October

~ Release group by U2

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October is the second studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was released on 12 October 1981 by Island Records, and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album was lyrically inspired by the memberships of Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. in a Christian group called the "Shalom Fellowship", and consequently it contains spiritual and religious themes. Their involvement with Shalom Fellowship led them to question the relationship between the Christian faith and the "rock and roll" lifestyle, and threatened to break up the band.

After completing the third leg of the Boy Tour in February 1981, U2 began to write new material for October, entering the recording studio in July 1981. Just as they did for their 1980 debut Boy the band recorded at Windmill Lane Studios with Lillywhite producing. The recording sessions were complicated by Bono's loss of a briefcase containing in-progress lyrics for the new songs, forcing a hurried, improvisational approach to completing the album on time.

October was preceded by the lead single "Fire" in July 1981, while its second single "Gloria" coincided with its release. The album received mixed reviews and limited radio play. In 2008, a remastered edition of October was released.

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Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
OctoberU212" Vinyl11
  • GB1981-10-12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ILPS 9680[none]
OctoberU2Cassette11
  • GB1981-10-12
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)ICT 9680
OctoberU2Vinyl11
Ariola (German label, used worldwide in the past)SUP-80213
OctoberU212" Vinyl11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)XILP 9680
October (black label)U212" Vinyl11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)90092-1
October (dark purple label)U212" Vinyl11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)90092-1075679009210
OctoberU2CD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)610 560, CID 111 (90 092)4007196105607
OctoberU2Vinyl11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)TLP-70027
OctoberU2CD11
  • US1990-06-15
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)422-842 297-2042284229722
OctoberU2CD11
Phonogram842 297-29399084229720
OctoberU2CD11
PolyGram do Brasil842 297-2042284229722
OctoberU2CD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)610 5604007196105607
OctoberU2CD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)610560, 610 560-222, CID 1114007196105607
OctoberU2CD11
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)CID-111060439011121
OctoberU2CD11
Island MastersIMCD 223 / 842 297-2042284229722
OctoberU2CD11
  • JP2004-10-21
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICY-97084988005374110
OctoberU212" Vinyl11
  • XE2008-07-18
Mercury Records (or just “Mercury.” A UMG imprint, do not use it for ©/℗ credits)1761679602517616790
OctoberU22×CD11 + 17
  • XE2008-07-18
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)1764193602517641938
October (remastered deluxe edition)U22×CD11 + 17
  • US2008-07-22
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)B0010948-02602517641938
OctoberU2Digital Media11
  • US2008-07-22
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)
OctoberU2CD11
Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)B0010829-02602517616783
OctoberU212" Vinyl11
Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited)B0010829-01602517616790
OctoberU2CD11
  • -2008
Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)1761678602517616783
October (Mastered for iTunes)U2Digital Media11
  • US2017-05-26
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)1238505238602557629569
OctoberU2SHM-CD11
  • JP2017-09-20
Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)UICI-90564988031237274
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)CID-111[none]
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)CID 1115014474301117
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)7 90092-2, D 114632[none]
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90092-2075679009227
October (made in UK)U2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90092-2, CID 111075679009227
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)A9 90092, DIDY 000945075679009227
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)A2 90092075679009227
OctoberU2CD11Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)7 90092-2075679009227

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Gloria
included in:1977–1984: Collector’s Box Set
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/48796 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/w5mq [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/october/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650915 [info]
Wikidata:Q269674 [info]

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October proves that even the mighty U2 were subject, long ago, to the difficult second album syndrome. During its recording both Bono and The Edge left the band temporarily, the album's original lyrics were pilfered before recording could commence, and this while the band were still on a very limited budget. As such it stands as a testament to the four-piece's tenacity, if not to their ability to judge their audience's tastes.

October concerns itself in the main with things spiritual. All band members except Adam Clayton were avowed Christians and at this point the singer and guitarist still held doubts as to whether one could rock and get up close and personal with Jesus (hence the temporary exit). In the end they decided it was possible and as a result the album isn't shy with its references to rejoicing and exultation. The album's only hit, Gloria, even came complete with a Latin liturgical chorus. It was all fuel to the fire of detractors who objected to such bare-faced sanctimoniousness. Luckily material such as I Threw A Brick Through A Window and the title track, bolstered by Steve Lilywhite's production, was still in a class of its own.

The aforementioned lost lyrics caused tension as the studio meter was ticking while they had to be improvised/remembered, but this also led to some intriguing subconscious trickle-through. It was only later, he admitted, that Bono realised that Tomorrow was about the death of his mother.

Sonically the band was in a holding pattern. The widescreen textures that were to lift the next opus, War, were learned by a resolute approach to touring where, despite, the poorer sales of this album, the band kept the flame of their burgeoning fan base alive. October remains their least favourite offering, but still stands as a fine document of a band finding its legs.