The U2 album October was released in October 1981 and explored a range of spiritual themes. Unsurprisingly, October received mixed reviews, and although it debuted at number 11 in the UK charts, it sold very poorly elsewhere.
In March 1982 U2 played 14 US dates as the opening act for the J. Geils Band. Disc 2 of this anthology is the famous broadcast The Ritz New York 18th March 1982, the band were in great shape as a live act but by the end of the October Tour the band had run out of money and felt abandoned by their record label. However soon U2 rallied and committed to producing a better album next time round
From September to November 1982, the group recorded War at Windmill Lane Studios. The new album was very well received and during 1983 U2 embarked on the War Tour of Europe, the US, and Japan. Disc 1 is the re-energised U2 broadcasting live from the Orpheum Theatre Boston 6th May 1983
As their reputation grew the band began to play larger venues. Bono engaged the new audiences with theatrical antics, climbing scaffolding and lighting rigs and jumping into the audience. The sight of Bono waving a white flag during performances of Sunday Bloody Sunday became the tour’s iconic image. The band played several dates at large European and American music festivals.
Disc 3 is the legendary performance by U2 at the US Festival on Memorial Day weekend 1983 for an audience of 125,000 people.
DISC 1 - THE ORPHEUM THEATER - BOSTON - 6th MAY 1983 - PART 1
1. Out Of Control 2. Twilight 3. An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart 4. Surrender 5. Two Hearts Beat As One 6. Seconds 7. Sunday Bloody Sunday 8. The Cry/The Electric Co. 9. I Fall Down 10. October 11. New Year’s Day
DISC 2 - THE ORPHEUM THEATER - BOSTON - 6th MAY 1983 - PART 2
1. Gloria 2. I Threw A Brick Through A Window 3. A Day Without Me 4. Party Girl 5. I Will Follow 6. “40”
DISC 3 - THE RITZ, NEW YORK -18th MARCH 1982
1. Gloria 2. Another time, Another Place 3. An Cat Dubh 4. Into The Heart 5. Rejoice 6. The Electric Co. 7. I Fall Down 8. October 9. Tomorrow 10. Twilight 11. Out Of Control 12. Fire 13. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock 14. The Ocean
DISC 4 - US FESTIVAL - 30th MAY 1983
1. Gloria 2. I Threw A Brick 3. A Day Without Me 4. An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart 5. New Year’s Day 6. Surrender 7. Two Hearts Beats As One 8. Sunday Bloody Sunday 9. The Electric Co.10. I Will Follow 11. “40”