On this day in music history: February 28, 1983 - “War”, the third album by U2 is released. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, it is recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland from May 17 - August 20, 1982. The Irish rock bands third release marks a major stylistic shift, with them moving away from the more spiritual lyrical themes of their first two albums “Boy” and “October”. The new album features a rawer (but more polished) sound than their previous work, with many of the songs exploring the affects of warfare and its emotional aftermath on humanity. The music strikes a nerve in the public consciousness, and provide the U2 with their breakthrough in the US. Anchored by the tracks “New Year’s Day” (#53 Pop), “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, and “Seconds”, it is their first overtly political musical statement. Like their debut album “Boy”, the album cover features a photo of Peter Rowen taken by photographer Ian Finlay, the younger brother of Bono’s close friend Guggi (Derek Rowen) from the Irish post-punk band The Virgin Prunes. The album is remastered and reissued on CD and vinyl in 2008, with the LP release containing a sixteen page 12" x 12" booklet with previously unpublished photos of the band, song lyrics and new liner notes. “War” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.