The Unforgettable Fire [Super Deluxe Edition] [With Book]

The Unforgettable Fire [Super Deluxe Edition] [With Book]

by U2
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The Unforgettable Fire [Super Deluxe Edition] [With Book]

Like The Joshua Tree before it, "The Unforgettable Fire" is given a lavish multimedia overhaul in its deluxe reissue treatment, with the fanciest edition containing a bonus CD plus a bonus DVD, and the simplest just containing the CD. That second CD rounds up all of the stray, mid-'80s tracks from U2, most notably all of the Wide Awake in America EP (strangely, the studio cuts "Love Comes Tumbling" and "The Three Sunrises" are swapped in the running order) and two previously unreleased tracks -- the moody "Disappearing Act," and the instrumental "Yoshino Blossom" -- that both feel like incomplete outtakes. In addition to an alternate, extended, single version of "Pride (In the Name of Love)," the disc contains all of the "Pride" B-sides from all the various territories -- the OK "Boomerang I" and "Boomerang II," long versions of "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" and "4th of July" -- along with the two B-sides from "The Unforgettable Fire" ("Bass Trap," "Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come"), the NME vinyl promo of "Wire (Celtic Dub Mix)," and a Kevorkian remix of that track, and finally a Daniel Lanois version of "A Sort of Homecoming." Apart from Wide Awake, almost all of this material emphasizes how U2 was growing in the studio and finding meaning within that -- compare how the Lanois mix of "Homecoming" is built on percolating worldbeat and changes the feel of the record -- and while that might not result in many unheard songs, it does foster an increased appreciation for the group's growth on Unforgettable Fire. [The bonus DVD in the Super Deluxe Edition rounds up the music videos from the album -- "The Unforgettable Fire," "Bad," "Pride (In the Name of Love)," the latter in an alternate version as well -- along with a documentary on the making of the album, U2's set from the June 15, 1986, A Conspiracy of Hope Concert in New York, two tracks from their 1985 Live Aid set, and a June 1985 performance of "11 O'Clock Tick Tock." In contrast to the bonus CD, this DVD emphasizes U2's power as a live act, helping this super-deluxe edition stand as a testament to a pivotal, transitional period in the band's history.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2009
Label: Island
UPC: 0602517924178
catalogNumber: 001336700
Rank: 41209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Peter Gabriel   Vocals
Edge   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Barrett   fairlight
Adam Clayton   Bass
Brian Eno   Vocals
Daniel Lanois   Vocals
Larry Mullen   Drums

Technical Credits

U2   Composer,Producer
Edge   Composer
Bono   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Barry Devlin   Director
Brian Eno   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Frank Filipetti   Remixing
Martin Hannett   Producer,Engineer
Noel Kelehan   String Arrangements
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Daniel Lanois   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Remixing,Instrumentation
Kevin Moloney   Engineer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Steve Averill   Art Direction,Concept,Cover Design
Anton Corbijn   Concept
Paul S. Thomas   Engineer
Paul McGuinness   Management
Donald Cammell   Director
Michael Hamlyn   Producer
Meiert Avis   Director
Declan Gaffney   Engineer
Slane Castle   Engineer
Ellen Darst   Management
Anne-Louise Kelly   Management
Windmill Lane   Producer
James Morris   Producer

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The Unforgettable Fire 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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.
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
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
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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