new songs elbow out actual hits. Naturally, this highlights what's missing, which is quite a bit: "The Fly," "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," "Zooropa," "Lemon," "Mofo," "Last Night on Earth," "Walk On," "Elevation," "Peace on Earth," to name a few. This wouldn't hurt as much if the new songs were good, but they're bland, particularly "Electrical Storm" (which, to add insult to injury, is presented not in the original mix, but in a William Orbit mix), an attempt to give the aesthetic of Behind a vague electronic gloss that doesn't work. Worst of all, any time U2 flirted too closely with either dance or electronica has been replaced by mixes that attempt to give these tunes the sound of neo-classicist U2, à la All That You Can't Leave Behind. So, all the Pop material ("Gone," "Discotheque," "Staring at the Sun") is given new mixes, as is "Numb," none improvements and all undermining the actual career arc of U2 in the '90s. Then, these mixes, new songs, and hits are thrown out seemingly at random, with no regard for either chronology or musical momentum. Sure, there are great songs here — not just "Mysterious Ways" and "Beautiful Day," but relatively rare items like the Passengers tune "Miss Sarajevo" (sounding more majestic than ever) and the Batman & Robin theme "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" (a glam rock pastiche that was the best thing about the film and remains a highlight), plus the underappreciated "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" (as lovely as anything they've ever cut). And that may be enough for some listeners, but it's hard not to wish that The Best of 1990-2000 actually lived up to its title and presented an overview of this excellent era in a logical, accurate manner. [Like the first U2 hits compilation, the first pressings of The Best of 1990-2000 are graced with a bonus disc containing B-sides from the same era. At least, that's what it claims to be, but just like its accompanying A-sides disc, it rewrites history, leaving behind actual B-sides — most notably several covers, but also non-LP songs that never appeared on albums — in favor of bad, bland remixes, some of them brand new. True, the remixes highlight U2's journeys in dance in the '90s, but the selection of mixes is utterly haphazard, blending new and historical mixes with no regard for context. Frankly, making this bonus disc largely remixes — to the extent that non-LP songs like "Lady With the Spinning Head" are presented in a remix, not the original B-side version — is distasteful when there are so many other genuine B-sides that should be here instead. It gives the whole project a sour aftertaste.]

The Best Of U2 1990-2000 has The Fly as a bonus track on the UK & Japan edition.
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