War - Digital Double Album - FLAC
This digital album is available in DRM-free, high fidelity FLAC format. Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) is a file format for lossless audio data compression. During compression, FLAC does not lose quality from the audio stream, as lossy compression formats such as MP3, AAC, and Vorbis do. An extracted FLAC file sounds identical to the original source (44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo).
FLAC files are much larger than MP3, will take longer to download, and require more disc space to store.
FLAC playback support in portable audio devices and dedicated audio systems is limited at this time and will require decoding to play on iPod and all MP3 players
Following the remastered re-release of The Joshua Tree in 2007, it was rumored that the band would also remaster and re-release War, along with the albums Boy, and October. This was confirmed by U2.com on April 9, 2008 (2008-04-09). The remastered album was released on July 21, 2008 (2008-07-21) in the UK, with the U.S. version following it the next day. The double album features b-sides, live tracks and rarities not included on the original album.
Original album information:
After showcasing songs from the upcoming album in the UK, Europe, and Ireland, War was originally released in March 1983. In the UK, a special picture disc of War was released which featured the black and white Peter Rowan cover. In August 1991, the album was re-issued with red lettering on the cover instead of the pink color that was on the original issue - part of the Island Master series. Elsewhere in the world, a Japanese release of the album contained a comic book-style insert. In the UK, the album entered the charts at No. 1. War entered the US album charts in the Top 20 and eventually climbed as high as No. 12. War also reached No. 23 on the Top Pop Catalog album chart and became U2's first Gold album in the US, eventually being certified multi-platinum by the RIAA with 4 million units sold. It also earned a Gold record in Switzerland and Silver record in the UK. In the Hot Press Reader's Poll, it was voted No. 1 best album and best LP sleeve. UK magazine New Musical Express voted both the album and sleeve as No. 3 in its annual poll. And in the New Zealand Rip It Up Poll, War was voted the No. 1 album.