" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
WAR

Cover
 Commercial Release March 1983
 Record Label Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: 12, Canada: 5, UK: 1
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
Alternate Tracks MFSL Version:
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (4:39)
  • Seconds (3:22)
  • New Year's Day (5:37)
  • Like a Song... (5:00)
  • Drowning Man (4:14)
  • The Refugee (3:40)
  • Two Hearts Beat as One (4:03)
  • Red Light (3:48)
  • Surrender (5:37)
  • "40" (2:38)
COMMERCIAL SINGLES
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year's Day
Two Hearts Beat as One
"40"
PROMOTIONAL RELEASES
New Year's Day Single Two Hearts Beat as One Single
LINER NOTES
Bono: Vocal & Guitar.  The Edge: Guitars, Piano, Lap Steel, Vocal ("Seconds").  Adam Clayton: Bass.  Larry Mullen Jr: Drums and Percussion.  Electric Violin: Steve Wickham ("Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Drowning Man")  Trumpet: Kenny Fradley.  Backing Vocals: Cheryl Poirier with Adriana Kaegi, Taryn Hagey, also Jessica Felton ("Surrender", "Red Light")

Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Except "The Refugee" produced by Bill Whelan (Mixed by Steve).  Engineeered by Paul Thomas.  Assisted by Kevin Killen.  U2 Management: Paul McGuinness.  Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin Ireland.

Boy Photograph: Ian Finlay.  Band Photograph: Anton Corbin.  Design RX. 

OTHER NOTES
War was U2's third studio album, and is considered by many to be the first "classic" of U2's career.  It was definitely this album which raised U2's profile around the world, expecially in North America where the band had only limited success prior to this.

The album cover is reminiscent of that used for the Boy album, and Peter Rowan again is featured.  Design of the album cover was by Steve Averill.

War is an album which has been part of MFSL's remastering program.  This program takes the original master recordings, and presses to CD in a remastered form.  The CD's which are pressed features gold instead of aluminum which is said to last longer.  This remastering has resulted in several noticible differences in the MFSL recordings, most noticed here on "Seconds" which is longer and features an extended section of "Soldier Girls" in the center of the song.  Like a Song is also extended. The only other U2 albums to receive the MFSL treatment were The Unforgettable Fire and The Joshua Tree.

Also of interest is the US version of the CD, which includes a small essay about U2 and the album's success in the US.  This version of War lists the track times for the songs and is in complete error.  Two Hearts Beat as One for instance is listed as being 5:00 when in reality it is 4:03 on this pressing as well as on the MFSL version.  These misprinted track times have lead to some confusion.  The track times listed above are the actual track times for each song as read from the actual CDs.  The times listed on the back of this US pressing are listed as follows:

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (4:38)
  • Seconds (3:24 instead of the actual 3:10)
  • New Year's Day (5:38)
  • Like a Song... (4:48)
  • Drowning Man (4:12)
  • The Refugee (3:40)
  • Two Hearts Beat as One (5:00 instead of the actual 4:02)
  • Red Light (4:09 instead of the actual 3:46)
  • Surrender (6:01 instead of the actual 5:34)
  • "40" (2:08 instead of the actual 2:35)
The War album would spawn a very successful world tour, and the fall of 1983 would see the release of Under a Blood Red Sky, a live album which captured songs from several live dates on the tour.
CATALOG INFORMATION
 12" VINYL:
 UK Pressing, PILPS 9733
Label: Island Records
UPC: None
Package: Picture Vinyl
Catalog Information:
Argentina, Ariola, TLP 70046
Australia, Festival, ??? Mexico, Island, LAE 535 [1985 Issue - No Gatefold]
Brazil, Island, 610.7049 Mexico, Island / Polygram, LPR 25029
Canada, Island, ISL 67 Portugal, Island / Dacapao, 205 259
France, Island, 811 148-1 Portugal, Island / Polygram, 5205 259 [Reissue]
Germany, Island, 205 259-320 Spain, Island, I-205259
Greece, Island, VG71412 Sweden, Island, ILPS 9733 [Black Vinyl]
Ireland, CBS, CBS 25247 Sweden, Island, ILPS 9733 [Red Vinyl - 15 Copies]
Israel, Island, CAN 129733 Portugal, Island / Dacapao, 202.913
Italy, Island, ILPS 19733 UK, Island, ILPS 9733 [Black Vinyl]
Japan, Island, 25S-156 [Lyric Insert] UK, Island, PILPS 9733 [Picture Vinyl]
Japan, Island, R25D-2085 [Reissue] USA, Island, 90067-1
Korea, Island, ILPS 9733 Uruguay, Ariola, TLP 70056
Mexico, Island / Bertelsmann, LAE 535 Yugoslavia, Jugoton, LSI 11037
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
The Argentina release on vinyl was not in a gatefold sleeve, and the lyrics were printed on the back cover.  The first Japan release included a cartoonish lyric insert which did not appear in other world wide releases. In Sweden a very limited number of copies were pressed in red vinyl, possibly as few as 15.
Other Images:
Additional images from international pressings always welcome!
 CASSETTE:
 Canada Pressing, ISLC-67
Label: Island Records
UPC: None
Package: Hardshell Case
 France Pressing, 811 148-4
Label: Island Records
UPC: None
Package: Hardshell Case
Catalog Information:
Argentina, Ariola, TMS 70046 Italy, Island, ILK719733
Australia, Island / Festival, C37981 Japan, Island, 25Y-156
Australia, Island, 811 148-4 Mexico, RCA, CS 535
Belgium, Island, 405 259 Mexico, Polygram, MCR 25029
Canada, Island, ISLC-67 Spain, Island, D-405259
France, Island, 811 148-4 USA, Island, 422-811 148-4
Germany, Island, 405 259 USA, Island, 90092-4
Track Listing:
As listed above. 
Further Information:
Contained the same image of Peter Rowan as the vinyl cover.
Other Images:
Additional images not available above always welcome!

 Poland Pressing, ICM 9733
Label: Island Records
UPC:
Package: Hardshell Case
 UK Pressing, CIT 9733
Label: Island Records
UPC:
Package: Hardshell Case
Note: 1 + 1 Cassette
Catalog Information:
Poland, Island, ICM 9733 UK, Island, ICT 9733 [1+1]
UK, Island, CIT 9733
Track Listing:
As listed above. 
Further Information:
Cover featured a different image of Peter Rowan than other releases.
Other Images:
Additional images not available above always welcome!
 5" CD:
 Canada Pressing, CID 112
Label: Island Records
UPC: 0 42281 11482 3
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #971212K CID112 L381 MFG BY CINRAM
Note: 2000 Rerelease
 Japan Pressing, P35D-20008
Label: Island / Polystar Records
UPC:
Package: Regular Jewel with OBI
Matrix:
 Japan Pressing, UICY 2357
Label: Island / Polystar Records
UPC:
Package: Regular Jewel with OBI
Matrix:
 USA Pressing, A2-90067
Label: Island / Columbia House Records
UPC: 0 7567-90067-2
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: DIDX-000946 4
Note: Record Club Pressing
 USA Pressing, 422-811 148-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 0 422-811148-2 3
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix:
Catalog Information:
Argentina, Ariola, TMS 70046 Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR-4835 [1988]
Australia, Island / Festival, D37981 [1st Issue] Japan, Island / Polystar, P24D-10050 [1988]
Australia, Island, 811 148-2 Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR-1703 [1995]
Canada, island, CIXD 112 Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR-4703 [1988]
Canada, Island, CID 112 Japan, Island / Universal, UICY 2357 [2002]
France, Island, 811 148-2 UK, Island, CID 122
Germany, Island, 610 533 UK, Island Masters, IMCD 141 [1991]
Germany, Island, 262 051 USA, Island, 422-811 148-2
Japan, Island / Polystar, P35D-20008 [1st Issue] USA, Island, A2-90067 [Columbia House]
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
Contained the same cover as the vinyl record, but some difference in colouration is seen on the lettering around the world, pinker in some areas rather than the usual red.
Other Images:
Additional images not available above always welcome!
 5" GOLD CD:
 USA Pressing, 422-811 148-2
Label: Mobile Fidelity
UPC: 0 15775 15712 5
Package: MFSL Jewel
Matrix: UDCD571 1D MFG BY JVC
Catalog Information:
USA, Ultradisc, UDCD 571 [Gold CD]
Track Listing:
Contained slightly different versions of Seconds and Like a Song as listed in the alternate tracks.
Further Information:
Jewel case is a specially designed Ultradisc jewel case.  Cover image includes the Ultradisc logo.
Other Images:
October (1982) Under a Blood Red Sky (1983)
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