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War

U2 Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000001F3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Seconds
3. New Year's Day
4. Like A Song...
5. Drowning Man
6. The Refugee
7. Two Hearts Beat As One
8. Red Light
9. Surrender
10. "40"

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The final album of U2's early period, before the group broadened its sonic palette and lyrical vision, War is a brilliantly conflicted album, sounding martial and majestic while its very purpose is to tear down false idols propped up by politics. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "40" take the subject of Northern Ireland's troubles head-on, while it's the subtext of "New Year's Day", which is about a sundered love relationship symbolic of a greater division. "Torn in two, we can be one," Bono pleads, as Edge's guitar scratches and snarls behind him. Songs such as "Two Hearts Beat as One" and the delicate "Drowning Man" take a back seat here, but they help make War a compelling and well-rounded album. --Daniel Durchholz

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...I Will Be With You Again..." 22 July 2008
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
U2's third album was unleashed on an expectant world in 1983 and launched them as a genuine global phenomenon. This long overdue CD Remaster is released today, Monday 21 July 2008 in the UK and then 22 July 2008 in the USA and other territories. Also released today are "Boy", their 1980 debut and "October" their second album from 1981. The Edge has personally overseen the remastering of all of them utilizing the same team that brought us the amazing quality re-issue of "The Joshua Tree" last year.

DISCS:
Here in the UK, "War" (like the others) comes in no less than 4 physical variants. The single CD is a straightforward remaster with an extended and upgraded booklet (it's one of those new round corner jewel cases) and costs 10. The second is this issue - the 2CD Deluxe Version at 20 - the 2nd disc being the B-sides of singles and new previously unreleased mixes. The third variant is a Limited Edition containing the 2CD Deluxe Edition housed in a DVD sized card box with a T-Shirt of the album sleeve - it costs a frankly ludicrous 35 and is a waste of space and money in my book. Last is the humble 10-track LP - it's housed in a repro of the original gatefold sleeve and is pressed on 180 grams vinyl with upgraded liner notes - it costs 15 and is a limited edition. THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2CD DELUXE EDITION and the SINGLE DISC EDITION.

Here's the layout:
Disc 1 is the 10 track original album, issued March 1983 on Island ILPS 9733, remastered 2008 (42:11 minutes)

Disc 2 is the B-sides of 7" and 12" singles from Germany, the UK and the USA along with two brand new mixes of "New Year's Day" - all tracks remastered in 2008. It should also be noted that the CD lists 12 tracks, but the booklet lists only 11 - and in the wrong order!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where did this come from? 28 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am a young U2 fanatic and one of the things I love the most is going back to the oldies! Everyone of them I have listened to and got addicted to. WAR was strangely the last of the 80s classics that I got into but for me it is the best! I was amazed that I had listened to U2 for so long but i had never listened to the 'smaller songs' on this album. 'Sunday Bloody, Sunday' and 'New Year's Day' are undoubted U2 classics but it is the other songs that capture this album. 'Seconds', 'Two hearts beat as one' and '40' are superb songs but the one that shocked me was 'Drowning Man'. It is beautiful and it is a mystery why this is not a U2 classic, I think it is up there with 'One' and 'With or Without You'. The best thing about U2 is finding these gems of songs that you would'nt usually listen to. WAR is full of these songs and you would be a fool not to try it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tender years of a giant 15 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like many reviewers say, you really need to listen to U2 albums more than once, there is a huge difference between hearing and listening, and over the years the band has taught me to listen to the lyrics, not just for their songs but other artists as well. Growing up in a country where every day somebody was killed due to the "Troubles", the cover ups, the misunderstandings and angst between communities, there was not one person born or raised in Ireland that was not affected by it in some way during those 30 years. Sunday Bloody Sunday is a U2 classic and is a stark reminder for all as to what happened in the town of L'derry - 4 very young men stood up against the corruption on all sides and I'm glad to say they are still at it in HTDAAB, this island of ours is more peaceful, but there are many more countries in the World who are experiencing their own troubles now. With War the guys got stuck in and have remained there ever since, listen to HTDAAB straight after War - from a tender start they have become a passionate giant, long may they continue, long may their music continue - we need more of this honesty!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best U2 Album 6 Aug 2008
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
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It was hearing "New Year's Day" on the radio nearly 25 years ago that first switched me onto U2. I rushed out and bought "War" on tape and played it everyday for months (student days !).

With this remastering, one of U2's best albums becomes even better. The remastering gives us a crisper cleaner sound particularly noticeable through much clearer vocals. Every song is improved by this treatment and it is wonderful to hear the lyrics properly on 40, Drowning Man, Sunday Bloody Sunday and the other songs. On "Seconds" Adam Clayton's bass is emphasised turning this from a fairly dull filler track to a really enjoyable piece. "Drowning Man" is also vastly improved, though, sadly, clearer lyrics can't really improve the second-rate "Refugee", "Red Light" and "Surrender".

I decided not to buy the deluxe version of this remastering - four versions of "New Year's Day" and three of "Two Hearts" are not really worth an extra tenner for me.

This was my first U2 album and my favourite for many years. I think this remastering lifts it back to the top spot in my mind (at least until "The Unforgettable Fire" gets the treatment). Brilliant.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Remixes, Not Enough Actual U2 2 Aug 2008
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"War", meanwhile, is the third U2 album, which saw them at the cusp of fame. The album is sonically a progression which has barely dated, the song writing is sound but painfully earnest and boringly sincere, and the band are clearly creating their own identity, their own personality, and have their own rare voice in the world. There are four or five truly classic songs on the main album, including the played-to-death "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (which repeated exposure to has now made me sadly numb and immune), and in true U2 style, it sounds very much like no one else, yet also unique to that particular record. If the band had split at this point, they'd go down in the annals of history as a band that were almost huge. And probably reformed a few years ago as a pension plan.

Nonetheless, "War" is certainly a fine and assured album that is imperfect only in its naivety. It's almost as if Bono felt he could cure the worlds ills with a stunning melody and an effective lyrics. Oh, youth. Nonetheless. as an album "War" is a product of its time,a reflection of youthful ideals, and well worth getting if you are a fan of the band.

The bonus disc, again an assortment of single-only b-sides, live fragments, and extra stuff is a boring listen, for one reason and one reason alone. Of the 12 songs on there, four of them are remixes of "New Years Day" (presented in one half-hour chunk of boredom, including two rather dated 1999 remixes by Ferry Corsten), followed by a quarter-hour of dated 12" mixes of "Two Hearts Beat As One" which explore the endless possibilities of the echo box and syndrum to their very limits. It turns what could have been an interesting listening experience into a barren plain of boredom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is U2 at their best. the original version of Bad on this album is fantatic and a must for U2 fans
Published 3 months ago by mr t a rudge
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality remix
I have to second the reviewer that describes the remastering as great sound quality - i re-bought this having lost the cassette (yes, i had lots of them) so i probably would be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Macneil
5.0 out of 5 stars U2 War
One of my favourite U2 albums every song brought back good memories I think this album kick started the success they went on to have.
Published 6 months ago by Jedi
1.0 out of 5 stars WTF...October in the War CD?
I ordered War however it was the War album cover with the October CD inside. Was intended as a gift for Christmas so no time to return it. Could do better!
Published 6 months ago by Mr Simon Slack
5.0 out of 5 stars War worth waiting for
Great album as early U2 songs are raw and gritty and powerful.much better than later albums and make u feel as if u at their gig
Published 6 months ago by Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
I wouldn't describe myself as a 'huge' fan of U2, despite liking most of what they produced. I had several albums on vinyl, til they went! Read more
Published 10 months ago by A.Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Classic album. Surrender is one of the best songs ever. Only their 3rd album but definitely one of the best
Published 13 months ago by Tim rice
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album
Never to be outdone this is where U2 hit the bigtime with war
A fantastic album that will whisk you back to 80's
Published 13 months ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Great cd, a blast from the past!! Good quality sound, not too digital sounding! Very pleased with purchase, would definitely recommend to old U2 fans!!
Published 13 months ago by Somerset Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than The Real Thing
After my disappointment at the Actung Baby remastered Anniversary double CD, this shows how Remastering can be done. It certainly shows that the Edge put care into this remaster. Read more
Published 19 months ago by P. J. Ashcroft
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