Box Sets, Reissues, Video — July 3, 2009 at 11:29 pm

U2 announces ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ reissue box set via plastic shopping bag

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U2’s The Unforgettable Fire will be remastered and reissued in a “super deluxe” box set this October that will include “B-sides, rare and previously unreleased songs, and film and video footage.”

Oddly, news of the release — the sixth in the band’s ongoing catalog reissue campaign — came not via press release or posting on U2’s official Web site. Rather, fans attending the opening concerts of the band’s 360° World Tour in Barcelona this week picked up plastic shopping bags at the merchandise tables that advertised the forthcoming reissue, according to fan site

Pictured at left, the text on the bag reads: “Coming October 2009: The Unforgettable Fire, 25th anniversary edition.” It lists the album being available in “super deluxe, deluxe, CD, vinyl and download” formats, and shows images of the Unforgettable Fire reissue, as well as the five past releases: Boy, October, War, Under a Blood Red Sky and The Joshua Tree.

It’s worth noting that The Unforgettable Fire is pictured as a larger box set, like the expanded Joshua Tree set that launched the band’s reissue series in 2007 (and featured a full bonus concert from Paris on DVD), rather than the CD-sized sets of the band’s first four titles that were released last year.

Perhaps in recognition of the anniversary of the 1984 album — which marked the band’s first collaboration with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois — U2 dusted off the album’s long-neglected title track (see video below) and “MLK,” in addition to the obligatory “Pride (In the Name of Love),” at its two Barcelona concerts this week.

Video: U2, “The Unforgettable Fire,” Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, 6/30/09


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