U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (1984) – Lp
U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono (lead vocals and guitar), the Edge (guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion). U2’s early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music.
Title: The Unforgettable Fire
Label: Island Records
The Unforgettable Fire is the fourth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was released on 1 October 1984. The band wanted a different musical direction following the harder-hitting rock of their 1983 album War. They employed Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to produce and assist in experimenting with a more ambient and abstract sound. The resulting change in direction was at the time the band’s most dramatic.
Recording began in May 1984 at Slane Castle, where the band lived, wrote, and recorded to find new inspiration. The album was completed in August 1984 at Windmill Lane Studios. It features atmospheric sounds and lyrics that lead vocalist Bono describes as “sketches”. Two songs feature lyrical tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. The Unforgettable Fire received generally favourable reviews from critics and produced the band’s biggest hit at the time, “Pride (In the Name of Love)“.
Working with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, U2 created a dark, near-hallucinatory series of interlocking soundscapes that are occasionally punctuated by recognizable songs and melodies. In such a setting, the band both flourishes and flounders, creating some of their greatest music, as well as some of their worst. “Elvis Presley and America” may well be Bono‘s most embarrassing attempt at poetry, yet it is redeemed by the chilling and wonderful “Bad,” a two-chord elegy for an addict that is stunning in its control and mastery.
1. A Sort of Homecoming (5:28)
2. Pride (In the Name of Love) (3:48)
3. Wire (4:19)
4. The Unforgettable Fire (4:55)
5. Promenade (2:35)
1. 4th of July (2:12)
2. Bad (6:09)
3. Indian Summer Sky (4:17)
4. Elvis Presley and America (6:23)
5. MLK (2:31)