War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Steve Lillywhite, and was released on 28 February 1983 on Island Records. The album is regarded as U2's first overtly political album, in part because of songs like "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day", as well as the title, which stems from the band's perception of the world at the time; lead vocalist Bono stated that "war seemed to be the motif for 1982.
Boy is the debut studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was released on 20 October 1980 by Island Records and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Boy contains many songs from the band's 40-song catalogue at the time, including two tracks that were re-recorded from their original versions on their debut release, the EP Three. Boy was recorded from July to September 1980 at Dublin's Windmill Lane Studios, which became U2's chosen recording location during the 1980s.
The first EP, included with Boy, isn't great, in part because the dry percussion is ill-suited to the band's (and particularly the Edge's) textural style; their debut album is another story. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, it opens with "I Will Follow", a surging colossus of a song that still ranks among the best tracks in the band's catalog. Bono's powerful vocals- he got his nickname from a shorter form of Bono Vox (Good Voice)- bring immediacy and energy to the album. October wasn't an affirming hit and, by its own admission, the band felt pressure to deliver on its third album, believing Island could cut them loose if it bore similar results. It doesn't take long to hear that the band was aiming for something different on War, which opens with a sharply staccato snare drum that sets up a startlingly martial beat.
Boy was voted Best Album, Best Debut Album, and Best Album Sleeve in the Hot Press Irish National Poll Results. It peaked at No. 52 on the UK album charts and No. 63 on the US album charts. In the US, it was certified platinum by the RIAA. What we were looking for in Boy was a sort of cinema sound, panavision - really textured and big, like a huge screen in a cinema. Going back through the early stuff, nothing really horrified me.
The songs may occasionally show some weakness - the driving "I Will Follow," the dark "An Cat Dubh," and the shimmering "The Ocean" stand out among the sonic textures - yet the band's musical and lyrical vision keep Boy compelling until the finish.
On 9 April 2008 U. om confirmed that Boy, along with the band's other first three albums, October and War would be re-released as newly remastered versions. The remastered album was released on 21 July 2008 in the UK, with the US version following it the next day. As with The Joshua Tree, the cover artwork has been standardised to the original UK release.
The album Boy was remastered and released on July 21, 2008 in the UK, with a North American release the following day. At the same time, October and War were also released, and a special three-pack was issued in the USA. The remastered versions were issued on 12-inch vinyl, standard format (one disc) and deluxe format (two 5-inch CDs). The bonus disc in the deluxe version included a number of outtakes and bonus tracks, detailed in the discography entry for that release.
|A1||11O'Clock Tick Tock|
|A2||I Will Follow|
|A3||An Cat Dubh|
|A4||Into The Heart|
|A5||With A Shout (Jerusalem)|
|B2||An Cat Dubh|
|B3||Into The Heart|
|B4||A Day Without Me|
|B6||The Electric Co.|
|none||U2||War-Boy (LP, Unofficial)||Dark Star Records||none||Unknown|
|BAN U2||U2||War-Boy (LP, Unofficial)||Wind Records||BAN U2||UK||Unknown|
|none||U2||War-Boy (LP, Unofficial)||Juke-Box Records||none||UK||Unknown|
|none||U2||War-Boy (LP, Unofficial, Cle)||Juke-Box Records||none||UK||Unknown|