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Achtung Baby - 20th Anniversary Edition (4LP Vinyl Box Set) [Original recording remastered]

U2 LP Record
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Zoo Station
2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
3. One
4. Until The End Of The World
5. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Fly
2. Mysterious Ways
3. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
4. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
5. Acrobat
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Disc: 3
1. Even Better Than The Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix)
2. Night And Day (Twilight Remix)
3. Mysterious Ways (The Perfecto Mix)
4. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Fish Out Of Water Remix)
Disc: 4
1. Salomé (Zooromancer Remix)
2. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix)
3. Lemon (The Perfecto Mix)

Product Description

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Extremely limited four vinyl LP pressing includes the original album plus seven bonus remixes. 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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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Ground Broken June 23 2004
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Format:Audio CD
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 began. For the first time in their career, they were getting nowhere, and fast. Add this to the fact that there were massive disagreements about the creative direction they should take, and the fact that The Edge was going through a difficult split from his wife at the time, and you have one very tense, very uncertain atmosphere for these recording sessions. It was a breakdown of sorts, and U2 nearly broke up. Were it not for one song, they may have never released anything together again.
Fortunately, that song did come to be, and the rest is history, as it quickly led to U2 finding their groove and figuring out what they wanted to do. Achtung Baby was a much darker, much more techno and dance-oriented then anything they had ever done. Bono's lyrical fortes have always been politics and sexual innuendo, and after a decade of political music, this album is straight a love-sex-relationships-loss record, which is no surprise as The Edge was going through his own marital split at the time and Bono was also having some problems(which have since been resolved) concerning touring and being away from his family for so long. This record captures all the different ways love can manifest itself, and, in contrast, the different ways it can be lost. Highlights include chart hits 'Even Better Than The Real Thing', 'The Fly', and 'Mysterious Ways', live favorite "'ntil The End Of The World'(which has generated so amazing performances), unknown gems 'So Cruel', "'Ultraviolet', 'Acrobat', and 'Love Is Blindness'.
When one things "Achtung Baby", however, one thinks of one song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sept. 29 2005
Format:Audio CD
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. It contains the legendary song ONE (which many believe to be their best ever), which came out of a crisis situation in which the band might have been close to breaking up.
Thank God that didn't happen!
This album is one of the best of all time, and deserves to be a part of your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you knew was wrong March 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although not as good as Joshua Tree overall, this album contains songs of such brilliance that anything else on the album wouldn't matter. The first four songs are beyond belief. Zoo Station's riff and swirly textures, together with Bono's alien voice make it the perfect opener: more of a statement of intent than a song. But it's damn groovy!
'Even Better Than the Real Thing' has nothing wrong with it. At all. It's totally driven by Adam Clayton's bouncing bassline, most notably near the end of the song where Edge and Adam battle for supremacy, vying with Bono's urge to 'take me higher!'
'One' is the best song ever written, ever. It's the harder, more cynical version of 'With or Without You'; keeping Bono's voals restrained, which makes it even more moving than its predeccesor.
'Until The End of the World': At first I didn't find the song to be melodic. But listen to more than the vocals. Edge's guitar is the real point of this song. Just see it played live and you will agree with me. Once the guitar grabbed me, I know love the tune itself, and the lyrics - from Judas himself!
But then the album goes boring for a second: 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses' is almost a spoof of the old U2. It's just too long and rambling. But 'So Cruel' is better: more of the new Bono, less of the old. To call it a work of art is somewhat over the top but it does grow on you if you let it (if you're not falling asleep, that is) and listen to it with headphones. But that's the case with all U2 songs.
'The Fly' rescues the album with an absolutely searing verse and a chorus like the island of calm in a crazy world. If you don't turn this up, you are crazy. It's divine.
'Mysterious Ways' follows suit like The Fly's naughty but sweet younger brother.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 2 months ago by Sylvain
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by James De Luca
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Good but not great
Joshua Tree, Boy, The Unforgettable Fire. These are great U2 albums. This is where the slide into electronica started. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sir Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for any fan of rock!
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Ciampa
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 Achtung - Uber
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........ Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2011 by Sajw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Could Have Been Better!
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2011 by Stephen Bieth
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