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Boy (Euro Vers) [Import]

U2 Audio CD
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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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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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U2 Boy (US Island 10-track CD album originally released in 1980 includes the classics I Will Follow and Out Of Control black & white stretched band picture sleeve with deletion drill hole through the back insert and still sealed from new)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Rock Legends Jan. 13 2003
By Wil
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars It's early U2, but that doesn't mean it's bad. July 3 2004
By Bryan
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars U2 Before They Were "U2" June 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The 1960s were a great decade for rock music. The 1970s were not so great, but they did have one upside: punk music. This scene included such bands as The Ramones, The Clash, and The Cure. In the mid-to-late 70s, a new Irish band called U2 were majorly influenced by this music, and aspired to be a "punk band". It is important to note that U2 were not always "U2", and that there WAS a time when they couldn't play their instruments very well. Because of this they were sort of forced to write their own music to play, because they didn't know HOW to play anybody else's. As a result of this, they didn't quite make the kind of music those punk bands made, but instead a similar, yet distinctly different sound, created during the writing and recording process for this debut, "Boy", which for all intents and purposes started a full three or four years before it was even released. It was a unique sound, and it was their sound, the sound they would keep for three decades, the sound on which they would ride the waves of new artists, rock superstars, and legends of the music business.
The songs on this record flow in and out of each other, as if they were one whole. In fact, tracks 3 and 4, 'An Cat Dubh' and 'Into The Heart' were originally one song, even played live as a single entity. It was split in two for the record because as one song, it was too long. Incidentally, it's one of the high points of the record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant debut album
I wasn't the biggest U2 fan growing up in the early 80's. As a teenager my attention was focused on hard rock and metal. Read more
Published on March 7 2012 by Sir Steven
4.0 out of 5 stars Growing Up
"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... Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2010 by Dave_42
5.0 out of 5 stars The First and Still the Best
This is U2's first albumn and still their best in my opinion... I owned it on vinyl twice, CD and cassette. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that started it all
Boy, U2's first studio album is not just good, it's promising, uplifting, inspiring and cutting "Edge. Read more
Published on April 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I KNOW, I KNOW....., BUT THIS ONE'S GOOD...NO, REALLY!!!!
This record rocks. Mainly because Adam Clayton plays bass like Cliff Williams: that relentless dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by robodisco
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Concept Album
I will never forget the 1st time I heard of U2. My friend had a birthday party and received Boy on cassette. It was 1980 and I was 10. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Pax
4.0 out of 5 stars Their first album and a great one
"Boy" takes a bit of getting used to if you grew up on mid-period U2 stuff like "The Joshua Tree," but their debut album kicks major ... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Daniel A. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars post-punk album
this album could belong to bauhaus, southern death cult, the cure with few differences (I didn't forgot bono).
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by "mrc1977"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great debuts of our time.
On the short list that includes first albums by The Pretenders, The Cars, The Clash, and Elvis Costello goes "Boy"
Here we find a group with their own voice, their... Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by M J Heilbron Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars I Won't Follow
"I Will Follow" and "Out of Control" are very good rock tracks but the rest of the material isn't the real U2! Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Reijo Piippula
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