U2

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Dubliners U2 started in their hometown in 1976. They began their legacy rooting their music in the political turmoil that was all around them.

After having Steve Lillywhite produce their first three albums, U2 looked for a more sophisticated and experimental sound. They hired Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno to produce "The Unforgettable Fire" and "The Joshua Tree" albums, which both put them onto the charts all over the world.

After the 80s ended U2 re-invented themselves once again. Incorporating elements of electronics into their rock construct, U2 created a new sound with "Achtung Baby". Bono and the band used their notoriety more than ever expressing their opinions on social matters on a global scale.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 (Performer).

Members:
Paul David Hewson (aka Bono)
David Howell Evans (aka The Edge)
Adam Charles Clayton
Lawrence Joseph Mullen Jr.
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Albums

6313 105 U2 - Boy album art U2 Boy (Album, Comp) Island Records 6313 105 France 1980 Sell This Version
WBMS 117 U2 - 2 Sides Live album art U2 2 Sides Live (Album) Warner Bros. Records WBMS 117 US 1981 Sell This Version
ILPS 9680 U2 - October album art U2 October (Album, Comp) Island Records ILPS 9680 Scandinavia 1981 Sell This Version
- U2 - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Devo / U2 Devo / U2 - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting - US 1982 Sell This Version
27 U2 - In Concert-295 album art U2 In Concert-295 BBC Transcription Services 27 USA & Canada 1983 Sell This Version
NBC 83-27 U2 - War Is Declared - The U2 Concert album art U2 War Is Declared - The U2 Concert The Source (8) NBC 83-27 US 1983 Sell This Version
IMA 3 U2 - Live "Under A Blood Red Sky" album art U2 Live "Under A Blood Red Sky" (MiniAlbum, Album, Comp, EP) Island Records, Island Records IMA 3 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
C 37981 U2 - War album art U2 War (Album, Comp) Island Records C 37981 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
Series #25 Show #5 U2 - Innerview: Jim Ladd Hosts U-2 album art Jim Ladd Hosts U-2* Jim Ladd Hosts U-2* - Innerview: Jim Ladd Hosts U-2(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #25 Show #5 US 1983 Sell This Version
OTR 84-01 U2 - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner album art Mary Turner (4), U2 Mary Turner (4), U2 - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTR 84-01 US 1983 Sell This Version
U2-1 U2 - A Dialogue With U2 album art U2 A Dialogue With U2(LP, Ltd, Num, Promo) Island Records U2-1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
none U2 The best of the Biscuit presents U2 in concert(LP, Ltd) ABC Rock Radio Network none USA & Canada 1983 Sell This Version
526 U2 - The Best Of The Biscuit album art U2 The Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting, ABC Rock Radio Network 526 US 1984 Sell This Version
CN-ISL 0206530.9 U2 - The Unforgettable Fire album art U2 The Unforgettable Fire (Album, Single, Comp) Island Records, Island Records CN-ISL 0206530.9 Peru 1984 Sell This Version
none U2 - The Unforgettable Interview album art U2 The Unforgettable Interview(Cass, Promo) Island Records none US 1984 Sell This Version
SS85-C U2 - Superstar Concert Series album art U2 Superstar Concert Series(3xLP, Promo, Transcription) Westwood One SS85-C US 1985 Sell This Version
PR 2049 U2 - The Joshua Tree Interview - Their Words & Music album art U2 The Joshua Tree Interview - Their Words & Music Island Records PR 2049 US 1987 Sell This Version
U2CLP 1 U2 - The U2 Talkie - A Conversation With Larry, Bono, Adam & The Edge album art U2 The U2 Talkie - A Conversation With Larry, Bono, Adam & The Edge Island Records U2CLP 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
7 90581-2 U2 - The Joshua Tree album art U2 The Joshua Tree (Album, Comp) Island Records 7 90581-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
none U2 - Rock On The Road With U2 album art U2 Rock On The Road With U2(LP, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. none US 1987 Sell This Version
353 400, 353400 U2 - Rattle And Hum album art U2 Rattle And Hum (Album) Island Records 353 400, 353400 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
EXP -88101 U2 - U2 Live album art U2 U2 Live(LP, Album) Express EXP -88101 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
69348, 510 347-4, 69-348, 510-347-4 U2 - Achtung Baby album art U2 Achtung Baby (Album, Comp) Island Records, Island Records 69348, 510 347-4, 69-348, 510-347-4 Argentina 1991 Sell This Version
236 U2 - In The Studio: "Achtung Baby" album art U2 In The Studio: "Achtung Baby"(CD, Promo, Transcription) The Album Network 236 US 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 6753-2 U2 - Zoo Radio Transmit album art U2 Zoo Radio Transmit(CD, Promo, Transcription) Island Records PRCD 6753-2 US 1992 Sell This Version

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Plastic-Demons

Plastic-Demons

August 4, 2020
The band peaked with the Unforgettable Fire their last album that contained great songs not just a couple of good singles, the Joshua Tree was the last album of theirs that I bought unheard and Actung Baby was the first album that I never bought at all. Just because a band feels the need to keep on changing their sound, doesn't mean that their fans are going to like those changes. The fact that the Joshua Tree was one of their best selling albums, and brought them a whole new legion of fans is great for the band, and the fact that they are still going is testament to them doing something right.
I am happy to have seen them live at their best during the eighties a few times, and so they still hold a special place in my musical history, and I still enjoy listening to those early albums when Bono was just a great singer of a great rock band.
alterbridge

alterbridge

June 18, 2020
edited 3 months ago
The early vinyls are so terrible sounding that you want to beat two tin cans together to improve the sound. WTF!?
etal4

etal4

March 14, 2020
edited 3 months ago
yeah I want to dropkick bono through a glass table every time he talks but they made achtung baby, so I'd say it's even.
MB-Daniel

MB-Daniel

June 29, 2019
Totally agree with matt03wfu. Proper place for these kind of releases is in Miscellaneous section, or a flac release section, no just here but across the site. its a mess. where bands do special club releases maybe a section for that. it become cumbersome as it tries to grow
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 22, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Due to their uncanny ability to change with the times, U2 have managed to stay alive as the majority of their '80s counterparts have disappeared. The evolution of their music is ongoing, and each new record seems to bring a never-before encountered style to the band's oeuvre. From the jangly Post-Punk of their earliest records to the genre-exploding extravaganza that marked their hyper-rhythmic re-entry into the post-Nirvana world, the quartet has provided an utterly original sound and a rarely matched depth of feeling every time. Clearly inspired by post punk legends joy division (in fact Bono is has often cited Ian Curtis as his biggest influence) alongside Kurt Cobain. The band continues to produce emotionally stunning music, injecting everything from countrified pedal steel, gurgling Techno sounds and processed hip-hop beats into their particular brand of Euro-rock.In 2000, U2 showed a spectacular return to form with the release of All That You Can't Leave Behind. Singles such as "It's a Beautiful Day," "Stuck In A Moment...," "Walk On" and "Elevation" helped redefine the band's sound once again, with All That You Can't Leave Behind going platinum three times over. Original players in the post-rock sound, U2 came full circle in 2004, when they released How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Ironically, the album was released in the midst of a trendy resurgence of post-punk, cementing U2's place as pioneers of the sound. Fittingly, U2 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, i just wish now that Bono would stop trying to be like Sting and Bob Geldof!!
mountainmusik

mountainmusik

March 26, 2016
Joshua Tree ...with Brian Eno's wavy strings and Lanois pushing them.. top 3 lp all time for me.
fly39

fly39

October 24, 2015
absolutely the best.i grew up with em.since i first saw October live from Under a blood red sky.it left me dumb.
then i never left em.it has to be said that through the years they never changed their magic recipe.b.t.w....it's only rock n roll.but i love it
cheaper concert tickets and it would be better for everyone.
JayDeeCee

JayDeeCee

October 19, 2015
Totally agree with matt03wfu. Proper place for these kind of releases is in Miscellaneous section.
matt03wfu

matt03wfu

September 11, 2015
We really really really need to find a way to clean up the categorization for releases --- I can't be the only one that cringes when I look at the "Albums" view and see random interview discs and promo live releases along side the main studio albums.
spinmarket

spinmarket

April 30, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
I don't disagree with all the U2 detractors when they complain about the band's persona, their marketing tactics, or their crusading, self aggrandizing theatrics. However, it has become quite popular to bash them and yet they remain incredibly vital and ambitious as artists and songwriters. "Songs of Innocence", for all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the forced download, is actually another great effort. That's nothing to say of the magnificent and relatively ignored "No Line On The Horizon". If you ever enjoyed U2, ignore the naysayers and get back to listening to the music. The last 20 years have been glorious.

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