October is the second studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was released on 12 October 1981 by Island Records, and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album was lyrically inspired by the memberships of Bono, the Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. in a Christian group called the Shalom Fellowship, and consequently it contains spiritual and religious themes. Their involvement with Shalom Fellowship led them to question the relationship between the Christian faith and the "rock and roll" lifestyle, and threatened to break up the band. October was released on 12 October 1981. Both of the album's two singles preceded the album's release; "Fire" and "Gloria" were released as singles in July and
October 1981, respectively. October was the start of U2's vision of the music video as an integral part of the band's creative work, as it was released during a time that MTV was first becoming as popular as radio. The video for "Gloria" was directed by Meiert Avis and shot in the Canal Basin in Dublin. In 2008, a remastered edition of the album was released, featuring remastered tracks, along with B-sides and rarities. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number four on the UK Albums Chart and number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1991. October is a concept album that explores themes of faith, hope, and love. The album's title track is a meditation on the month of October, which is a time of change and renewal. The song "Gloria" is a powerful anthem about faith and hope. The song "I Fall Down" is a personal reflection on Bono's struggles with faith and doubt. October is a beautiful and moving album that captures the essence of U2's early sound. The album is a must-listen for any fan of U2 or classic rock.
|Original Release: 1981.|
|Catalog No: ILK 719680.|