U2 ‎– Three

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Three was produced as a 12 inch and subsequently a 7 inch, with an initial run of 1,000 individually numbered copies. It has been reissued four times since then, but it remains a hard item to track down and wasn't released on CD until 2008 as part of the bonus disc with the reissue of Boy, U2's first album. The track order was determined by a listener poll on Dave Fanning's radio show. Callers chose "Out of Control" to be the A-side of the record, with "Boy/Girl" and "Stories for Boys" as runners-up, constituting the B-side of the record.

About the 12" version:
U2 - Three - First release, 1000 copies made, is numbered with sticker on CBS sleeve. Band members names inscribed on both sides of the vinyl in the dead wax. Ireland spelled correctly on label, "Made in England" on bottom.

All reissues were re-released without sticker and with Ireland misspelled (Irelnad) on CBS sunburst label:

U-2* - Out Of Control - Early reissue in CBS sleeve. Band members names inscribed on both sides and “Made in England” on label bottom.
U-2* - Out Of Control - Reissue in CBS sleeve. Band members names inscribed on side B only and “Made in England” on label bottom.
U-2* - Three - Another reissue in CBS sleeve. Band members names inscribed on side B only. No “Made in England” on bottom, but on the side at the end of the circle linings.
U-2* - Out Of Control - Later reissue in black die-cut sleeve. Band members names inscribed on side B only. No “Made in England” on bottom, but on the label side at the end of the circle linings. "CBS Inc." on label bottom.
U-2* - Three - Last reissue in black die-cut sleeve. Band members names inscribed on side B only. No “Made in England” on bottom, and no “Made in England” on the label side at the end of the circle linings. Also no "CBS Inc." on label bottom.
U-2* - Three - Label variant: Side A: "Made In England" on label rim. "CBS Inc" on bottom of label. Side B: No "Made In England" and No 'CBS Inc"

About the 7" version:
First release has UKTM number on CBS sunburst label and "GRAFOTONE" written on back cover.
First reissue has red labels & CBS written in black (from the first "4 U2 Play" pac issue).
Later reissue has CBS sunburst label and no UKTM number.
Last release has red label again but CBS is written in white (both from the pac reissues).

About the cassette version:
Printed 1979 but released in 1985 in Ireland.

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Versions (29)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U-2* Out Of Control(12", Single, RE) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U2 Three(12", Single, Ltd, Num) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, MP, RE, Bro) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE, Ora) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE, Whi) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE, Yel) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
40-7951 U2 Out Of Control(Cass, Single, Dol) CBS 40-7951 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland 1986 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Gol) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK 2008 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, Pur) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK 2008 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, Red) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK 2010 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, Cle) CBS (2) CBS 7951 Ireland 2013 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, Gre) CBS (2) CBS 7951 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, Red) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK 2013 Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U-2* Out Of Control(12", Single, RE) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U-2* Out Of Control(12", Single, RE) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U-2* Three(12", Single, RE) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U-2* Three(12", Single, RE) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 12-7951 U-2* Three(12", Single, RE) CBS CBS 12-7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Blu) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Gre) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Ltd, Num, Unofficial, Pin) CBS (2) CBS 7951 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, RE) CBS CBS 7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, Gol) CBS (2) CBS 7951 Ireland Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 7951 U2 Three(7", Single, Unofficial, W/Lbl) CBS (2) CBS 7951 Unknown Sell This Version

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totallyvinyl

totallyvinyl

August 19, 2018
referencing Three, 12", Single, RE, CBS 12-7951
We have this version with band members engraved on B side dead wax however the label is not this 2 tone but more the gradual shading orange>lighter orange-the same as the label shown for A & B engraved sigs, with 'Made in England' at the bottom of the label rather than 'CBS...'
davidww

davidww

March 29, 2017
referencing Three, 7", Single, MP, RE, Bro, CBS 7951
I picked up one of these at a record fair some years ago. There's thought to be fewer than 50 copies of this mispressing. A lovely, lovely thing.
Schuerie

Schuerie

November 1, 2016
referencing Three, 7", Single, RE, CBS 7951
The notes of this one says:"Some copies have "Made in England" or "CBS Inc." (or both) written on labels". So why not make another issue for that one ? Just my 2 cents.....
seanpdoran

seanpdoran

February 8, 2016
referencing Three, 12", Single, Ltd, Num, CBS 12-7951
I have number 79 ..white stamp.Perfect.Number collectors cant find 79/published 79..I am very happy to keep it.
Agu2art

Agu2art

November 24, 2013
referencing Three, 7", Single, Unofficial, Pur, CBS 7951
This is a bootleged fake for the 7"s. Originals pressed in coloured vinyl had red labe only.
PimpdaddyG

PimpdaddyG

March 13, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Three, 12", Single, Ltd, Num, CBS 12-7951
This is the only place you can get some of the versions of these songs, though included on the bonus disc of Boy, the versions Of Out Of Control and Stories for Boys are different on the Boy Remaster than they are found here. On The remaster Out Of Control is a alternate version/unedited, vocals sound slightly different, an extra bar in the middle, the song runs slightly longer and Stories for Boys has the extra drum roll on the remaster, sounds slightly different as well, perhaps due to EQ and remastering, however the original 12" version is abrupt and cold at the end. Boy/Girl sounds the same.
music_emporium

music_emporium

March 25, 2011
referencing Three, 12", Single, Ltd, Num, CBS 12-7951
This is an original U2 Three EP from the first printing in October of 1979. The first printing was limited to only 1,000 copies, all individually numbered in either blue or black ink. All were sold or given away in Ireland by members of the band. They are as result, incredibly rare. Editions 2 thru 6 are auctioned often on
eBay.

In the 12'' Vinyl, there were a total of 6 printings. This vinyl is from the first printing. There are notable differences between the 1st edition, and 2nd-6th editions. 2 thru 6 have have misspelled Ireland as "Irelnad", and have Stereo printed as "Stereo", with only the "S" capitalized. Of course 2 thru 6 lack the white sticker on the record sleeve denoting the limited edition and individual number. On all 6 printings, the band's names are etched into the dead wax just below the label. However, on editions 1-3 the etchings are found on both sides of the record.

On the original 1st printing only, Ireland is spelled correctly as "Ireland". Stereo is written in all caps "STEREO", and U2 is bolded "U-2". The band made it very easy to distinguish between the original edition and the subsequent common editions.

This is the basically the start of U2's discography and exposure to world. Hold and touch it, and it feels like you are holding the beginning of U2, one of the greatest bands of all time (for some). This is a centerpiece for any U2 collection. It deserves to be in the hands of a true U2 collector.

Taken from eBay advertisement !!
greymoonrising

greymoonrising

January 3, 2011
referencing Three, 7", Single, RE, CBS 7951
Also later issued on double sided tape on the CBS Ireland record label. U2's first no 1!! All tracks can now be found on the Boy remaster bonus disc!!
JCReaP

JCReaP

August 10, 2010
referencing Three, 12", Single, Ltd, Num, CBS 12-7951
What copy number is this out of the legendary 1000 copies from first 1979 issue?