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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Under A Blood Red Sky (Remastered)
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on 20 February 2004
Essentially, 'Under a blood red sky' comprimises of the best of the Dublin quartets first three albums, Boy, October and War, captured live from various shows in Europe and the U.S.
The only real shame about this CD is that their are only 8 tracks on it, and many highlights from the first three albums, e.g.'Out of Control' from Boy and 'Drowning man' from War are left out. Added bonuses however are '11 o'clock tick-tock' and 'party girl' which do not appear on any of their studio albums.
U2's initial success and survival as a band is often attributed to the quality of their live performances, and this CD only reinforces that conception. Throughout the album the Edge's effects laden guitar play is faultless and is supported throughout by Adam Clayton's throbbing bass lines and Larry Mullen Jnr's drum beats. However the highlight must be Bono's vocals, particularly on 'Gloria', 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and the fantastic 'New Years Day' where his passion and effect can be felt much more clearly than on studio efforts. Ultimately this album represents the first phase of U2's career and highlights the potential which was to make them the biggest rock band on the planet with the 1987 realease of the Joshua Tree. A fine effort and certainly worth investing in.
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on 13 January 2012
I'll admit from the outset that I'm no U2 superfan, and in fact this is the only album of theirs I've ever bought. Their later material always seemed bit too earnest and self-regardingly symbolic, to be honest, notwithstanding the quality of their songwriting and musicianship. That having been said, this is a superb live collection of the band's early repertoire. You know when you have a favourite album which is a bit of a slow burner before it gets into full stride? Well, this is nothing like that - this one grips you from the very start, and the pace never slackens. Gloria, Tick Tock, Sunday and New Year's Day are real standouts, but the four other tracks are no slouches either. The band sounds likes it's really enjoying itself on stage (none of the later po-faced cods here) and the end result is a really dynamic set. Highly recommended.
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on 15 August 2013
A very enjoyable album from before U2 took a significant change of direction. The purists may be disappointed to know that the "Send in the Clowns" section in Electric Co. as heard on the original vinyl remains edited out on CD. (At least one early CD edition contains this section.) I gather there are copyright/licensing/whatever issues around this. Also the CD runs through without the inbetween side fades, which suits me just fine as it brings a greater continuity rather than matching the vinyl just for the sake of it.

The DVD is enjoyable with way more tracks than the CD, and apparently more than the original VHS version too. There is also hidden content, which I couldn't access on a standalone DVD player, but could via a laptop.
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on 5 October 2008
Still Brill!!! BUT & only a tiny BUT this is still an edited version & not as my original vinyl mini LP, "the Electric Co (track 6) is 45 seconds shy missing out "send in the clowns" lyrics
don't know about the remastered vinyl but the CD/DVD package is short
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on 22 July 2017
Two girls are together in a Labour camp in Siberia. One escapes with the help of the other and pledge to somehow be reunited. Do they or not? Read this book to find out Then you'll find out And you'll read one of the best books I have ever read!
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on 14 July 2005
I can remember seeing U2 live 23 years ago before they were famous This CD captures the sheer energy of their performances at that time and it is easy to see why they went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world .
It has an elegant simplicity about it and still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my head!!
For a new generation of U2 fans reared on Bono et al as they are today THIS is where it all started! Listen ! Enjoy!!
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on 3 October 2017
One of my favourite albums ever..A bit disappointed with the mastering.Simply louder and slightly more compressed than the original without sorting out the faults. (Such as The Edge's lead guitar being overly recessed in the mix of 'I Will Follow')..Buy this if you need a new CD version of this album.If not,i would recommend a second hand original.
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on 20 August 2010
This is classic U2 from way back in the early 1980s. A live recording, so the vocals and backing are less polished, but much more real. I actually prefer the live vesrions over the studio ones, although others will disagree.

Essential for all collectors of everything U2, or anyone wanting to understand where this band came from. Aslo for anyone old enough to remember the 1980s!
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on 8 May 2009
All the people that like rock music must hear this. That concert on Red Rocks is very special, that's a realy magic moment.
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on 20 November 2014
This was released in the late autumn of 1983 when the band were becoming a big name . Previous to the release of War U2 were a band better known for their live gigs rather than record sales and this captures their live performances . All the songs played are taken from their first three albums with the exception of Trash , Trampoline And The Party Girl which is an obscure B side from A Celebration

It's really an album that will gain new converts to the band but it does I believe hold the honourable distinction of being the best selling live album of all time and shows the band at their most basic which is in no way a criticism . One thing I can perhaps be described as is a closure of sorts where the band left behind the Steve Lillywhite era and moved on to something different . It's an album that seemed to in the British top 30 album charts all the way up to the release of The Unforgettable Fire in 1984 so for an album that kept U2 in the record buyers eye it did its job very well
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