U2 Under A Blood Red Sky 1983

Under A Blood Red Sky is the first live album by U2, recorded at concerts in 1983 when they were promoting the War studio album.

U2 Under A Blood Red Sky

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This is a live album from very early in the band’s career where the set list focuses on their first three albums – Boy, October and War. It’s also very short, clocking in around the 35 minute mark.

  1. Gloria – 4:44 (originally on the studio album October)
  2. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock – 4:43 (a single released before their first album Boy)
  3. I Will Follow – 3:42 (Boy)
  4. Party Girl – 3:21 (B side of the A celebration single)
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday – 5:26 (War)
  6. The Electric Co. – 4:58 (Boy)
  7. New Year’s Day – 4:36 (War)
  8. 40 – 3:45 (War)

U2 weren’t an immediate success and this album captures them when they were trying hard. It’s a passionate, energetic performance.

In some ways it’s similar to The Who Live At Leeds album. Both bands went on to much bigger things but there’s a special rawness about these early performances that is very endearing.

What Others Say About Under A Blood Red Sky by U2

U2 haven’t released many live albums and it’s Under A Blood Red Sky that regularly appears in the lists of the greatest live albums ever.

In particular, the following have recommended it.

IGN – 2nd
Slate Readers Poll – 12th
DigitalDreamDoor.com – 27th
NME – 31st
Chordstrike.com – 34th

The album is also very highly rated by Amazon reviewers.

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