U2 announce 40th-anniversary vinyl release of ‘Gloria’ to celebrate Black Friday

U2 announce 40th-anniversary vinyl release of 'Gloria' to celebrate Black Friday 3

Island Records and UMC today announce the 40th-anniversary vinyl release of Gloria, a limited edition 12” yellow vinyl EP to celebrate Black Friday on Friday 26th November 2021.

Originally released as a single in October 1981, Gloria is the second single to be taken from U2’s second studio album October and has been a staple in U2’s live set to this day. This very special anniversary release includes the studio version of ‘Gloria’ plus three live versions from three different decades.

The 1990s are represented by the Point Depot show on the band’s home turf of northside Dublin. Although ticketed as 31st December 1989, the show started at midnight on 1st January 1990 with a live radio simulcast broadcast across Europe.

Side B contains two previously unreleased live recordings of ‘Gloria’ – recorded at the Fleet Center in Boston during the 2005’s Vertigo Tour, and at London’s O2 Arena during the third night of their run of shows in the English capital as part of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015.

12” INFO
4-track 12” EP, cut at 45 rpm.
Pressed on 180gsm transparent sun yellow vinyl.
Full-colour gatefold outer sleeve with high gloss finish, featuring portraits of the band.
Large poster (600mm x 600mm, folded) with montage of photos from the various live shows across the decades.


Side A
1. Gloria (Studio Version)
2. Gloria (Live From The LoveTown Tour, The Point Depot, Dublin, 31st December 1989) – currently unavailable

Side B
1. Gloria (Live From The Vertigo Tour, Boston, 26th May 2005) – previously unreleased
2. Gloria (Live From The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, London, 29th October 2015) – previously unreleased

Gloria is available exclusively at participating independent record stores on Friday 26th November. For a full list of stores, visit https://recordstoreday.lnk.to/Stores

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast.Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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