October Front Sleeve

Front Sleeve | Purchase Album

Release Date: October 20, 1981

Highest Chart Position: UK: 11 USA: 104

Liner Notes:

Vocals: Bono. Guitars, piano: The Edge. Bass: Adam Clayton. Drums: Larry. Producer: Steve Lillywhite. Studio: Windmill Lane, Dublin, July - August '81. Manager: Paul McGuinness. All songs written by U2. All songs published by Island Music Inc., BMI.

Track List:

  1. Gloria (4:13)
  2. I Fall Down (3:39)
  3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window (4:55)
  4. Rejoice (3:38)
  5. Fire (3:51)
  6. Tomorrow (4:39)
  7. October (2:21)
  8. With A Shout (Jerusalem) (4:03)
  9. Stranger In A Strange Land (3:57)
  10. Scarlet (2:53)
  11. Is That All? (3:00)


  • Argentina: Ariola SUP 80213
  • Australia: Island L37670, Island 842 297-2
  • Canada: Island ISL 9680, Canada ISLC-9680, Island CID111, Island CIXD111
  • Germany: Island 204 185-320, Island 610 560
  • Ireland: CBS 85369
  • Israel: Island BAN 129680
  • Japan: Island 25S-44, Island PHCR-4702
  • Mexico: Bertlesmann LAE 628, Polygram 422-842 297-2(23)
  • Portugal: Island / Dacapao 1020418548
  • Sweden: Island ILPS 9680
  • UK: Island CID 111, Island ILPS 9680, Island CIT 9680
  • USA: Island ILPS 9680, Island 90067-2, Island 90092-1, Island 422-842 297-2

Media Review:

Review: October

3 stars (out of 5)

By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

U2 sounded so confident and assured on their debut that perhaps it was inevitable they would stumble slightly on its follow-up, October. The record isn't weaker than its predecessor because it repeats the formula of Boy. It's because the band tries too hard to move forward. Bono, in particular, tries too hard to make big political, emotional, and religious statements, but the remainder of the band isn't innocent. In general, the music is too pompous, with the sound overwhelming the actual songs. But when U2 do marry the message, melody, and sound together, as on "Gloria," "I Threw a Brick Through a Window," and "I Fall Down," the results are thoroughly impressive.

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Jonathan published on October 20, 1981 6:34 AM.

Gloria was the previous entry in this blog.

A Celebration is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.