Friday, August 4, 2017

U2 1981-01-23 McMordie Hall @ Queen's University Belfast , Northern Ireland




U2
Belfast, McMordie Hall @ Queen's University, Northern Ireland
January 23, 1981

01 The Ocean
02 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
03 An Cat Dubh
04 Into The Heart
05 Another Time, Another Place
06 The Cry / The Electric Co. 
07 I Will Follow
08 A Day Without Me
09 Out Of Control

Lineage: Soundboard or TV > n generation tape > Aiwa Tape Deck TC-WE475 > Audiophile 2496 Soundblaster > HD >
SoundForge 7.0 > CD Wave > FLAC Frontend (level 6)

I had this show in two parts on two different tapes so I decided to get things right, delete cuts, balance overall sound
and improve it a bit. Then it came the issue of venue & date. The tapes were labelled Belfast, Eire Council 27/01/1981 but
no show fit with that venue & date. The setlist definetely looked like the 1st leg of the European Boy tour, so it must
have been between december 1980 and january 1981. Bono mentions indeed that the band is playing Belfast so there was no
doubt about the city. A closer look to the tour history showed that U2 played at Queen's University on the 23rd and that the
show had been filmed by the BBC, but with 5 tracks only broadcasted. This one has 9 tracks and seem to be sourced either
from the TV broadcast, or a soundboard. The sound is not superb but definetely this is clear enough to be sourced from a
non-audience. Quite an energetic show. Again, some mysteries around he setlist because A Day Without Me is not listed but
the version present here is indeed from Belfast.


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