U2 ‎– The Unforgettable Fire

Island Records ‎– U25, Island Records ‎– U2 5
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo


A1 A Sort Of Homecoming
A2 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
A3 Wire
A4 The Unforgettable Fire
A5 Promenade
B1 4th Of July
B2 Bad
B3 Indian Summer Sky
B4 Elvis Presley And America

Companies, etc.



All tracks recorded in Ireland at Slane Castle, Co, Meath and Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin.

Thanks to Mrs. Christine Kerr.

Drums: Yamaha. Strings: James Howe Industries.

℗ 1984 Island Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): U2 5-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): U2 5-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 1): U 25 A-4-U-1-C-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, [GRAEME] etched, variant 1): U 25 B-8-U-1-2 1 GRAEME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 2): U 25 A-4U-1-5-37
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, [GRAEME] etched, variant 2): U 25 B-8U-1-2-X1 GRAEME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 3): U 25 A-4U-1-5-27
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, [GRAEME] etched, variant 3): U 25 B-8U-1-1-7 GRAEME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 4): U 25 A-4U-1- 1 1 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, [GRAEME] etched, variant 4): U 25 B-8U-1-3+ 1 GRAEME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 5): U 25 A-4-U-1-5-30
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, [GRAEME] etched, variant 5): U 25 B-8U-1-1- X1 GRAEME

Other Versions (5 of 281) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CH-1153 U2 The Unforgettable Fire(LP, Album, RE) Chade Records, Island Records CH-1153 Taiwan 2000 Sell This Version
RMC 53132 U2 The Unforgettable Fire(Cass, Album) Island Records RMC 53132 Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
CN-ISL 0206530.9 U2 The Unforgettable Fire(Cass, Album) Island Records CN-ISL 0206530.9 Peru 1984 Sell This Version
IMCD 236, 822 898-2 U2 The Unforgettable Fire(CD, Album, RE, RP) Island Records, Island Masters IMCD 236, 822 898-2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
90231-4 U2 The Unforgettable Fire(Cass, Album, Club) Island Records 90231-4 US 1984 Sell This Version


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April 4, 2020
The album cover to U2 album the Unforgettable fire was taking in front of a castle in county Westmeath Ireland.
Big houses were burned during the war of Independence and one can imagine the emotions running in everybody at that time, so it is a very emotive title for the music in this Rock album.


February 13, 2020
I highly recommend the coloured version of this album.Great pressing and finally I can listen to this classic album with no pops or clicks.


September 12, 2019
If you have the original War then the records thickness is the same, i.e pretty damn thin. To compare, the vocals are mixed better than on War, the drums are also quite loud in the mix. The bass which I applauded on War is less noticeable here.

My copy has constant surface noise which is mostly only audible at quieter moments.
The inner sleeve is artwork on paper and not poly-lined which has probably not helped. I'll be putting Nagaoka's inside of it for future archiving.

Overall this is a very acceptable pressing, not that I can compare, but I imagine a different pressing would be considered the definitive version to own for quality.


February 16, 2019
On mine, Matrix = Side 2 2 Stamped: U25 B-7U 1-1 ; Side 1:U25 A 7U 1 2


January 28, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
Is there exist any other mix even Eno's work? I feel this is a concept, but very dull and sound like u2 playing on other room.. what a shame, U2 was very dynamic and rough that period, and this sounding just dull and not good at all...


March 2, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
Side 1 matrices on my copy: U 25 A-7U-1; Side 2: U 25 B-6U-1. Not listed above, but I'm assuming it's consistent.



January 23, 2017
Like the 2 previous LPs (October & War) the cover is slightly rough textured. The variations in the matrices are strange but consistent and it is hard to say which would be a '1st' pressing as the numbers before the 'U' vary only in being combinations of '4', '6', '7' & '8' of the copies we have that have the original textured cover. Of course by this time U2 were very popular so quite a few master stampers would have been made to deal with the large press run required.


September 15, 2016
The levels of my copy are quite different from side to side. Side B is much more quiet than Side A. Very strange for such a prestigious band.