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ACHTUNG BABY

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B008Y8ZOKQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 366 customer reviews
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
My favorite U2 album and this package for the vinyl lover is sweet! Great packaging, Huge booklet filled with lyrics and photos. Four albums. two 180 gm black vinyl for the main album which sounds very good. two 180 gm blue vinyl at 45 rpm for mixes. I wouldn't pick this up for the casual fan due to the price but if you love this album as much as I do and love the sound of vinyl/analog you need to pick this up.
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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 other, there is little that they have in common.

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.
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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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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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By A Customer on June 23 2004
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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