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U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (2009 Reissue Remastered on 180g Vinyl)

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Released on 1 October 1984, The Unforgettable Fire is the fourth studio album by U2. The band wanted to pursue a new musical direction following the harder-hitting rock of their previous album, War. As a result, they employed Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to produce and assist in their experimentation with a more ambient sound. The resulting change in direction was at the time the band’s most dramatic. The album's title is a reference to 'The Unforgettable Fire', an art exhibit about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Recording began in May 1984 at Slane Castle, where the band lived, wrote, and recorded to find new inspiration. The album was completed in August 1984 at Windmill Lane Studios. It features atmospheric sounds and lyrics that lead vocalist Bono describes as 'sketches'. Pride (In the Name of Love) and MLK are lyrical tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

The Unforgettable Fire received generally favourable reviews from critics and produced the band’s biggest hit at the time, Pride (In the Name of Love), as well as the live favourite Bad.

 

Track Listing

Side One

  1. A Sort of Homecoming
  2. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  3. Wire
  4. The Unforgettable Fire
  5. Promenade

Side Two

  1. 4th of July
  2. Bad
  3. Indian Summer Sky
  4. Elvis Presley and America
  5. MLK

 

Producer: Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois

Format: Vinyl / 12” Remastered Album

Label: Virgin EMI Records

Catalogue No: 1792416

Barcode: 0602517924161

Release Date: 26 Oct 2009