October

Label
U2 /Island Catalog
Release date
22 Jul 2008
Running length
28 tracks
Running time
101:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Gloria (Remastered) 4:13 418
2 I Fall Down (Remastered) 3:40 217
3 I Threw A Brick Through A Window (Remastered) 4:55 171
4 Rejoice (Remastered) 3:38 183
5 Fire (Remastered) 3:52 180
6 Tomorrow (Remastered) 4:40 178
7 October (Remastered) 2:21 375
8 With A Shout (Jerusalem) (Remastered) 4:03 130
9 Stranger In A Strange Land (Remastered) 3:57 148
10 Scarlet (Remastered) 2:53 157
11 Is That All? (Remastered) 3:02 152
1 Gloria (Live - Hammersmith Palais - December 1982)) 4:43 136
2 I Fall Down (Live, Hammersmith Palais - December 1982) 3:02 207
3 I Threw A Brick Through A Window (Live, Hammersmith Palais - December 1982) 3:53 188
4 Fire (Live, Hammersmith Palais - December 1982) 3:32 200
5 October (Live, Hammersmith Palais - December 1982) 2:22 204
6 With A Shout (Jerusalem) (Richard Skinner BBC Session - September 1981) 3:34 119
7 Scarlet (Richard Skinner BBC Session - September 1981) 2:46 214
8 I Threw A Brick Through A Window (Richard Skinner BBC Session - September 1981) 4:18 203
9 A Celebration (Remastered) 2:57 94
10 J.Swallow (Remastered) 2:20 71
11 Trash, Trampoline And The Party Girl (Remastered) 2:36 80
12 I Will Follow (Live, Paradise Theatre - March 1981) 3:44 188
13 The Ocean (Live, Paradise Theatre - March 1981) 2:15 182
14 Cry/The Electric Co. (Live, Paradise Theatre - March 1981) 4:28 174
15 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live at the Marquee Club) 4:58 164
16 I Will Follow (Live from Hattem - May 1982) 3:53 170
17 Tomorrow (Bono & Adam Clayton, Common Ground Remix - 1996) 4:36 290

About this album

October is the second album by Irish rock band U2, released in 1981. The album featured spiritual themes, inspired by Bono, The Edge, and Mullen’s memberships in a Christian group called the “Shalom Fellowship”, which led them to question the relationship between the Christian faith and the rock and roll lifestyle.[1] The album received mixed reviews and limited radio play.

Quite boldly, the record placed an emphasis on religion and spirituality, particularly in the songs “Gloria” (featuring a Latin chorus of “Gloria, in te domine”), “With a Shout (Jerusalem)”, and “Tomorrow”. About the album, Bono declared in 2005: “Can you imagine your second album- the difficult second album- it’s about God?”[2].

The album’s recording was complicated when the briefcase containing Bono’s lyrics was stolen by ‘’fans’’ after a show. The band already booked studio time and thus had to continue recording in spite of this, even improvising lyrics on some songs. Bono said of the recording process of October, “I remember the pressure it was made under, I remember writing lyrics on the microphone, and at £50 an hour that’s quite a pressure. Lillywhite was pacing up and down the studio…he coped really well. And the ironic thing about October is that there’s a sort of peace about the album, even though it was recorded under that pressure. A lot of people found October hard to accept at first, I mean, I used the word ‘rejoice’ precisely because I knew people have a mental block against it.

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  • livesummertime

    Who was it that changed the CD cover?

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    At first listen I like this better than War. I really like I Fall Down.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • elf-culture

    This album is beautiful.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ZebraYeah

    Gloria, in te domine... *_*

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • maurizio-cinti

    this is tjhe real U2!

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • hillers

    Borderline Christian rock (more so than their other albums). I'm starting to like it a lot more now though.

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    This is the LAST album by U2 that I truly enjoyed.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Antonionii

    Giving it's history and reputation as being their most underrated album, it's not much of a surprise it still has lots of fans. It's a fantastic record with some of their finest songs ever(Gloria, Tomorrow). Boy was such a strong album, almost impossible to follow-up with something as impressive. Anyone interested in the band should really take the time to listen to this carefully, it tells a lot about issues that the band members are passionate about. Good one. 8.9/10

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    GREAT album!!!!

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Kittichan

    3 years ago, I said I love this album. And I still do today. <3

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • fagnerluiz

    Making @VitorMach's shout mine. This is the most underated album ever. best U2 album in my opinion.

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Adriaan_gtr1

    Under-rated!=/

    16 Feb 2010 Reply
  • PowerHour24

    Under-rated, spiritual collection, great work considering Bono basically had to improvise the lyrics during their studio time.

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
  • bigbroem

    fav month

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • SirMothy

    october is over :(

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • labvakar

    It's the first day of October and "October" is the first album, that I'm listening to this month :)

    1 Oct 2009 Reply
  • corianderr

    najbardziej niedoceniona, jedna z najlepszych płyt U2 !

    10 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Add_Steem

    I really don't know why many people consider this U2's worst album, it's incredible, spiritualised, thoughtful also very humble and adorative. Guess it's just too deep for some folks.

    22 Aug 2009 Reply
  • RikiCe85

    I Can't Change the World, But I Can Change the World in Me! REJOICE! These words are wonderful!!

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Paolavox

    With Achtung Baby and The Joshua Tree is the best!

    2 May 2009 Reply
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