Boy

~ Release group by U2

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Boy12" Vinyl11
  • GB1980-10-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ILPS 9646[none]
Boy (Early vinyl copy of the album.)12" Vinyl12
  • GB1980-10-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ILPS 9646[none]
BoyCassette12
  • GB1980-10-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ICT9646
Boy (North American cover)CD11
Island Records Ltd.842 296-2042284229623
BoyCD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)610 5614007196105614
BoyCD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)610561, 610 561-222, CID 1104007196105614
BoyCD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)422-842 296-2042284229623
BoyCD11
Festival Records (Australian)D 37517
BoyCD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)842 296-20042284229623
BoyCD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Island Masters842 296-2, IMCD 211042284229623
BoyCD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)422-842 296-2042284229623
Boy (made in West Germany, digipak)CD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90040-2075679004024
BoyCD11
Island MastersMMTCD 19386001210797937
Boy (BMG Direct)CD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90040-2[none]
Boy2×CD12 + 14
  • XE2008-07-18
  • GB2008-07-21
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)1761670602517616707
Boy12" Vinyl12
  • XE2008-07-18
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury”. A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)1761671602517616714
Boy (deluxe edition) (remastered)2×Digital Media11 + 14
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)00602517799769
Boy (remastered)Digital Media11
  • XW2008-07-21
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)00602517799714
BoyDigital Media12
  • CA2008-07-22
  • US2008-07-22
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)00602517646469
Boy (deluxe version)2×Digital Media11 + 14
  • CA2008-07-22
  • MX2008-07-22
  • US2008-07-22
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)00602517811140
Boy (remastered deluxe edition)2×CD12 + 14
  • US2008-07-22
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)B0010946-02602517616707
BoyCD12
  • US2008-07-22
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)B0010843-02602517646469
BoyCD12
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)1764646602517646469
Boy12" Vinyl12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)B0010843-01
BoyDigital Media11
Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602557629545
BoySHM-CD11
  • JP2017-09-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICI-90554988031237267
BoyCD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)842 296-2042284229623
BoyCD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)842 296-29399084229621
BoyDigital Media11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)00042284229623
BoyCD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)CID-110075679004024
BoyCD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)A2 90040
BoyCD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)610 561, CID110 (90 040)4007196105614
BoyDigital Media11Universal Music Catalogue (aka UMC)00602557665956
BoyCD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.422 842 296-2, 7 90040-2, D 144636[none]
Boy (BMG Direct 10 Track)CD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.7 90040-2, D 144636[none]
BoyCD10Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases), Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)A2-90040075679004024
Boy (made in West Germany)CD10Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90040-2075679004024
BoyCD10
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)CID 110 (90040)[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:A Day Without Me
I Will Follow
included in:1977–1984: Collector’s Box Set
part of:Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 59) (order: 59)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 417) (order: 417)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/48750 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2pbd [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/U/U2/Discography/Boy/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/boy/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000192151 [info]
Wikidata:Q207662 [info]

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Here's a mind-bending 'what if?' moment. This, U2's debut album, was originally to be produced by Martin Hannett, but at the last minute he withdrew, distraught over the recent death of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. Imagine how the universe-gobbling careers of the four boys from Dublin would have fared in the hands of the Mancunian experimentalist. Luckily Hannett's replacement, Steve Lillywhite was (like Eno and Lanois seven years later) to help steer them to a sonic identity that made them stand out from the crowd. In the days of grey raincoated new wave, the band's sound was stadium-sized.

A lot of this was also down to The Edge's ringing, Echoplex-ed Gibson Explorer. From the two-note delay-drenched start to I Will Follow, underpinned by Larry Mullin Jr's massive gated drums, theirs was a sound that had ambitions way beyond the smokey clubs of Dublin. Of course none of this made sense without the gigantic ego of Paul David Hewson. The re-christened Bono Vox was the focal point that marked the band for glory. On the band's first polytechnic-touring promotion of the album in the UK he was already climbing PA stacks, mixing it up with his adoring public and generally acting like the world was his; it just didn't know it yet.

In interviews of the time the band hinted that their collective christianity had informed the writing. Certainly the hit I Will Follow displays the themes of faith and belief. But overall the album marks the passage from childhood to adulthood, and all its attendant uncertainties and anxieties. Hence the title. In this sense, lyrically, the songs are too immature to pass muster. It would take a few more years before Bono's words matched his vaulting ambitions and messianic zeal. Also, musically, it lacks a satisfying variety, with most songs fitting the same skittering four-four pattern shaded by the Edge's minimal chords, arpeggios and ringing harmonics. Only the morose sketch, The Ocean, the mid-tempo pairing of An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart or the closing Shadows And Tall Trees exhibit life beyond the bluster. Oddly it's on the latter number that they most resemble Hannett's beloved Joy Division. They weren't above a little plagiarism too; the opening riff of Stories For Boys bearing more than a passing resemblance to The Dead Kennedy's Holiday In Cambodia. Still, for a debut it still contained a fair number of their early defining live moments. A song like Out Of Control was hand built to be stretched, embellished and bludgeoned about on stage. And one thing was for sure: they really knew how to fashion some great intros. The Electric Co. never quite delivers on its promise, but the riff is still utterly mighty.

Of course it was to take two more Lillywhite-helmed albums to really make the world aware of what the band themselves already knew. But all the warning signs were here in this brave, life-affirming cry of youthful defiance.