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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Revisiting: All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2 (2000)

15 years on from it's release it's time to step back in time and revisit what is surely one of U2's finest albums ever! There's loads of links so click on them to listen to the music and read more about the making of the making of the album.

All That You Can't Leave Behind - U2
Island
Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
Released 30th October 2000
UK Charts #1(as #1 in Various Countries around the world)
US Charts #3

Tracklist
03. Elevation
04.Walk On 
05. Kite 
07. Wild Honey 
10. New York 
11. Grace 


U2
    Bono – vocals, guitar, synthesisers (track 2)
    The Edge – guitar, piano, vocals, synthesisers (track 3), strings (track 5)
    Adam Clayton – bass guitar
    Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums, percussion

Additional performers
    Brian Eno – synthesisers, programming, backing vocals, string arrangement
    Daniel Lanois – backing vocals, additional guitar
    Paul Barrett – brass (track 2)


Prior to release of All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 had fallen out of favour with me. I really had little time for Achtung Baby, Zooropa and Pop and having seen them last on The Joshua Tree Tour I'd pretty much given up on them after their advances into the world of "electronic dance mixes" etc. It just didn't appeal and then I heard Beautiful Day Single around the time of it's release and it sounded like the "old U2" had returned and so I bought the album and have to say that from listen #1 I was blown away.

All That You Can't Leave Behind is the tenth Studio album from U2 and Rolling Stone magazine declared it to be their "third masterpiece" (The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby being the other two - though personally I think Unforgettable Fire should be in that list instead of Achtung!).

There's such a depth to the songwriting on this album and a deep thread of spirituality flows through any number of tracks on it.

15 years after it's release it's still an album I have a lot of affection for.

 Press
Diffuser Article on the 15th Anniversary of All That You Can't Leave Behind's Release.

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