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The Unforgettable Fire

(Released October 1984)

Track list:
A Sort of Homecoming
Pride (In the Name of Love)
The Unforgettable Fire
4th of July
Indian Summer Sky
Elvis Presley and America

"The Unforgettable Fire" was a new sound and style for U2. This was the first album they did not record at Windmill Lane Studios, and also the first not produced by Steve Lillywhite. A new sound was sought by recording in a castle-made-studio under the direction of Brian Eno.

The biggest influence on this album was Martin Luther King, Jr.; two songs "MLK" and "Pride," pay tribute to him. U2 has performed "Pride" in almost every concert since its release; it has been played live more than any other song. It hit the U.K. top 5, while "MLK" hit top 50 in the United States.

The change in music style was most noticeable in this album because the band was experimenting with new ideas. Another significant track off this album is the song "Bad," which became popular later in their career.

The title of "The Unforgettable Fire" came from a series of paintings by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in Japan. The image on the cover was Naydrum Castle, representing the location where some of the songs were recorded.