Under a Blood Red Sky

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This article is about the live album. For the concert film, see U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky.
Under a Blood Red Sky
Live album by U2
Released 7 November 1983 (1983-11-07)
Recorded 6 May 1983 – 20 August 1983
Studio Effanel Music Mobile[nb 1]
Genre Rock, post-punk
Length 35:29
Label Island
Producer Jimmy Iovine
U2 chronology
Under a Blood Red Sky
The Unforgettable Fire
Singles from Under a Blood Red Sky
  1. "I Will Follow"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Pitchfork Media 9.0/10[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice A−[7]

Under a Blood Red Sky is a live album by Irish rock band U2, produced by Jimmy Iovine and released in 1983. Along with its companion concert film, U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky, the release helped establish U2's reputation as a live band, making the band a popular live college rock act.


The album consists of live recordings from three shows on the band's War Tour, from Colorado and Boston in the US and from Germany.

An accompanying concert video entitled U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky was released the following year. Unlike the album, the film was recorded entirely at the outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 5 June 1983. The band's performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" from the film has been cited as one of Rolling Stone's "50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll."[citation needed]

The title is taken from the lyrics of the song "New Year's Day", originally released on U2's War album.

The album was re-released on 29 September 2008 as a remastered CD with a DVD of the Red Rocks concert.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by U2, with lyrics by Bono.

Side one
No. Title Recording location/date Length
1. "Gloria" Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 5 June 1983 4:32
2. "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" Boston, Massachusetts on 6 May 1983 4:34
3. "I Will Follow" Sankt Goarshausen, Germany on 20 August 1983 3:36
4. "Party Girl" Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 5 June 1983 2:52
Side two
No. Title Recording location/date Length
1. "Sunday Bloody Sunday" Sankt Goarshausen, Germany on 20 August 1983 4:55
2. "The Electric Co." Sankt Goarshausen, Germany on 20 August 1983 5:18
3. "New Year's Day" Sankt Goarshausen, Germany on 20 August 1983 4:29
4. "40" Sankt Goarshausen, Germany on 20 August 1983 3:36

During the performance of "The Electric Co.", Bono included a 27-second snippet of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns". When Under a Blood Red Sky was released, U2 failed to get permission and pay the appropriate licensing and royalty fees to include that piece of Sondheim's tune on the album. When Sondheim objected, U2 agreed to pay a $50,000 (US) penalty for the unauthorized use and to press all future releases with a new version that did not include the snippet.

Essentially, there are now two versions of the vinyl album: the original with the full "The Electric Co." running 5:18 and the edited version which runs 4:51. However, the various CDs pressed around the world all vary in the versions of the song that are included.

  • The trifold digipack CD pressed in the U.S. correctly lists "The Electric Co." at 4:51 and contains the edited version of the song.
  • Later U.S. CD pressings in the standard jewel box format incorrectly list "The Electric Co." at 5:18, but have the edited version of the song.
  • Some, and perhaps all, European pressings of the CD correctly list "The Electric Co." at 5:18 and have the unedited version of the song (the same is likely true of other worldwide CD pressings).
  • An Australian pressing of the CD lists the track at 4:57, but the song actually runs the full 5:18.
  • The remastered editions all contain the edited version of the song.


Charts and certifications[edit]

Country Peak position Certification Sales
Canada 2× Platinum[9] 200,000+[9]
France Platinum[10] 300,000+
Germany Platinum[11] 500,000+
United Kingdom 2[12] 3× Platinum[13] 900,000+
United States 28 3× Platinum 3,000,000+

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Under a Blood Red Sky – U2". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (6 September 1992). "You, Too, Can Hear The Best Of U2". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Wyman, Bill (29 November 1991). "U2's Discography". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (29 September 2008). "U2: Under a Blood Red Sky". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Connelly, Christopher (19 January 1984). "U2: Under A Blood Red Sky". Rolling Stone (413). Archived from the original on 1 April 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 833–34. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (21 February 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "LIVE AT RED ROCKS AND UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY". U2.com. Live Nation. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  9. ^ a b "CRIA Certification Results: U2". Canadian Recording Industry Association. 1988-05-17. Archived from the original on 15 October 2007. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  10. ^ "Certifications Albums Platine – année 1995". Disque en France (in French). Syndicat National de l'Edition Phonographique. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  11. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (U2; 'Under%a%Blood%Red%Sky')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  12. ^ "TOP 40 OFFICIAL UK ALBUMS ARCHIVE – 3rd December 1983". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  13. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2009-11-25.  Note: U2 must be searched manually.


  1. ^ Tracks 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4.

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