Wednesday 17 January 2018

New deluxe edition of U2's 'Songs of Innocence' to include 2 new tracks and more, with Larry Mullen and son featured on cover

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A deluxe edition of U2's latest album, 'Songs of Innocence' will include exclusive bonus material including two new studio tracks, two alternative versions, and a 6-song acoustic session.

The album will go on sale via retailers on October 10 and it is believed it will be available exclusively in stores for a five week window before the songs are available to buy on iTunes.

The cover of the album features drummer Larry Mullen posing in an embrace with his 18-year-old son.

According to a statement on, the artwork by British fashion photographer and film director Glen Luchford created the artwork and a statement on says it "resonates with the band's iconic 1980 debut album Boy - and the album War, three years later."

Of the artwork, Bono says, "The idea of the unique relationship between a parent and child, the image of a father and son, came from the band. The shoot with Larry and his son was initially an experiment but everyone loved it as a visual metaphor for the record.

"If you know the album, you'll see the themes in the visual language, how 'holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else's."

The Dublin band caused a stir on September 9 when they released 'Songs of Innocence' at the iPhone 6 launch event.  The band was reportedly paid €100m for the album which was then made available for free from iTunes to their customers.

The album is their first since 2009's 'No Line On The Horizon' and was recorded with producers Danger Mouse, Flood, Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder.

After the releases, Bono told Rolling Stone, "We wanted to make a very personal album.  Let's try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys – first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that's hard. But we went there."

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