Under A Blood Red Sky (Remastered 2023) U2

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Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Modern Rock

Artist: U2

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  • 1Gloria (Live From Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado / Remastered 2023)04:47
  • 211 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live From Boston, Massachusetts / Remastered 2023)04:40
  • 3I WIll Follow (Live From Sankt Goarshausen, Germany / Remastered 2023)03:46
  • 4Party Girl (Live From Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado / Remastered 2023)03:06
  • 5Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live From Sankt Goarshausen, Germany / Remastered 2023)05:18
  • 6The Electric Co. (Live From Sankt Goarshausen, Germany / Remastered 2023)04:38
  • 7New Years Day (Live From Sankt Goarshausen, Germany / Remastered 2023)04:35
  • 8"40" (Live From Sankt Goarshausen, Germany / Remastered 2023)03:47
  • Total Runtime34:37

Info for Under A Blood Red Sky (Remastered 2023)

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of U2’s Under A Blood Red Sky (1983), the iconic live album has been newly remastered. Consisting of live recordings from three shows on the band’s War Tour, the album helped to cement U2’s reputation globally as one of the greatest live acts of all time. Featuring legendary live versions of “Gloria,” “I Will Follow” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” the album remains faithful to the original track list but is newly remastered at the renowned studio Bernie Grundman Mastering.

U2 had been honing their stagecraft for the best part of 5 years by the time Under A Blood Red Sky was released as their first live album on November 21, 1983. But in the slipstream of their hugely successful third studio album War, issued some nine months earlier, this was the record that told the world that the Irish band were well on the way to becoming one of the greatest attractions in all of live music. As writer Adam Sweeting put it in his Melody Maker review: “Anyone who’s caught the full blast of U2 at full tilt has to admit it’s a rare old shiver.”

The album entered the UK chart at No.2, and has to date spent 73 weeks in the Top 40 and a dazzling 201 in the Top 100. Among its huge worldwide achievements and certifications, Under A Blood Red Sky was gold in the US in three months, platinum in about 18, and went triple platinum in 1994.

Bono, lead vocals
The Edge, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, bass guitar on "40"
Adam Clayton, bass, guitar on "40"
Larry Mullen Jr., drums

Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman

With its textured guitars, U2's sound was undeniably indebted to post-punk, so it's slightly ironic that the band formed in 1976, before punk had reached their hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Larry Mullen Jr. (born October 31, 1961; drums) posted a notice on a high-school bulletin board asking for fellow musicians to form a band. Bono (born Paul Hewson, May 10, 1960; vocals, guitar), the Edge (born David Evans, August 8, 1961; guitar, keyboards, vocals), Adam Clayton (born March 13, 1960; bass), and Dick Evans responded to the ad, and the group formed as a Beatles and Stones cover band called the Feedback, before changing their name to the Hype in 1977. Shortly afterward, Dick Evans left the band to form the Virgin Prunes. Following his departure, the group changed its name to U2.

U2's first big break arrived in 1978, when they won a talent contest sponsored by Guinness; the band were in their final year of high school at the time. By the end of the year, the Stranglers' manager, Paul McGuinness, saw the band play and offered to manage them. Even with a powerful manager in their corner, the band had trouble making much headway -- they failed an audition with CBS Records at the end of the year. In the fall of 1979, U2 released their debut EP, U2 Three. The EP was available only in Ireland, and it topped the national charts. Shortly afterward, they began to play in England, but they failed to gain much attention.

U2 had one other chart-topping single, "Another Day," in early 1980 before Island Records offered the group a contract. Later that year, the band's debut, Boy, was released. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the record's sweeping, atmospheric but edgy sound was unlike most of its post-punk contemporaries, and the band earned further attention for its public embrace of Christianity; only Clayton was not a practicing Christian. Through constant touring, including opening gigs for Talking Heads and wet T-shirt contests, U2 were able to take Boy into the American Top 70 in early 1981. October, also produced by Lillywhite, followed in the fall, and it became their British breakthrough, reaching number 11 on the charts. By early 1983, Boy's "I Will Follow" and October's "Gloria" had become staples on MTV, which, along with their touring, gave the group a formidable cult following in the U.S.

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