U2 - The Unforgettable Fire

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl Remaster, EU Pressing

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The Unforgettable Fire is the fourth studio album by Irish rock band U2, originally released in October 1984 via Island Records.

The Unforgettable Fire was the right record at the right time. U2 had ended their first phase of flag-waving sincerity with the live Under A Blood Red Sky and its accompanying long-form video, Live At Red Rocks. Their preceding album, War, was a self-assured update of their early melodic template of spiky rock and searing anthems. 

Instead of repeating their formula they enlisted the production skills of Brian Eno and young Canadian Daniel Lanois, despite the objections of label bosses. Enrolling Eno brought the band a credibility they may never have gained; in turn, they gave Eno his largest audience ever. 

The nagging insistency of opener, “A Sort Of Homecoming”, signals this new direction. All slightly out-of-focus, sketchy, yet strangely beguiling. However, instead of the producers trying wholesale to meddle with the existing formula, both parties enhanced each other's work, which added a looseness and ambiance to the groove.

This is none more evident than on the title track, which has a sleek suppleness to it, as previously unheard on their work, while still unmistakably being U2. However, they knew not to alienate too much, first single, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”, is still arguably U2's greatest stadium sing-along. 

It was ostensibly promoting this album that U2 played their most important gig ever, Live Aid, showcasing the resolutely uncommercial “Bad”, a song about heroin addiction that Bono has described as being Van Morrison crossed with German electronica – the band became, alongside Queen and Status Quo, the talking point of the day. 

U2 would never be the same again. Although often overshadowed by its successor, The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire is a record of great, moving beauty.

Check out the tracks: “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” and “The Unforgettable Fire”.

This LP record is a reissue on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with a 16 page booklet and featuring remastered audio, pressed in Europe.

(602517924161)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

A Sort Of Homecoming

5:28

A2

Pride (In The Name Of Love)

3:48

A3

Wire

4:19

A4

The Unforgettable Fire

4:55

A5

Promenade

2:35

B1

4th Of July

2:12

B2

Bad

6:09

B3

Indian Summer Sky

4:17

B4

Elvis Presley And America

6:23

B5

MLK

2:31

SKU 602517924161
Record Label Island Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 1792416
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 10 November 2009
Original Release Date (Year) 01 October 1984
Barcode # 602517924161
Shipping Weight 0.4200kg
Shipping Width 0.006m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000592000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Remastered Audio, 16 Page Booklet, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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