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U2 spent much of 1988 writing and rehearsing in Dublin, or holed up in Los Angeles completing the film of the Joshua Tree tour.

In the meantime, they contributed a version of Woody Guthrie's Jesus Christ recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis to the Woody Guthrie/Leadbelly Tribute Album Folkways - A Vision Shared.

With the film completed and an album ready for release, the Bo Diddley-influenced Desire stormed the UK charts, entering at number one. The Rattle And Hum album followed, also entering in the number one slot. The Billie Holliday-tribute Angel Of Harlem consolidated with a top ten entry.

"Jesus Christ"

Tracks: Jesus Christ, Do Re Mi (John Mellencamp)
Format: 7" single
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Label: CBS
Catalogue Number: PRO464
Notes: Promo only


"Folkways, A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly"
Various Artists
Featuring U2's version of "Jesus Christ"

Tracks: Jesus Christ
Format: LP
Country of Origin: UK
Label: CBS
Catalogue Number: 460905 1
UK Chart position:

Tracks: Desire, Hallelujah Here She Comes Desire/Hallelujah Here She Comes/Desire (Hollywood remix) Desire 9:23
Format: 7 inch single 7 inch single 12 inch single CD single 12 inch single
Country of Origin: UK Australia UK UK UK
Label: Island Island Island Island Island
Catalogue Number: ISG400 K616 12ISG400 CIDP400 12ISX400
Notes: Gatefold sleeve Red vinyl Gatefold sleeve Promo
UK Chart position: No.1

Anticiption was high and with a major motion picture and companion soundtrack album waiting in the wings, this single went straight in at No.1.

"Rattle And Hum"

Tracks: Helter Skelter, Van Diemen's Land, Desire, Hawkmoon 269, All Along The Watchtower, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Freedom For My People, Silver And Gold, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Angel Of Harlem, Love Rescue My, When Love Comes To Town, Heartland, God Part II, The Star Spangled Banner, Bullet The Blue Sky, All I Want Is You
Format: CD Double LP
Country of Origin: UK Canada
Label: Island Island
Catalogue Number: CIDU27 CIDU27
Notes:   Brown vinyl promo
UK Chart position: No.1


"Angel Of Harlem"

Tracks: Angel Of Harlem, A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel Angel Of Harlem, A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel, Love Rescue Me (live)
Format: 7 inch single 7 inch single 12 inch single CD single
Country of Origin: UK Australia UK UK
Label: Island Festival Records Island Island
Catalogue Number: IS402 K704 12IS402 CIDP402
Notes: Blue vinyl
UK Chart position: No.6




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