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Achtung Baby [CD]

U2 Audio CD
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U2 formed in 1978 after Larry Mullen pinned a 'musicians wanted' ad to the notice board at Dublin's Temple Mount School. Adam Clayton had discovered rock'n'roll as a thirteen year old, buying his first acoustic guitar and then talking his parents into buying him a bass guitar. 'It just sounded good to me. Deep and fat and satisfying.'
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000001DTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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Or how U2 reinvented themselves into something deliciously post-modern. After taking being earnest to new levels with their part-studio, part-live homage to America, Rattle & Hum in 1988, U2 realised that to keep their exalted position as 'Greatest Rock Band In The World' from up-and-coming whippersnappers such as REM, they needed to do something radically different. So, glitter, glam and irreverence replaced large hats, furrowed brows and facial hair. Working again with their production team of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, they created a noise that was irresistibly modern yet absolutely classic. And for a while in rock, it was impossible to escape from the spell and influence of Achtung Baby.

Recorded in Berlin and Dublin, the album feels similar in many respects to David Bowie's Low and 'Heroes', and, in Eno, they had a direct link with the period. Opening with The Edge's guitar squall and electronics, this dense sound is irresistible; sometimes, this creates moods rather than hummable tunes, such as on 'The Fly', 'Zoo Station', Acrobat', yet it also contains the grandstanding stadium-sized 'Even Better Than the Real Thing', the baggy-influenced 'Mysterious Ways' and arguably the greatest U2 anthem, 'One'. The relentless playing down of their previous seriousness (the title was a line from Mel Brooks' The Producers) actually made U2 even more unassailable

Later, lots of other lesser groups donned make-up and went po-mo (INXS, Deacon Blue) poorly, but under the pretence of not caring very much, U2 painstakingly crafted an album of incredible depth and texture. --Daryl Easlea

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that is good about U2 30 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
Achtung Baby stands out as a masterpiece in U2's illustrious history. In this album, painfully ground out over a year of re-recording and re-inventing in 1990's Berlin, the power of U2's music is as direct and compelling as ever. The real beauty here, though, is the wit and intelligence of the music. This contrasts with their earlier music on the one hand, which tended to be naively honest, and their later work on the other which became almost a little too contrived. Achtung Baby is thus the album that best captures all that is good about U2 over their lifetime: a balance between the self-conscious cool and kitsch sounds of their later years, and the intensity and passion upon which they built their reputation.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Deluxe Thing Done Right 31 Oct 2011
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
On paper, there's no way that this package can be worth the asking price: two albums that most people will already own, a live DVD that has been available for years, a documentary that aired free on the BBC. Anyone could be forgiven for being somewhat cynical. So let's take a look in the box.

PACKAGING

Oh my God but this packaging is impressive. The art print portfolio and book are securely encased in a great-looking slipcase printed with the original album cover: for those of us who bought the album originally on CD, even having the cover at this scale is a treat. The portfolio comes in a brown card sleeve embossed with the album's "face star car" logo. The sixteen art prints themselves are on heavy, high-quality card and enable you to assemble your own version of the album sleeve if you have sixteen square foot of wall nearby. Very good (and I don't even care about the prints!)

The hardback book is simply gorgeous: six CDs are housed securely in the front cover, four DVDs in the back cover. The book contains copious artwork and a number of essays in addition to lyrics and credits for the box set. Personally I prefer text to photos, but a good balance is struck between the two and the production is very good. Basically, the book on its own could fetch a substantial retail price.

THE CDs

Discs one and two are Achtung Baby and Zooropa. You don't need my opinion on how good these albums are (if you don't rate them at five stars you should seriously consider why you are reading about this set in the first place). I thought that these albums had been remastered, but if so, I can't hear it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 4 Nov 2011
By JohnSMS
Format:Audio CD
Yes, like every U2 I already owned Achtung Baby, Zooropa and ZOOTV Live from Sydney. But when details of this reissue were made public I just knew I had to have it. The Super Deluxe is the must-have format for the dedicated fan. The presetation is outstanding. I was expecting it to come in a lot of little bits with CDs rolling around the place but everything is very compact and well thought out. Everything is build around the book with the CD's and DVD's firlmy secured into the front and back covers.

My only criticism of the book is that while we get Corbijn, Eno and Lanois' views among others the band members themselves say nothing. That said, they probably said everything they need to in U2ByU2 and in the documentaries included on the DVDs. The bonus material disc is really fantastic with one part of it showing a vast amount of a 1992 concert including MirrorBall Man overshadowed by Macphisto for too long!) preaching about his 'vision'. This made up for my initial disappointment that Sydney was the tour concert chosen for the reissue.

The Kindergarten disc is really good. The initial versions of the songs are very different mucially, especially TTTYARTW and LIB. All of the songs are different lyrically. Great listen for any Achtung fan. The b-sides disc is very good too. It contains a lot of really good material particularly 'Blow Your House Down' and 'Down All The Days'.

All in all, this a great reissue. Well worth the money to see U2 during the greatest period of their career.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Costly, but worth it for the fans 6 Dec 2011
By Xanlam
Format:Audio CD
Became a U2 fan because of Achtung Baby, so this set really was a self-indulgent treat. Well packaged on arrival, and very heavy, I unwrapped each layer of this set and spent hours on a trip down memory lane to 20 years ago looking at countless photographs, posters and reading the reprint of Propaganda within the extensive printed materials.

There is a code that enables you to access all of the digital media inside online so that you don't need ever to open the CDs - and so many tracks to listen to. My favourite is actually "Kindergarten" - the pre-worked songs of Achtung Baby. All so familiar, but still so far from the final masterpiece.

The DVDs make for hours of interesting viewing too, from the rockumentarys of the time such as MTV and the Outside Broadcast specials, to the recently released 'From The Sky Down' review of the Achtung Baby sessions. My gripe? Why not include Blu-Ray versions where possible as some items available separately are in this format.

Clearly one for the fans, they'll be delighted with ths and will go missing from family and friends for days.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good as It's always been!!
As my only copy of this was on tape cassette (Remember those!) I was keen to get an updated version of this album, plus extras. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jimmy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal album
This album is unique and has influences from different genres.

The Eno production values, encapsulating Euro pop, big soul searching rock anthems and the political... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Sutherland
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Well what can I say other than I love U2. I have this on vinyl but wanted to get it on CD. Arrived in swifty time, well packaged
Published 2 months ago by CiaraDub9
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album
Awesome album, one of U2's best if not - THEE best. So many timeless classics. Wasn't overly keen on the 2nd disc of b-sides and remixes, but overall was well worth the money I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KENNY
5.0 out of 5 stars achtung baby super deluxe edition
Highly recommend purchase, worth every penny, the best group in the world, 5 star rating and at a reasonable price.
Published 3 months ago by e.m.s.16
5.0 out of 5 stars achtung baby
simply love U2 and needed to replace my battered cassette tapes that were begining to show their age unlike U2,s music which was starting to propell them to stadium rock gods
Published 3 months ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love the extra material as well - B sides etc and single releases. Wasn't expecting the music from the RSCs Clockwork Orange on this.
Published 9 months ago by D. Fairest
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band
The best band , the best product, I love it ,Whta can I say about this I have no words to describe it , awesome
Published 9 months ago by olinda
5.0 out of 5 stars u2 at their best
this is u2's best album, some of their classic songs are on this from the fly to mysterious ways, this is u2 at their best.
Published 10 months ago by bertie.71
5.0 out of 5 stars The best by far
This album was the beginning of their more modern sound, and in my opinion the best. Every song is a cracker and the production really brought their sound into the 90s just as they... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Luke Eastwood
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