The Unforgettable Fire

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1990
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042282289827
  • Catalog Number: 822898
  • Sales rank: 53,482

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Sort of Homecoming (5:28)
  2. 2 Pride (In the Name of Love) (3:49)
  3. 3 Wire (4:19)
  4. 4 The Unforgettable Fire (4:55)
  5. 5 Promenade (2:34)
  6. 6 4th of July (2:14)
  7. 7 Bad (6:08)
  8. 8 Indian Summer Sky (4:19)
  9. 9 Elvis Presley & America (6:22)
  10. 10 MLK (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tim Buckley Band
The Edge Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Barrett Keyboards, fairlight
Bono Vocals
Adam Clayton Bass
Brian Eno Keyboards, Vocals
Daniel Lanois Vocals
Larry Mullen Jr. Drums
Peter Williams Band
Clayton Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
The 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 Jr. Composer
Steve Averill Art Direction, Concept, Cover Design, Sleeve Design
Anton Corbijn Concept, Sleeve Design
Paul McGuinness Management
Scott Sedillo Remastering
Slane Castle Engineer
Ellen Darst Management
Anne-Louise Kelly Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of their best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2's BEST WORK

    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 favorite...it's my 2nd.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Musical Journey

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it..

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U2's own Rubber Soul

    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.

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