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