Weekly Vinyl – U2

27 Dec

Under a blood red sky
U2
(1983)
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I love live albums. They capture the raw energy of the band or artist. I know that there is still some studio work done to “correct” and “enhance” the sound, but the basic energy is there.
This U2 album is a good example of this energy. Recorded in 1983 this was still a smaller and more humbler U2. They were a great band on the rise but had not yet achieved superstardom.
The sound is raw and straightforward. The band is tight. There is exhuberance in the songs. There is a fantastic energy here. This live album captures U2 at its early peak. Listening to this album now one can understand why U2 made it big. I really want to go see them now in concert. But as they were 30 years ago. And as I was 30 years ago.
The only complaint I have about this album is that there is only 8 songs here. The total time is less that 36 minutes.
I know that this is a “Mini LP” sold a a “special low price” so I should not be surprised.
But that is the mark of a great album – You want to hear more.

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