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  • Listen closer
    Is this album Auctung Baby or Joshua Tree? Not at all.It lacks any major hits like every other U2 album exept october. It doesn't have any emotion that the other albums have, so why buy it? Because it is the funnest U2 album out their. This is their only album you can play that contains consistent up beat tunes. And the slower songs are briliant and eerie. I Will Follow is the most famous song, but by no means the best. Out Of Control, A Cat Dubh, Stories for boys, A Day Without me, and the best song on the album, The Electric Co. The rest are good, and contribute a lot to the album. The Edge is very loose on the guitar, and has many fun guitar parts.

    Yes, U2 has put out some of the best rock music ever, but buy this and don't compare it to other u2 stuff, but to your favorite rock band who isn't u2, and you will love this album....more info
  • Raw, hard edged early U2- top rocking album
    Ahhh, this is the great raw, young energetic U2. You can picture them in the studio, running around, full of beans.
    Tearing the microphone, screaming notes from the guitar and smashing the drums with fury!
    This is great music, and far better than the last 13 or 14 years of their career.
    This is U2 music that many know and love, with great guitar, solid lyrics and great melodies.
    Essential for your U2 collection.
    This U2 how they should sound in my humble opinion!!!
    A great album!...more info
  • AMAZING!!!
    I remember hearing this album for the first time in 1980 when I walked into a record shop looking for something to buy. It was a really dry time for me musically. There was nothing that interesting - it was all angry yelling (ala punk) or post-'70's rock (ala Kansas, Journey). But the minute I heard the guitar and atmosppheric, etheric vocals on this I was mezmerized. Even then, I knew these guys were going to be great! When I listen to it now and it brings tears to my eyes.

    A MUST have for any music collection. It is a classic as far as I'm concerned and changed the sound of music from that moment on......more info
  • U2's debut is their best!
    A lot of people will try to tell you that The Joshua Tree or Achtung baby is their best, but I think this is. Like Kiss and Van Halen's first album, this is one of the greatest debuts of all time. Looking at other people's reviews, I guess I'm not the only person that thinks that. Every song on here is just amazing.

    This album is a mostly up-beat concept album about a boy's life. If you compare it to other concept albums like Pink Floyd's The Wall, well.... it kind of falls flat, but it's the music that makes this cd so great. The Edge is one of the greatest guitar players of all time, and Bono's voice is stunning. My favorites are I Will Follow, Twilight, Into The Heart, and A Day Without Me.

    I think even a non U2 fan would actually like this. You should definetely try it. I also recommend War....more info
  • Oh "Boy"!
    Some people may not feel the need to know U2 before the "War" album, or even "The Joshua Tree", but those folks are indeed missing out. This debut is a very strong album, from a band with many very strong albums. Obviously it has the most in common with "October" and "War", but this is the start right here. There's also as much emotion within these songs as there is in anything else they've done. In a way this is the band at their most simple, which really may be the best way to hear them. Much before the hype, much before the 90's make-over, this is U2 when they were....well, boys. A debut to rival "Murmur" and "Boys Don't Cry"....more info
  • Good to go back to the old stuff
    I has all the other U2 CDs - except for this one. It was great to go back and hear the U2 "old sound" - very good CD....more info
  • It's early U2, but that doesn't mean it's bad.
    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. That's the most sinister thing about U2: No matter what people think about each album as a whole, there's never an album without at least a few really really great songs that make the album worth getting. For my part, I also think that "Shadows and Tall Trees" could have been a hit single under the right circumstances.

    Basically, if you own some U2 and like what you have, you won't go wrong with Boy. If you're a newcomer to U2, you'll probably still like the album if you're a fan of guitar rock. It's from 1980, it's U2's first album and it's still good regardless of U2's stardom....more info

  • A First Taste That Left the World Wanting More
    Great debut albums come in all flavors, but all have one thing in common: the presentation of a fully realized sound and attitude which somehow honor "the tradition" while adding something genuinely new to it. U2's first disc, BOY, fulfills those requirements beautifully, offering a first taste of the band which is still recognizable nearly a quarter of a century (and many changes in sound and concept) later, but remaining very much a unique entry in its catalogue.

    Everything on BOY is big - the drums, the bass, the heavily echoed guitars and of course Bono's vocals. The band wasn't terribly sophisticated at this point, perhaps, but by relying on its strengths (which were considerable, even this early on) U2 managed to give post-punk a genuine identity and so elevate it from the morass of one-hit wonders who made the early '80s such a forgettable era in pop music for the most part. Much of the credit for this must go to Steve Lillywhite, whose inspired production gives the whole affair a ten-feet-tall-and-a-mile-wide ambience well suited to the anthemic nature of the material (and the band).

    From the opening jangle of "I Will Follow," U2 makes its case in plain and powerful rock music, without a derivative note to be found. While fleeting moments of influence can be detected - a Pink Floydy touch here, a Bowiesque phrase there - BOY is a surprisingly innovative work, all the more so when one considers that the band members ranged in age from 18 to 20 while they were recording it. The anthems come hot and heavy throughout - "I Will Follow" and "The Electric Co." may be the best known, but "A Day Without Me" and "Another Time, Another Place" are equally huge, while the demimonde musing of "An Cat Dubh" show the first signs of U2's dark side and "Out of Control" takes the whole thing to an energetic apex even the other cuts can't quite match. Much has been made of U2's lack of chops in its early years, but that's hardly an issue on BOY: Adam Clayton's bass lines are tight and swinging; Larry Mullen's drums are relentless as a herd of bison; Bono's voice is already a masterful instrument in its own right, and the Edge remakes the role of the guitar through various effects in the first of a long line of efforts which would establish him as the premier axeman of the past twenty-five years - not because of his "chops," but because of his imagination.

    In short, BOY is as essential as any work from this amazing and long-lived band. Check it out!...more info
  • The album that started it all
    Boy, U2's first studio album is not just good, it's promising, uplifting, inspiring and cutting "Edge." Indeed, this album established that anthemic sound that has been the framework for most U2 songs since: the shimmering effects-laden guitar, Bono's rampant, moving vocals, and Adam's and Larry's driving rhythm section. This is U2 in their purest form. Steve Lillywhite's production is excellent and so is the raw sound of the band. Highlights on the album are: "I Will Follow," "Out of Control," "A Day Without Me," and "Twilight." The album deals with many issues, predominantly the difficulty of turning from a boy into a man. "In the shadow, boy meets man," Bono sings on "Twilight." Indeed this album is a spectacular display of what U2 would go on to become - one of the greatest rock bands ever. It is a must have for any U2 fan, or anyone still sitting on the fence. After hearing "Boy," it's no wonder to me that U2 have gone on to become the greatest anthemic rock band in history. Leave your computer, go to the store, and buy it....more info
  • Ah, the memories ...
    This is not necessarily a review of the "Under a Blood Red Sky" CD, but a personal look back at one of the greatest live shows I have ever witnessed.

    A little history first. U2 first played in Denver at the Rainbow Music Hall - a converted suburban movie-plex that hosted many great bands from the late 1970s to the mid-80s. I believe it was U2's first American tour in support of the "Boy" LP. In fact, U2 played at the Rainbow twice on that tour, returning for an encore on the way home. The boys were visibly tired at that second show, but the fans did not mind. Obviously, U2 enjoyed playing in Denver.

    The band returned to the Rainbow on the "October" tour, but that would be the last time Denver fans would see the band in a small venue.

    That brings us to "War" and the third tour. U2 were scheduled to play at Red Rocks - the famous outdoor amphitheater located in the Foothills west of Denver. It was the first weekend in June, a Sunday. The weather was miserable. It was cold and gray with rain and snow falling all morning. There was talk that the show would be moved or postponed.

    But U2 thought the weather was somewhat similar to that found in their native Ireland, and did not disappoint the hardy fans who trooped to Morrison for the show. In fact, U2 showed its concern for their fans in a unique way. They agreed to play the show at Red Rocks, and added a second show on Monday night indoors at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Anyone who had a ticket to the Sunday show could attend both shows. A classy move.

    The show at Red Rocks has passed into legend, as documented on the subsequent concert film released the next year. The band loved the setting and the environment, and the show at Red Rocks was a thrilling display of a young band reaching a new plateau. The people who witnessed that Red Rocks show will never forget it, nor the manner in which U2 went out of its way to accommodate their fans.

    A few months later, the video of the event debuted at The Rainbow for members of the press. It was shown on a large screen, and was much longer and much more interesting than the final product that was sold in stores. The extended opening sequence was a helicopter flight from downtown Denver out to Red Rocks - much longer than the one on the video. The entire show was on the video I saw, not just selected songs.

    It was simply mesmerizing.

    So, the video that is now available is adequate enough to refresh one's memory of a great concert, but I still long for the "director's cut" version that I saw back in early 1984.

    As for the CD, it is a nice artifact of a band one the verge on conquering the pop world, but I wish all of the cuts were from the Red Rocks show.
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  • What a Way to Start
    U2's Boy is a great album. It gully captures U2 in their great. They went on to make more classic albums but I'll always have a place for this first one.

    Songs like I Will Follow and Stories For Boys make this an enjoyable release. Others like The Ocean, Another Time, Another Place, and Shadows and Tall Trees make this a masterpiece.

    Must Have....more info
  • How to change an Atomic World
    I give this album 5 stars based on one of my main criterions for classic LP's: "Boy" changed the template for 100's of bands to follow. U2 came from nowhere with stinging guitar reverb anthems sung by a young man who belted every song as if his life depended on it. From the wide-eyed charge of "I Will Follow" and "The Electric Co" to the the experimental sound of "The Ocean" and "An Cat Dubh," U2 plowed forward with all the earnestness of adolescent believers.

    "Boy" became a favorite of college radio types (like this particular college junior) the summer it came out for mostly that reason. The band's urgency and general nonadherence to the typical sounds of the day (think Foreigner or Toto) made them all the more exciting. Steve Lillywhite's new, original style of production cranked up the reverb and piled on the drums, making the band almost primal. By the time the final notes of "Shadows and Tall Trees" faded away in that summer, those of us who latched on to "Boy" early had the feeling that this band had something to offer.

    (Also, why has this album and the U2 catalog not been upgraded? U2 are easily one of the best and most influential bands on the planet, and their early albums deserve more than to have shoddy liner notes and a late 80's quality CD transfer.) ...more info
  • U2 Before They Were "U2"
    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. Other highlights include the anthemic 'I Will Follow', the angsty 'Out Of Control', 'A Day Without Me' in which Bono was singing about child neglect and abuse over a decade before Eddie Vedder sang about a boy named Jeremy, 'Another Time Another Place', and the haunting closer, 'Shadows And Tall Trees', the title of which was taken from the title of chapter from the literary classic, 'The Lord Of The Flies'. All in all, this is one of great rock debuts I've ever heard, it pocesses an innocence that perhaps U2 never had again after this record. In closing, I would be remiss not to mention a b-side from this record, called '11 O'Clock Tick Tock'. Its significance is that it was one of the earliest live fan favorites, and it remains so to this day. In fact, at a typical U2 show, the crowd usually emits some of its loudest and most enthusiastic cheers when the opening chords to 11 O'Clock or I Will Follow or Out Of Control are played. It gives the feeling of being a true fan, for being familiar with the REALLY old stuff, the music of U2 before they were "U2"....more info

  • New Wave to the East
    I remember 1980 we living in Soviet Repressive System with Mr Brezhnev and KGB controlling Russia and many boring Soviet approved musician on Radio Moscow, but we also listen to cool radio stations from West. I hear "I Will Follow" although reception not good and feel thrilling sound and much excitement more powerful than heavy Soviet propahganda about West. It is the sound of Western freedom and we are determined to buy Western Irish great music of U2. It is name of Spy Plane, but we are only thinking goood things of this creazy rock and roll called New Wave. Finally the new wave came to the East...more info
  • not their best but still good
    Boy is U2's debut. It may not be the band's best album but it still has great songs on it like I will follow and out of control. Boy really gives you an understanding of where U2 really began....more info
  • I like old U2
    This record kills U2's last two Atomic Bomb & All That You Can't. There's some really good stuff on this and I dig Edge's guitar playing on this. It's just way more interesting than the current stuff they're putting out. Gotta love I Will Follow, Stories for Boys, The Ocean, An Cat Dubh, Another Time Another Place. You could actually classify U2 as a post-punkesque band after hearing this record....more info
  • U2's Excellent Boy
    With their classic opening rocker, "I Will Follow," U2 began their glorious journey into the rock music history books with their 1980 debut, "Boy." This first album from Dublin's favorite sons is U2 in the raw, without the bigger studio productions of the band's later work. What comes through the most on "Boy" is the urgency & power of U2's musical attack: The Edge's unique, wailing guitar-work, the towering sound from the rhythm section of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr., and, of course, the soaring, magnificent voice of lead singer Bono. The band rock with everything they got on great songs like "I Will Follow," "An Cat Dubh," "Stories For Boys," "Another Time Another Place," and "The Electric Co.", but they also take time for some great moments of beauty, like "The Ocean" and "Shadows And Tall Trees." Though there was certainly room for musical growth, and most U2 fans agree that the band's best music was yet to come (and opinions vary greatly on this subject---"War," "The Joshua Tree" and "Achtung Baby" appear to be the top fan favorites), there's no question that "Boy" is an excellent debut album for Bono & company. Get ready, world---U2 have arrived! ...more info
    This record rocks. Mainly because Adam Clayton plays bass like Cliff Williams: that relentless dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh... keeps the album movin' ever forward. That's right, AC/DC!!!! Think I'm kiddin' ? Check it out! It's all over the place. Listen to the segue into "Out of Control" , the guy can hardly wait to start pluggin away! Ocassionally he'll start a song with some kinda riff, but by the end, it's back to dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh-dunh... again. It works! It rules! And it probably saved them a lotta money on studio tricks ' cause unlike later releases, this album is driven by U2's energy.

    As far as them other 2'ers go: the drums sound smackin' and Lillywhitey. The Edge still has one. Bono's vocals are really good , especially 'cause they're mixed down with the rest of the music! He's merely started a landslide in his ego here, it hasn't yet blossomed into a full-on flag-wavin', marchin'-mullet-headed ego yet. And then there's the BELLS! No one is given credit for playing them. They just appear.....on almost every song. How cool. They give Boy a great starry-night-timey feel none of the other albums have.

    I saw these dudes live around the time this album came out. They played at Randy's Rodeo in San Antonio , the place where the Pistols played. There were only about 200 people in the audience, but the band were in-flippin'-credible. They definitely had a certain something. Glad I caught'em when I did, 'cause I'm not too crazy about what they later became.More power to y'all who like the later stuff. Must be something there. But this is the one for me. I played it recently for a friend who thought U2 have always totally sucked & he had to admit................more info

  • Black cat better than zoo panther
    Taking a look at my old u2 vynile collection of the 80s, I thought first which of my old u2 records sampler should i purchase in cd, and finally i decided undoubedtly for this one.
    "Boy" is the debut album every rock band wish to record for the first time. It's besides, one of the u2 albums which had survived sucessfully the path of the time and it's in its esence, the most true, energetic and hence, darkest of them all...Boy posseses a spirit that cannot be found in other ones - those commercially more sucessfull u2 records of the nineteens-.
    The strenght of this album is based on its powerful stream, its brilliant lyrics, its danger...It's the most genuine Irish of all their records, taking its Irishness not as a patriotical statement, as they did -more or less explicit- in later post-Eno works and at the same time discovering the fascination for everything American-, but as spontane and truly Irish in its roots and originallity...This is a beautiful piece of Irish Rock at its best, not self indulgent or cynical. It performs -through a musical high tension wire- several tracks all connected in its tematic as a round block of self analysis of fears and features of desperation.
    The song's titles are full of literary winks and soul searching statements of someone who's taking a step into the insecure outer world contrasting with the richer inner world. Bono's self-portrait of his expectactions and fears turns out witty and beautiful and it reaches interesting masterpieces in a introspective way in which he -unfortunately- didn't show so often and so poetically after gathering the millions...
    A special mention deserves "An Cat Dubh -Into The Heart", one of the biggest -not the most acknowledged, though- tracks in u2 career...In the cd separated in two different tracks, it's therefore, the same suite. An Cat Dubh (A Black Cat in Gaelic) tells about how beauty and danger goes beside at times and about the jeopardy of some relationships based on fascination which turn out in certain destructive endings that don't run into new disclosures. As it's been pointed out above pointed above, a relationship inspired this song and the sight of a black cat playing first and after killing a mouse for inmediately falling asleep beside the victim, as if nothing had really happened. A thought about the danger that sleeps beyond all beauty ("Yes, now I know the truth about you"). The guitar is yelling-banshee like and full of tension, leading the string into a catarsis at Into The Heart.
    Other best of Boy-songs are "A Day Without Me", surpringsingly a insight of the world after an hypothetical suicide, though the cheery melody; "The Ocean", a beautiful onomatopoeia of staring at the motion of sea, and of course, the gorgeous "Twlight", "Shadows And Tall Trees", amongst others. Somehow Boy settles the milestone for the second and more aclaimed hit album "War" that made them known internationally, in which they got more into political statements with few exceptions (Drowning Man), thus, the existential depth of "Boy" is lacking here...After that, Eno should come to polish that raw and gifted poetry and nothing would be the same as before, therefore, Boy shall remain as a sort of memorial to prove of what they were keen to do...even without Brian- for the time being......more info
  • Embryonic U2
    This contains the single song that set the precedent for all of U2's other work in the decade: the opening "I Will Follow" - its ringing riff, spiritual lyrics and huge chorus all forecast everything else the group would end up doing. The only thing not in place is Bono's vocals: he sounds a bit like Tom Verlaine, as he did on all of the other early records, now that I think about it. So that song rules, as do other songs like "Twilight" (which again has the huge chorus), the creepy "An Cat Dubh" (in English, please!), with a cool heavy guitar riff and creepy stomping drums and all kinds of neat sound effects. Then some mold sets in, even amidst crashing rockers like "Out of Control", "The Electric Co.", and "Stories for Boys"; the charged-up disco-rocker "A Day Without Me"; or the dark, Lord of the Flies-inspired "Shadows and Tall Trees". Take "Into the Heart" and "The Ocean". What's the point of those songs? Oh, wait, there isn't one! HA! Marvel at the wit and wisdom (or lack thereof) of Finu Lanu! And it's safe to say that I don't enjoy "Another Time, Another Place" either - it sounds like all the good songs, only is kinda... pathetic itself. So this is a bit shaky, a bit derivative, a bit inconsistent, but good enough to warrant a solid 8. A great way to start out!...more info
  • Great album and a Deluxe Edition worth the title.
    Of all the U2 Deluxe Editions that are being released, this one is the most valuable. Not only Boy is a great debut album but the bonus material is really worth. Early singles "11 O'Clock Tick Tock", "A Day Without Me", "U2 3" and "Another Day" are important pieces of history that show the band's growth in the early days. The songs from U2 3 (from 1979 - two years earlier), in particular, are a must; not that they are that good but because the band sounds very young and different with a bit of glam-rock edge.
    So, as a Deluxe Edition, this is as good as it gets. A five-star.

    As an album, Boy is raw, wild and passionate. You can feel the monster of a band that these guys would become. The ingredients are all there. A band that through boldness and simplicity, manages to create a trademark sound.

    Bono was still far from the great singer we all know but he delivers with such passion and conviction that you can foresee the leader in him. But in those days it was clearly Edge's unique guitar sound that guided U2. A clear, bright, bold, electrifying guitar sound around which the songs were built. Add a solid backbone (Adam+Larry) and there you have the basics of U2.

    The album kicks off with their first classic "I Will Follow" and, up until "Out Of Control", the sequence is simply astonishing. The second half is not that good but still throws in the great "The Electric Co." near the end.
    All in all, a great debut but not as good as some latter stuff....more info
  • One of the best debut albums of all time.
    If you like All That You Can't Leave Behind, you'll love Boy. U2's first album from 1980, it stands up to this day and does not sound 20 years old. It captures the band as they struggle with becoming adults, and is one of the most open and vulnerable album you'll hear. Bono is earnest and honest in his lyrics, the Edge's guitar is raw and powerful, and the rythym of Adam and Larry keeps the record moving.

    "I Will Follow" and "Out of Control" are two of U2's best live tunes, and the record manages to capture their live sound in the studio. An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart are two songs sown together in a weave of sonic textures and rock beats with chiming bells and guitars. This is a record you'll play again and again, and you'll wonder how you've lived so long and not heard it already.

    And you can hear the sound that influeces some of today's promising new bands like Travis, Coldplay and Flickerstick. While you wouldn't know this band would one day rule the world when it came out, it does reveal their essence. Thier just four friends who want to make music together. After two decades, things haven't changed, and they still haven't found what they're looking for....more info

  • Promising start, not perfect
    As a longtime U2 fan, having started to listen to them as far back as 1983, I realize this review will put me at odds with many U2 fans. To be honest, I have never been an especially big fan of the first three albums. While I like them, I merely find them interesting. Let me explain philosophically that I really don't care for mythologizing Rock bands or Musicians. For example, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Zeppelin have become so mythologized, it has become almost impossible for many to fairly assess the merit of their music, in each case, however great it might be overall, each has been `hit and miss' with their catalogue. U2 suffers from the same kind of mythologizing at this point. To not be intellectually honest, and admit that any band or artist has their strength and weaknesses, is actually a disservice to that band from their fan base.

    That isn't to add or diminish U2's importance within the Punk / new wave / Alternative scene, and that should be acknowledged in the context of 1980 / 1979. From a sonic standpoint 'Boy' was a revelation. There were plenty of Punk bands that laid the groundwork as Paul Morley points out in his essay. U2's energy, simplicity, the epic, ambient scope of their best songs could be a strength, but it could also be a weakness if done to excess. In their early career, of the four of them, The Edge was always the most naturally talented musician of the band, as a guitarist and keyboardist. Larry and Adam was a solid rhythm section, and while Bono had passion, he had to develop his skills as a vocalist. It just wasn't there yet. Steve Lillywhite should be commended for helping to focus their studio sound, and it is this focus that makes the first five tracks, and their sequencing especially strong, 'I Will Follow, Twilight, An Cat Dubh, Into The Heart', and 'Out Of Control' flow beautifully well together. Yet the material becomes wildly uneven in the second half on the album, with 'A Day Without Me', being the other standout track.

    The problem is with a lack of song craft, there are plenty of songs on the second half of the album, full of promise that is never realized. This focused song craft is what distinguished the Brian Eno / Daniel Lanois production era. Now, what do I mean when I write `song craft'? What I mean is go beyond the basic blueprint of a song and find that right coloring, accompaniment, that right part, or lyric in some cases, that gives it that extra depth. This isn't to say U2 ever lacked `depth' in contrast to other bands, U2 demonstrated depth from the beginning, but too many songs just feel like blueprints, and the gears are not completely gelling at that stage of their career. Yes, they were a new band, full of exuberance at recording and touring, as that should be pointed out, but to maintain U2 was a flawless band from outset is dishonest.

    Now onto disc two which is the real treat for any completist, personally I have had a longtime fascination with U2's B-sides, therefore it is great to have one disc that includes the Columbia era `3' ep, as well as the Another Day single. '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' is a fairly strong and interesting track, as well as it's B-side 'Touch'. I actually find 'Saturday Night', which eventually became 'Fire' off of the "October" album, to be a better version. 'Speed of Life' and 'Things to Make and Do' is an interesting pair of instrumentals. 'Boy / Girl' is a very awkward punk track. To each his own for those who like it. The Columbia versions of 'Out of Control' and 'Stories for Boys', while interesting, are not as strong as the Lillywhite produced tracks. 'Cartoon World' is an early precursor to 'Shadows and Tall Trees', and it's an especially disappointing track, very uneven recording for a live record, and a sloppy performance from the band.

    The sound of these remasters is an improvement from prior CD editions and welcomed. Credit really has to be given for the wonderful packaging, Paul Morley's essay, while not a definitive biography, is insightful and informative of the band's early influences, The Edge's comments are also interesting, lyrics and rare photos are included. This reissue is an ideal model for how CD reissues should be handled in the future, should be of note to other compilation producers, although some fans will beg to differ about what might have been overlooked.


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  • In the beginning...
    ... there was a whole lot of energy. To listen to how U2 began is interesting, especially for those of us who didn't discover them until Under a Blood Red Sky and Joshua Tree. Their music always had a lot of passion but in the beginning the energy was pretty boundless. I don't love everything on this release, but there are a number of really great songs.

    "I Will Follow" is of course trademark U2, but I also particularly like "The Electric Co." which I knew from Under a Blood Red Sky. A couple of new favorites are "Out of Control" and especially "A Day Without Me" which has a fantastic beat that gets pleasantly stuck in your head and you just can't get it out (not that you really want to). "Into the Heart" is another that has a beautiful sound - I wish the instrumental beginning was even longer.

    The bonus CD is interesting as well, and sometimes I think I prefer it to disc 1. There are a couple of live versions of "11 O'clock Tick Tock" (another favorite from Under a Blood Red Sky) and an early version of "I Will Follow." There are a couple of stinkers but overall it's likely to please the die-hard fans. It's interesting to listen to the original three songs from 3 (U2's first album) and note the difference in sound, both vocals and guitar (Bono sounds like the teenager he probably was and the guitar lacks the Edge's trademark delay and sounds like everyone else at the time).

    The packaging on this release is nice, with the original artwork as opposed to the hideous silhouetted American cover, which is included inside (the band was concerned about accusations of pedophilia, or something like that). The essay by Paul Morley is rambling and incoherent and overly-grandiose - and is best ignored - but there are a number of interesting comments by the Edge regarding several recordings. I especially liked his comments on the distinct drum sound achieved on "11 O'clock Tick Tock." This and the lyrics are what make it worthwhile.

    Like some others have mentioned, it's probably not for the casual fans, but it's a lot of fun to listen to and is an interesting contrast to their later music....more info
  • The one that started it all!
    This is where it all began. A classic album from the best band of all time. This debut album from U2 is simply amazing. From the opening "I Will Follow" (my personal all time favorite) to the closing "Shadows and Tall Trees", there isn't a dud to be found. Lesser-known songs like "Twilight", "Stories for Boys", and "Another Time, Another Place" simply rock. "Electric Co." and "Out of Control" are downright awesome. If you're starting a U2 collection, look no further than right here. Buy this now! You will not be disappointed. Personally my favorite of all U2 albums. Most will say "The Joshua Tree" or "Achtung Baby". My vote is for "Boy"....more info
  • 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 ... -- it's a shimmering, glorious piece of work, filled with The Edge's soon-to-become-famous chiming guitars and Bono's gutsy (not to mention indecipherable) singing. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. leap into the music with incredible authority, establishing themselves as one of the best rhythm sections anywhere.

    Best songs: "I Will Follow," "An Cat Dubh," "Into the Heart" (check the bass!), the extraordinary "Out of Control," "Stories for Boys," and "The Ocean."...more info

  • U2 at its rawest and freshest
    Back in 1980, 70s rock was fading away, and synthesizer-laden, new wave music was starting to hit the scene. Another genre that was starting to come forward was punk. Bono has said that "at heart, we're a punk band." Now for most fans of All That You Can't Leave Behind, this may be a bunch of [stuff], but if you listen to Boy, you really see U2's punk roots. Bono also says a lot about how he admired The Ramones and how they influenced them. There is not one track on this debut album that is bad. Even though this album is not as creative or as diverse as their later offerings, since almost every song on here is just guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, no synthisizers, loops, or anything, this is one that you have to buy. Although if you're a new U2 fan I suggest buying Joshua Tree first, then Achtung Baby, then All That You Can't Leave Behind for a base of their critically acclaimed albums. Then, venture into their less acclaimed stuff, such as War, October, The Unforgettable Fire, Zooropa, Pop (which most say was a flop but I disagree), and of course Boy. So there's my two cent review....more info
  • post-punk album
    this album could belong to bauhaus, southern death cult, the cure with few differences (I didn't forgot bono)....more info
  • solid debut
    Boy shows no signs of the grandiose, global, 21st century U2. There are flashes of potential on this CD, but nothing suggested that U2 would become the internationally praised band we all know today. I bought the CD just for I Will Follow and The Electric Co., but the CD has a lot more to offer than just these two hits. Fans of U2 who've only heard them past the Unforgettable Fire are going to hear a VERY different band. As Bono once said, "We all thought U2 was going to be a punk band."

    And for the most part, that's exactly how they sound on Boy.

    1 I Will Follow - This song is THE best punk song ever, except for maybe some of the Ramones' works. If your foot doesn't tap to the mesmerizing beat, you must've been amputated. Words alone cannot describe how good this song is. Screw this, I'm going to listen to it right now... 10/10

    2 Twilight - a coming of age song that you won't be able to stand past a few listens 6/10

    3 An Cat Dubh - not bad, a good rhythm, one of the underrated songs on Boy 7/10

    4 Into the Heart - Booooooring 4/10

    5 Out of Control - catchy, riveting, like a weaker version of I Will Follow 8/10

    6 Stories for Boys - see 4

    7 The Ocean - a nice, moody piece, but it's over in a minute and a half 6/10

    8 A Day Without Me - Booya! A happy song about suicide, and a catchy, uplifting one to boot! Seriously though, as their first song ever recorded by Island, it is one hell of a good listen.

    9 Another Time Another Place - see 4

    10 The Electric Co. - who knew a song about sawing off an arm could be so good? Still stands as one of U2's best heavy-charged rock songs. This version is as good as, if not better, than the live Electric Co. on Under a Blood Red Sky. 10/10

    11 Shadows and Tall Trees - a moody piece that works, great title 7/10...more info

  • 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. I remember studying the front of that cassette, the black and white stretched faces and the mysterious name, U2. It would be at least 3 years before I actually saw a picture of them, when October came out. They were mysterious and seemed to hold secrets.

    I mean, what an absolutely perfect concept album. The moments of late childhood, the scary and exciting days before a boy becomes a man. For a kid who was in those exact moments, Boy played like a script and seemed to me, not preconceived in any way but organic in some mysterious way. There is no way any artist could consciously attempt to capture the essence found in Boy. U2 could never repeat this. They would have other achievments, but nothing as thematic or organic as Boy.

    Boy is one of the most interesting moments of rock music and should be seen as a turning point for a genre that had rarely achieved this type of unconscious realism....more info

  • Explore the Raw Energy and Primal Adolescence of Early U2
    This fantastic debut from 1980 finally became available in a glorious deluxe edition in 2008. The remastering, supervised by guitarist The Edge, is bold and crystal clear. The booklet contains an excellent essay, great early photos, original artwork and the cover art from the early singles. Edge adds some interesting personal notes as well. I'd rate the original album 5 stars and the bonus CD probably 3 (in terms of the quality of the music itself), but the whole package is so excellent it easily deserves the 5 star rating. BOY is an album born of humble beginnings that dared to dream big.

    Disk 2:

    Back in the 80's I collected U2 B-sides and I had vinyl copies of tracks 2,3,6,7,8,9,12 &13. Here are U2's roots, the sprouting seeds hungrily twisting to life. For any true U2 fan this stuff is essential listening. From the beginning, Bono was the real deal; he wrote about what he knew and what he lived. Many of his early lyrics reflect the pains of growing up, childhood escapism and the starry-eyed excitement of youth. On disk 2, Bono can be heard struggling to find his voice and master it. By the time he recorded vocals for BOY, his voice was magnificent. This was a golden age for Bono - unravaged by the passage of time, tobacco tar, screaming and generally overextending his vocals, his voice sounds positively angelic. But that certainly wasn't always the case on these earliest recordings.


    1) "I Will Follow" (alt mix - previously unreleased) - The most noticeable thing I hear on this mix is an intermittent Edge guitar shimmer cranked up much louder than the subtle background ambiance it provides on the album version. It gives the song a distinctive feel, otherwise it's not too different but not as good as the original either. ****

    2) "11 O'clock Tick Tock" - U2's first single on Island records is a winner, featuring a quirky tick-tock rhythm and a killer coda with some compelling Edge chords. The song would continue to develop through live performances. ****

    3) "Touch" (B-side of "11 O'clock Tick Tock") - Bono spouts punk histrionics over a driving beat before soaring over the song like a eagle at the chorus. Ends with another upbeat coda. For those in the know this is a post-punk classic. ****1/2

    4) "Speed of Life" (previously unreleased) - Adam Clayton is no show boat virtuoso on bass yet he plucks along swiftly through this cool but undeveloped rocker. A seed that never spawned. ***

    5) "Saturday Night" (previously unreleased) - This song eventually evolved into "Fire." The music itself is almost identical but the lyrics are completely alien. Not as good as "Fire" although it's possibly more organic. It's fascinating to hear this embryonic incarnation. ****

    6) "Things To Make and Do" (B-side of "A Day Without Me") - an energetic, very basic song with a classic U2 sound. No vocals, it was a chance for Bono to catch his breath during shows from the early days. ****

    tracks 7-9 consist of U2's first ever release, the U2-3 EP --

    7) "Out of Control" - Bono's voice is clearly out of control as he spastically warbles over a spirited if sloppy take. Those who haven't heard these early versions are in for a shock. ***1/2

    8) "Boy/Girl" - I distinctly recall how baffled I was to first hear this juvenile, spasmodic tune. Bono's bizarre vocal ejaculations are obviously influenced by Siouxsie Sioux and of course The Sex Pistols, indirectly. A trip to hear, many no doubt find it unbearable to listen to. **

    9) "Stories for Boys" - finds U2 still searching for their own sound. U2-3 comes a little too close to sounding like generic classic rock and the cowbell on "Stories for Boys" doesn't help. ***1/2

    10) "Another Day" - I've never heard this one before - it's an exuberant song, Bono singing at the top of his lungs. Its adolescent themes would've fit nicely on BOY. Not a great track but I love being able to finally hear it. ***1/2

    11) "Twilight" (B-side of "Another Day") - A more polished version of this song would go on to be a highlight on BOY, but this version is killer post-punk rock. The lyrics are different and I love the Siouxsie-ish histrionics (Yes, I'm calling you on it Bono). *****

    tracks 12&13 were recorded live at the Marquee in London, Sept. 22, 1980 --

    12) "Boy/Girl" - this weird, vaguely transsexual tune sounds absolutely great in this live setting, a stunning improvement over the studio version. It's got a more natural, assured, road-tested feel. Somehow, they took a dorky song and made it sound cool. ****1/2

    13) "11 O'clock Tick Tock" - Edge's guitar soars on this one. Bono and the Edge feed off each other to thrilling effect. *****

    14) "Cartoon World" (previously unreleased) - a very interesting relic from an historic show recorded on Feb. 26, 1980 at The National Stadium in Dublin, the night they got signed to Island. Bono sounds pissed about the persistent feedback (plaguing his audition?) while the band get their Kinks on. Very cool! ***1/2...more info
  • Fascinante debut

    Boy es extra?o, quiz¨¢s por eso mismo es que es tan fascinante. Tiene un sonido ¨²nico, que jam¨¢s U2 volvi¨® a repetir. Se combinan guitarras inexplicablemente secas y agresivas - que me sorprenden -, una bater¨ªa directa y s¨®lida, una voz de Bono poderosa y genial, unas canciones cristalinas y sucias a la vez, etc.

    Este disco es sin duda, el m¨¢s "punk" de toda la historia de U2, irrepetible. Por ello no creas - y de verdad te lo advierto - que esta banda iPod que usan el nombre de U2 est¨¢n de vuelta a aquella crudeza y desnudez musical de hace 25 a?os.

    La Primera canci¨®n de Boy es I Will Follow, un tema que nos sorprende por la gran separaci¨®n con la escena musical de aquellos a?os. Twilight es desgarradoramente hipn¨®tica, en especial por aquellas guitarras de un jovens¨ªsimo The Edge - de apenas 19 a?os en 1980 -.

    An Cat Dubh es uno de los temas mas misteriosos y cautivantes de U2, seguido por un intermedio musical muy efectivo llamado Into The Heart. Es la ¨²nica vez en la historia de U2 en que encontramos canciones cantadas de menos de 2 minutos de duraci¨®n, influ¨ªdos quiz¨¢s por The Wall de Pink Floyd.

    Out Of Control - el primer single de la banda - resume toda aquella descollante energ¨ªa juvenil puesta en este album. Stories Of Boys es igualmente sorprendente. The Ocean es otra canci¨®n corta ( como Into The Heart ), pero necesaria. A Day Without Me es una genialidad, amo esa canci¨®n. El punto m¨¢s bajo es Another Time Another Place, sin dejar de ser buena, pero ello se compensa con el mejor tema del album, The Electric Co. El disco lo cierra un tema distinto al resto del album, con un sonido m¨¢s experimental y que excursiona en otros terrenos. Shadows and Tall Trees.

    La producci¨®n fue sencillamente genial, de un hombre que gracias a este disco despu¨¦s trabaj¨® con artistas como Peter Gabriel. Un acierto de debut, muy recomendable y sorprendente, sobre todo si piensas que U2 empez¨® con Pride ( in the name of love ) el a?o 1984....more info
  • One of the Best Debuts Ever
    In 1980 a little know group by the name U2 released an album that 20+ years later still remains one of their best and perhaps one of the best debut albums by any band.

    U2 is best known for their meaningful music and lyrics which really thrust them into the spotlight with War and as reached an Apex that has yet to decline with The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can't Leave Behind. Yet, it is hard to say that they were any less of masters at their art when one listens to Boy. Boy merely shows the group at a young age singing for their beliefs and feelings as they always have and continue to do. It shows strong conviction and their youth.

    I Will Follow perhaps sets the theme best. It is the story of a boy forced to grow up due to the passing of his mother. The album continues of the theme of growing up and does it well from Twilight (another great song) and A Day Without Me. My favorite song on this album besides I Will FOllow is An Cat Dubh and Into the Heart which might as well be one song. This song is a reflection of young love.

    I think perhaps the most interesting aspect of this album is that when looked at over the span of their career, it is seen that the quality of the music and lyrics has not changed only the maturity. Boy is definitely a must have for any U2 fan and even for non U2 fans who like the U2 of old. I feel it is their best album from their early years including War which is great, but I just feel this is more solid effort though in reality it is hard to say which is better.

    So I would say this album is best for people who like War or even only know the famous songs of those early U2 years. It is also best for people who appreciate the evolution of U2 and the fact that U2 now sounds so different yet so similar to that debut album....more info

  • Boy meets man
    For those familiar with U2 only as the larger-than-life superstars responsible for socially conscious anthems such as "Where the Streets Have No Name," "One," and "Beautiful Day," their debut album Boy should surprise. It's their most rocking album (their latest, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, is really pretty timid), their most apolitical, and their most energetic. The young U2's energy, enthusiasm, and ear for a good song more than make up for any lack of musical refinement (The Edge in particular seems to be having a whole lot of fun on the guitar, while never getting too technical). This is their best album of the `80's (along with 1983's War, but that's another review), besting even The Joshua Tree in terms of strength and consistency.

    Boy's most recognizable song, "I Will Follow," begins the album. If there were one song to define U2's energy and optimism at this point in their careers, this is it. "Twilight" includes one of The Edge's best guitar solos ever; it's so simple yet so evocative of the pensive mood of the song. "An Cat Dubh" is the album's high point. It's a very dark song, with a fantastic instrumental finale (that also serves as the beginning of "Into the Heart"). Adam Clayton's bass and Larry Mullen Jr's percussion really shine here.

    Other highlights include "Stories for Boys" and "Out of Control" (U2's first single), two great hard rockers. "The Electric Co." is a great jam piece, and "The Ocean" provides a nice, calm change of pace.

    What might be the most valuable thing about Boy is it's picture of U2 as a very young band, free of any spotlight, making energetic, earnest music. This is essential for any rock music collection....more info
  • Absolutely Wonderul U2
    I was fortunate to have access to very good College radio from Cleveland Ohio and to also see U2 at The (original) Cleveland Agora (since burned down)I saw U2 on tour Supporting "Boy" and also "October" at this venue
    and was right in front of the stage with a few pals.I can still see the band
    and remember walking out of both shows just completely in awe, I did manage to get a U2 Concert Poster from the Boy show off of the wall on my way out and still have it!. I did see the Band supporting "War" at the Cleveland
    Music Hall as well and I consider myself very lucky. To me U2 Live is where they shine, They are very cohesive and Bono had the crowd in he palm of his
    hands, At their young age they showed a ability that showed up later just how well they could play, write , record and play live. I would prefer live U2 over studio but enjoy anything they have done in the studio as well, with Steve Liilywhite, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois (among others) including Flood they have utilized very diverse producers and engineers and mastering people. Their long time Manager Paul McGuiness is in the background but had guided them well . If you can afford the set or just one of the remastered editions go for it!...more info
  • it's called boy as in, boy what a great album
    Easily one of U2's most underrated albums, Boy is a very melodic and interesting album from start to finish. This was when U2 was in the beginning stages of their career, and focused on writing memorable hooks and quality songwriting. One the bands best albums in fact, right next to October. A masterpiece like this has to be treated with the respect it deserves....more info
  • Boy
    going through every song on this album:

    I will follow- Great song and most famous. It was on their Best of the 80s. probably not the best though. 4 stars

    Twilight- Really really cool song. Of Course edges guitar is amazingly clever. 4 stars

    An Cat Dubh- This one just might be the BEST on the album! Listen to it above and you can just find out for yourself because i cant really describe it in words. 5 stars

    Into the heart- Beautiful. Even though I usually get bored during songs when no one sings for half the song, for some reason i always get mesmorized into Edges Guitar and never skip it! 4 stars

    Out of Control- Great song! I got into this phase where this was the only song i would listen to! Really fun and up beat! 4 1/2 stars

    Stories for Boys- I looove this song! In concert Bono adds a fragment of it to the end of Vertigo! its very cool and Bonos voice is so flawless

    The Ocean- This is a good song but because this album is filled with so many good songs i usually skip this when it comes on. 3 1/2 stars

    A day without me- This is DEFINITELlY my personal favorite! I never get tired of it! The best part of the song it probably just the starting: Im starting a landslide in my Ego! It just pulls me right in! 5 stars

    Another time, Another Place- I love the lyrics in this song! They are so deep for a 20 year old! Of course here is another GREAT song! 4 stars

    The Electric Co.- AWESOME SONG! This also might be a favorite! Its so great definitely one of U2s all time greatest! 5 stars!

    Shadows and Tall Trees- Ok I changed my mind THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG! This is haunting and beautiful. His voice just grabs you! 5 stars definitely!

    Ok so i have now reviewed the whole cd. This is a five star album definitely in my opinion! See for yourself!...more info
  • 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 own style, their own sound that sounds like nothing on the radio at the time, yet spawns hundreds if not thousands of imitators.
    Like almost everybody has said, it is kinda like a concept album, but not in any sort of negative way. The songs sound just like they belong they're part of a whole.
    You can sense an over-reaching ambition right from the start. In fact, objectively this is probably a "four-star" record, but ya GOTTA give them the extra star for the balls. They're clearly trying to be the biggest band in the world from the get-go. And within half a decade, they were.
    They've created one of the few rock careers where their entire output merits listening....more info
  • Arguably one of the greatest debuts
    I can remember when I was a casual fan, first researching U2's back catalogue, and I wondered if Boy would be worth my money. Sure, the Best Of collections, The Joshua Tree, and All That You Can't Leave Behind were great, but would this album of obscure tracks from 1980 be anywhere near as good? You may be wondering a similar thing, and let me give you a simple answer: YES, Boy is worth your money; YES, Boy is extremely good.

    I've been a U2 fanatic for a few years now, and Boy is my fourth favourite album. For good reason too: it is consistent in quality, contains some U2 classics, and is full of the passion of a youthful band striving to make a name for themselves and establish their career. On this album, you will hear the sounds of a band who possess a true energy and love for what they are doing; this isn't the sound of four pretentious Dublin punks or a pack of guys just looking to score girls and money, but the sound of four enthusiastic Irishmen coming to grips with the transition from childhood to adulthood.

    Bono's vocals are less refined and Edge wasn't yet a technical wizard with the guitar, but that in no way should be taken as a slight against the album. It opens with what has become a U2 classic, I Will Follow, an energetic post-punk rocker written by Bono about his mother's untimely death when he was fourteen. This song has gone on to be the only number played on every single U2 tour, and thus it's no surprise that it currently holds the record for the song played the most live. The other well known song on the album is track five, Out Of Control: this was U2's first single in 1979 and was penned by Bono on his eighteenth birthday. It is another upbeat, exciting number with a fun, short solo by The Edge, and is followed by another song about adolescence, Stories For Boys, which contains a line of "hello, hello" that will remind you of U2's recent hit, Vertigo. Next comes The Ocean, a short, somewhat meandering and atmospheric number that U2 brought back on this tour (the Vertigo Tour) as a nod to the wide-eyed idealism and naivety of their beginnings.

    Also brought back into the setlist this tour after an absence of more than seventeen years is track ten, The Electric Co. This may be my favourite song on the album: it is aggressive, passionate, and rocking, and is one of U2's first serious attempts at social commentary. It remarks upon a violent form of electric convulsion therapy given to mental patients in Ireland in the late seventies, and the outrage of the entire band is evident in this song, from Bono's angry vocals and confrontational lyrics to Edge's aggressive guitar and the powerful rhythm created by Adam on bass and Larry pounding the drums.

    My second favourite song on the album co-incidentally happens to be the second track, Twilight. This is another one of Boy's darker songs, which Bono described as being about the "grey area of adolescence", where, to quote the song itself, "in the shadow, boy meets man". It is followed by another darker song, An Cat Dubh, this time touching on the dark side of love, though it can feel almost sensual at times before it segues smoothly into Into The Heart, a tender reminiscence of childhood.

    I'll leave the remaining three tracks a mystery, even though I think A Day Without Me is one of the best on the album. You need to have some surprises left on the album, some hidden gold to uncover, and I've written quite enough already. The only negative about Boy is that it fails to include 11 O'clock Tick Tock, a non-album single from that era that became one of U2's most popular and scorching live songs.

    This album is a cunning mix of both youthful optimism and realisation of the darker side of life. It encompasses a diversity of moods with a consistent quality in the music. Boy is a worthy addition to any album collection.

    By the way, if you can, get a copy with 'the boy' (Peter Rowan) on the cover. The 'stretched faces' cover was used in the US as the record label didn't think the American public would approve of an obscure band putting a boy with no visible clothing on their cover, but I feel the cover featuring Peter Rowan is much better and more appropriate to the album. It will also go nicely with a copy of the War album that you should have in your possession....more info
  • Pretty good record...but will they last?
    After several spins, I find myself enjoying this vibrant U2 album. Who is U2? They're four Irish lads with great musical talent.

    I first heard "Boy" at the record shop I frequent. Gary, the totally awesome manager of Spins, Tins and Grins Vinyl on campus, had this record playing one day when I was in there looking for Blondie's newest LP. I couldn't help but be sucked in to the sounds of "Boy" filling up the well-worn shop.

    The first thing you notice about U2 is the singer. He has a good voice and sings with a lot of passion. My understanding is that he cares a great deal about world politics and the ongoing Catholic/Protestant war in his homeland of Ireland. His energy toward seeking peace, understanding and reconciliation with senseless violence is admirable. For that, he is to be commended.

    The second thing I notice about this upstart new wave rock band is the guitar player. He doesn't play riffs exactly, not in the same manner as someone like, say, Eddie Van Halen, but he does play atmospheric chiming that sets the mood of songs and becomes quite infectious. He provides lots of melody and atmosphere to U2's brand of really tubular new wave sounds.

    I don't know much about bass and drums, but the bass sound is pretty prominent in parts when I blast my Panasonic stereo. Likewise, the drumming is also good.

    Whether this band is accepted by the public definitely remains to be seen. Will the U.S. embrace such a modern, politically driven agenda? My guess is that the band will ruin it for themselves and eventually break up. I gather that the boys in U2 are somewhat shy, and the lead singer is particularly reticent to face the press.

    One more thing to mention: I think side 2 of "Boy" bests side 1 by just a smidgen. Listen and judge for yourself.

    Well, I'm off to play Pac Man...enjoy! ...more info
  • U2's best album
    Boy is U2's best album, War, October, and Unforgettable Fire are awesome too, but Boy is the best. Any hardcore fan like myself knows this. Every track on Boy is killer, you can just get lost in Twilight, Un Cat Dubh, Shadows and Tall Trees, the list goes on and on. Great album, and what more is so amazing is that when they recorded it they were barely out their teens. Excellent album the best anywhere....more info
  • Out of Nowhere (Into the Heart)
    U2 have dominated the rock landscape for over two decade now: it's grown harder to recall how original Boy sounded when it appeared in 1980. Punk had grown sour, Joy Division's angst and the Bunnymen's metaphysical speculations were beginning to create a post-punk rock. But the boy's innocent face on the sleeve and the first guitar rush of I Will Follow sounded otherworldly, almost alien.

    U2's sound seemed to have come out of nowhere. As Bono admitted at the time, U2 were a lousy covers band so they'd been obliged to create their own sound. "There's not much music I do like, and I realise that our biggest influences are each other," he admitted.

    With hindsight, Larry Mullen's crashing drums, some of Edge's more obviously glam riffs and the choruses of songs like Stories For Boys are distant cousins of punk's football terrace cliches. Boy's drive and exuberance belongs to punk but the band's emotional palette seemed wholly fresh. The doubt of Shadows And Tall Trees, the dread of Twilight and the spiritual devotion of Into The Heart displayed a direct spiritual drive as mysterious as it was urgent.

    Rock had grown up on a bedrock of the blues and teenage sexual yearnings. Here was a music thriving on teenage spiritual awakenings with a musical approach that owed next to nothing to tradition....more info

  • No the best but a great one
    "I will follow" is by far the best song of U2's debut album. BOY is a great sample of this band's potential. Songs like "Out of control" and "Stories for boys" sell the album as well, but the rest of BOY doesn't reach the level of these three classic hits....more info
  • U2's debut album - The Beginning
    This 1980 release of the band's first solo debut album did not immediately herald success for this band of four Irish men. This album is for fan's who are into the real early sounds and melodies of U2. The songs on this album were bland in sound but made up in the lyrical side with heavy hitting lyrics based on many current social issues that affects the world today. The great songs of this album were 'I Will Follow', 'A Day Without Me' and 'The Electric Co'. This was a CD I needed to get to complete my majestic U2 music collection - it is worth 3.5 stars out of 5. ...more info
  • Boy
    U2-Boy *****

    Hardly the band they would become but still amazing. If anything the boys from Dublin seemed to have more heart back then opposed to modern times. Maybe not more heart, but certainly more angst. More of a punk band than the rest of the groups releases, and yet their is hardly anything to call political or socially conscious here, it's just the album feels more honest than any of the bands other offerings, more true, more angry, more passionate than anything the band ever released. Now don't get me wrong I not saying this is U2's best album, it isn't but it truly is one of their top albums.

    For a debut they knew what they were doing. 'I Will Follow' stands out among all other songs the band released, even with 'One' from Achtung Baby, and 'With Or Without You' from The Joshua Tree. The religious rocker is nothing short of stellar! Truly one of the bands lost gems. 'Out Of Control' rocks just as hard as anything the band ever released. 'A Day Without Me' is spacey and slightly on the verge of A Flock Of Seagulls with it's very new wave feel, but is saved by Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton's rhythm section. 'Shadows And Tall Trees' closes the album with a hint of what was to come, leaving fans wanting more, as all closing tracks should do, and that is saying a lot because it is the weakest song on the album.

    The Edge hadn't totally found his sound yet as a guitar player, and Bono hadn't really found his "Godly voice" as his name suggest and his lyrics weren't as imperative to the bands music but I still cannot give this album less than five stars in good faith. The heart in this album is unmatched by just about everything that would come in the following decade of disposable music, and for that I have to give Boy a five star rating and a massive recommendation to anyone interested....more info


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