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U2’s 1980 debut album announced a band with a distinctive sonic tone and major ambitions. Guitarist Dave “The Edge” Evans had his basic chiming attack in place, the rhythm section of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. was capable of tense, propulsive motion, and singer Paul “Bono” Hewson knew how to scale the castle walls, mountainside, and whatever romantic terrain he needed to in order to reach the soulful aspirations of youth. And producer Steve Lillywhite ensured the band’s vision got to tape. “I Will Follow” was an immediate anthem, but the tight frisson of “An Cat Dubh,” the driving attack that alternates with moments of pastoral reflection in “Out of Control,” and the carefully placed dramatic guitar notes that chase “Stories for Boys“ make this a more than impressive debut. The bonus material on the deluxe edition includes an alternate mix of “I Will Follow,” early pre-LP single versions of “Out Of Control” and “Stories for Boys” that peek at the band’s rudimentary beginnings, and live versions of “Boy / Girl,” “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” and the shockingly garage rock-like “Cartoon World” that display the group as a rowdy, tough ensemble with the rough edges of youth cutting everything in its sight.

Customer Reviews

"You Will Follow, Again," U2's great debut is remastered.

This album was so ahead of it's time when released in 1980. The tracks are original, powerful, and not to mention catchy. The opening track "I will follow" will get you hooked and the following tracks will reel you in all the way until "Shadows and tall trees." I listened to this whole album during a 4 hour drive through the northern deserts of Utah. The album may not have matched the scenery quite as well as "The joshua tree" would have but it made the long drive more enjoyable and I didn't have to listen to my Grandpa's Alabama record. This album is worth every penny, and I can guarantee you will listen to it quite a bit more than a few times.

A great start.

So. If you're... let's sayyyyy under 40. And you like U2. And you're wondering if their early stuff is worth getting. Well... look at the number of stars over this review. "Boy" is one of their best albums. It's pretty much the core of all of their music. No matter what they do musically, this album is always - one way or another - woven into the fabric of their sound. It's an amazing first release. Own this album. You will not be disappointed. More like obsessed.

The 5th best band of all time

This is clearly a 5star album, but a 2star release from Apple. Why not give this the + treatment? Buy them from a store, get the CD and rip them at a higher rate than iTunes gives you -- stealing from you!


Formed: 1976 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Through a combination of zealous righteousness and post-punk experimentalism, U2 became one of the most popular rock & roll bands in the world -- equally known for their sweeping sound as for their grandiose statements about politics and religion. The Edge provided the group with a signature sound by creating sweeping sonic landscapes with his heavily processed, echoed guitars. Though the Edge's style wasn't conventional, the rhythm section of Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton played the songs...
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