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Good energetic performance of the young U2 like most of their gigs at that time. That's why they became legendary. That's why we love them!
[Unknown Gen > CD-R]
This seems to be the best surviving source of the first Glasgow gig. Tape speed is OK and all instruments and vocals are clear. Although there is a fair amount of white noise, it is quite enjoyable for listening. Intimate atmosphere with crowd at just the right distance. Files do however need proper editing to remove mini-gaps between tracks. Lossless wanted!
[Aiwa 1st gen > CDR (as shared on u2torrents)]:
Quite contrary to what the info file suggests, this source has not a good sound quality. Tape was transferred at incorrect speed and probably with Dolby "C" filter on, leaving out not only noise but also most of the already bare dynamics.
NB: Both sources are from the same recording as the final The Ocean is cut after 15 seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised if the lineage of the two sources is switched...
Recording: Audience microphone - 2.5 stars
Crowd clearly loved it!
From Pimm Jal de la Parra, U2 Live - A Concert Documentry:
Before Twilight Bono points to the 'Boy' backdrop. "This here is Peter... I'll tell you about Peter. We're going to the USA next week and Peter isn't allowed in there." The 'Boy' album sleeve has been deemed unsuitable for America because some narrow minds in the record industry think that the pure image of a young boy might associate the band with paedophilia or child pornography. 'Boy' will be released in America in March in a different sleeve from the European album but U2 will use the backdrop during their concerts. Bono dedicates Twilight to Peter.
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Boy Glasgow, Scotland
24 January 1981
1. The Ocean
2. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
4. An Cat Dubh
5. Into The Heart
6. Another Time Another Place
7. The Cry-> The Electric Co.
8. Things To Make And Do
9. Stories For Boys
11. I Will Follow
12. 11 O'clock Tick Tock / The Ocean
History: Aiwa 1st gen > CDR Gen ?? / DB PowerAmp / FLAC
The quality is not bad it's what you would expect of the early
shows but! it's up there with the best of them.
Another show from my Scottish selection.
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"The song was really where I was at, at the time. That was one of the lower points of my spiritual faith, I would have to say. The 'wake up dead man' phrase was borrowed from a chain-gang song. I came up with first verse and chorus. Bono wrote the rest."
- The Edge on Wake Up Dead Man
did you know
As of 2000, all the band members except The Edge owned property in New York.