Boy (2-Disc Remastered Deluxe Edition) CD (2008)

Artist: U2

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Specifications

Label Universal Music Group
SKU 208292490
UPC 602517616707
UPC 14 00602517616707
Format CD
Release Date 7/22/2008
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Author U2
Associated Artist/Work Celtic Tribute Players (The)
Associated Artist/Work LM.C
Associated Artist/Work LMC (UK)
Associated Artist/Work Musique
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Persuasions (The)
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Skatalites (The)
Associated Artist/Work Vitamin String Quartet
Technical Info
Engineer Tim Painter; Paul S. Thomas; Gerry Fitzgerald
Producer Martin Hannett; Steve Lillywhite; U2; Steve Lillywhite
CatalogID 001094602
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 07/21/2008
Original Release 1980
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 95m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517616707
Album Notes and Credits
U2: Paul "Bono Vox" Hewson (vocals); Dave "The Edge" Evans (guitar, background vocals); Adam Clayton (bass); Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums).
Recorded at Windmill Lane, Dublin, Ireland.
"An Cat Dubh" and "Into The Heart" are listed as one song.
In 2008, the Dublin quartet reissued their debut as a two-disc set with extensive bonus tracks. While many of these tracks have been surfacing in collectors vinyl markets for years, most of them are included here on disc for the first time. The extras are informative more than truly satifying listening. Who knew, but at one point U2 were not a global corporation, but an actual, very much of their time post-punk band. On "Touch," "Boy/Girl," and the previously unreleased "Saturday Night," Bono toys with Patti Smith-inspired new wave-y vocal affectations that he would soon eschew entirely. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. while possessing a bracing punk pulse have yet to really lock in with their signature propulsive feel. The real revelation here though is the Edge--whose guitar-playing has been long mocked by purists for its minimalism--who evokes Nile Rodgers and Johnny Thunders dueling over a slew of guitar effects. Some live tracks are also included and foreshadow the band's stadium-sized appetites. With the Edge's production hand, the old tracks have a new impact and will delight longtime fans and collectors alike.
U2: Bono (vocals); The Edge (guitar, background vocals); Adam Clayton (bass guitar); Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums).
Audio Mixers: Paul S. Thomas; Martin Hannett.
Audio Remasterers: The Edge; Arnie Acosta.
Audio Remixer: Robbie McGrath.
Liner Note Author: Paul Morley.
Recording information: CBS Studios, London, England (02/26/1980-09/22/1980); The Marquee, London, England (02/26/1980-09/22/1980); The National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland (02/26/1980-09/22/1980); Windmill Lane Recording Studio, Dublin, Ireland (02/26/1980-09/22/1980).
Photographers: Colm Henry; Paul Slattery.
U2's earliest recordings -- their debut EP U2 Three, several non-LP singles and B-sides -- haven't exactly been buried, but they have been orphaned, never seeing an official reissue until they popped up double-disc deluxe reissues of 1980's Boy, 1981's October, and 1983's War in 2008. Prior to this, these stray tracks did leak out on the iTunes exclusive release The Complete U2 (tied into the 2004 release of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, discontinued by the time these reissues showed up), but apart from "Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl" -- which surfaced on the B-sides compilation that was added as a second disc to deluxe editions of 1998's The Best of 1980-1990 -- they never appeared on CD. So, this group of reissues is a major archival release, as it unveils the rarest released recordings from one of the world's biggest bands, music that should be available for historical reasons even if it's not very good -- which often it is not, at least not on the bonus disc of Boy. On these 14 tracks, U2 sound impossibly green, working out their fetish for Factory bands while occasionally taking a stab at the barbed punk of the Undertones or Buzzcocks, as on the coiled "Boy/Girl." Rhythms are leaden, the Edge has yet to learn how to paint with his effects, Bono yelps far too often, and they not only lack the majesty that is such a key part of their mystique, they sound slack even on the live tracks from a September 1980 show at the Marquee in London (including the previously unreleased "Cartoon World"). These live tracks are admittedly the closest this music gets to kinetic, but that's not for lack of trying. U2 did attempt to really rock, as on the flatly bizarre unreleased "Saturday Night," which plays like un-ironic arena rock and shows that this is a band that's always been better with big ideas than with small ones. Here, they were surely striving for something huge, but they had little idea of how to execute their ideas. Based on these rarities -- which include all of their first EP, U2 Three, distinguished by different early versions of "Out of Control" and "Stories for Boys"; the B-side "Twilight" (different from the LP version); and both sides of the "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" single, including the flip "Touch" -- it's hard to believe that this quartet could ever conquer the world, but that's exactly why they're worth hearing: these 14 tracks provide a useful lesson that sometimes early recordings aren't harbingers of what's to come. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/1/01, p.54) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...In a way that hadn't been done in popular music since the Who...BOY explored male adolescence...as a state of desperate searching....fashioning dense, dusky atmospheres in which unabashed yearning and insistent conviction collide and intertwine..."
Q (7/95, p.148) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a culmination of modern ideas amid a sea of confused contemporary directions..."
CMJ (1/5/04, p.8) - Ranked #10 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"
Melody Maker (6/3/95, p.36) - "...they've made three great albums, of which BOY, their eulogy to the twilight of innocence is one. It's dated badly, but that doesn't matter...I hear gobstoppers and ghost stories, magic and mischief, the sunnier moments of my childhood..."
Q (Magazine) (p.151) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "BOY impresses with its adolescent energy, its gauche charm, and sounds like a band already too big for the record they've just made."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Heard today, there' still a palpable ardency to U2's debut, an unselfconscious clawing for excellence..."
Disc 1
1 I Will Follow,I Will Follow [New Mix] - (previously unreleased)
2 Twilight,11 O'Clock Tick Tock
3 Cat Dubh, An,Touch
4 Into the Heart,Speed of Life - (previously unreleased)
5 Out of Control,Saturday Night - (previously unreleased)
6 Stories For Boys,Things To Make and Do
7 Ocean, The,Out of Control
8 Day Without Me, A,Boy-Girl
9 Another Time, Another Place,Stories For Boys
10 Electric Co., The,Another Day
11 Shadows and Tall Trees,Twilight
12 Outro,Boy-Girl [Live At the Marquee, London] - (previously unreleased)
13 11 O'Clock Tick Tock [Live At the Marquee, London] - (previously unreleased)
14 Cartoon World [Live At the National Stadium, Dublin] - (previously unreleased)
Disc 2
1 I Will Follow,I Will Follow [New Mix] - (previously unreleased)
2 Twilight,11 O'Clock Tick Tock
3 Cat Dubh, An,Touch
4 Into the Heart,Speed of Life - (previously unreleased)
5 Out of Control,Saturday Night - (previously unreleased)
6 Stories For Boys,Things To Make and Do
7 Ocean, The,Out of Control
8 Day Without Me, A,Boy-Girl
9 Another Time, Another Place,Stories For Boys
10 Electric Co., The,Another Day
11 Shadows and Tall Trees,Twilight
12 Outro,Boy-Girl [Live At the Marquee, London] - (previously unreleased)
13 11 O'Clock Tick Tock [Live At the Marquee, London] - (previously unreleased)
14 Cartoon World [Live At the National Stadium, Dublin] - (previously unreleased)
Product Attributes
Artist U2
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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