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U2 formed in 1978 after Larry Mullen pinned a 'musicians wanted' ad to the notice board at Dublin's Temple Mount School. Adam Clayton had discovered rock'n'roll as a thirteen year old, buying his first acoustic guitar and then talking his parents into buying him a bass guitar. 'It just sounded good to me. Deep and fat and satisfying.'
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  • Vinyl (2 Sept. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Masters
  • ASIN: B000001FA3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,780,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1984, the dark ages of Wham and Ronald Reagan, "The Unforgettable Fire" was, at the time, a brave move. U2 ditched their conventional rock writing and production, roped in Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and became impressionistic, ambigious, brave, visionary. The songs became shimmering things, built on arpeggios and fragments, never afraid to pull back instead of the suckerpunch stadium chorus. This was, until 1993's "Zooropa", U2's most experimental record in every sense, and the first time U2 latched onto a concept - that of nuclear war and the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki : a clear parallel between then, and the now-of-then (of 1985) where we all lived under the threat of instant extinction in a Dr. Strangelove farce.

Aside from the poking-you-in-the-eye lyrical sledgehammer and thumpingly workmanlike structure that was "Pride", every lyric and melody on this record is something other. U2 were stepping into a new dimension of work, and this would serve them well for the rest of their career. From here on, U2 were two bands at once, obvious stadium rockers in love with the big chorus, and also, trying to weld to that a desire to explore and invent. The album threw away the obvious lyrical clunkery and sincerity instead of impressions and ideas, suggestions of music and wordless melodies that exist in the keening, crooning lift of a modern hymn. "The Unforgettable Fire" was a brilliant record that challenged your idea of what U2 are with ambiguity and fog.

Next, U2 would stand in a desert in sharp focus. Here, they are barely visible in overgrown ruins. The listener brings to this their own imagination. And this combination is wonderfully effective. Songs hover into view, stay for a few minutes, then fade out with cloud and form new shapes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By avl06 VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Unforgettable Fire was the album with which U2 took a great leap forwards, and it remains my favorite to this day...I remember vividly taking up the empty cassette case to my local WH Smiths to purchase it, ah, more innocent times, anyway I digress...

That cassette tape got played until it died, but the CD when it appeared didn't really do justice to this pivotal album - until now. The remaster is a great success, clarifying the delicate, yearning textures, filling out the filigree guitar work and the expansive Eno-lead sonics to thrilling effect. Bono is young and passionate, his voice still soaring (compare his new vocal on "lost track" Disappearing Act for a modern comparison), and this is a band firing on all cylinders, out of their comfort zone, striking out for new artistic territory, and succeeding.

The xtras CD is nice enough, great to the have the Wide Awake in America tracks included, especially the live version of 'Homecoming. I have't watched the DVD yet, but fantastic to have their game-changing appearance at Live Aid the followying year.

This adds up to a terific memorial to a pivotal moment in the history of U2, and to a time and place for yours truly!

Highly recommended. Roll on Achtung Baby!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cockerton on 28 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is not the place for the vinyl / CD / remastering debate (which a previous reviewer implies is a matter of clarity of volume; hmmm... sounds like Spinal Tap `11' logic). What can be said is that, outside of that debate, this is a superb remaster both in and of itself c/w the so-called bonus tracks - it's really a two-fer with the Wide Awake in America ep included, the live version `Bad' from this being worth the price of admission alone; you can get this through the cheaper CDs only package. But that won't give you the DVD with a few of these `videos' long unavailable, esp. The Unforgettable Fire itself.

This is the place to say... Finally! A top drawer presentation of the key U2 album: no Unforgettable Fire = no Joshua Tree and quite possibly, no U2 today. 25 years on and still an unadulterated joy.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trance Addict Fan on 3 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I would have given this box set either 4 or 5 stars, but what brought the rating down for this remaster is the lack of video content on the bonus DVD. It's well known that video footage does exist from U2's Unforgettable Fire tour, and yet surprisingly only 1 song from one of their regular concerts (Croke Park) shows up, in addition to their appearances at the Live Aid (complete) & Conspiracy of Hope/Amnesty Int'l (incomplete) concerts.

At least with the Joshua Tree Remaster, the fans got pretty much a complete concert on the DVD. With the Unforgettable Fire Remaster, the DVD feels like it was too short on video content.

Other than the lack of video content, the rest of the box is fine, from the book, the postcards, & the extended audio content, it's worth listening to this album again. For my money, I would probably just stick with the 2-CD version of the Remaster.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andy Mack on 27 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
"The Unforgettable Fire" gets an unforgettable reissue in the style of "The Joshua Tree" release a couple of years back, and it's an instant hit.

I think it stands up as the best of their reissue work to date by a country mile, and iv'e enjoyed all of the reissues thus far.

Even if you are one of those who have felt that U2 have been cashing in with all of the recent rereleases (and I know that even a good few genuine U2 fans are included in this) You will want this one.

The Bonus CD has enough quality material to have produced a fresh album, whether back in the mid 80's or possibly even now.

The DVD documentary section captures the pure rawness of the band as they were transforming unwittingly from psudo punk pretenders to the super-rock-band they would become within the next few years. The footage of the Slane castle sessions is gift to their fans just before xmas. The whole DVD is a well put together "video scrap book" of the period with a couple of defining live performances, four commercial videos from the album and the aforementioned documentary.

The whole period from "War" to " Achtung Baby" is my favourite U2 era, and If like me "Bad" is one of your enduring favourites from the band, then the live versions on the bonus discs (DVD and CD) are probably worth the purchase price alone.

And I haven't even mentioned the title CD yet. Do I have to say anything? it speaks for it'self surely....... Only I would say that a few folk have said they prefer the sound of the original vinyl. Well I remember having the vinyl and I must confess that I'm a true digital convert. I think that CD beats vinyl any day, but thats just a personal opinion (sorry guys).
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