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Island Records and UMe announced the release of “Two Hearts Beat As One” / “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” a limited-edition, four-track EP, celebrating the 40th anniversary of U2’s third studio album, “War” (1983), exclusively for Record Store Day (April 22).
The EP features two original studio tracks, both released as singles in 1983, and two reimagined versions from the forthcoming 2023 U2 album “Songs Of Surrender,” on limited-edition, 180g heavyweight white vinyl, plus an exclusive poster with an illustration by Bono.
The two tracks, “Two Hearts Beat As One” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” were originally released as singles on March 21, 1983, each in different regions globally, as the second single from the band’s acclaimed third studio album, “War.” Released on Feb. 28, 1983, “War” knocked Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” off the top spot to become the band’s first U.K. No. 1 album, as well as reaching No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200 charts (certified Gold).
“Songs Of Surrender,” a collection of 40 seminal U2 songs from across the band’s catalog, rerecorded and reimagined for 2023 in sessions spanning the Past two years, will be released in full on Friday, March 17. Curated and produced by The Edge, “Songs Of Surrender” sees the band revisit some of the most celebrated songs of their 40 year-plus career, including “With Or Without You,” “One,” “Beautiful Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Invisible,” for a musical reimagining resulting in a completely new recording of each track, to include the arrangements and, in some cases, new lyrics. Preorder here.
“Two Hearts Beat As One” / “Sunday Bloody Sunday’ is available exclusively at participating independent record stores on April 22. For a full list of stores, visit www.U2.com and https://RecordStoreDay.lnk.to/Stores
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day is the annual celebration of independent record shop culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the event, and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. In 2023, Record Store Day will take place on Saturday, April 22. Visit https://recordstoreday.com/.