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War (Bonus Tracks)

by U2
War by U2
Released: Feb 1983
Label: U2 /Island Catalog
With this 1983 release -- the last "raw" album U2 would make -- the band created the concept of an alternative arena rock group. The word "anthemic" doesn't even come close to describing the grandiose post-punk that they play here: This is genuinely brilliant, flag-waving rock music. U2 never sounded so totally rocking, so passionate and, honestly, so good. Classics such as "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Two Hearts Beat as One" and "New Year's Day" sound even crisper on this remastered edition, which also comes with a bonus disc full of b-sides, club remixes, rarities and live cuts.
Jon Pruett