October (12 Oct, 1981)
Track List
  1. Gloria Lyrics
  2. I Fall Down Lyrics
  3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window Lyrics
  4. Rejoice Lyrics
  5. Fire Lyrics
  6. Tomorrow Lyrics
  7. October Lyrics
  8. With a Shout (Jerusalem) Lyrics
  9. Stranger in a Strange Land Lyrics
  10. Scarlet Lyrics
  11. Is That All ? Lyrics

Backgrounder

Produced By: Steve Lillywhite
Engineer: Chris Thomas

Description

October, originally with the working title of Scarlet, was released in the summer of 1981. In several countries, October was re-issued on 5" CD in March 1996 as part of the Island Master series. This Island Masters re-issue featured higher quality paper and extra pictures from the original LP's inner sleeve. However, a different back cover featured a black and white photograph of the band instead of the photo of the docks in Dublin from the original version of October. In Argentina, a promotional copy of October was released with the title Is That All?, title of the last track on the album. The album peaked at No.11 on the UK album charts during its first week of release. Conversely, it never cracked the Top 100 on the US album charts and didn't rise higher than No.104 where it was certified platinum by the RIAA. UK magazine New Musical Express voted the album No.4 in its annual poll.

'October was the most dificult of the three three records I did with them basically because of the well-chronicled story of Bono losing his lyrics during the American tour. The fact that the first album had a bit of success in America meant that the band toured over there for a long time to do the groundwork. When they came back and it was time to do the second album, nothing was ready! '
Steve Lillywhite in Propaganda 5

Soundbites

'I listened to it last week for the first time in ages and I couldn't believe I was part of it. It's a huge record. I couldn't cope with it. I remember the pressures it was made under, I remember writing lyrics on the microphone and at fifty pound an hour that's quite a pressure. Lillywhite was pacing up and down the studio... he coped really well. And the ironic thing about October is that there's a kind of peace about the album even though it was recorded under that pressure.'

Bono, 1982


'A lot of people who liked Boy were disappointed by October, while people who didn't like Boy, preferred October..... you can't come to terms with our music in one or two listens. I think October will prove to be a very important album for the band.'
Edge


October News

20 Jul 2008
Gloria! It's here. The remastered edition of the band's ...
20 Apr 2008
U2's first three albums have been remastered and will ...
31 Mar 1982
A Celebration goes to No 47 in the UK charts

October Reviews

24 Aug 2008
Passion and politics : the early years, remastered, ...
30 Jul 2008
'Like all great rock, you feel you must have heard ...
31 Oct 1981
U2's contribution to the progress of rock is that ...
30 Sep 1981
October is a musical and spiritual growth for U-2, a ...
30 Sep 1981
U2 will endure. October hits that home magnificently. ...
3  Comments
paoladegliesposti - 29 August, 2012
October album, to me.
one,two,three and four , the band is, ' October', the album of another level,introspection, irish landscapes,a call in direction of the audience, ( Gloria)direct and firm..straightaway, flow of sounds... i want to get/ up/ when you wake /up.. ( I fall down').The drums are particularly at near sight, marking the atmosphere of the songs, also the piano sounds high. Guitar is in crescent searching for new shades and it really gives the idea of it. Voice is transparent, lyrics are deep and incisive. In the remastered release there have been produced amazing lives, such as ' i threw a brick through a window', ' Fire' ' 11 o clock tick tock', i Fall Down' and ' and ' With a shout'. ' October and the trees are stripped bare' ( October Lyrics), but we can ' Rejoice' ( Scarlet lyrics).
ipadTestPaid28 - 28 February, 2012
Tomorrow
Has the best guitar solo I've ever heard!
u2octobertour - 27 December, 2010
Cover= :-( Songs= :-)
This has probably one of the worst album covers of any U2 album, but the songs on it are AMAZING. "I Threw A Brick Through A Window" has impressive drums, "Tomorrow" has one of my favorite guitar solos of all time, and "Rejoice" is just an all-around INCREDIBLE song. Amazing album.
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