- A stunning copy with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one – this copy is going to be very hard to beat
- This pressing offered us real presence, clarity and resolution in the midrange, not the congested, dark sound we hear on so many of U2’s records
- Full-bodied, smooth analog sound is key to the best pressings, and here it is, especially on this side two
- 5 Stars: “Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” War immediately announces itself as U2’s most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion… U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it.”
When you get hold of a good pressing, War can be a surprisingly good sounding album, much better than The Joshua Tree (although that may not be saying much).
This was THE Best Sounding Pressing we played in our entire shootout. (Of course it was; that’s what it means to win a shootout.) Many of the LPs we played were as dry and flat as a cassette. Not this copy, even though it had the same stampers as some of those that did not earn particularly good sonic grades.
The vocals were present and breathy, even silky on some songs. There was real clarity and resolution throughout the midrange, not the congested, dark sound we’ve heard on so many of the records from this band. (The ones that don’t sound thin and aggressive that is.)
Our advice: Drop the needle on Sunday Bloody Sunday, turn it up good and loud and get ready to rock. Check out the drums at the opening — they are right there. The drums on Joshua Tree sound like cardboard boxes covered in blankets. Not these.
You can thank producer Steve Lillywhite for the hard-driving sound on War. He keeps the sound simple, clean and punchy. (more…)