hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks Of All Time: Rattle And Hum
With some great in-store offers starting this week on films and on film soundtracks as part our 'Decades' series, every day we'll be picking the best soundtrack, one for every year, starting with 1950 right through to the present day. Today we're up to 1988 and we're recommending the U2 documentary Rattle and Hum.
Rattle and Hum, the documentary accompanying the U2 album of the same name.
So what’s the film about?
In 1987, following the success of The Joshua Tree, U2 had established themselves as one of the biggest bands on the planet. The band then decided to make a film covering their tour across the USA, including live performances at a massive arena show in Denver (shot in stark black and white) alongside colour footage from other live shows.
The film particularly focuses on their embrace of American folk and roots music, with the band delving into these influences in the backstage bits, and taking the opportunity to explore the country when not playing shows.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It’s a soundtrack of mostly U2 songs – some live version of their biggest hits, some covers, and some then-new studio material. There is also a sprinkling of music from other artist that appears in the film.
So who’s on it? Anyone I might know?
U2, most obviously. There are also appearances from BB King and Bob Dylan, with duet with the band on ‘When Love Comes To Town’ and ‘Love Rescue Me’ respectively. Jimi Hendix’s iconic version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ is also included.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
Classic U2 songs are present in exciting new live versions, including ‘I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For’, ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’ and ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’. Of the original tracks, several were hits in their own right, with ‘Desire’ probably being the most recognisable. The band also do some great covers, including The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’.
What’s the best moment?
The epic live version of ‘I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For’, with the band backed up by the gospel choir New Voices Of Freedom.
Has it stood the test of time?
Present day U2 – and especially Bono – can rub people the wrong way, but this captures the band at the height of their artistic powers and also offers a different spin on some well-known hits. You can pick it up here in our digital store.