This single is one of the most rare U2 singles ever released. Not scheduled for an official product, the band authorized One Tree Hill, in place of the single In God's Country, as a tribute to a friend's death. One Tree Hill was released only in New Zealand and Australia on 7" format but had the same picture of the Edge as on In God's Country. The song was inspired by a volcanic hill in Auckland and the single was dedicated to Bono's personal assistant, Greg Carroll, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1986. The song itself is one of the more underrated songs on The Joshua Tree. Its political message is a profound tribute to another fallen leader. According to the band, the lyrics referred to the Chilean folksinger/songwriter Victor Jara: "Jara sang his song a weapon, in the hands of love/You know his blood still cries from the ground." When dictator Pinochet overthrew the government, Jara's hands were severed and he was forced to play the guitar while he bled to death. This single includes The Joshua Tree versions of "One Tree Hill," "Bullet the Blue Sky," and "Running to Stand Still," making it a hat trick of amazing songs from the album. This single is collectible for its emotional, historical meaning to the band more than for its songs. The One Tree Hill single has never been released on CD, or anywhere else in the world.
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AllMusic Review by JT Griffith