War

~ Release group by U2

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
War 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) ILPS 9733
War 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 205 259-320 [none]
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 811 148-2 042281114823
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CID 112 5014474011221
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90067-2 075679006721
War (made in West Germany) CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90067-2 075679006721
War (Columbia House edition) CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) A2-90067 075679006721
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 610533, 90067-2, CID112 4007196105331
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 422-811 148-2 042281114823
War CD 10 Phonogram 811 148-2 9399081114821
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 422 811 148-2, 90067-2, D 124619 [none]
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Island Masters 811 148-2, IMCD 141 042281114823
War CD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 571 015775157125
War 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) [none] 0600753030370
War 12" Vinyl 10 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 1761674 602517616745
War 2×CD 10 + 12 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) 1761675 602517616752
War CD 10 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) 1764647 602517646476
War (remastered) Digital Media 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)
War (remastered deluxe edition) 2×CD 11 + 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0010949-02 602517616752
War CD 10 Universal Island Records (not for release label use; a division of Universal Music Operations Limited) B0010832-02 602517646476
War 12" Vinyl 10 Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), UMC (label of Universal Music UK), Universal (plain logo: "Universal") 1761674 602517616745
War (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 1238514455 602557608175
War SHM-CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICI-9057 4988031237281
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) D 37981 [none]
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CID 112 042281114823
War (made by PMDC, BIEM STEMRA) CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Island Masters 811 148-2, IMCD 141 042281114823
War CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 262 051, 90067-2, CID112 4007192620517
War (un-remastered iTunes) Digital Media 10

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: New Year's Day / Two Hearts Beat as One
New Year’s Day
Sunday Bloody Sunday
“40” / Two Hearts Beat as One
included in: 1977–1984: Collector’s Box Set
part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 223)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000650916 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/48830 [info]
Wikidata: Q331811 [info]
Wikipedia: en: War (U2 album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/U2:War_(1983) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/U/U2/Discography/War/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/war/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3b8c [info]

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In 1982, back before world leaders were being brow-beaten by Bono, U2 were teaming up once again with Steve Lillywhite (who'd produced their debut, Boy, and October) for a crack at their third album. Whilst there's no denying the youthful energy and industrial quantities of testosterone on display, it's something of a mixed rattlebag that highlights the pros and cons of the band. After a while all that breathless beseeching, fiery indignation and BIG guitar heroics grows a tad wearisome; a bit like being shouted at by someone who means well but doesn't know when to turn the volume down.

The palette broadens on "Red Light" with backing vocals from Kid Creole's Coconuts no less, and some equally superfluous trumpet - the latter making a tokenistic jazz noise atop the impervious surface of the band's default setting, that only loosens up enough to work effectively by the time the track is fading-out.

Similarly the hurtling ardour of singer and guitarist going at it full-tilt on "Like A Song", becomes interesting only when it threatens to spill over into the thunderous rumble of Larry Mullen's drumming. By then though, the faders are sliding into zero. More effective contributions arise from Steve Wickham's soaring violin as it weaves around chiming harmonics and multi-tracked acoustic guitars of "Drowning Man." - something the Eno-produced James would emulate the following decade. His stirring violin also heats up the anthemic "Sunday Bloody Sunday", a rough-hewn stomp that falteringly navigates its way between posture and politics.

For all the evident unevenness, you can't knock the sure-footed pure power-pop of "Two Hearts Beat As One" and "New Years Day". Though Adam Clayton's bass line had an unlikely genesis (he was trying to play the Visage hit, "Fade To Grey"), it's reverberations set off a chain reaction of exultant flag-waving around the world. Though War explores some of the glassy sonics which The Edge would later perfect, it falls short of the musical maturity they were to find with their 1984 studio follow-up, The Unforgettable Fire.