With Or Without You

With Or Without You Front Sleeve

With Or Without You
Front Sleeve

With Or Without You Back Sleeve

With Or Without You
Back Sleeve

Release Date: March 1987

Highest Chart Position: UK: 4 USA: 1

Liner Notes:

With or Without You: Written by U2. Produced by Lanois / Eno. Recorded by Flood. Assisted by Pat McCarthy. Mixed by Steve Lillywhite. Luminous Times: Written by U2 / Eno. Produced by Lanois / Eno / U2. Recorded by Flood. Assisted by Pat McCarthy. Mixed by Dave Meegan. Walk to the Water: Written by U2. Produced by Lanois / Eno / U2. Recorded by Joe O'Herlihy. Assisted by Pat McCarthy. Mixed by Dave Meegan.

Track List:

  1. With Or Without You (4:56)
  2. Luminious Times (Hold On To Love) (4:33)
  3. Walk To The Water (4:49)


  • Argentina:
    • 12": RCA / Ariola TLP-50486
  • Australia:
    • 7": Island K-241
    • 12": Island / Festival X14480
    • Cassette: Island C14480
  • Austria:
    • CD: Island 664 986
  • Canada:
    • 7": Island 97054
    • 12": Island IS 1130
    • Cassette: Island ISC1130
  • Germany:
    • 7": Island 108 922
    • 12": Island 608 922
    • CD: Island 658 922
  • Greece:
    • 12": Island VG 4009 Z
  • Guatemala:
    • 7": Island I 358
  • Italy:
    • 7": Island IS319, Island JB 27 (White Label Jukebox Promo)
  • Japan:
    • 7": Island D07D-2025
  • Mexico:
    • 12": Island SL-7172
  • Portugal:
    • 7": Island IS319
  • South Africa:
    • 7": Island ISS319
  • Spain:
    • 7": Island 1A-108922 (Promo)
    • 12": Island 3A 6068922 (Promo)
  • UK:
    • 7": Island IS 319, Island ISJ 319
    • 12": Island 12IS319
    • Cassette: Island CIS319
    • CD: Island CID319
  • USA:
    • 7": Island 7-99469, ST-IL-51307-SP (Promo)
    • 12": Island 0-96786, Island PR 1021 (Promo)
    • Cassette: Island 96786-9, Island 96786-5

Media Review:

Review: With or Without You [UK #1]

4 stars (out of 5)

By JT Griffith, All Music Guide

This single is U2's first from their breakthrough 1987 album The Joshua Tree. Bono spoke with the press about inspiration for the song: "Scott Walker's "Climate of Hunter," that was a great influence on our LP. Listen to "With or Without You."' Other influences included the Righteous Brothers and the Walker Brothers. notes this bit of trivia: "With or Without You" was played live for the first time on the second night of The Joshua Tree tour in Tempe, AZ, on April 4, 1987. During that performance, Bono included snippets of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." "With or Without You" became U2's first number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and won Best Single by readers in the 1987 Rolling Stone Magazine poll. According to the band's official site, this song is the second most popular U2 song for artists to cover. This single contains the B-sides "Luminous Times (Hold on to Love)" and "Walk to the Water." The With or Without You single released in Guatamala also has the album version of "Mothers of the Disappeared." This single, and the two that follow, are significant because they contain two of the songs that constitute the The Joshua Tree double album version. "With or Without You" is one of the few U2 songs to have charted higher in the US (number two) than in the U.K. (number four). This single was the first the band released on CD.

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