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15 Best Reissues of 2017

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U2, 'The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition)'

3. U2, 'The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition)'

U2's full, live 2017 performances of their fifth album were 30th-anniversary retrospection with warning: a stadium-rally celebration of that record's now-endangered idealism and American-pioneer dreaming. The September 1987 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden included in the two-CD version of this reissue – as well as a bumper-crop box set – was the Irish band at a thrilling peak of discovery, connecting the adolescent rush to communion in "I Will Follow" to the invigorating risk and redemptive promise spread out across the mythic desert of The Joshua Tree. That show is the concert document of U2's matured urgency that Rattle and Hum wanted to be, while the B sides in the Super Deluxe box (carried over from a 20th-anniversary package) sum up the rich spillover in the studio.

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