October

~ Release group by U2

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
October 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) ILPS 9680 [none]
October Cassette 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) ICT 9680
October Vinyl 11 Ariola SUP-80213
October 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) XILP 9680
October (black label) 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90092-1
October (dark purple label) 12" Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90092-1 075679009210
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 610 560, CID 111 (90 092) 4007196105607
October Vinyl 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) TLP-70027
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 422-842 297-2 042284229722
October CD 11 Phonogram 842 297-2 9399084229720
October CD 11 PolyGram do Brasil 842 297-2 042284229722
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 610 560 4007196105607
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 610560, 610 560-222, CID 111 4007196105607
October CD 11 Island Masters IMCD 223 / 842 297-2 042284229722
October 12" Vinyl 11 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 1761679 602517616790
October 2×CD 11 + 17 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) 1764193 602517641938
October (remastered deluxe edition) 2×CD 11 + 17 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) B0010948-02 602517641938
October Digital Media 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)
October 12" Vinyl 11 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) B0010829-01 602517616790
October CD 11 Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 1761678 602517616783
October (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 1238505238 602557629569
October SHM-CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICI-9056 4988031237274
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CID-111 [none]
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CID 111 5014474301117
October (made in UK) CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 7 90092-2, CID 111 075679009227
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) A9 90092, DIDY 000945 075679009227
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 7 90092-2 075679009227
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 7 90092-2 075679009227
October CD 11 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) A2 90092 075679009227

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Gloria
included in: 1977–1984: Collector’s Box Set
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650915 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/48796 [info]
Wikidata: Q269674 [info]
Wikipedia: en: October (U2 album) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/october/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/w5mq [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.