U2 Record Store Day Releases

Record store day is an annual event inaugurated in 2008. The event was organized to get people into independent record stores one day a year, in April, through a series of exclusives. It later expanded to a second day, held on Black Friday each year. This list of RSD recordings involving U2 is a permanent addition to the discography, accessible from the menu to the right and our main menu.

Record Store Day Releases

The following list includes all of the Record Store Day releases which have contained music. If you click on the title you can find more information about each release including track listings, lyrics, images and a history of the release. The RSD releases are listed in reverse chronological order below.

  • Boy

    Release Date: 2020-11-27
    Discography Entry: "Boy" Remastered Album - U2
    • 12-Inch White vinyl
    • 40th anniversary release
    • 10,000 copies

    Description from Record Store Day:

    From ‘I Will Follow’ to ‘Shadows and Tall Trees’, U2’s first album arrived forty years ago this month. To mark the anniversary, check out the limited edition white vinyl release of Boy for Record Store Day on BlackFriday, November 27.

  • 11 O'Clock Tick Tock 40th Anniversary Edition

    Release Date: 2020-08-29
    Discography Entry: "11 O'Clock Tick Tock 40th Anniversary Edition" Single - U2
    • 12-inch, translucent blue vinyl, 7000 copies, not numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    ‘11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ was recorded with producer Martin Hannett in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios in 1980. Originally released in May that year, the song was U2’s first single on Island Records. This 40th anniversary edition includes the full length version of ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ and the original 7” b-side ‘Touch’, plus two previously unreleased live recordings from the band’s show at the Marquee in London in September 1980 – ‘Touch’ and ‘Twilight’. 12” Info -4 track 12” EP, cut at 45 rpm, Pressed on 180gsm transparent blue vinyl, Full colour gatefold outer sleeve, photo gallery on inner gatefold. (Note: Originally planned for release on April 18, 2020, Record Store Day was delayed, and this was not released until August 29, 2020.)

  • Three 40th Anniversary Edition

    Release Date: 2019-11-29
    Discography Entry: "Three 40th Anniversary Edition" EP - U2
    • 12-inch, black vinyl, 17000 copies, numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    Originally released in Ireland in September 1979, the Three EP features three songs recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin with producer Chas De Whalley – ‘Out Of Control’, ‘Stories For Boys’ and ‘Boy-Girl’. The A-side was chosen via a listener poll on Dave Fanning’s RTÉ (Irish national radio) music show. All songs have been remastered for this numbered, limited edition RSD Black Friday reissue.

  • The Europa EP

    Release Date: 2019-04-13
    Discography Entry: "The Europa EP" Release - U2
    • 12-Inch, black vinyl, 5000 copies, not numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    U2 present the The Europa EP: Side A features the previously unreleased opening from the recent eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE European Tour – Charlie Chaplin’s final speech from the movie The Great Dictator, underscored with a unique musical mash up of ‘Love Is All We Have Left’ with 1993 classic ‘Zooropa’ – which leads into a ‘live’ performance of New Year’s Day from Dublin in November 2018. Side B has two ‘Euro’-tinged remixes: St. Francis Hotel’s mix of ‘New Year’s Day’ and Jon Pleased Wimmin’s Euromantic mix of ‘Love Is All We Have Left’. The artwork is an eXPERIENCED Chaplinesque homage to the artwork of the Zooropa Album.

  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

    Release Date: 2018-11-23
    Discography Entry: "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" Single (2018) - U2
    • 12-inch, black vinyl, 7000 copies, not numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    Originally released as a single from the Batman Forever soundtrack album, ‘Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me’ reached #1 in Ireland, #2 in the UK and #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts in the US in 1995. The song has been remixed by St Francis Hotel for 2018’s eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour and features Gavin Friday and Arcade Fire’s Régine Chassagne on vocals. A double-A-sided single for Record Store Day Black Friday 2018 features this new version – The Gotham Experience Remix – alongside a new remaster of the original song.

  • Lights of Home

    Release Date: 2018-04-21
    Discography Entry: "Lights of Home" Single - U2
    • 12-Inch, picture disc, 5000 copies, not numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    U2 is releasing “Lights of Home,” a single from their latest album Songs of Experience on a 12” picture disc in a clear PVC bag.

  • The Blackout

    Release Date: 2017-11-24
    Discography Entry: "The Blackout" Single - U2
    • 12-inch, black vinyl, 19250 copies, not numbered
    • 12-inch, black and white vinyl, 750 copies, not numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    The first physical music from the anticipated new U2 release, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, due everywhere December 1. The 12” includes the original album version backed by an exclusive remix by the band’s longtime collaborator, Jacknife Lee. TMR’s “The Blackout” 12” will be extremely limited, with just one single pressing at Third Man Pressing, the label’s state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in Detroit. Black vinyl editions will be available at all participating Record Store Day shops, with 750 colored vinyl editions on offer exclusively at Third Man Records’ Nashville Storefront (623 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203) and Detroit Storefront (441 West Canfield Street. Detroit, MI 48201) as well as one Irish and one British record store to be announced.

  • Red Hill Mining Town

    Release Date: 2017-04-22
    Discography Entry: "Red Hill Mining Town" Single - U2
    • 12-inch, picture disc, 7000 copies, not numbered
    • US Fanzine, 1000 copies, numbered
    • UK Fanzine, 500 copies, numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    To coincide with the 30th anniversary of U2’s iconic album The Joshua Tree, Island Records will release a 2017 mix of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ on limited edition 12” picture disc, featuring the classic photography of Anton Corbijn in colour. The previously unreleased mix is by Steve Lillywhite, who produced the band’s critically acclaimed debut, ‘Boy’. ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ is famously “the single that never was”, originally discussed as the second single from The Joshua Tree but then put to one side at the last minute in favour of ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. The Joshua Tree went to #1 in the U.K, U.S., Ireland and around the world, selling in excess of 25 million albums, and catapulted Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone).

  • Songs of Innocence

    Release Date: 2015-04-18
    Discography Entry: "Songs of Innocence" Album - U2
    • 2×12-Inch, black vinyl, 5000 copies, numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    White, dye-cut gatefold center hole vinyl sleeve on front and back covers. Double black vinyl. Numbered.

  • Ordinary Love

    Release Date: 2013-11-29
    Discography Entry: "Ordinary Love" Single - U2
    • 10-Inch, black vinyl, 10000 copies, not numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    Two brand new tracks from U2. Side A written for the upcoming Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom film soundtrack, and side B is a new recording of “Breathe,” the ‘Mandela Version’.

  • Wide Awake in Europe

    Release Date: 2010-11-26
    Discography Entry: "Wide Awake in Europe" Single - U2
    • 12-Inch, black vinyl, 5000 copies, numbered

    Description from Record Store Day:

    U2 are releasing a three-track live EP called Wide Awake In Europe. The limited edition vinyl is only be available from North American stores participating in Record Store Day. With only 5000 copies pressed, Wide Awake In America will be led by ‘Mercy’ recorded live in Brussels on September 22nd 2010 and also features live performances of ‘Moment of Surrender’ and ‘I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight’ from the U2360°Tour. Fans in the UK and Ireland will also have an opportunity to get the vinyl – a few hundred copies will also be shipped to shops in the UK and Ireland. The title of the EP recalls the band’s 1985 release ‘Wide Awake in America’ which featured live performances from The Unforgettable Fire Tour.

Other Record Store Day Releases

Although most exclusives have included music, on occasion the gift have not included music and these are listed below.

  • 2014-11-28 North and South of the River Map / Poster

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