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October

4.4 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Produced by Steve Lillywhite

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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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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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"October" was recorded sans the original song lyrics (they were reportedly stolen from Bono), and the band was in the middle of a trying time, dealing with their Christian values on the one hand and the pressures of being in a rock band on the other. But even without the "official" lyrics, Bono managed to scrape together some pretty incendiary songs and delivers magnificently on the vocals. The band is also in fine form, with Edge further refining and improving on his unmistakeable guitar sound.
The best track here is without a doubt "Gloria," though "I Threw a Brick Through a Window" kicks a-- as well.
This is the sound of a young band still trying to find their voice and their way in the world. I do not prefer "October" over U2's later work; this is the sort of band producing the kind of canon in which each phase of the music deserves to be listened to and appreciated on its own. People dis "Pop" and "Zooropa," but look, if U2 had continued to produce albums that sounded exactly like "October" for 20 years, well, they would have gone the way of A Flock of Seagulls.
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In January of 1982, I was a 23-year-old Kansan newly transplanted in Los Angeles, rapturously soaking in the miraculous sounds exuding from KROQ, L.A.'s seminal alternative-rock station. One afternoon the opening notes of "Rejoice" joyfully assaulted my receptive senses, and the earth teetered on its very axis. I rushed over to Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard that very day and purchased the "October" LP, U2's sophomore effort, and found a cornucopia of aural delights. U2 was deliciously distinctive: their songs sounded anthemic - with neither the bombast nor the platitudes of so-called "Christian Rock." The guitars sounded like hosannas from the gods, but with a propulsive energy that was exhilarating. "October" was stunningly spiritual - yet never preachy. And the euphoria these songs induced in this listener was indeed a religious experience. "Gloria" continued the countdown to eargasmic ecstacy that "Rejoice" commenced, with more power than any hymn of my youth. "Fire" and "With a Shout" are also staggeringly good - and there's not a clunker on the LP.
And that's saying much indeed - considering the fact that the original tapes for this LP were stolen from the band - and the resultant sound quality is less than stellar. But what of it? With songs this good, it's a trifle that the listener scarcely notices.
Sadly, no ensuing U2 LP ever reached the same heights as did "Boy" (the band's inaugural effort) and "October." Yes, "War" was excellent (especially "New Year's Day"), but the 1983 effort didn't quite live up to its predecessor. In the 21st century, U2 bears little resemblance to the passionate, messianic offerings of its youth.
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