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The Unforgettable Fire Import
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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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On another note, I've always felt that "Unforgettable Fire" was sandwiched between two rather celebrated U2 efforts "War" and "The Joshua Tree". For this reason I've often felt it's somewhat overlooked in the catalogue. True, "Pride" was a big hit, but listening back to this album now I realize how much artistic "gold" I had overlooked. "Bad" is absolute classic U2, "MLK" is beautiful, and "Unforgettable Fire" is another haunting piece. Basically, I've been most impressed with this particular U2 reissue. I'm really glad such an important artistic milestone for the band has now been given a proper release on CD.
The remastered edition of the original 1984 album is highly superior soundwise to the original CD edition. Lanois had worked very closely with drummer Larry Mullen in the studio, and all the subtlety and detail in the drum tracks is more evident here than on any other U2 recording. The Unforgettable Fire has always been one of my favourite U2 albums, I've listened to it a lot over the past 25 years, and I must admit that I had never paid as much attention to the drumming as I feel compelled to do when I listen to this version of the album. Larry Mullen fans will not believe how clear and detailed the sound is!
The bonus CD, as with all of U2's remastered box sets, contains all the singles, b-sides and outtakes from the 1984-85 experimental phase that served as transition between the more accessible War and Joshua Tree albums. The scope of the band's musical experimentation becomes even more evident when confronted with these complete recordings. Included here are all the tracks that were released on the Wide Awake in America EP (1985) and on the various versions of the Pride and Unforgettable Fire singles. A special mention goes to an alternate version of A Sort of Homecoming, featuring African rhythms and Peter Gabriel on back vocals!! A completely different song, like nothing U2 has ever recorded either before or since!Read more ›
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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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 morePublished on Dec 29 2012 by Pat Mellen
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 morePublished on June 29 2012 by trevor
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2010 by J. Alexander
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 morePublished on Dec 7 2009 by Michel Drolet
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
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2009 by Gis A. Bun
I just want to concur with the reviewer below. This is their best period and best album. The Amazon. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
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 morePublished on July 1 2004 by Leafsfan2028