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The Unforgettable Fire [Import]

U2 Audio CD
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1. Sort Of Homecoming, A
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8. Indian Summer Sky
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An appreciable leap forward in almost every fashion from the group's first trio of albums, The Unforgettable Fire is its first with the production team of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. And while they take a strong hand in wrestling U2's music out of the mainstream and into a more individualistic area, it's the songs themselves that demand a more subtle approach. Moody gems such as "A Sort of Homecoming" and the entrancing "Bad" set the table for more explosive fare such as "Pride", "Wire" and the title track. This is the album that made U2 a career act, showing that their music could grow by leaps and bounds, even at the hand of another, without sacrificing its soul. --Daniel Durchholz

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U2 The Unforgettable Fire (Original 1984 UK 10-track CD album including the singles The Unforgettable Fire and the classic Pride [In The Name Of Love] complete with the fold-out picture sleeve inlay containing the A Sort Of Homecoming lyricsCID102)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Indeed June 22 2004
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In their offtime between the 'War Tour' and the recording of "The Unforgettable Fire", U2 saw an exhibit in Japan about Hiroshima, which subsequently led to many of the ideas and images throughout this album. For this album, U2 let go of producer Steve Lillywhite, who had been at the helm of the group's first three records, and hired duo Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois(pronounced Len-Wa), a move that would pay off in more ways than U2 ever could have imagined when they made it. Eno and Lanios created a much more polished, atmospheric sound for and with the band, and it was quite apparent right from the opening chords of the record. To quote bassist Adam Clayton, on the transition between the end of the previous tour and this record, "It was either the end of something, or the beginning of something else...and The Unforgettable Fire was that new beginning".
The castle on the record's cover(NOT, contrary to popular belief, Slane Castle) is very indicitive of the relaxed and wintry feel of this record. It's very quiet yet very loud at the same time. Highlights include anthem classic "Pride(In The Name Of Love)", the title track(which also happens to be one of the more orchestral tracks in U2's catalog), "The Unforgettable Fire", live classic "Bad", the opener, "A Sort Of Homecoming", "Indian Summer Sky", and the closer, "MLK", which is a rather comforting yet heartbreaking song about death(MLK's in particular). This is a great and even magical record in its own right, it went perhaps deeper musically, it was perhaps more sophisticated, than anything U2 had done before it, U2's second masterpiece if you ask me, yet it is still only a prelude, by most standards, to what comes next.
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*The fourth Cd of U2's musical emporium, Unforgettable fire reveals a transition from War into Joshua Tree.

*It can be said of "War," that the album was and is the apex of U2's political [rawness] in sound and lyrical style. Unforgettable fire has a phoenix like emergence from the ashes sensibility as the majority of its songs are in the key (or chord) of C, a regretful, longing chord . . . and usually melt into the G chord which evokes resolution and completion.

*U2 for most listeners are the bards of political issues that become metaphors for the heart and personal relationships.

*It can be said in a critical eye that as the band has progressed from its humble beginnings, they have lost their edge, (no pun intended) in dynamically representing the political turmoil of their or anyone else's homeland . . .
*Unforgettable fire is the exempt of this criticism, since its creation was in the throngs of U2's involvement with conflicts in their country(s) as well as their own personal lives.

*Brina Eno and Daniel Lanois do an incredible job producing, adding soft 80's synth and great echo and reverb.

#1, Sort of Homecoming, the first song on the CD, is a longing tune about returning to what was once known, and a permanent hiatus that changes home to a place no longer home, and the regret of the movement. The song is a perfect harbinger for the tone and aesthetic set for the rest of the CD.
#2, Pride is an incredible anthem that undoubtedly most have heard on the radio over the years, if not on the conglomerate best album. The song lyrically draws artistic similarities between the Historical and Christian Jesus with Martin Luther King.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not 'Unforgettable', Not 'Bad' Either May 9 2004
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After a succesion of rather aggressive, bombastic albums opened their career, the sound and textures of 'The Unforgettabe Fire' were most certainly a shock to many critics and fans of U2 during this time. It is a large stylistic leap from the raw emotion of 'War', released, amazingly, only one year earlier. However in terms of style and lyrical focus, the two albums are quite dissimilar.
The production team of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who would guide U2 through some of their most successful albums (Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, All That You Can't...), take the reins for the first time on this album. Warmer sounds and textures, such as electronic keyboards, muffled, reverb-laden drums, and assorted studio trickery, bring an added depth heretofore unheard on a U2 album.
Musically, many songs on the album find U2 in top form. The gourgeous, layered opener "A Sort of Homecoming", the blissful title track, the triumphant (if overplayed) "Pride", and the energetic "Wire", show U2 at their creative peak to that point int heir career. Unfortunately, those were also the first four songs on a ten track album, and things get a bit bogged down in the second half.
"4th of July" acts as a prelude to "Bad", yet is truly only a meandering filler track. "Elvis Presley And America" is a plodding, 6 minute number which goes nowhere and features undecipherable, improvised lyrics from Bono. Even the epic "Bad", which many U2 fans (rightfully so) cite as one of the band's all-time great numbers, did not hit its true stride until performed live on the subsequent tour. Here, it is a good idea of a song that *tries* to build up yet never reaches a full head of steam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great U2 Album
When listening to this album, one can definitely hear the progression of the band's talent. When you compare it to their earlier work like Boy it's a giant leap forward. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pat Mellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding!
The cd arrived within 2 weeks of purchase and in excellent condition. Frankly, I was a bit surprised that it came so soon after my order. Read more
Published on June 29 2012 by trevor
4.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome U2 box set!
Maybe not as essential as The Joshua Tree box set, The Unforgettable Fire being a less accessible album (and, consequently, less popular than it's 1987 followup), but still an... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2011 by turtlesedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad song on this album
I only recently heard U2's song Bad, which was used at the beginning and ending of Angelina Jolie's film "Taking Lives", so i decided to order this remastered album and was I ever... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2010 by J. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars The best U2 album E.V.E.R. !!
Since the start of the remasters and expanded series, I've been waiting for this one the most eagerly; it's the best and more diverse album U2 ever made! Read more
Published on Dec 7 2009 by Michel Drolet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unforgettable Collection
If you do not have this in your collection...add it now.

Two discs of music and a DVD, notes, photos...now you can say you have found what you were looking for. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2009 by Todd Valade
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy and long-overdue remaster!
I own all of U2's albums, and all of the remastered editions as well. While I love the beautiful booklets accompanying these re-issues, and they all sound good, I haven't noticed a... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2009 by Alpha-Beta
4.0 out of 5 stars The album that really started it all....
While some may say that War really pushed the band into the spotlight, it was this album that allow them to expand world-wide especially after their Live Aid appearance where Bono... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2009 by Gis A. Bun
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album
I just want to concur with the reviewer below. This is their best period and best album. The Amazon. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by "veegez1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Most unique and easy to listen to U2 CD.
Most of the songs on this recording still have passion and deep meaning, yet the signature U2 sound of early days is left behind. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Leafsfan2028
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