Under a Blood Red Sky is the name of both a live album and concert video recorded by the rock band U2, released in 1983. Both helped establish U2's reputation as a remarkable live band, and both were produced by Jimmy Iovine.
An accompanying concert video of the same name was also released at the same time as the album, although many tracks performed at the concert (such as "Two Hearts Beat as One") were not included on the album or video. Unlike the album, it was recorded entirely at the dramatic outdoor Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 5 June 1983. Steady rain, large lighted torches surrounding the stage, and the natural cliffs of Red Rocks provided a dramatic context for the video. Segments of the video were frequently shown on MTV and helped expand U2's American following.
U2 recording at Red Rocks was subsequently selected in Rolling Stone's list of the "50 Moments that Changed Rock and Roll".
During the recording of "The Electric Co.", Bono included a 27 second snippet of Stephen Sondheim's "Send In The Clowns". When the "Under A Blood Red Sky" LP was released, U2 failed to get permission and pay the appropriate licensing and royalty fees to include that piece of Sondheim's tune on the album. When Sondheim objected, U2 agreed to pay a $50,000 (US) penalty for the unauthorized use and to press all future releases with a new version that did not include the 27 seconds of "Send In The Clowns."
Essentially, there are now two versions of the vinyl album; the original with the full "The Electric Co." running 5:18 and the edited version which runs 4:51. However, the various CDs pressed around the world are a different story altogether.
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For legal reasons, the snippet excerpt of "Send in the Clowns" in "The Electric Co." only appears on some editions of the album. Some versions of the video omit the song entirely.
This is the only official release which features all four members contributing vocals, although the film does not show Adam or Larry singing clear (Adam on "I Will Follow", Larry on "Surrender").
A DVD version was released on September 29, 2008 with all tracks from the concert except "I Fall Down" in the main feature. U2.com are releasing this as a cd for subscribers and resubscribers in November 2008.