The Unforgettable Fire

The Unforgettable Fire

by U2


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In many ways, U2 took their fondness for sonic bombast as far as it could go on War, so it isn't a complete surprise that they chose to explore the intricacies of the Edge's layered, effects-laden guitar on the follow-up, The Unforgettable Fire. Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, near-hallucinatory series of interlocking soundscapes that are occasionally punctuated by recognizable songs and melodies. In such a setting, the band both flourishes and flounders, creating some of their greatest music, as well as some of their worst. "Elvis Presley and America" may well be Bono's most embarrassing attempt at poetry, yet it is redeemed by the chilling and wonderful "Bad," a two-chord elegy for an addict that is stunning in its control and mastery. Similarly, the wet, shimmering textures of the title track, the charging "A Sort of Homecoming," and the surging Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute "Pride (In the Name of Love)" are all remarkable, ranking among U2's very best music, making the missteps that clutter the remainder of the album somewhat forgivable.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2009
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517924017
catalogNumber: 001320102
Rank: 11266

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Tim Buckley   Band
Edge   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Barrett   Keyboards,fairlight
Bono   Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass
Brian Eno   Keyboards,Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Vocals
Larry Mullen   Drums
Peter Williams   Band
Clayton   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Noel Kelehan   Arranger,String Arrangements
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Larry Mullen   Composer
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Concept,Cover Design,Sleeve Design
Anton Corbijn   Concept,Sleeve Design
Paul McGuinness   Management
Slane Castle   Engineer
Ellen Darst   Management
Anne-Louise Kelly   Management

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The Unforgettable Fire 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I bought the original LP in the 80s and only now am upgrading it to CD. I was surprised at how much more energy the original recording had than I remembered. U2 being U2, the lyrics are obscure when read off the sheet; it is the production of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanios that brings out the power of the band. Pride (In The Name OF Love) is one of the best anthems they ever recorded. A few songs (Elvis in America) are forgettable, but this was part of a great run that started with War and would continue through Achtung Baby. The bonus disc contains the Wide Awake in America EP plus interesting outtakes and alternative versions from the album sessions.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Some people may agree, some not but this album takes you to a different place. This was the mid-80's and anything was possible. U2's music reflects that especially this CD. "A Sort of Homecoming" puts you into Belfast trying to make it home from war. You feel the anguish in Bono's voice. "Pride (In the name of Love)" a brilliant piece of pop/rock about Martin Luther King; "Wire" is one the most aggressive songs U2 did at that time with great "crunching" guitar by Edge; "The Unforgettable Fire" is easily one of their greatest tracks ever. As the song glides along for it's 4+ minutes, you feel like you've been around the world without leaving your headphones; "Promenade", one of what I call the "2 minute masterpieces" U2 seems to record on each record ("40", "The Ocean", "Scarlet", etc). "4th of July", an errie but interesting instrumental which leads into the flashpoint of the CD..."Bad". What can you say about this song. Everything comes into place...Bono's vocals measure the appropriate tone, Edge's guitar is perfect, Adam provides great bass (especially when this song is done live) and Larry's drums round out this piece of rock perfection. "Indian Summer Sky", another good song; "Elvis Presley and America", one of my favorites of all time; MLK (this record has 2 "2 minute masterpieces"!!) Could U2 get any better than this record???? Can you say "Joshua Tree"......(Which to most people is their's my 2nd.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As far as one of their earliest albums, I love this one, but then I'm a U2 junkie from the beginning. I have everything they've ever done, and this is to me about their best early work. "Bad" is just riveting, "Pride" of course rocks. You won't find the type of engineering you hear on the later albums, but it is a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own every U2 LP, and this one is my favorite--not for any one song, but for its overall sound. This album has an ethereal mood. When you play it, listen to one instrument at a time. Lyrically, this album is very poetic and full of imagery. This album is unique among U2 releases, standing between the post-punk albums (Boy, October, and War) and the "mainstream" albums (Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum). In my opinion, the "electronica" albums (Achtung Baby, Zooropa, and Pop) feature sound and lyric elements that hearken back to this album. Most would not call The Unforgettable Fire "classic U2," and I would agree. However, the would-be serious fan will appreciate this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here is where the boys from Dublin leave the familiar surroundings of concrete and enter the world of image. Or is it imaginary? Bono takes every chance possible, Edge stretches and contorts his sound into new worlds, Adam Clayton holds the anchor and Larry Mullen holds high the torch. My favorite U2 recording.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is U2's best album by far. I love every song on it. Just listen to the music without trying to compare with other releases...leave that to the 'professional' critics.
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