"The Unforgettable Fire" - U2

Promotional Release

Track Listing:

Background Information

“The Unforgettable Fire” was marketed as the second single from “The Unforgettable Fire” in most regions; however it was not released as a single in the USA. As with any release, there is a number of promotional releases that were issued to radio in the regions where the song was issued as a single. The commercial single was backed with a live version of “A Sort of Homecoming” and this was the case with a number of the 7-inch promotional singles as well.
In France, some copies of the commercial single were released but with an attached card for use in jukeboxes. In Japan the 7-inch was identical to the commercial single, with the exception of the label. On the promo version it was a white label with the tree pattern printed in shades of blue. In the UK a number of 7-inch vinyl are pressed with a silver label that is molded rather than a paper label. These copies were often used in juke boxes for promotion, although a number have been sold commercially as well.

A unique 7-inch promotional release in Argentina on the Ariola label, featured the a-side of “The Unforgettable Fire” and a b-side of “Pride (In the Name of Love)”. It was released in a generic sleeve.

In Canada a number of 12-inch singles were released that were stamped in gold with the notice that they were for promotional only. In Greece copies of the 12-inch were sometimes stamped on the label that they were being used for promotion.

In Brazil, a 12-inch pressing of the single came with four songs in total, but none by U2. Further information on these Brazil 12-inch pressings can be found in a separate discography entry.

Liner Notes

The Unforgettable Fire:
Produced by Brian Eno / Daniel Lanois. Additional Engineering by Kevin Killen.

A Sort of Homecoming:
Produced by Tony Visconti. Location Engineer: Kevin Killen. Recorded live at Wembley and Good Earth Studios.

Pride (In the Name of Love):
Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. Additional engineering by Kevin Killen.

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