Release Date: September 1979
Highest Chart Position: UK: n/a USA: n/a
Produced by U2 and Chas De Whalley. Remixed by Robbie McGrath. Recorded at Windmill Lane Studio. Photography - Hugo. Glue-Art On My Sleeve. Men - Burgunday, Jackie Polo, Father Devlin. Boys - Teddy, Eric, The Village. Management - Paul McGuinness - Dublin 687952.
Track List (7" Single):
- Out Of Control (3:50)
- Stories For Boys (2:39)
- Boy/Girl (3:21)
- 7": CBS 7951 (Black, Orange, White or Yellow Vinyl / Brown Vinyl is Misspress)
- 12": CBS 12-7951 (No PS / First 1000 were numbered with Sticker and re-released later without Sticker, in CBS Sleeve / 3e Release in Black Sleeve, different Label
- Cassette: CBS 40-7951 (Issued in 1985)
Review: U2 Three [Single]
2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
By JT Griffith, All Music Guide
This single is U2's very first release and is one of four that predate the band's 1980 debut album, Boy. U2 Three is special because it is the earliest U2 collectible you can find. In 1979, when U2 were a long way from conquering the world, the Ireland division of CBS Records released 1,000 copies of U2 Three on vinyl as a hand-numbered, limited-edition 12". Subsequent pressings are known through 1982, including a collectible set called 4 U2 Play. This single contains earlier recordings of the songs "Out of Control" and "Stories for Boys," which appear on Boy, and the non-LP track "Boy/Girl." U2 Three was recorded before producer Steve Lillywhite signed on.
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