U2 — remember those guys?
The band that singlehandedly broke the internet when Apple decided to giveaway over 500,000 copies of the now controversial Songs of Innocence to listeners in 119 countries, (controversy that later ended up in it axing its own long-running ‘FREE Single of the Week’ and 12 Days of Gifts promotions).
Well … they’re back!
And it appears this time isn’t going down all too well for the band, or those involved …either.
Becoming available to pre-order on iTunes earlier this week, The Joshua Tree (Super Deluxe) will land to commemorate the band’s 30-year reign in rock.
There’s just one problem … one user claims that this new “Super Deluxe” version looks mightily similar, if not the same, as the “Deluxe” version that preceded it … (a version that has since been pulled from the store, according to the reviewer).
“Before this became available to pre-order, another deluxe edition existed,” an iTunes listener in a review ironically entitled ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Paying For’ – (a take on the lyrics from the band’s 1987 and The Joshua Tree-featuring hit: Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For), claims.
“It featured everything that is here”, the user (who shall remain nameless) writes. “It was also a lot cheaper,” the iTunes listener adds, citing that, apart from some interesting new artwork, they are not exactly sure what the point in the repackage is.
We went in search for a possible answer and found that VVN has the physical version of ‘The Joshua Tree: 30th Anniversary Edition’ down as including “extra discs,” which feature “[a] concert from The Joshua Tree Tour [at] Madison Square Garden,” plus “a disc of remixes” and a disc of “b-sides and outtakes.”
But nowhere are these ‘extra goodies’ seemingly included on the digital version.
Both expected to see their release on June 2 – and with the ‘Super Deluxe’ version of the recoding appearing to include more, in terms of overall value, than the cheaper ‘Deluxe’ edition at £10.99.
Whether or not there was some sort of initial mix-up that caused Apple or U2’s label –Island Records– to wrongly list a version of the album for a period earlier this week, is unclear … But, as of writing everything looks golden … (at least, for now anyway).
The 50-track anniversary-celebrating album is currently selling for £24.99, and features a range of both pre-recorded and live performances spanning the band’s over 30-year career.
Pre-Order Now on iTunes.
Stream the Original on Apple Music.
Get it on Amazon: The Joshua Tree – 30th Anniversary (Deluxe 2CD) [£14.99]