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Achtung Baby (20th Anniversary) [Original recording remastered]

U2 Audio CD
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Even though it was greeted at the time as U2's reinvention as a dance/rock post-modern revue, with a bit of post-Wall Berlin thrown in for luck, distance now shows that Achtung Baby is in fact a suite of extraordinarily perceptive and tender songs on the breakdown of the Edge's marriage. "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses", "The Fly", "One", "So Cruel"--it's as if Bono shuffled into the studio and said "Er, Edge. Was it a bit like this?" And the Edge wept until his hat became soggy. U2 fans will argue until the end of "Until The End Of The World" which is the best album in the band's exemplary canon, but with Bono sounding like a scorched St Paul, the Edge augmenting those electrified sheets of sound with deft funk-flicks and producer Brian Eno keeping it spacious, hot and holy, chances are, this is it. --Caitlin Moran

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Digitally remastered edition of the Irish quartet's groundbreaking 1991album, their seventh studio release overall. While the band had been successful before the release of Achtung Baby, nobody could predict the worldwide domination that followed. Features the hits 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?', 'The Fly', 'One' and 'Even Better Than The Real Thing'.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of its generation July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Many great bands achieve perfection on one album, a high point of epiphany and clarity that is so obvious that it can't be denied - though that band's avid fans often like to. Be it the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, Led Zeppelin's fourth album or Elton's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - all of these albums transcend time and genre, and are immediately and eternally accepted as classics by almost everyone, far beyond the bands' fan base. That happened for a record number of artists in 1991 - perhaps the greatest year rock had since 1973. Guns n' Roses had their Use Your Illusion; Red Hot Chili Peppers had Blood Sugar Sex Magik; Nirvana scored with Nevermind, and the list goes on - Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Spin Doctors. And U2. U2 achieved perfection on Achtung Baby both in their songs and in their sound. Much of the thanks should go to the production team; Achtung is the last U2 album produced by Daniel Lanois, but Brian Eno's (the master-producer who worked with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Bryan Ferry, Robert Fripp and Devo, among others) influence is at its strongest here, and with the help of Mix-artist Flood (techno-wizard who helped Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins to the top) he creates a new sound for U2, a sound that is rougher, harder and more electric, but also more captivating and more powerful than they ever were before. U2 dragged themselves kicking and screaming out of the 80s, emerged out of pop-rock and into the alternative and the avant-garde, and created an album that is at once catchy and groundbreaking.
From the very first sounds of the album's opening track, 'Zoo Station', it's clear that this will be a very different experience from The Joshua Tree or anything else they released before.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Could Have Been Better! Nov. 1 2011
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First off U2 fans are a bit like Deadheads they don't like anything negative being said about there band. With that in mind I will try to be gentle. First off Actung Baby is in my opinion U2's masterpiece. Don't get me wrong I loved Unforgetable Fire and Jousha Tree but this is a perfect record. So we have established that I am huge fan of this record. I saw the Zoo TV tour three times and the Show at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto is still my all time favorite concert. It was even great at the much larger CNE stadium. But back to this box set. The First CD is the remastered album. I didn't know how much a difference remastering would do but I am glad to report the remastered CD sounds a lot better then the original release. The second CD is Zooropa the CD they put out in the middle of the Zoo TV tour. Nice remaster on that ad well. Now the problems start. The next two CD's are remixes. Do we really need two CD's of remixes. I didn't buy the CD singles unless they had unreleased songs on them. I also don't feel Band's have much input when remixes are done so I don't see the point. Disc 5 is b-sides and unreleased songs. Good disc but I am sure you like me have almost everything that's on it. The last CD is a different mix of the whole record. Not sure how I feel about that but I will give it good marks for that.
We now move on the DVD's. First we have "from the sky down" good documentary that was at this years Toronto Film Festival. Actually it opened the festival this past fall. The second DVD is the Videos. Haven't they already sold us these Video's a few times over already. So I really don't see the point of this disc. Next is the Bonus material DVD. It finally has a release of the Zoo TV television special. So two thumbs up there. But the last disc ticks me off. Zoo TV live in Sydney.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achtung - Uber Nov. 2 2011
By Sajw
Format:Audio CD
Would love to review this product as I've been waiting for over 3 months, but the ever reliable .ca has screwed me again. Hope everyone is enjoying their copies........ looks great!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment Feb. 25 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I've waited for years for this album to be reissued on vinyl only to be deeply disappointed. The first one that I received was shipped by Amazon in its factory shrink wrap with no protective box or packaging. Needless to say it looked as if the fine folks that delivered it used it for a hockey puck in a sudden death play off game.

The second one was well packed and arrived without cosmetic damage, but the sound quality is marginal, the jackets and box are cheap and 2 of the 4 albums had surface damage.

I guess Bono was tried of saving the world and needed a new castle so he authorized a reissue using the cheapest possible production and materials. Goes to show you "made in Germany" doesn't mean what it once did.

Very disappointing for such an expensive album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Good but not great Feb. 12 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Joshua Tree, Boy, The Unforgettable Fire. These are great U2 albums. This is where the slide into electronica started. There are great tunes here; "One" "Even Better Than The Real Thing", but this is just a mix of rock and the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for any fan of rock! June 25 2013
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, Achtung Baby may have been U2's greatest of all time and certainly one of the best albums even released by any rock band.

Achting Baby was recorded at a time when the band was at it's weakest moment and was in danger of breaking up. It was until a small demo of 'One' was played for the rest of the band it was a complete 180 from there.

There is a lot of emotion in the album and you can fell when playing back the tracks. You'll feel pumped and engerized at one moment, then brought down feeling true emotion from 'One' and 'Wild Horse'.

Friends, if you've never listened to a U2 album, make Achtung Baby your first. It's was awesome in 1991 and a true classic in 2013. I can never get tired of this album, one of my all time favourites!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A great set in cheap packaging
I have had 2 separate box sets sent to me. The first one was majorly damaged sue to poor assembly. How it made it past quality control makes no sense to me. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2012 by Candice Crossley
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible package/value!
The ultimate gift for a die-hard U2 fan. For a person who is not a big fan of the band it is too much!

Every aspect of the package is awesome and well done. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2011 by LEKO
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for more
Bought this set really for the rarities and there are not too many of those unfortunately.
A true fan will aready have the B-sides, videos, tv specials etc. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2011 by Zootopia
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but could of been better
I found it a bit strange that U2 decided to group Achtung Baby and Zooropa together. Aside from both had their recording [at least partial] in Dublin and were release one after the... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2011 by Gis A. Bun
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This album marks the big change in direction the band went through after Bono declared at a concert on December 31, 1989 that they had to go away and dream it all up again. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2005 by Phenom Penn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album for the Nineties... And the New Millenium
My name is Max D. and I am 16. Most kids my age are listening to rap or that incomprehensive heavy metal, garage, screaming goobaldeegock music. Read more
Published on May 1 2005 by "mackenzie_0224"
5.0 out of 5 stars New Ground Broken
Berlin, 1990. U2 are months removed from the end of the "Lovetown" tour, and they are struggling to figure out what to do, as the recording sessions for the untitled new project... Read more
Published on June 23 2004
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