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(Released October 1980)
Track list:
I Will Follow
An Cat Dubh
Into the Heart
Out of Control
Stories for Boys
The Ocean, a Day Without Me
Another Time Another Place
The Electric Co.
Shadows and Tall Trees

A momentous occasion for U2 was the release of their first album, "Boy," in October 1980. Since U2 had not yet achieved its massive fan base, "Boy" did not enter the British charts, but did manage to rank 63 in the U.S. charts.

In the fall of 1980, "Boy" was recorded at the Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin with producer Steve Lillywhite. While some of the songs were those that U2 had written and performed in their early career many of them were created on spot in the studio.

According to Bono, the boy on the album cover, which did not appear in the U.S. version, was important to the meaning of the album: it symbolized the band's beginning childlike innocence. It did not appear in the United States for fear of accusation of child pornography. The boy depicted is Peter Rowan, the brother of a friend of Bono.

"I Will Follow" was the hit of the album, often classified as a religious song, though never confirmed by the band. The song itself peaked at #20 on the Mainstream Rock Charts . "Boy" is the only album to have every song performed live and is ranked 417 out of Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.