U2 / Unforgettable Fire

For those who confuse dexterity with virtuosity, listen up. Whereas Bono and Edge grab the spotlight, it’s the U2 rhythm section which grabs the listener. With Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois behind the console, Adam Clayton’s grooves became more pronounced, his rhythms more diverse and focused, and his tone much warmer as he and Larry Mullen formulated one of rock’s greatest and most instantly identifiable pillars. 

Unforgettable Fire (1984) was the first of their of many memorable masterworks.