LIVE AT RED ROCKS AND UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY
U2’s first concert video, Live At Red Rocks, will be released on DVD next month, along with the accompanying live
album, Under a Blood Red Sky.
Recorded at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on 5th June 1983, Live at Red Rocks
will be available for the first time on DVD, and will include 5 previously unreleased songs, a director’s commentary,
digitally re-graded pictures and a 5.1 mix.
The remastered Under a Blood Red Sky album was originally released in November
1983, and consists of live recordings from three shows on the band’s War Tour through Europe and America.
version featuring the Under a Blood Red Sky CD and the Live At Red Rocks DVD will be available, as well as single disc formats
of the CD and DVD. An LP version of Under a Blood Red Sky pressed on 180gm virgin vinyl will also be released.
the full tracklisting:
UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY
Gloria / 11 O’Clock
Tick Tock / I Will Follow / Party Girl / Sunday Bloody Sunday / The Electric Co. / New Year’s Day / “40”
LIVE AT RED ROCKS
Out Of Control / Twilight / An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart / Surrender / Two Hearts
Beat As One / Seconds / Sunday Bloody Sunday / Cry/The Electric Co.
/ October / New Year’s Day / I Threw A Brick
Through A Window / A Day Without Me / Gloria / Party Girl / 11 O’Clock Tick Tock / I Will Follow / “40”
DVD and remastered album , will be released on 29th September 2008.
|U2 Remasters: Boy, October & War - Out July 21/22
|*** click on photo for more on the U2 Remastered CDs ***
War Remastered: Tracklisting and FormatsStandard format:
A single CD with re-mastered audio and
restored packaging. Includes a 16 page booklet featuring previously unseen photos, full lyrics and new liner notes by Niall
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"
A standard CD (as above) and a bonus CD. Bonus CD includes b-sides, live tracks and
rarities. Also includes a 32 page booklet with previously unseen photos, full lyrics, new liner notes by Niall Stokes, and
explanatory notes on the bonus material by The Edge.
1. Endless Deep 2. Angels Too Tied To The Ground (Previously Unreleased Track)
3. New Year’s Day (7” single edit) 4. New Year’s Day (USA Remix) 5. New Year’s Day (Ferry Corsten
Extended Vocal Mix) 6. New Year’s Day (Ferry Corsten Vocal Radio Mix) 7. Two Hearts Beat As One (Long Mix) 8. Two Hearts
Beat As One (USA Remix) 9. Two Hearts Beat As One (Club Version) 10. Treasure (Whatever Happened to Pete The Chop)
October Remastered: Tracklisting and Formats
A single CD with re-mastered audio and restored packaging. Includes a 16 page booklet
featuring previously unseen photos, full lyrics and new liner notes by Neil McCormick.
1. Gloria 2. I Fall Down 3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window 4. Rejoice 5. Fire 6. Tomorrow 7. October 8. With A Shout
9. Stranger In A Strange Land 10. Scarlet 11. Is That All
standard CD (as above) and a bonus CD. Bonus CD includes b-sides, live tracks and rarities. Also includes a 32 page booklet
with previously unseen photos, full lyrics, new liner notes by Neil McCormick, and explanatory notes on the bonus material
by The Edge.
1. Gloria (Live at Hammersmith Palais,
London) 2. I Fall Down (Live at Hammersmith Palais, London) 3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window (Live at Hammersmith Palais,
London) 4. Fire (Live at Hammersmith Palais, London) 5. October (Live at Hammersmith Palais, London) 6. With A Shout (Richard
Skinner BBC Session) 7. Scarlet (Richard Skinner BBC Session) 8. I Threw A Brick Through A Window (Richard Skinner BBC Session)
9. A Celebration 10. J. Swallow 11. Trash, Trampoline And The Party Girl 12. I Will Follow (Live at Paradise Theatre, Boston)
13. The Ocean (Live at Paradise Theatre, Boston) 14. The Cry/Electric Co. (Live at Paradise Theatre, Boston) 15. 11 O’Clock
Tick Tock (Live at Paradise Theatre, Boston) 16. I Will Follow (Live From Hattem, Netherlands) 17. Tomorrow (Bono & Adam
Clayton, Common Ground Remix)
'Boy' Remastered: Tracklisting and Formats
Standard format: A single CD with re-mastered audio and restored
packaging. Includes a 16 page booklet featuring previously unseen photos, full lyrics and new liner notes by Paul Morley.
1. I Will Follow 2. Twilight 3. An Cat Dubh 4. Into The Heart 5. Out Of Control 6. Stories For Boys 7. The Ocean 8.
A Day Without Me 9. Another Time, Another Place 10. The Electric Co. 11. Shadows And Tall Trees.
format: A standard CD (as above) and a bonus CD including b-sides, live tracks and rarities. Also includes a 32 page booklet
with previously unseen photos, full lyrics, new liner notes by Paul Morley, and explanatory notes on the bonus material by
1. I Will Follow (Previously Unreleased Mix) 2.
11 O'Clock Tick Tock 3. Touch 4. Speed Of Life (Previously Unreleased Track) 5. Saturday Night (Previously Unreleased Track)
6. Things To Make And Do 7. Out Of Control 8. Boy-Girl 9. Stories For Boys 10. Another Day 11. Twilight 12. Boy-Girl (Live
at The Marquee, London) 13. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live at The Marquee, London - Previously Unreleased Version) 14. Cartoon
(Live at The National Stadium, Dublin - Previously Unreleased Track)
|BONO meets BOY...
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LILLYWHITE TALKS ABOUT THE REMASTERED U2 ALBUMS
click link for audio interview with Stee Lillywhite:
Grammy award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite was the man behind the mixing desk for U2's first three albums.
Along the way, the band transformed from cocky Irish upstarts into bona fide rock stars, eventually reaching number one
with 1983's War.
As the band release re-mastered versions of those early recordings, complete with bonus tracks and new artwork, Lillywhite
recalls the tension, tedium and inspirations behind the recording sessions.
Steve Lillywhite talks through the recording of four early U2 tracks
U2's first album was recorded when the band were all under 21, and its title references their youthful naivety.
It was originally going to be produced by Joy Division cohort Martin Hannett, but he dropped out after singer Ian Curtis
I always remember on that first album, I was sitting at the mixing desk with the band behind me and suddenly I heard all
this giggling. I turned around and suddenly they all went sheepish, shushing each other like teacher was looking at them.
I think they would admit that, like all teenage boys, they hadn't lived long enough to acquire a personality… There
wasn't much talking in the studio. It was quite serious.
We recorded in a place called Windmill Lane in Dublin. It was great for traditional Irish music but no Irish rock band
had recorded there. Thin Lizzy came to London to make their records. The Boomtown Rats didn't record in Ireland either.
So the studio crew were very surprised when I decided I wanted to record the drums out in the hallway by the
receptionist, as there was this wonderful clattery sound I wanted to get.
But that meant we couldn't record until the evening, because this girl was sat answering the phones all the day. Even then,
we couldn't turn the ringer off the phone so occasionally it would go off mid-take.
It was all pretty slapdash. But funnily enough, it's not unlike how the band still records.
More low-key and introspective than its predecessor, October received mixed reviews from critics who were
unimpressed with Bono's brooding.
Recording sessions were overshadowed by concerns that the music industry was at odds with the singer's religious beliefs
- and those of his bandmates Edge and Larry Mullen.
Another setback came when a briefcase full of lyrics was stolen, forcing Bono to rewrite some of the songs.
U2 could have gone two ways after Boy. They could have broken out and gone bigger - but in fact what they did was they
shrunk a little bit. They were a little bit scared of the world, I think.
Yes, there were Bibles dotted around the room during the recording. There was a fair amount of that. But I was so busy
trying to pull teeth - trying to make an album - that it sort of washed over me.
It was completely chaotic and mad in the studio and, obviously, Bono's lyrics being lost contributed to the atmosphere.
I'm not sure whether any of those words would have been used on the album - only he knows that - but certainly it would have
been a starting point.
||Bono has to sing these songs for two years on the road. He always says: "I'm
a travelling salesman. I need to make sure my vacuum cleaner is the best vacuum cleaner there is" |
But what came out was quite serene in a strange way. One song - Scarlet - only has one word: "Rejoice". People
don't do songs like that any more.
In the end, October wasn't a big record. After the rock and roll things they tickled on the first album, people were expecting
something that was a bit more "rawk". What they got, in fact, was perhaps an indication of where the band would go later on
in their career.
The Joshua Tree was probably where they married the sensibilities of those first two albums and that was where they struck
U2's third album saw them break through into the mainstream - even knocking Michael Jackson's Thriller off
the top of the UK charts.
Re-energised and re-focused, the band also gained a political edge with songs like Sunday Bloody Sunday.
The band had been questioning whether their beliefs could coincide with their new experiences. And in the end it was their
manager Paul McGuinness who sat down and said, "don't be so silly, you can have them both".
In his sort of matter-of-fact way, he convinced them that the world would be better if they carried on making music.
But I think we all realised that there'd been a step back with October and that, if we were going to go for it, we had
to have the urgency of the first album.
I remember Bono saying to The Edge, "don't be like The Edge. Be like Mick Jones from the Clash".
Because Edge is like a scientist. He has the white coat on and pencils in his pocket. And I think what Bono wanted him
to do was take off the white coat and put on the star-studded leather jacket.
Preceding the album, all the band had their first vacation in a long time. I went with Paul McGuinness and Adam
Edge was the only one who stayed at home. And he presented us with Sunday Bloody Sunday when we got back. And we just went,
"wow, this is really good".
I listened to the album the other day and certainly New Year's Day is a spectacular piece of work. It's sonically great,
it's mature, and Edge's piano-playing - he's got such a great touch. And that bassline was Adam's finest moment.
But it's funny, we didn't think of it as a single. It was one of the young interns in the studio who first said to me,
"that song is brilliant". And we all went, "oh, really?"
One of the strange things about that album is that we used Kid Creole's backing singers, the Coconuts. They just happened
to be in Dublin on tour, so we hung out with them and they came in and sang on Surrender. So it was sort of random - this
serious Irish rock band having the Coconuts on their album.
But there's nothing U2 like better than a pretty woman.
The new versions of Boy, October and War are released on 21 July by Island Records. Steve Lillywhite was talking to
BBC News entertainment reporter Mark Savage