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Good performance, the band are loud, Bono is talkative and funny.
All songs are delivered well but some aren't at their very best -- Rejoice, The Electric Co, and Gloria are all quite good but not great.
Out of Control is extended with additional lyrics. The Ocean is extended with a longer outro, with militaristic drumming.
I would give this at least 4 stars because the sound quality is quite good for 1981, quite clear, BUT there are technical issues with the recording that lead to a long silence early in I Fall Down. Because of this, I'm lowering the rating; the sound on the intact songs is quite good. Recording: "07/02/1981 - Roskilde " - 3 stars
Good audience, they cheer but they're not a major presence. They sing along at the appropriate moments but they're not stunning.
Good show, nothing amazing. The sound messes up badly during a nice performance of I Fall Down. Bono is funny and the sound is good for the most part but the show is short and nothing really shines. You can take it or leave it, really.
-what can be heard of I Fall Down
-I Will Follow
-the longer Out of Control
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"07/02/1981 - Roskilde "
Origins: Analogue Cable Television Broadcast
Lineage: unknown bootleg with unknown lineage [NB: date on cover is incorrect - should be 1982]
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"I tend to do something with the guitar sound, use certain effects fo fatten it, rather than just use it clean - though on 'War', it's cleaner than the previous two albums. I use the echo in a very concise way - I try to use the repeats in time with the music. Most guitar players would use the full spectrum of the guitar to get across the power and dynamics, but by using the echo I can get away without using the bottom strings so much. I tend to use three-, maybe four-note chords rather than the full six and to use the top strings, the top end, which gives that distance between the bass and the guitar, and gives me a bit more freedom."
- Edge on War, 1983
did you know
Much of the Boy album's lyrics focus on thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. Some songs, including "I Will Follow", focus on the death of Bono's mother when he was 13.