One of the worst arguments I’ve ever had with my best friend was over the supremacy of Achtung Baby versus The Joshua Tree; we barely spoke for days after. Now, having revisited the 1987 zillion-seller through this remastered “deluxe” edition, I’d still argue that it’s the most important album in their storied career.
But Joshua isn’t on trial here, since it’s been rubberstamped classic for 20 years. It’s the add-ons in the bonus disc that determine whether this is a worthy investment. Well, nothing exceptional has been unearthed. Early versions of Sweetest Thing, Spanish Eyes and Silver And Gold are highlights among obscurities that do little to bolster or detract from the fact that Joshua Tree is, and will always be, U2’s crown jewel.