U2 Contract Demos '78-'80
Years before Bono was a comrade of popes and presidents, U2 was just another struggling band looking for a record deal. Pretty hard to imagine these days, huh? Here we have a relic of that period. Available on C&T today are a selection of demos distributed by U2 while in search of a record contract. These recordings come from a period a full decade before Rattle and Hum. This is not the complete set of U2's contract demos, but they're all I have in my possession. These are pretty raw, and vary somewhat in quality. Still, they're an interesting peek into the early history of the rock 'n roll monster that is now U2.
U2 - The Fool [November 1, 1978; Keystone Studios, Dublin]
U2 - Street Mission [November 1, 1978; Keystone Studios, Dublin]
U2 - The Magic Carpet [February 1979; Eamon Andrews 4-Track studio, Dublin]
U2 - Alone in the Light [February 1979; Eamon Andrews 4-Track studio, Dublin]
U2 - Boy-Girl [Mid-1979; Windmill Lane Studio; Dublin]
U2 - Another Day [December 1979; CBS Studios, London]
U2 - The Dream is Over [December 1979; CBS Studios, London]
U2 - Touch [April 1980; Windmill Lane Studio, Dublin]
U2 - An Cat Dubh [October 14, 1980; KRO Studios, Hilversum, Holland]
Apparently these demos did some good, as U2's debut album Boy was released in October 1980. If some U2 superfans out there (I absolutely do not qualify) have more info to add, feel free.
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