On U2360° between 2009 and 2011, the band played 110 shows in 30 countries to 7 million people. There were at least 22 songs in the show every night, but over 26 months the set list was continually reinvented. By the last night more than fifty songs had featured, stretching from 2009's No Line On The Horizon all the way back to 1980's debut Boy.
'U22' is a limited edition, live 2-CD set documenting their U2360° Tour from 2009 to 2011. For subscribers only, this double-CD comes packaged in a U2.com LP-sized 24-page book and will not become commercially available. On U2360° between 2009 and 2011, the band played 110 shows in 30 countries to 7 million people. There were at least 22 songs in the show every night, but over 26 months the set list was continually reinvented. By the last night more than fifty songs had featured, stretching from 2009's No Line On The Horizon all the way back to 1980's debut Boy. It was down to the subscribers of U2.com to decide on the 22 songs (via a vote) that appear on the 'U22'.
'U2 Rare and Remastered' is a specially commissioned 20-song collection of rare tracks and lost early cuts spanning three decades in the studio. A 2009 limited edition release for U2.com subscribers, this two-CD collection features: 'Rare' tracks from the sessions that led to All That You Can't Leave Behind and How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, first made available on The Complete U2 digital box set; digitally 'Remastered' tracks from the band's first albums; and previously hard to get b-side releases from 2001 to 2005.
Over the years a unique community of artists have shared a recording studio with U2. From folk to punk, from country to blues and soul, these extraordinary collaborations have spanned musical genres… but until now they've never been collected together. 'U2:DUALS' is a specially commissioned collection capturing U2 in collaboration with other artists over three decades. From the Soweto Gospel Choir to Allan Ginsberg, Willie Nelson to Mary J Blige and Mick Jagger to Green Day, the band have curated a collection of 'duals' which highlight the remarkable range of artists they've worked with. A few of the fifteen tracks have featured on studio albums, but many have had only limited previous availability and some are released here for the first time. We think it's a pretty special collection.
In late 2000, Cher issued the album Not.Com.mercial, which was sold exclusively via the website cherdirect.com. The album, as the title implies, was not sold in stores. So, from the onset, the album was marked as a rarity. It's also a rarity because it's the first album comprised almost entirely of original material written by the lady herself. The album has a 1970s singer/songwriter feel. At times it sounds somewhat country and twangy, other times somewhat bluesy, but always completely different from her previous effort Believe (these songs were written during a songwriting retreat in 1994, so well before her transformation into a dancefloor staple).
Seeming to maintain some of the alternative pop style of its predecessor Radiation, this album also seems to hark back to an older Marillion era while still reaching into the future. The band really seems to be working at creating a new niche for itself in a more modern rock field, while still pulling in some of its legacy. Among the influences that appear on this disc are such diverse artists as Jellyfish, Yes, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and ELP. It is a very entertaining album that really grows on you. The musicians are Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, and Ian Mosley.