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  • Format: VINYL
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  • Released: 1983
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I loved this album as a kid so much that I did a rendition of the cover in pencil in my sketchbook. I don't have it now.

This is likely my first exposure to U2 (likely hearing "Sunday Bloody Sunday" on the radio before the album "Joshua Tree" was released, I mean).

The tracks are great, and very 'part of the era' for the '80s.
Favorite tracks? "Seconds" is a really good one. I remember really connecting with Drowning Man whilst likely having a teenage moment, struggling with dating, which, actually, wasn't that bad. The song is actually quite somber and dramatic.

Otherwise, the popular ones, for sure. Love the drums on "Like A Song…". "Surrender" seems the most '80s pop to me. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" being likely the most popular tune, but most political. I don't know too much about the history of that song, so… Oh, and "40," what a lovely track to end on.

Cover Art

Then I learned that Anton Corbijn took this cover shot.

You know his work. It's incredible. But I hadn't realized they had worked together from so far back.

Bono singing in Berlin: 1990
Photo of Bono performing in Berlin, 1990 by Anton Corbijn.

Turns out there's a book about Anton's work with U2 over the years.

Also here are quite a few of Anton's wonderful snaps:


  1. A1 Sunday Bloody Sunday 4:38 Electric Violin – Steve Wickham
  2. A2 Seconds 3:24 Vocals – The Edge
  3. A3 New Year's Day 5:38
  4. A4 Like A Song... 4:48
  5. A5 Drowning Man 4:12 Electric Violin – Steve Wickham
  6. B1 The Refugee 3:40 Mixed By – Steve Lillywhite, Producer – Bill Whelan
  7. B2 Two Hearts Beat As One 5:00
  8. B3 Red Light 4:09 Backing Vocals – Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier, Jessica Felton, Taryn Hagey
  9. B4 Surrender 6:01 Backing Vocals – Adriana Kaegi, Cheryl Poirier, Jessica Felton, Taryn Hagey
  10. B5 "40" 2:08


Companies, etc.

Distributed By – ATCO Records
Distributed By – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Island Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Island Records Ltd.
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation
Published By – Island Music, Inc.
Published By – Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Recorded At – Windmill Lane Studios
Mastered At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios


Bass – Adam Clayton
Design – RX
Drums, Percussion – Larry Mullen Jr

Engineer – Paul Thomas
Guitar, Piano, Lap Steel Guitar – The Edge
Management – Paul McGuinness (2)
Mastered By – Phil Brown
Photography By [Band Photograph] – Anton Corbijn
Photography By [Cover] – Ian Finlay (2)
Producer – Steve Lillywhite (tracks: A1 to A5, B2 to B5)
Songwriter – U2
Trumpet – Kenny Fradley*
Vocals, Guitar – Bono


1st US pressing with purple labels.
"SP" in label matrix denotes a Specialty Records Corporation pressing. For the Allied pressing version, see: U2 - War.

Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland. Mastered at Warner Bros. Recording Studio L.A.
Larry Mullen Jr. plays Yamaha drums.

Distributed by ATCO Records, division of Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Communications Company, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10019.

℗ © 1983 Island Records Ltd.
© 1983 Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Printed in U.S.A. TM owned by Antilles Communications Ltd.

Cat # 90067-1 appears on the label and rear cover, bottom-right.
Cat # 7 90067-1 appears on the spine.

(Notes from this Discogs release)

https://www.discogs.com/U2-War/release/4747737 Search for "War" by U2

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