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The Unforgettable Fire [Vinyl]
LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Remastered
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Vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered edition of the Irish band's 1984 breakthrough album, released to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of it's original release. This new edition was remastered by band's guitarist, The Edge, and contains a 24 page booklet. Features the hits 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)', 'Bad' and the title track.
"The War album in 1983 signaled the maturation of U2 as artists, but this CD was the real creative breakthrough." -- Robert Hilburn/LA Times/2004
"this ain't mere genius, this is rock `n' roll" -- Kerrang, October 1984
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the 1980’s—and to what lies ahead for their future, U2 released another timeless
and enduring masterpiece in 1984. Showcasing a dark, near-hallucinatory series
of interlocking soundscapes that are occasionally punctuated by it’s recognizable
melodies, The Unforgettable Fire delivers the thoroughly versatile phrase in their
burgeoning success as it brims with high energy and inspirational passion, which
would make it their most pivotal album that heralded a coming of age period that
also redefines the band as a creative unit while The Edge offers layers of effects
driven guitar solos. Containing the high-pitched Top Ten hit Pride (In The Name
Of Love) and the title track, The Unforgettable Fire is a forceful set of thoughtfully
atmospheric ideals, themes, emotion, compassion and especially with the band’s
fond embracement for sonic bombast music landscape, as they chose to explore
multi-layered effects-laden music solos by Bono and The Edge. (The band would
floundered on there reading of Elvis Presley And America, one of two near-error
mistakes, but they did managed to handle it carefully well). What you will get on
the digitally-remastered 2-CD deluxe format are a fresh set of non-CD singles, B
sides and unissued tracks, including Disappearing Act, Yoshino Blossom, 4th Of
July, Sixty Minutes To Kingdom Come and even their long version of 11 O’Clock
Tick Tock , which truly make this ultimate edition sound 100% perfect than ever.
Now go get yourself the deluxe edition, because it stands out as truly the best!
If you own any of the previous releases of The Unforgettable Fire, you'll know that experimentally and sonically, this is one of U2's best albums hands down, but for whatever the recording restrictions that existed were at the time, the album, CD, cassette, mp3, radio-play ... or however you heard it, always made your brain want to reach in and adjust it.
Apparently U2 felt the same way and a lot of work has been done to enhance every aspect of this album to the listening glory that it deserves. It no longer sounds 'flattened' so to speak, but very dynamic. You can actually pick out Adam's bass-lines much easier without straining and Bono's voice has also been 'opened' up, clarity wise, to a much wider experience.
I spent a lot of time in the eighties listening to this on cassette, delivered via the beauty of a personal Walkman device. Yeah, I could've said Sony, but I've purchased so many non-Sony's over the years that it's just not fair to single them out even though they opened the door. I drove many miles in the car while this was on, putting me in a trance sending my imagination elsewhere, often to some girl or some place long gone. I have nothing but good memories with this album and I'm very happy with the end result of the remastering process of this album. Just beautiful.
If you really liked this album and always wished it sounded better than buy this remaster! It's worth every penny, Finally this wonderful written album of a good band in their prime sounds better than ever!
It's not because it sounds so much better, it's because the original sounded so bad.
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However, having already purchased the Super Deluxe Joshua Tree I knew what I was getting for my investment.
Ok, so I've got the original vinyl and the cd from 1986 but this collection is not just about the music - it's a piece of art, memorabillia and a great way to celebrate this release. Although I liked October from Day #1, The Unforgettable Fire was the album that set U2 back on track to mega-stardom. The album is a celebration of everything that was good about the mid'80's and is highly likely to be an important part of a large number of peoples lives.
The presentation box is just like that of The Joshua Tree release and very classy.
The contents are a great record of the album and U2's music at the time.
> The original album - re-mastered.
> The Bonus Audio cd contains 16 tracks of live numbers, alternative mixes and 'B' sides - OK, so a true fan has most of these already (if not all!) but they're here together on 1 disc.
> The Bonus DVD is (as it says) a collection of video footage, the customary 'making of' documentary and the famous Live Aid footage.
Amazon's great pricing during pre-order made this an even better purchase!
If you've got the original it's worth getting this updated/improved version.
If you haven't got the original then you definitely should get this!
Let me in the sound!
Loves Comes Tumbling and Bass Trap are fantastic B Sides and the live recording a gems. U2 at live Aid captures their pivotal moment in live performance. I also like the two new tracks with Yoshino Blossom reminding me of Simple Minds in that era.
If you already have The Unforgettable Fire then buy the remaster - you wont be dissapointed. If you are new to U2 buy this and let the music take you away. Can U2 recapture this sound and feeling on their next album?
In summary an amazing and by far the best remaster with lots of extra goodies thrown in!! and my 4 young kids love the music too!
The bonus CD is, for me, a bit of a disappointment. "Disappearing Act" is nice and its great to have "Love Comes Tumbling" on CD, but I find most of the rest of the tracks underwhelming: a collection of remixes, live tracks and outtakes which can only really be of interest to the heavy duty fan.
Nevertheless, this is a very nice remastering of a great album. Is it U2's best ? Actually I think the remastered "Boy" pips it to the post as their best work, with "War" in hot contention. Now the price has come down, this is well worth the money.
Throw away the original CD release and immerse yourself into the richer HiFi experience given by
this long overdue remaster.