When it comes to anniversary deluxe editions I believe that artists and record companies owe it to the fans to provide the maximum amount of material that is available including any bells and whistles that might be lying about. This should be the case especially when it comes to re-releasing ground-breaking, era-defining albums. It goes without saying that U2's "The Joshua Tree" is one of those albums. This was the one that made them the biggest band in the world and most artists have tended to struggle to keep this level of quality after they've conquered Mt Everest. Fortunately, U2 were able to produce one other must-own classic album in the left-turning Achtung Baby. There have been very good albums since then of course, but it's hard to look past TJT and AB as the two definitive U2 albums.
With respect to this 30th anniversary box set of The Joshua Tree, I don't think it could have been done any better. This is a brilliantly packaged set that ticks all the boxes for vinyl junkies like myself. It looks and feels like a proper super deluxe edition. If you were being picky you'd probably argue that a 5.1 mix of the album should be mandatory for an album this important. Truth be told the inclusion of a high-res mix would have been nice - but this is a vinyl release and I can understand why they stuck with the 7 slabs of 180g wax. As a point of comparison, Fleetwood Mac have done this for all but one of their super deluxe releases and it's definitely an audio treat to be able to choose between the vinyl or 5.1 mix. But this is about what this release includes and for me, this is a worthy super deluxe edition and comes highly recommended if you're a fan of U2 and this gem of an album then it's simply a must-buy.