"I Will Follow (Live 1983)" - U2

Promotional Release

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Background Information

In November of 1983, “Under a Blood Red Sky” was released commercially. To promote the live album, promotional records were issued in the US to promote this release. A commercial single was also released.

The 7-inch vinyl promotional single was released in a generic red sleeve, and featured “I Will Follow” taken from “Under a Blood Red Sky” on both sides. The A-side was the song as it appeared on the album. The B-side of the record was labeled “I Will Follow (Special Remix for Radio)”. An accompanying letter, dated December 5, 1983 explained the two different mixes: “Please be aware that there are two (2) mixes on the enclosed U2 single. As indicated, one side is taken directly from the U2 mini LP, “Under a Blood Red Sky.” The other side is the same basic mix, with the only difference being reduced crowd noise for a potentially better programming flow. U2 is hot – so is the single!” The leter was signed Michael Abramson, VP of Promotion for Island Records.

A 12-inch vinyl promotional record was also released in the USA, this one featured the title track on both sides again, but this time it was the same mix. The 12-inch single was released in a white generic sleeve with a sticker that listed the catalog number and the track title. The sticker was black, with white text.

Another 12-inch vinyl release in Brazil was made up of a variety of artists, and featured “I Will Follow” from “Under a Blood Red Sky” along with the following: “Sleeping Bag” by ZZ Top, “Tonight She Comes” by the Cars, “Hold On” by Yes, and “I Will Follow” was the final track. It was labeled “Promo No. 72”.

Liner Notes

All titles composed by U2. Produced by Jimmy Iovine. Mixed by Shelly Yakus.

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