The Unforgettable Fire – U2 – 1984


The Unforgettable Fire - U2 - 1984
The Unforgettable Fire - U2 - 1984

The Unforgettable Fire is the fourth studio album by Irish rock band U2, released in October 1984. The album marked a significant departure from the band’s previous sound, as they experimented with ambient and atmospheric music, influenced by the producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. The album was inspired by the band’s visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and their participation in the Conspiracy of Hope tour for Amnesty International. The album’s title comes from an art exhibition about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Unforgettable Fire received critical acclaim and was a commercial success, reaching number one in the UK and Canada, and number 12 in the US. The album produced two hit singles, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., and “The Unforgettable Fire”, which was inspired by the art exhibition. The album also featured songs such as “Bad”, which addressed heroin addiction, and “A Sort of Homecoming”, which reflected the band’s sense of belonging to Ireland. The album showcased the band’s evolving musical and lyrical maturity, as well as their ambition to create more complex and expressive music.

The Unforgettable Fire is considered to be one of U2’s most important and influential albums. It is a must-have for any fan of rock music.

– U2: Bono (lead vocals, guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), Larry Mullen Jr. (drums)
– Producers: Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
– Additional vocals, instruments and treatments: Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Paul Barrett
– Crew: Denis Sheehan, Lord Henry Mountcharles, Joe O’Herlihy, Peter Williams, Steve Iredale, Steve Rainford, Tim Buckley, Tom Mullally

The album was recorded at Slane Castle and Windmill Lane Studios in Ireland .

The different versions published for this album :