" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
THE JOSHUA TREE

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 Commercial Release March 9 / 10, 1987
 Record Label Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: 1, Canada: 1, UK: 1
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
Alternate Run Times:
  • One Tree Hill
  • Exit
COMMERCIAL SINGLES
With or Without You
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Where the Streets Have No Name
In God's Country
One Tree Hill
PROMOTIONAL RELEASES
With or Without You Promo Single
I Still Haven't Found Promo Single
Where the Streets Promo Single
In God's Country Promo Single
Special Collection 1987 Promo
Joshua Tree Album Sampler Promo
Cassette Sampler 1987
Joshua Tree Pizza Box Promo
The U2 Talkie Promo
Their Words and Music Promo
Trip Through Your Wires Promo
LINER NOTES
Produced by : Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. 
* Mixed by : Steve Lillywhite 
Recorded by : Flood 
Additional Engineering : Dave Meegan 
with Pat McCarthy 
* Mixed by : Steve Lillywhite 
Mix Engineered by : Mark Wallace 
Assisted by : Mary Kettle 

Words: Bono. Backing vocals: The Edge, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois. DX7 Programmes and Keyboards: Brian Eno. Tambourine / Omnichord / Additional Rhythm Guitar: Daniel Lanois. Harmonica: Bono. One Tree Hill - Radd Strings: Recorded by Bob Doidge. Played by the Armin Family.  Red Hill Mining Town - the Arklow Silver Band. Red Hill Mining Town - Brass Arranged and Conducted by Paul Barrett.

Studio Crew: Joe O'Herlihy, Des Broadberry, Tom Mullally, Tim Buckley, Marc Coleman, Mary Gough, Marion Smyth. Manager: Paul McGuinness. Principle Management, Dublin: Anne-Louise Kelly. Principle Management, New York: Ellen Darst. 

Thanks to: Dennis Sheehan, Steve Iredale, Peter Williams, Cillian Guidera, Barbara Galavan, Brigid Mooney, Caroline Ashe, Cecilia Coffey and Frank Coffey, Keryn Kaplan, Pat Murphy, Gavin Friday, Guggi, Charlie Whisker, Osmond J. Kilkenny III, Brian Murphy, Robbie Wootton, Little Steven and Jimmy Iovine (Grazie) T-Bone Burnett, Irene Keogh, Aislinn, Pearse and Karina, Paddy Dunne, David Badstone, Merle Wheeler, Owen Epstein, Ron McGilvray, John Clark, (Irish) Bill Graham, Bob Lanois, Terry and Joy Stewart, Pete Gray, Paul Barrett and Sound Track Services, Chris Parkes 

Drums, Keyboards, Outboard Equipment: Yamaha. Cymbals: Paiste. Sticks: Pro Mark. Strings: Superwound, Rotosound - James Howe Industries. Infinite Guitar invented by: Michael Brook. (Part of this album was recorded on Edge's Amek Mixing Console).

Recorded and Mixed at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin. Photography by: Anton Corbijn. Design and Layout by: Steve Averill. Artwork by: The Creative Dept. Ltd, Dublin.

To The Memory of Greg Carroll 1960-1986. 

OTHER NOTES
This album has gone down in history as one of the most important albums of the 80s.  The follow up to The Unforgetable Fire, saw Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois returning to the producers chairs, and the album was recorded throughout the fall of 1986.  The appearance at Live Aid, and the following Amnesty International tour had brought a lot of attention to U2 in the years since The Unforgettable Fire.  When The Joshua Tree was finally released it was very anticipated, and went to the top of the charts around the world.

The album was released in three formats initially, vinyl, cassette and CD.  Each format had a unique photo used for the front cover.  The cassette has the land in the background above the level of the boys heads, whereas the LP and CD would have the background lower.  If you look at the CD vs. the vinyl you can tell that Bono and the Edge overlap more on the vinyl. All looked similar, but if you look closely you can see the difference between the three.  Later releases on DCC and 8-Track would reuse the artwork from the initial releases.  In 2000, the CD was re-released with the original cover for the vinyl.  In 1987 it was never expected that the CD would become such a popular format, and the image from the vinyl was always the image that the designers had seen for the album, so once CD put vinyl to rest the cover was switched to the CD release in the UK.

The Joshua Tree spawned five singles, several promotional items, and a world tour.  It remains U2's best selling album at this time.

CATALOG INFORMATION
 12" VINYL:
 Australia Pressing, RML53220
Label: Island Records
UPC: None
Package: Picture Sleeve
Catalog Information:
Argentina, Island / Ariola, TLP-90022 Portugal, Island, U26
Australia, Island / Festival, RML53220 South Africa, Island / WEA, ILPC66
Brazil, Island, 6704011 Spain, Island, 5F 208219
Canada, Sweden, Island, U26 [Black Vinyl]
Columbia, Island, 18(0831)00324 Sweden, Island, U26 [Red or Pink Vinyl]
Czech Republic, Island / Opal, 9113 1656  Taiwan, Island, U26
Germany, Island, 218 219-1 UK, Island, U2 6
Greece, Island, VG-71446  USA, Island, 7-90581-1
Japan, Island / Polystar, R28D-2066 USA, Island, 7567-90581-1
Korea, Island, OLW-476 Yugoslavia, Island / Jugoton, LSI 11168
Mexico, Island, LPR25028 Zimbabwe, Island / ZMC, ILPC 66
Mexico, Island, LAE-705
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
Other Images:
 CASSETTE:
 Canada Pressing, ISXC 1127
Label: Island Records
UPC: None
Package: Hardshell Case
 South Africa Pressing, STARC 5879
Label: Island Records
UPC: 6 001210 568841
Package: Hardshell Case
 UK Pressing, UC26 / 842 298-4
Label: Island Records
UPC: 042284 229845
Package: Hardshell Case
Catalog Information:
Australia, Island,  UK, Island, UC26 / 842 298-4
Canada, Island, ISXC 1127 USA, Island, 90581-4
Germany, Island, 408 219-4 USA, Island, 90581-9 [Longbox]
Japan, Island / Polystar, X28D2066 USA, Island, 422-842 298-4
South Africa, Island, STARC 5879 Zimbabwe, Island / ZMC, ZILC66
Track Listing:
As listed above. 
Further Information:
Other Images:
Additional images not available above always welcome!
 8-TRACK CASSETTE:
 USA Pressing, 264 671
Label: Island / Columbia House Records
UPC: None
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Catalog Information:
USA, Island / Columbia House, 264 671
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
Only released through Columbia House Record Club in the USA.  Most manufacturers had stopped producing 8-tracks, but Columbia still had an 8-Track club, and had an agreement with the various labels to continue production in small quantities.  The 8-Track used the cover image from the cassette version of The Joshua Tree.
Other Images:
 5" CD:
 Canada Pressing, CID 1127
Label: Island Records
UPC: 5 014474 300066
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #870510A CID-1127 MCA MFG BY CINRAM
 Canada Pressing, CCID 1127
Label: Island / Columbia House Records
UPC: 5 014474 300066
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #911202KK CID-1127 MFG BY CINRAM
Note: Record Club Pressing
 Europe Pressing, U2 6 / 842 298-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 0 42284 22982 1
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: 842 298 2 00B
Note: 2000 Re-Release with New Cover
 Germany Pressing, 258 219 / CIDU26
Label: Island Records
UPC: 4 007192 582198
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: SONOPRESS 258 219 A
 Japan Pressing, P24D-10053
Label: Island / Polystar Records
UPC:
Package: Regular Jewel with OBI
Matrix:
 Japan Pressing, UICY 2360
Label: Island / Universal Records
UPC:
Package: Regular Jewel with OBI
Matrix:
 USA Pressing, 422 842 298-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 0 422-842298-2 1
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: 422 842 298-2 09!
Catalog Information:
Australia, Island / Festival,  Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR 90709
Australia, Island, 842 298-2 Japan, Island / Universal, UICY 2360
Canada, Island / Columbia House, CCID 1127 Korea, Island, D0640
Canada, Island, CID 1127 Mexico, Island, 422-842298-2 [Millenium Sleeve]
Europe, Island, CIDU26 [2000 - New Cover] Mexico, Island, 842298-2
Germany, Island, 258 219 South Africa, Island / Polygram, STARCD5879
Japan, Island / Polystar, P35D-20034 [1989] UK, Island, CIDU26 [Original Cover]
Japan, Island / Polystar, P24D-10053 USA, Island, 422 842 298-2
Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR 1706 [1992] USA, Island, 422842298-2 [Longbox]
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
Other Images:
 5" MFSL GOLD CD:
 USA Pressing, UDCD 650
Label: Mobile Fidelity
UPC: 0 15775 16502 1
Package: MFSL Jewel Case
Matrix: ZAMOX OPTICAL-PLYMOUTH MN-Z14219 168M1<1005>
Catalog Information:
USA, Mobile Fidelity, UDCD 650
Track Listing:
Recording featured the MFSL tracklisting above.
Further Information:
Gold CD rather than the more typical aluminum.  This CD was produced from the original master tapes.  The remastered version fixed the track split between One Tree Hill and Exit that plagued many of the early CD releases and was the first release on CD to use the vinyl photo on the front cover.
Other Images:
 DIGITAL COMPACT CASSETTE (DCC):
 UK Pressing, 842 298-5
Label: Island Records
UPC:
Package: DCC Case
Catalog Information:
UK, Island, 842 298-5
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
The DCC format was a format similar in size to the audio cassette.  The cassette itself is released in a plastic case which has an open front to see through to the artwork on the inside.  Room for a booklet is at the back of the case.
Other Images:
The Unforgettable Fire (1984) Rattle and Hum (1988)
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