U2 – The Joshua Tree
Hand signed by: Bono – The Edge – Adam Clayton – Larry Mullen Jr.
The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock bandU2. It was produced by Daniele Lanois and Brian Eno and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release The Unforgettable Fire, the band aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures on The Joshua Tree. The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music and depicts the band’s love–hate relationship with the United States, with socially and politically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery.
Inspired by American tour experiences, literature, and politics, U2 chose America as a theme for the record. Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group recorded in two houses, in addition to two professional studios. Several events during the sessions helped shape the conscious tone of the album, including the band’s participation in A Conspiracy of Hope tour, the death of roadie Greg Carroll, and lead vocalist Bono’s travels to Central America. The recording was completed in November 1986; additional production continued into January 1987. Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a “cinematic” quality for the record, one that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of America. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.
Custom Designed Vertical Award Style with Black Suede and Genuine RIAA Platinum Award Album
Measures: 20” x 40” x 2”
Measures: 30” x 40” x 2”