U2 ‎– Boy

Island Records ‎– ILPS 9646
Vinyl, LP, Album, Emi text on label


A1 I Will Follow 3:37
A2 Twilight 4:23
A3 An Cat Dubh 4:46
A4 Into The Heart 3:27
A5 Out Of Control 4:12
B1 Stories For Boys 3:04
B2 The Ocean 1:35
B3 A Day Without Me 3:12
B4 Another Time, Another Place 4:31
B5 The Electric Co. 4:47
B6.1 Shadows And Tall Trees 4:36
B6.2 Untitled 0:38

Companies, etc.



Released with "Emi Records Ltd...." mentioned on matt labels.

All the first press and promotional copies of the first UK singles "11 O'clock Tick Tock" (05/1980), "A Day Without Me" (08/1980) and "I Will Follow" (10/80) have the rim text on bottom labels that start with "Emi Records Ltd.".
This text was changed to "All Rights of the Producer..." later, supposedly in 1981.
For the above reasons, UK copies of "Boy" with rim text on labels that start with "Emi Records Ltd." are the earliest.

The cover is matt and the heavy cardboard inner, with lyric and pic, has round corners.

This release has a short (approximately 30 seconds) unlisted and uncredited track at the end of the second side after "Shadows and Tall Trees.".
It is a demo of "Fire".
The track is not separated into its own band on the vinyl though it is visibly discernible.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped): ILPS 9646 A - 2 U 5 1 Jonz
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped): ILPS 9646 A - 1 U Sound Clinic 10 2
  • Matrix / Runout: "Jonz" and " Sound Clinic" are etched

Other Versions (5 of 237) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ILPS 9646 U2 Boy(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9646 UK 1980 Sell This Version
422-842 296-2 U2 Boy(CD, Album, RE) Island Records 422-842 296-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
PHCR-4701 U2 Boy = ボーイ(CD, Album, RE) Island Records PHCR-4701 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
10.202913.50 U2 Boy(LP, Album) Island Records, Dacapo 10.202913.50 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
7 90040-4, 90040-4 U2 Boy(Cass, Album) Island Records, Island Records 7 90040-4, 90040-4 US 1980 Sell This Version


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April 4, 2018
Why do so few have this version and none listed for sale or ever sold ?