Achtung Baby [Deluxe Edition]

Achtung Baby [Deluxe Edition]

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CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Reinventions rarely come as thorough and effective as Achtung Baby, an album that completely changed U2's sound and style. The crashing, unrecognizable distorted guitars that open "Zoo Station" are a clear signal that U2 have traded their Americana pretensions for postmodern, contemporary European music. Drawing equally from Bowie's electronic avant-garde explorations of the late '70s and the neo-psychedelic sounds of the thriving rave and Madchester club scenes of early-'90s England, Achtung Baby sounds vibrant and endlessly inventive. Unlike their inspirations, U2 rarely experiment with song structures over the course of the album. Instead, they use the thick dance beats, swirling guitars, layers of effects, and found sounds to break traditional songs out of their constraints, revealing the tortured emotional core of their songs with the hyper-loaded arrangements. In such a dense musical setting, it isn't surprising that U2 have abandoned the political for the personal on Achtung Baby, since the music, even with its inviting rhythms, is more introspective than anthemic. Bono has never been as emotionally naked as he is on Achtung Baby, creating a feverish nightmare of broken hearts and desperate loneliness; unlike other U2 albums, it's filled with sexual imagery, much of it quite disturbing, and it ends on a disquieting note. Few bands this far into their careers have recorded albums as adventurous or fulfilled their ambitions quite as successfully as U2 do on Achtung Baby, and the result is arguably their best album. For the 20th birthday of Achtung Baby, U2 went all out and released no less than five anniversary editions: a single-disc remaster, a double-disc Deluxe Edition, a vinyl box set, a six-CD/four-DVD Super Deluxe Edition, and finally an Uber Deluxe Edition that takes the Super Deluxe Edition and adds various tchotchkes like a magnetic puzzle, badges, stickers, and a replica of Bono's Fly sunglasses. Only those with deep wallets will need to concern themselves with the Uber edition -- most fans will debate between the Deluxe double-disc set and the Super Deluxe set. The Deluxe Edition contains only the album's non-LP cuts -- primarily B-sides and bonus tracks, plus the unreleased outtake "Blow Your House Down." Although the assorted covers on this collection are a bit dodgy -- U2 have never sounded as uncertain as they do on a Euro-disco cover of CCR's "Fortunate Son" -- the originals are by and large very good, particularly "Lady with the Spinning Head," "Blow Your House Down," and "Salome." The Super Deluxe Edition adds the 1993 album Zooropa, written and recorded during the supporting Zoo tours for Achtung Baby, then two discs of remixes, the B-sides discs that pop up on the Deluxe Edition, and, finally, a fledgling version of Achtung Baby called Kindergarten, which contains nascent versions of all 12 songs from the finished album. Some of the remixes sound like little more than historical curios, but a surprising amount are either vigorous or imaginative and they all underscore how Achtung Baby truly was the first U2 album that could lend itself to these kind of mixes. And if the Kindergarten version of Achtung Baby has few real revelations -- most of the differences lay in Bono's lyrics; many of the cuts are incomplete mixes instead of demos -- it nevertheless is a fascinating listen for those who know the album by heart. Finally, there are four DVDs: a making-of documentary by David Guggenheim, director of the Edge-starring guitar doc It Might Get Loud, called From the Sky Down; a disc of videos from Achtung Baby and Zooropa; a disc of odds and ends from these years, including a Zoo TV Special, MTV shorts, and appearances on Naked City and TV-AM, plus ROM content; and, to round out the package, the Zoo TV Live from Sydney disc. Whether this is overkill is completely in the eye of the consumer: surely, it's possible to enjoy just the simple single disc of Achtung Baby, but for those who want to live within the world U2 created in the early '90s -- and it surely was its own world, driven by its own sounds and styles -- the Super Deluxe Edition will be hard to resist. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
Label: Island
UPC: 0602527793702
catalogNumber: 001604400
Rank: 45532


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
  6. So Cruel
  7. The Fly
  8. Mysterious Ways
  9. Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World
  10. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  11. Acrobat
  12. Love Is Blindness

Disc 2

  1. Zooropa
  2. Babyface
  3. Numb
  4. Lemon
  5. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  6. Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car
  7. Some Days Are Better Than Others
  8. The First Time
  9. Dirty Day
  10. The Wanderer

Disc 3

  1. Night and Day
  2. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways
  4. Lemon
  5. Can't Help Falling in Love
  6. Lady with the Spinning Head
  7. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  8. Mysterious Ways
  9. The Lounge Fly Mix
  10. Mysterious Ways
  11. One

Disc 4

  1. Mysterious Ways
  2. Mysterious Ways
  3. Can't Help Falling in Love
  4. One
  5. Lemon
  6. Salomé
  7. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  8. Numb
  9. Mysterious Ways
  10. Numb
  11. Even Better Than the Real Thing

Disc 5

  1. Lady with the Spinning Head (UV1)
  2. Blow Your House Down
  3. Salomé
  4. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  5. Satellite of Love
  6. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  7. Heaven and Hell
  8. Oh Berlin
  9. Near the Island
  10. Down All the Days
  11. Paint It Black
  12. Fortunate Son
  13. Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1
  14. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
  15. Everybody Loves a Winner
  16. Even Better Than the Real Thing

Disc 6

  1. "Baby" Zoo Station
  2. "Baby" Even Better Than the Real Thing
  3. "Baby" One
  4. "Baby" Until the End of the World
  5. "Baby" Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  6. "Baby" So Cruel
  7. "Baby" The Fly
  8. "Baby" Mysterious Ways
  9. "Baby" Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World
  10. "Baby" Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  11. "Baby" Acrobat
  12. "Baby" Love Is Blindness

Disc 7

  1. The Fly
  2. Mysterious Ways
  3. One
  4. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  5. One
  6. One
  7. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  8. The Fly
  9. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  10. The Fly
  11. Until the End of the World
  12. The Fly
  13. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  14. Love Is Blindness
  15. Lemon
  16. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  17. Numb
  18. Numb

Disc 8

  1. Show Opening
  2. Zoo Station
  3. The Fly
  4. Even Better Than the Real Thing
  5. Mysterious Ways
  6. One
  7. Unchained Melody
  8. Until the End of the World
  9. New Year's Day
  10. Numb
  11. Angel of Harlem
  12. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  13. Satellite of Love
  14. Dirty Day
  15. Bullet the Blue Sky
  16. Running to Stand Still
  17. Where the Streets Have No Name
  18. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  19. Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car
  20. Lemon
  21. With or Without You
  22. Love Is Blindness
  23. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 9

  1. [Bonus Material]

Disc 10

  1. [Bonus Material]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

U2   Primary Artist
Maria McKee   Background Vocals
Gavin Friday   Background Vocals
Edge   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Barrett   Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Soloist
Bono   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Bruce Brody   Organ
Ian Bryan   Background Vocals
Adam Clayton   Bass Guitar
Noel Eccles   Percussion
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Harmonium,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Loops,Sounds
Flood   Loops
Daniel Lanois   Conga,Background Vocals
Larry Mullen   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Broadbery   Loops
Declan Gaffney   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Morleigh Steinberg   Dancer

Technical Credits

David Mallett   Direction
William Bell   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
U2   Composer,Producer
Stereo MC's   Remixing,Additional Production
Youth   Remixing
Edge   Producer
Paul Oakenfold   Remixing,Additional Production
Apollo 440   Remixing,Additional Production
Paul Barrett   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bono   Producer
Ian Bryan   Engineer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer,String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Flood   Producer,Engineer
Terry Farley   Remixing
Kevin Godley   Video Director
Howard Gray   Remixing,Additional Production
Pete Heller   Remixing
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer,Remixing,Additional Production
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Louise McCormick   Engineer
Alan Moulder   Remixing
Alex North   Composer
Steve Osborne   Remixing,Additional Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Wim Wenders   Video Producer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Trevor Gray   Remixing,Additional Production
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Steve Averill   Original Sleeve Design
Matt Mahurin   Video Director
Anton Corbijn   Video Director
Soul Assassins   Remixing
Broadbery   Programming,Guitar Techician
Cheryl Engels   Mastering Producer,Quality Control
Rollo   Remixing
Rob D.   Remixing
Philippe Dupuis-Mendel   Video Producer
Shaughn McGrath   Booklet Design,Original Sleeve Design
Paul McGuinness   Executive Producer,Management
Mark Pellington   Video Director
Stéphane Sednaoui   Video Director
Joe O'Herlihy   Monitors
Charlie Whisker   Illustrations
Sam O'Sullivan   Drum Technician
Fraser McAlister   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Richard Bell   Video Producer
Ned O'Hanlon   Producer,Video Producer
Rocky Oldham   Producer
Dallas Schoo   Guitar Techician
Juniper Calder   Video Editor
Declan Gaffney   Engineer,Remixing,Additional Production
Matt Paul   Remixing,Additional Production
Dave Clayton   Programming
Phil Joanou   Video Director
Bob Gleason   Video Editor
Mark Neale   Video Director
Trish Govoni   Video Producer
Iain Brown   Video Producer
Juliette Naylor   Video Producer
Richie Smyth   Video Director
Jon Klein   Video Director
Stuart Morgan   Bass Technician
Morleigh Steinberg   Choreographer
Maurice Linnane   Video Director
Debbie Mason   Video Producer
Canna Rubin   Video Producer

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