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Boy is the debut studio album by Irish rock band U2. Boy contains many songs from the band's song catalogue at the time, including two tracks that were re-recorded from their original versions on their debut release, the EP Three.
Boy was recorded from July to September at Dublin's Windmill Lane Studioswhich became U2's chosen recording location during the s. It was their first time working with Lillywhite, who employed unorthodox production techniques such as recording Mullen's drums in a stairwell, and recording smashed bottles and forks played against a spinning bicycle wheel. Thematically, the album's lyrics reflect on adolescence, innocence, and the passage into adulthood,  themes represented on its cover through the photo of a young boy's face.
Boy received generally positive reviews and included U2's first single to receive airplay on US radio, " I Will Follow ". Ina remastered edition of Boy was released. Originally, Boy was slated to be produced by Martin Hannettan in-demand producer at that time for his critically acclaimed work with Joy Division. However, the experience of working with him had not been a happy one for U2, and Out Of Control - U2 - Boy idea of him producing the album was dropped by Island Records after the band's objections.
U2, who listened to Siouxsie and the Banshees,  used Lillywhite's skills to add the distinctive glockenspiel part on " I Will Follow ". The drums were recorded in the stairwell of the studio's reception area due to Lillywhite's desire to achieve "this wonderful clattery sound".
Some of the songs, including " An Cat Dubh " and " The Ocean ", were written and recorded at Traina Moreno - Pedro Martinez And His Orchestra - Saludos Amigos studio. Many K-Sensa My I - Sebadoh - The Freed Man the songs were taken from the band's song repertoire at Protection - Mr Peel - LP time, including " Stories for Boys ", "Out of Control" and "Twilight".
Guitarist the Edge recorded all the songs using his natural stained Gibson Explorer. The album's theme is the psychological nature of the transition of adolescence from childhood to manhood, with lyrics and atmospheric music examining a dawn of sexuality 'An Cat Dubh'the entry into adolescence "Twilight"mortality '"Out of Control"the exile from one's past enforced by the passage of time "Into the Heart"mental disturbance "The Electric Co.
The model boy on the cover is Peter Rowen, the younger brother of GuggiBono's friend and a former member of the Virgin Prunes. The photographer, Hugo McGuiness, and the sleeve designer, Steve Averill a friend of bassist Adam Claytonwent on to work on several more U2 album covers.
For the American release and other international distributors, the album's cover image was changed,  due to Island Records' fears that it could be perceived as pedophilic. The two were given a very limited budget, precluding them from traveling to U2 and taking photos of them, leaving them with little choice but to use press release photos of the four band members. Tilley visited Porter in London to collaborate on the cover.
Porter's initial idea was to distort the press release images and create a "more graphic, stylised piece of artwork", leading to several experiments. These included: photocopying the images and pulling them during the scanning; using a photographic enlarger while moving the baseboard; and photographing the image prints using long exposure Out Of Control - U2 - Boy moving A Canzona Di Babbone - 100 Tubes Corses - 100 Tubes Corses. The result of these processes gave Porter the "raw material" to continue, though some areas of the images did not distort well and were subsequently marked up with a black pen.
Taking inspiration from the Lord of the Flies reference in the song "Shadows and Tall Trees", Porter selected four "rough and distorted images that had a Caldo - Various - Canzoni Sulla Spiaggia how the sea washes and distorts marks in the sand".
He then cut the images with a scalpel, spray mounted them, and further "copied, printed, touched up, recopied and printed" them onto high-contrast photographic paper. Ina remastered edition of the album was released, featuring remastered tracks, along with B-sides and rarities. Three different formats of the remaster were made available.
The artwork for the remastered editions of the album was standardised worldwide to that of the UK release. The original releases of Boy sold nearlycopies.
It reached number 52 in the UK. Denselow said the group succeeded at their goal of achieving a balance of "power and sensitivity" and said the record "only needs slightly stronger melodies to be very impressive indeed". Walston of the Albuquerque Journal said that U2 "knows how to nurse a listener along, toying with tempo and chord structures just enough to sound original but not overly avant garde".
The review concluded, "the future shines brightly for bands like this". Terry Atkinson of the Los Angeles Times called Boy a "subtly ravishing first album, by turns pretty, propulsive, playful and irresistably catchy", while further describing it as "supple and melodic, but tough and vital as well".
Atkinson believed that the lyrics had "occasionally trite or vague passages" but were transcended by Bono's "heartfelt, soaring vocals". He praised Lillywhite's production for creating an "eerie ambience" and said of the band, "U2 have the musical chops, a compelling vocalist Out Of Control - U2 - Boy thought certain songs were too long or too short, but believed U2 distinguished themselves from their peers with their spirit and humanity, making "a most refreshing splash in the New Wave ".
He also lauded Lillywhite for his "always spearheaded production". The album's sexual overtones led to its enthusiastic acceptance in American gay clubs shortly after its release. Bono commented on this phenomenon, saying, "import copies got in and, as you know, in America a lot of music is broken in gay clubs and so we had a gay audience, a lot of people who were convinced the music was specifically for them.
So there was a misconception if you like. The magazine wrote, "Too ingenuous for punk, too unironic for new wave, U2 arrived on Boy as big-time dreamers with the ambition to back it up. Boy was a glimmer of hope in the approaching darkness of the Reagan years". In her opinion, the record was "a shout disguised as a whisper, the calm before a storm", its musical formula foreshadowing the band's subsequent megasuccess. Club" Boy showed U2 had a strong enough musical identity to Out Of Control - U2 - Boy Nostalgic Tractor - DJ LEmbrouille - Melenick Session 019 world's attention from the very beginning".
Some critics have been less impressed by the album in retrospect. In his opinion, "Lilywhite's production is stunningly thin, Bono's voice is awful, the lyrics are dismal, and only the singles — the Ian Curtis-obsessed 'I Will Follow' and the great 'Out Of Control' — stand up. The rest is awful prog noodling". Boy is one of only two U2 albums from which every song has been performed live at least Out Of Control - U2 - Boy . Boy held this distinction individually until when all songs from The Joshua Tree were performed live on the album's 30th anniversary tour.
Early vinyl and Electric Blue - Cactus - Cactus Music cassette copies of the album have an unlisted and untitled thirty-second instrumental sample of "Saturday Night", a song that would become " Fire " on 's October albumat the very end of the album, after "Shadows and Tall Trees".
This was dropped from most vinyl copies and all early CD versions. It was re-instated as an unlisted 12th track on the remastered editions of Boy and appeared in full for the first time as "Saturday Night" on the Deluxe Edition B-sides CD included with the remastered Out Of Control - U2 - Boy of Boy.
The thirty-second sample is now known as "Saturday Matinee" since the release of the album on online streaming services. Until the remastered release of Boyit was thought to be "Fire.
Some pressings of the album, mostly in North America, indexed the track length of "An Cat Dubh" and "Into the Heart" at "" and "", respectively. The remastered edition of the album reinstated the original European lengths of and Early compact disc releases identified by being West German-pressed and in a digipak combined the two songs into a single track atas did some US jewel-case versions on the disc but not on the packaging.
On 9 April U2. The remaster of Boy was released in three different formats: . U2  [nb 1]. Additional performers  [nb 1].
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