Manufacturer: Flashback Worldproductions
Catalog: Flashback 11.96.0278
Matrix Disc 1: FB0278-1 703165
Matrix Disc 2: FB0278-2
Barcode: 5 450226 322786
Complete Show: Yes
Disc 1: (71:35)
Disc 2: (57:04)
1. New Year's Day [4:50]
2. Pride (In The Name Of Love) [5:23]
3. Mothers Of The Disappeared [7:51]
4. With Or Without You [6:50]
5. "40" [5:37]
6. With Or Without You [2:06]
7. The Electric Co. [4:31]
8. Mothers Of The Disappeared [2:14]
9. Unreleased Song [5:37]
10. Mothers Of The Disappeared [4:22]
11. Unreleased Song [4:51]
12. One Tree Hill [2:42]
Disc 1, Disc 2 (1-5): April 25, 1987. San Francisco, CA. Cow Palace.
Disc 2 (6-12): April 25, 1987. San Francisco, CA. Cow Palace. Soundcheck.
Disc 1, Disc 2 (1-5): Excellent audience.
Disc 2 (6-12): Fair audience. Recorded at soundcheck.
This bootleg is quite similar to NEW HORIZON, but not as crystal clear as Red Phantom's ROCK'S HOTTEST TICKET, both of which were taped only 4 days after this one. The show is complete and features some surprises, like a performance of "Springhill Mining Disaster" (without interruption) and a woman coming on stage to talk about Amnesty International during "Pride (In The Name Of Love." It also has one of the best renditions of "With Or Without You" (including "Love Will Tear Us Apart") I've ever heard. This a great first-leg Joshua Tree Tour boot. Most of the tracks from the soundcheck can also be found on LUCILLE. Great show, great CD. Bono seems to talk a lot during this concert, offering some explanations for songs and a very moving speech in the middle of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (see Pimm Jal de la Parra's 'U2 Live- A Concert Documentary' for a more complete run down of what Bono says). The show has some exceptional performances, such as "Bad." "Springhill Mining Disaster" is the second U2 performance of it ever. "The Unforgettable Fire" is the same one used in ULTRA RARE TRACKS VOL 3. The soundcheck they throw in at the end is a nice bonus, but the sound on those is really bad and you cannot understand Bono at all. Even if you have other Joshua Tree Tour shows on CD, this is really worth having. There was a great audience for U2 to work with that night. This bootleg is comparable to Red Phantom's masterpiece ROCK'S HOTTEST TICKET for sure. It is definitely better than NEW HORIZON in terms of its sharpness and crispness (or brightness of tone, sharpness of the drums, cymbals and vocals and just generally the kind of clarity and presence you get from a master generation tape that's done really well). THE JOSHUA TREE ON FIRE was mastered exceptionally well, and must be made from a master tape (unlike NEW HORIZON, which, oddly enough, is on this same label, Flashback). THE JOSHUA TREE ON FIRE is certainly a fantastic companion to ROCK'S HOTTEST TICKET, and one that seems to be readily available at the moment (unlike ROCK'S HOTTEST TICKET, which is now out of print. The only major difference between the two is that the sound on THE JOSHUA TREE ON FIRE is a bit more distant and higher on the treble end than ROCK'S HOTTEST TICKET. Otherwise, they're comparable in quality. This is easily one of the most crisp and detailed audience bootlegs of U2 in existence. The drum and cymbal clarity are awesome and Bono's voice and the band's performance are in top form. The bass may be a bit too low and the treble a little higher, but slight adjustments to the equalizer reveal no loss in quality if the bass volume is increased. The tone and detail remains consistent, unlike other boots. Jeff Shirkey and Lee Ellen contributed to this review.
This is the original pressing on this label.