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U2 – Boy (2020 Record Store Day 40th Anniversary Edition on White Vinyl)

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Boy is the debut studio album by U2. It was released on 20 October 1980 and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Boy contains songs from the band’s 40-song repertoire at the time, including two tracks that were re-recorded from their original versions on the group’s 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. It was their first time working with Lillywhite, who suggested recording drummer Larry Mullen Jr. playing in a stairwell, and recording smashed bottles and forks played against a spinning bicycle wheel. The band found Lillywhite to be very encouraging and creative, and he subsequently became a frequent producer of their recorded work. Thematically, the album’s lyrics reflect on adolescence, innocence, and the passage into adulthood, themes represented on its cover artwork through the photo of a young boy’s face.

Boy received generally positive reviews and included one of U2’s first singles to receive airplay on US radio, I Will Follow. The release was followed by the band’s first tour of continental Europe and the US, the Boy Tour. The album peaked on the UK chart at No. 52 in August 1981 and in the US at No. 63. In 2003, Boy was ranked 417th on Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time’.

 

Track Listing

Side One

  1. I Will Follow
  2. Twilight
  3. An Cat Dubh
  4. Into the Heart
  5. Out of Control

Side Two

  1. Stories for Boys
  2. The Ocean
  3. A Day Without Me
  4. Another Time, Another Place
  5. The Electric Co.
  6. Shadows and Tall Trees

 

Format: Vinyl / 12” Album (White vinyl)

Label: IGA

Catalogue No: 602507496272

Barcode: 0602507496272

Release Date: 27 Nov 2020