Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread

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Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« on: October 20, 2017, 01:20:48 PM »


As U2 experimented with the artistic freedom they earned with WAR and UABRS, reformed their sound for the first time and made an unexpected choice of producer, this was the first reinvention.

Unforgettable fire appreciation time ...... go

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 01:21:30 PM »
For me, the greatest album of all time by any artist, and the one that cemented my budding fandom in 1984.


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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 01:29:28 PM »
My favorite U2 album...probably my favorite album of all time. Just sublime throughout.
My U2 Top 10: The Unforgettable Fire, Acrobat, New Year's Day, Gloria, The Fly, A Sort of Homecoming, Where The Streets Have No Name, Bad, Ultra Violet (Light My Way), Drowning Man

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 01:29:47 PM »
Second only to TJT for me, and even then it's VERY close. I didn't really care for this album when I first got it, then one afternoon it suddenly clicked into place and I've adored it ever since.

Can I also mention that I freaking love the production on this album? It's expansive, big, and ethereal all at once. No other album has been able to quite capture this same sound, nor has the band ever written so many of my favorites. Even the B-sides and outtakes from this era are stellar, making 1984-1985 my favorite U2 era. They were onto something truly special back then.

Did I mention I love this album?

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 02:54:45 PM »
Prolly my second favorite album (after AB and j u s t before Pop). I skip nothing on it except 4OJ. And EPAA is pure brilliance.
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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 04:16:20 PM »
Like others here, this is the album that cemented my budding fandom and I've played it more than any other record by them.  It holds greater sentimental value to me than any other U2 record.  I'm not saying it's their best album but I rarely feel the need to skip a single track on it.  I voted for this alongside Achtung Baby in the best album thread.

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 04:19:07 PM »
It's got ASOH on it...even if every other song was "bad", that fact would make it a good album.
BUT, Wire is an amazing song...Bad is excellent. UF is really, really good. Indian Summer Sky...a very, very nice piece. Promenade is sweet. 4th of July, priceless. (Gee, do ya think I like this album?)
And, I absolutely love EPAA.

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 05:48:31 PM »
Great album. #5 on my list. The only songs Im not that really crazy about are Indian Summer Sky and 4th Of July.
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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2017, 07:55:58 PM »
It's got ASOH on it...even if every other song was "bad", that fact would make it a good album.


ASOH might just be my favorite U2 song ever. That tune is sheer heaven.

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2017, 07:56:43 PM »
It's got ASOH on it...even if every other song was "bad", that fact would make it a good album.


ASOH might just be my favorite U2 song ever. That tune is sheer heaven.
It never gets old, does it?

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2017, 08:15:03 PM »
Best u2 album of the 80's for me - hands down.


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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2017, 08:33:22 PM »
Keep your hands where we can see them, an tha.

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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2017, 10:11:47 PM »
If Iím being totally honest I think 4th of July doesnít belong - there were plenty of better songs dropped - just IMHO - still my favorite album of all time


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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2017, 10:46:09 PM »
Mixed feelings on it as it being in the Pantheon of albums, kinda like Joy Behar driving off a cliff in my Maserati

Pride, ASOH, Bad.  10/10

The rest is a good listen through not stellar.  But I just got on vinyl for 8 bucks !!!!     


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Re: Unforgettable Fire Appreciation Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2017, 12:47:38 AM »
If Iím being totally honest I think 4th of July doesnít belong - there were plenty of better songs dropped - just IMHO - still my favorite album of all time


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One thing I really appreciate about the album is that it's very much an "album", in the sense that some tracks (like 4th of July and EPAA) don't really make much sense outside the running order. It's a harder album to cherry pick individual cuts from, which is probably why Pride is the one song that everybody knows, as it's the most accessible and easy to digest. By itself 4th of July doesn't do much but within the album I think it fits beautifully.