U2 - Boy (1980) EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps 2008 | Universal-Island, B0010946-02 | ~ 657 or 285 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 66 Mb Pop Rock, Alternative Rock, New wave
From the outset, U2 went for the big message - every song on their debut album Boy sounds huge, with oceans of processed guitars cascading around Bono's impassioned wail. It was an inspired combination of large, stadium-rock beats and post-punk textures. Without the Edge's echoed, ringing guitar, U2 would have sounded like a traditional hard rock band, since the rhythm section and Bono treat each song as an anthem. Of course, that's the charm of Boy: all of its emotions are on the surface, delivered with optimistic, youthful self-belief, yet the unusual, distinctive guitar textures give it an unexpected tension that makes it an exhilarating debut. The songs may occasionally show some weakness - the driving "I Will Follow," the dark "An Cat Dubh," and the shimmering "The Ocean" stand out among the sonic textures - yet the band's musical and lyrical vision keep Boy compelling until the finish.
01.I Will Follow (3:37) 02.Twilight (4:22) 03.An Cat Dubh (4:46) 04.Into The Heart (3:28) 05.Out Of Control (4:14) 06.Stories For Boys (3:02) 07.The Ocean (1:35) 08.A Day Without Me (3:13) 09.Another Time, Another Place (4:33) 10.The Electric Co. (4:47) 11.Shadows And Tall Trees (4:40) 12.Fire (Short Instrumental Hidden Track) (0:34)
01.I Will Follow (Previously Unreleased Mix) (3:38) 02.11 O'Clock Tick Tock (3:47) 03.Touch (3:26) 04.Speed Of Life (Previously Unreleased Track) (3:19) 05.Saturday Night (Previously Unreleased Track) (5:13) 06.Things To Make And Do (2:17) 07.Out Of Control (3:53) 08.Boy-Girl (3:23) 09.Stories For Boys (2:42) 10.Another Day (3:28) 11.Twilight (4:35) 12.Boy-Girl (Live At The Marquee, London) (3:26) 13.11 O' Clock Tick Tock (Live At The Marquee, London, Previously Unreleased Version) (4:59) 14.Cartoon World (Live At The National Stadium, Dublin, Previously Unreleased Track) (4:22)