The Unforgettable Fire, Deluxe Edition: Best Gift Ever for a U2 Fan
25th anniversary edition includes the remastered album, unearthed tracks, DVD footage & more
When this gem came out, I felt like I was 10 again. There was a Christmas gift in the house that I couldn't wait to open....and I knew where it was hiding. The difference was that this time, the gift wasn't even for me; it was for my husband. I was dying to dive into the deluxe, 25th anniversary edition of U2's The Unforgettable Fire.
Did it deliver the goods? Heck yeah!
Talking about music
is like dancing
This quote of uncertain origin is near and dear to my hubby's heart. So in his honor I won't ramble too much about the wonders of The Unforgettable Fire. The original came out the year I started college (1984), and along with R.E.M.'s Murmur and the Replacements' Let it Be, it became the soundtrack of my not-a-moment-too-soon liberation from the hassles & headaches of high school. Let's just say it means a lot to me. And at some point I found out it's one of my husband's favorites, too. Our tastes don't always overlap, but when they do? That's a great album ;)
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"When my college roommate first played this album in 1984 it struck me like a lightning bolt..." says one satisfied customer. "It was haunting, beautiful, soaring music, like nothing I had ever heard before." Word.
reviews and comments
Restraining myself in this lens from a long narrative doesn't mean I can't point you to what others have said. Some of these folks even get paid to "dance about architecture" ;)
- Pitchfork review
The legendarily picky (or pompous, depending on your POV) Pitchfork Media gave the Unforgettable Fire reissue a rare 9+ points out of 10 and its "best new reiussue" designation. "The Unforgettable Fire isn't U2's biggest commercial success (that woul
- Rolling Stone review
"The transcendent "Bad" is the triumph, but the bonus disc adds fascinating experiments," says Rolling Stone, rating the reissue 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
- NME piece on unearthed tracks included with the remastered Unforgettable Fire
With comments from Bono and the Edge
- Making of The Unforgettable Fire
Five-minute video mashup of band interviews (they're so young here!), studio and concert footage, and moments of mirth--like when producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois ask for "a bit more passion this time," after a sweaty, full-body take on the voca
what's inside the box
The Unforgettable Fire Limited Edition Box Set includes:
~~2 CDs: remastered album and bonus audio CD
~~a DVD with live footage, documentary, and videos
~~a 56-page hardback book with liner notes by The Edge, Brian Eno, Danny Lanois, Bert Van de Kamp and Niall Stokes
~~and 5 photographic prints
In other words, a U2 fan's boxful of heaven :-)
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What's In a Name?
As most hardcore fans know, "The Unforgettable Fire" was the title of an art exhibit U2 saw while touring Japan in 1983. The exhibit dealt with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II.
Have you heard the Unforgettable Fire reissue? Is it on your list?