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The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by rock band U2, released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records. Written and recorded in Dublin throughout 1986, it was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. The album is dedicated to lead singer Bono's assistant, Greg Carroll, who was killed in a motorcycle accident during the album's recording.
In contrast to the atmospherics and ambient experimentation of their previous album, The Unforgettable Fire, on The Joshua Tree, U2 aimed for a harder-hitting sound that used the limitation of strict song structures. Motivated by friendships with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, and Van Morrison and a realisation that the band had a limited knowledge of music from before their childhood, U2 delved into Irish and American roots music. Thematically, The Joshua Tree depicts the group's love-hate relationship with the United States, influenced by the group's touring experiences in the country, American literature, Bono's travels to Africa and Central America, and the band's participation in the Conspiracy of Hope tour. Lyrically and sonically, the group wanted a "cinematic" quality that evoked a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of America. They represented this in the sleeve's photographs depicting them in American desert landscapes and with a lone Yucca brevifolia plant ("Joshua tree").
The album received critical acclaim, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and sold in record-breaking numbers. According to Rolling Stone, the album increased the band's stature "from heroes to superstars". It produced the hit singles "Where the Streets Have No Name", "With or Without You", and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988. The Joshua Tree is frequently cited as one of the greatest albums in rock history, and it is one of the world's all-time best-selling albums, selling 25 million copies. In 2007, a remastered version of the album was released to mark the 20th anniversary of its original release.