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Various Artists: The Roots of U2 [Digipak]

Track List

>C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
>Bamba, La - Ritchie Valens
>Don't Take Your Guns to Town - Johnny Cash
>Crawling King Snake - John Lee Hooker
>You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
>Volare - Domenico Modugno
>Lover Man - Billie Holiday
>Singing In the Rain - Gene Kelly
>Follow the Yellow Brick Road - Judy Garland
>Black Betty - Lead Belly
>Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl
>Night and Day - Ella Fitzgerald
>Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
>Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly
>I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
>Lost Highway - Hank Williams
>Jesus Christ - Woody Guthrie
>Wild Rover - Paul Clayton
>Ballad of Springhill, The - Ewan MacColl/Peggy Seeger
>Ne Me Quitte Pas - Jacques Brel
>Howl - Allen Ginsberg
>America - Original Broadway Cast
>Save a Seat for Me - B.B. King
>Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
>Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
>Big River - Johnny Cash
>Rollin' Stone - Muddy Waters
>Mystery Train - Elvis Presley

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Dave Henderson.

U2, like many acts from "over the pond," have always held classic American rock & roll, country, soul, blues, and R&B in great regard, and this 27-track collection does little to dispel that notion. Heavily stocked with American icons like Johnny Cash ("Don't Take Your Guns to Town"), Muddy Waters ("Rollin' Stone"), Buddy Holly ("Not Fade Away"), and Billie Holiday ("Lover Man"), The Roots of U2 certainly doesn't skimp on the Plymouth rock. That said, the inclusion of classic cuts from the likes of Scottish folk legend Ewan MacColl ("Dirty Old Town"), Italian pop crooner Domenico Modugno ("Volare"), and the inimitable Jacques Brel ("Ne Me Quitte Pas") serve as helpful reminders that for every "Angel of Harlem" or "Desire" there was a "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and an "Unforgettable Fire." ~ James Christopher Monger


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