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The Unforgettable Fire Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001FA4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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1. Sort Of Homecoming, A
2. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
3. Wire
4. Unforgettable Fire, The
5. Promenade
6. 4th Of July
7. Bad
8. Indian Summer Sky
9. Elvis Presley And America
10. MLK

Product Description

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alpha-Beta on Nov. 6 2009
Format: Audio CD
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 HUGE amount of sound improvement. Not that I'm complaining, but "WAR" for instance, still sounds a little "shrill" (to my ears at least). "Unforgettable Fire" is the U2 album most noticeably improved with the new mastering. "A Sort Of Homecoming" has a nice "roundness" to the sound and mix which the previous CD release lacked. There are even "incidental noises" which can be heard now that I never noticed before on the previous edition. Things like the odd cable buzz etc. actually add to the CD. U2 were, after all, recording fairly "live" in a castle. These "imperfections" really take you right into the recording session. These noises, I should add, are really only at heard discreetly at the start of certain tracks. The sound is GREAT. I have absolutely no complaints with this disc.
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.
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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 absolute must for fans of U2's work with the Eno-Lanois production duo. This was the first album recorded by U2 with the duo, which would later go on to producing some of the band's most popular albums, including The Joshua Tree and 1991's Achtung Baby.

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!
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By A Customer on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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