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Achtung Baby resembles more of the Joshua Tree era music [but less of an American influence]. Zooropa has more of a European feel with more keyboards than any previous U2 album and the predecessor to the Pop album. Zooropa is more like a bridge between Achtung Baby and Pop [but more towards Pop]. Zooropa also brought along the big themed stage shows - way slicker than the Joshua Tree shows.
Aside from the remastered Achtung Baby and Zooropa, the set includes a disc of B'sides and other tracks [Note: the 2CD version of Achtung Baby has 2 less tracks compared to this disc]. Most are quite good with a few so-so tracks.
Also included are two discs of remixes. Interesting to note that there are still other remixes that were not included in the set. Some Elvis fans may cringe at the remixes for Can't Help Falling In Love. Funny how there are remixes to that song but no actual studio release.
The final disc is called "Kindergarten - The Alternative Achtung Baby" which could almost be classified as demos.
On the DVD side, you have the newly released documentary on the album [shown recently on various outlets including the BBC]. Ther second DVD is the videos from the era - 18 of them - including 3 for One and 4 for The Fly.
DVD 3 contains various short documentaries and appearances plus some computer files [screensavers wallpapers].
DVD 4 is the re-release [but was there any change?] in the ZooTV Live From Sydney DVD. Same track listing as before.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Just as good as i remember it to be back when this album came out when i was about 19.brings back alot of memories for me,good and bad.Published 16 months ago by rob casford
I didn't really notice any difference in sound quality from the old version, so to me it was a waste of money. The extra songs they threw in weren't that interesting, either.Published 22 months ago by D. Nilsson
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2014 by James De Luca