U2 Unveil 'Achtung Baby' Box Set

U2's "Achtung Baby" turns 20 this year with multiple versions of an anniversary edition.

U2 Unveil 'Achtung Baby' Box Set
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U2's "Achtung Baby" turns 20 this year with multiple versions of an anniversary edition. U2 finished the 80s on a high note following the massive success of 1987's "The Joshua Tree", an album that overshadowed everything they'd done to date. It was success on a scale few achieve and one, at that level, that can turn a band/brand into an almost caricature-like version of itself. So, in an effort to reinvent itself for the 90s with a harder, more current sound, U2 headed to Berlin to record with collaborators Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno and producer Steve Lillywhite the result was "Achtung Baby". It was, said Robert Hilburn of the LA Times, "U2's daring descent into darkness" while Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote that "stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990's". U2 fans will remember that, for Bono, it was "the sound of four men chopping down 'The Joshua Tree'"' "Achtung Baby" went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2's career. To mark the anniversary, U2 are offering fans six (6) different versions of "Achtung Baby", including: 1. A limited, numbered Uber Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box which will contain: 6 CDs including the original "Achtung Baby" album, the follow-up album, "Zooropa", B-sides, remixes and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the "Achtung Baby" sessions. 4 DVDs including "From The Sky Down", "Zoo TV: Live From Sydney", all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material. There will also be the "Achtung Baby" double vinyl album plus 5 clear 7" vinyl singles in their original sleeves, 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, an 84-page hardback book, a copy of Propaganda magazine, 4 badges, a sticker sheet, and a pair of Bono's trademark "The Fly" sunglasses. 2. The Super Deluxe Edition will contain the 6CDs and 4 DVDs, in addition to a 92 page hardback book and 16 art prints in a wallet. 3. The Vinyl Box Set is a limited release containing 4 LPs, two of which are pressed on translucent blue vinyl containing remixes and B-sides. The box includes a 16 page booklet. 4. The Deluxe Edition is a 2xCD set containing the reissue of the original album plus B-sides and rarities. 5. The Standard Cd is the original album. 6. Digital Download version. All versions are available as of October 31. You can view an image of box set here. Thanks for the report to HenneMusic.com.

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    Duke_of_Chutney
    It would be nice for there to be a middle ground between three and four. Oh, and i predict that by the end of the day, this page will have more trolls than middle earth.
    UnsungPlayer42
    Unpopularish Opinion?-I think U2 made some really fantastic music before the 2000s and now I think their music is pretty much redundant and irrelevant. Anyway, this reissue of Achtung Baby is gonna rock my hole so hard.
    come2gether
    And to think, this great album was overshadowed by Nevermind that year. Both great albums, but Nirvana threw all their eggs in a basket, whereas U2 had been huge for over a decade and were said to have been going downhill. Nirvana=important yet vastly overrated band. U2=important, lasting, changing, music institution. (and sometimes a bit overrated lol)
    District
    Omg... I just came... I want that Uber Deluxe Edition... finally a pair of Bono shades... YAY!
    droidgod
    i love their 2005 Album "how to dismantle an atomic Bomb' had some really good songs in it... but their latest one was crap by U2 standards...
    District
    droidgod wrote: i love their 2005 Album "how to dismantle an atomic Bomb' had some really good songs in it... but their latest one was crap by U2 standards...
    You mean "No Line [...]"? I thought it was awesome. I do dislike "All That You Can't Leave Behind" though.
    DanielN
    Duke_of_Chutney wrote: It would be nice for there to be a middle ground between three and four. Oh, and i predict that by the end of the day, this page will have more trolls than middle earth.
    LOL
    b_flo
    A great album indeed. Again, going against the trend of music during that time...Grunge. Done previously with The Joshua Tree vs. the 80's craze at the time.
    come2gether
    Far be it from me to be the resident troll, but do you notice how few comments there are on this article? I'm sorry to say, but a great album like this apparently doesn't deserve to be talked about while all the metalheads are busy making fun of coldplay, a band that is already more successful than virtually any metal band in history. except maybe metallica, and the metalheads won't support them anyway, because then they wouldn't be "legit".