The Unforgettable Fire

~ Release group by U2

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Unforgettable Fire 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) U25 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90231-2 075679023124
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) D 53132 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CCID-102
The Unforgettable Fire 12" Vinyl 10 Island Records (not for release label use, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.) U25 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 822 898-1 042282289810
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 610 194, 610 194-222 4007196101944
The Unforgettable Fire 12" Vinyl 10 CBS (CBS Records' international imprint from 1962–1990; renamed since 1991 as Columbia) 26209 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 90231-2, CID 102 5014474801020
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) A2-90231 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire (BMG music club release) CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 422‐822 898‐2, 7 90231‐2, 90231‐2, D 154515 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire 12" Vinyl 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 7 90231-1 075679023117
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 7 90231-2 07567902312
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CID 102 042282289827
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Polystar (Japan) P35D-20002 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 422-822 898-2 042282289827
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Phonogram 822 898-2 9399082289825
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 624 015775162426
The Unforgettable Fire 12" Vinyl 10 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-207 015775120716
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Island Masters 822 898-2, IMCD 236 042282289827
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 1792401 602517924017
The Unforgettable Fire 2×CD 10 + 16 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602527014036
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0013201-02 602517924017
The Unforgettable Fire (remastered deluxe edition) 2×CD + DVD-Video 10 + 16 + 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0013367-00 602517924178
The Unforgettable Fire (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)
The Unforgettable Fire SHM-CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICI-9058 4988031237298
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) CDCID 102 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 7 90231-2, D 154515 [none]
The Unforgettable Fire (made in Japan) CD 10 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 7 90231-2 075679023124

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: A Sort of Homecoming
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Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000192271 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/62831 [info]
Wikidata: Q536336 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/the_unforgettable_fire/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8bzf [info]

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The Unforgettable Fire was the right record at the right time. U2 had ended their first phase of flag-waving sincerity with the live mini-album Under A Blood Red Sky and its accompanying long-form video, Live At Red Rocks. Their preceding album, War, was a self-assured update of their early melodic template of spiky rock and searing anthems.

Instead of repeating their formula they enlisted the production skills of ex- Roxy Music polymath Brian Eno and young Canadian Daniel Lanois. Island boss Chris Blackwell tried to dissuade the group from using the duo, but they pressed ahead. Enrolling Eno brought the band a credibility they may never have gained; in turn, they gave Eno his largest audience ever.

The nagging insistency of opener, A Sort Of Homecoming, signals this new direction – all slightly out-of-focus, sketchy, yet strangely beguiling. However, instead of the producers trying wholesale to meddle with the existing formulas, both parties enhanced each other's work, which added a looseness and ambiance to the groove. This is none more evident than on the title track, which has a sleek suppleness to it, as previously unheard on their work, while still unmistakably being U2. However, they knew not to alienate too much – the album's first single, Pride (In The Name Of Love), is still arguably U2's greatest stadium sing-along.

It was ostensibly promoting this album that U2 played their most important gig ever, Live Aid, showcasing the resolutely uncommercial Bad – a song about heroin addiction that Bono has described as being Van Morrison crossed with German electronica – the band became, alongside Queen, the talking point of the day.

U2 would never be the same again. Although often overshadowed by its successor, The Joshua Tree, The Unforgettable Fire is a record of great, moving beauty.