Two New Vinyl Reissues on Coloured Vinyl

Original Story by Aaron Sams (2019-06-07)

Updated: June 7, 2019:

Although some online stores were able to fulfill orders today for the red vinyl version of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and the wine vinyl version of The Unforgettable Fire, most stores are reporting that stock has not been received worldwide, and that there are delays filling even some of the online orders for this item.

In Canada, Sunrise Records is the exclusive distributor of this album, and they have announced that the vinyl will not be in stores until June 21. In the USA these will be available through The Sound of Vinyl, and these listings are also listing a June 21, 2019 release date. (The Unforgettable Fire and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb can both be ordered now though.)

In the UK, where the HMV chain has the exclusive rights to sell the vinyl, stores are reporting that they will not be available until June 15 in store (HMV will have 500 copies of How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and 1000 copies of The Unforgettable Fire for the UK). Universal in Greece expects them in store on June 14, and Universal in Italy is saying June 14 as well.

Updated: May 25, 2019:

The two vinyl releases mentioned in our below story are now available to pre-order on U2.Com – The Unforgettable Fire is being released on wine coloured vinyl for the album’s 35th anniversary, and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is being released on red coloured vinyl for the album’s 15th anniversary.

Both albums are being released on June 7, 2019. In some countries they will be released to independent record stores. In other countries they will be exclusive to one retailer, like the gold version of The Joshua Tree and the blue version of Zooropa. For instance in the UK and Northern Ireland they will be exclusive to HMV, in France, Switzerland and Portugal they will be exclusive to FNAC, and in Canada they will be exclusive to Sunrise Records. The expected exclusive retailer in Ireland is Tower Records. In Germany and The Netherlands it is expected they will be available at a variety of shops.

The red pressing of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb carries the catalog number 0602577660153. The Unforgettable Fire on wine coloured vinyl carries the catalog number 0602577660351.

Links above lead to pre-orders, the following stores are also taking online orders now:

(We will update links as more stores add these for purchase, so if you spot a location selling these you would like to share, please let us know!)

Original Story: May 16, 2019:

A heads up for vinyl collectors!

On June 7, 2019, a special pressing of The Unforgettable Fire and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb are being released in red vinyl. Both titled will be available at Indie record shops worldwide on that day. It is not known if they will also be available in larger chains at that time. We will have more information about the availability of these shortly. Both will be single disc pressings, and we are told that they will use the most recent masters for vinyl pressings. In the case of The Unforgettable Fire that should be the 2009 remaster. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb was reissued in 2017, but it was not remastered at that time and we do not expect that it will be here either.

The albums will be in 180gsm vinyl, and we are told they will be packaged with a download card.

This follows on the heels of the reissue of a number of other titles on vinyl over the last few years starting with the reissue of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb:

  • March 31, 2017: Black vinyl release of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War [Link]
  • April 13: 2018: Black vinyl release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Wide Awake in America and Pop [Link]
  • July 27, 2018: Black vinyl release of The Best of 1980 – 1990, Zooropa and Achtung Baby [Link]
  • September 28, 2018: Black vinyl reissue of The Best of 1990 – 2000 [Link]
  • October 12, 2018: Blue vinyl release of Zoroopa [Link]
  • November 23, 2018: Gold vinyl release of The Joshua Tree [Link]
  • February 22, 2019: Black and clear vinyl release of No Line on the Horizon [Link]

Although there’s been a new pressing of Rattle and Hum recently, it has not been part of this program of reissues and is not a newer remaster of the album.

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