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Boy (Euro Vers) Import

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  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Polygram
  • ASIN: B000001FRY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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1. I Will Follow
2. Twilight
3. An Cat Dubh
4. Into The Heart
5. Out Of Control
6. Stories For Boys
7. The Ocean
8. A Day Without Me
9. Another Time, Another Place
10. The Electric Co.
11. Shadows And Tall Trees

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The initial shot from the band that won the world's heart with an impassioned delivery and precocious songs. The European edition cover art is different than the US edition and features a boy who also appeared on the cover of the "War" album and it's accompanying singles.

There's little in Boy, U2's 1980 debut, to suggest that this was a band bent on world domination. Indeed, there's a charming, if naive, coming-of-age urgency in songs such as "I Will Follow", "Stories for Boys" and "Out of Control" that may startle listeners more familiar with U2's latter-day bombast and stadium-scale theatrics. Bono's viewpoint, still tantalisingly vague and wide-eyed, showed that his penchant for strident polemics hadn't yet gotten the best of him; his anthems are those of a yearning Dubliner barely out of his teens rather than those of a world-weary multimillionaire. The band's sometimes-ragged musical chops work in its favour here, gently burnished to then-fresh new-wave sheen by producer Steve Lillywhite. If the Edge's dense, effects-laden guitar work seems overly familiar, it's only because this album was such a key influence on the whole "rock of the 80s" sound. Though not quite as moody or musically accomplished as October, arguably the band's first masterpiece, Boy still ranks as one of U2's best albums. --Jerry McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
"Boy" is the debut release from U2, one of the greatest bands in the world from the 80's on. The original album was released on October 20th of 1980, but this particular item is the Deluxe Edition, which was released on July 21st of 2008. In some cases a debut album defines a group's sound, but in my opinion "Boy" probably sounds the least like U2 of any of their albums. That is not to say that it doesn't sound like U2 at all, or that the songs were written by anyone outside the band, but instead that one can hear how other groups influenced them more on this album than on their later albums where they have better defined their own sound.

The original album is on Disc One of this two-disc set. The first track is "I Will Follow", and unlike some of the other pieces it would be a song which helps define U2s sound. It is a song about a mother's unconditional love, written after his own mother had passed away. "Twilight" is the first song which takes on the major theme of the album, which is adolescence. "An Cat Dubh" (Black Cat) is a song which demonstrates the contrast between beauty and danger and it is linked to "Into the Heart" a song which is more about the innocence of childhood. "Out of Control finishes off the first half of the original album and it deals with the feeling that one has no control over one's life.

"Stories for Boys" starts the second half of the album and based on a quote from Bono it is a reaction against popular heroes and images that are impossible to emulate. "The Ocean" is a short piece which seems to be Bono reflecting on his own life and his desire to change the world. "A Day Without Me" is a song about the suicide of Ian Curtis, the Joy Division singer. It is also the first song the group recorded.
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I have been a long time listener of U2. They were the first band I got into really seriously when I was a teenager. Hopefully, because of this, I can help you decide whether or not to purchase Boy.
Most musicians and bands start off with an album of songs which either are relatively bad or very hit and miss. U2's first album Boy, while not their best, is extremely solid for a debut. If U2 had never released another album, this would still be worth owning.
That being said, I'll get my criticism over with right off the bat: this album as a whole can be tough to warm up to. Each song hits you with a really cool guitar riff, and some of the songs are just completely phenomenal. However, other songs can seem to drag on if you're not patient with the music. When I was young, I would often skip parts because I was thirsting to hear the next exciting guitar part and chorus. You could say that the pacing is a bit off sometimes. While this may sound like a harsh criticism, it's the ONLY big criticism I have.
Conceptually, this album is very good. From what I make of it, it's basically about growing up. Hence the title! The lyrics, while not mind-blowing, are very well done. They're vague enough so that almost anyone who listens can associate their own growing-up experiences with what's being said. Bono's delivery is excellent, leaving you with certain powerful lines echoing in your head.
Now, I am sure there are a few people out there who will never warm up to this album as a whole work. If you like anything else by U2, though, you ought to at least love "I Will Follow", "Out of Control and "A Day Without Me". I promise that if you like other U2 albums, you'll at least find a few real good songs here.
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In the late '70's and early '80's, you had disco, new wave, some punk, and heavy metal to choose from as the most popular forms of pop music. Then in 1980, along came a quaint little Irish combo called U2.
If you are only familiar with the band's headier work, such as Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby, this album will surprise you. It only barely resembles the band that would go on to dominate the world of rock. It is more akin to a skeleton upon which singer Bono and the band added meat as they grew.
The basic elements of the band are here: Bono's soaring voice, while somewhat undisciplined, still is front and center, along with The Edge's rhythmic, jangly guitar landscapes.
The songs are simple and exude an energy and newness that must have seemed very odd for its time. It really doesn't sound like anything that was around then. That alone made some folks take notice.
Songs like I Will Follow, Stories For Boys, and Out Of Control have a certain innocence that evokes feelings of mourning for a diminishing youth. Other tracks have a slightly edgier (no pun intended) feel, such as the ethereal The Ocean, the sinister An Cat Dubh, and the foot-tapping The Electric Co. A Day without Me is a standout example of pure pop, with deceptive lyrics which seem to be about suicide.
The production is stark and clean, and the songs seem to bleed in and out of one another.
The only trouble is that the band's playing still has miles to grow, as do Bono and The Edge's writing skills. Also, about 2/3's of the way into the disc, the songs seem to all sound the same. The versatility wasn't there yet and some of the songs are forgettable. But it still works. It is a breath of fresh air at a time when music needed it. U2 may have still been flying under the radar, but they were creating a buzz. All in all, a great start for a great band.
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