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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001FS1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
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1. Gloria
2. I Fall Down
3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
4. Rejoice
5. Fire
6. Tomorrow
7. October
8. With A Shout
9. Stranger In A Strange Land
10. Scarlet
11. Is That All?

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Long a favorite of U2's original core following, October not only avoids the sophomore slump, but adds an edgy, emotional resonance to the buoyant self-confidence they showed on their debut, Boy. Though producer Steve Lillywhite deserves mention for helping effectively frame the material with production that manages to be both stark and atmospherically murky, this is the music where Bono, Edge, and company first show the potential that would make them superstars. Lacking the sometimes ham-fisted polemics that would mar War, The Joshua Tree, and later works, October has an oft-tortured sense of emotional and philosophical ambivalence that only underscores concerns that range from the crypto-spiritualist yearnings of "Gloria" and "Rejoice" to more anxious moments like "I Fall Down," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "Fire." In retrospect, they may have peaked early. --Jerry McCulley

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By A Customer on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
Is that all? This wasn't just the last track on U2's sophomore album, but also the question surrounding the band during the time of this album's commercial release. You see, frontman Bono, guitarist The Edge, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. are devout Christians, and it was around this time that the three became aware of it. Bassist Adam Clayton never shared their religous views. This difference of opinion nearly broke up the band, because the three didn't know if their Christian faith could co-exist with their chosen profession of rock music. By sticking together, however, they soon realized that their fears and uncertainties were all based on what other people would think of it. With this realization, it became clear that there was no problem, it was just other peoples' problems. U2 followed their hearts and plowed forward. This was only one of several difficult personal issues in the early days of U2 that are responsible for the strong friendship within the band that exists to this day.
And this wasn't the only challenge they faced with this record. There was also the fact that Bono's lyrics were stolen, and he had to re-write them all, which is impressive when you do read the lyrics that made it to the album. Highlights include the opener, 'Gloria', 'I Fall Down', 'Fire', 'Rejoice', the title track 'October', 'Tomorrow', and 'Scarlet'. This album did not find the commercial success of 'Boy', and as a result is one of the most underrated records U2 has ever put out, but I think musically it was better then its predecessor, and, like its predecessor, was indicitive of the potential this band had. It acted as a kind of segue between 'Boy' and 'War', the album in which U2 truly arrived, and that potential became reality.
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A couple of years ago i knew u2 existed. I hadnt really gotten into their albums because most of the songs i had heard on the radio when i used to listen to it were a little overplayed. One day i was looking through someones cds and i found october. I dont know what came over me but i decided to play it. what i heard shocked me: the edge's amazingly super-reverbed guitar and bono's cathedral-echo sustaining voice and it sounded so full and original. from then on i was hooked. i couldnt get it out of my cdplayer. during this time in my life i didnt realize that i was developing a depression, and for some reason whenever i get really pissed off or sad i play this album really really loud and sing to it until my voice is gone. it is just so emotional and track 7 sounds so sad with the minor piano chords. it all works so flawlessly together. This is a great album and if i HAD to pick a favorite this would be it but all the u2 albums (minus zooropa and pop) were 5 star recordings and classics, but for me this was a great starter. so if you are sick of hearing 'War' over and over again listen to 'October' there are no overplayed songs here.
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October is U2 during their untouchable stage. These days it seems everyone just wants to bring them down and complain that U2 are not what they used to be. Excuse me but they were slightly younger in those days. Excuse me but good bands dont stand still and milk previous success. U2 are still doing good quality music - granted there are one or two songs that slip through the net but come on - its still U2! They must be THE hardest working band on the planet (come on guys, get your feet in gear and get that new album out ya lazy gits!!!)
Right, October. An album way ahead of its time with songs that have stood the test of time (except Fire which I think is really Adam and the Ants in disguise).
Gloria - classic U2 with all the stadium ingredients
Rejoice - you cant beat that riff and that power
October - a song so easy to play on the piano but hauntingly beautiful,
Tomorrow - probably the best track on the album. I have a copy of this live and there is a guest musician playing the irish instrument (cant remember the name of it - I think you blow it!!! cheers) and its as good live as it is in the studio.
Stranger In A Strange Land - not sure if he's dissing the English Army (maybe thats my ignorance) but its still a great power riff.
Scarlet - I dont think they needed Eno in later years, the proof is all here where they were heading for Unforgettable Fire.
Is That All - maybe a throwaway song with raw lyrics done before the studio lights went out for the night, but it gave birth to Cry which would later be used on Electric Co.
I would say this was a great natural progression from Boy. Its rawer in its execution but far more mature in its overall delivery. A step in the right direction.
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Like many others of my age, this was the album that made me a U2 fan. I was a highschool student when this album first came out and I remember thinking that this was some of the most emotionally charged, meaningful, and beautiful music I had heard in years. The album is unpretentious yet adacious, beautiful yet blaring, spiritual yet grounded. At this point in their careers the boys of U2 seemingly were unaware of their genius, and this is an element that helps this work to be so appealing. While I'm a huge fan of Brian Eno, and feel he was a perfect producer to help U2 soar to their highest heights, the production here helps to make the album feel "human," with the soaring, shining elements coming directly from the instruments and vocals themselves, as apposed to knob-tweeking at the control panel.
I've unfortunately lost interest in this once great band. The last album I bought was Achtung Baby (a nice album), but nothing since then has felt like the band I fell in love with in 1981.
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