Island Records and UMC announce a new limited edition vinyl reissue from U2 celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band’s first release Three. Remastered in 2019 and pressed on 180g black vinyl, this EP will be released on November 29th, 2019 via independent retailers.


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

On its first release, Three had a pressing of 1,000 copies on 12-inch vinyl, which sold out immediately, and then appeared as a seven-inch. The song debuted at No. 28 in the Irish singles chart and climbed to a No. 19 peak. U2 subsequently re-recorded both Out Of Control and Stories For Boys for their debut album Boy, produced by Steve Lillywhite and released in October 1980. Live versions of those two tracks, from U2’s gig in Boston in March 1981, were later included as b-sides on the second CD single of Sweetest Thing in 1998.

Numbered, limited edition of 17,000 copies, Three is a Black Friday exclusive for independent retailers. For details of participating record stores visit

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