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This review is from: Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set (Audio CD)
This Super Deluxe box is a thing of beauty to any hardcore U2 fan. And let's face it,U2 really have set the bar pretty high when it comes to deluxe box sets for their album remasters. Check out these "The Unforgettable Fire (Remastered - Super Deluxe Edition)" & "Joshua Tree (Deluxe)". Contained within this set is almost everything to do with their mammoth albums Achtung Baby & Zooropa,both aural and visual,as well as the Zoo Tv world tour,gathered together in the one slipcase. Let's have a look at what's inside.
First up,the package. The quality is right up there with some of the best Super Deluxe box sets we've had released of late. Nice thick paper/cardboard for the book,art prints and slipcase.10 discs (6xcd and 4xDVD) are safely housed inside the front and back covers of the huge 12" LP sized book and arrived at my house all in place and undamaged. There are some really nice essays about the recording process from the various parties involved and a lot of photos taken by Anton Corbjin while the album was being made.
The audio for the most part sounds good on all discs and it's great to have all of those fantastic club mixes in the one place,spread over two discs,instead of having to dig out all my vinyl & cd singles. There's a disc of bonus tracks and b-sides,some of which are unreleased demos. Interesting to hear this now legendary band jamming. But the real revelation here is the previously unreleased first mix of the entire album,the so called "Kindergarten" version. This is where I started my revisiting of Achtung Baby and if you know the album well,it's fascinating to hear different mixes,arrangements and even lyrics. Without a doubt,a major bonus of this box set. All in all six cd's of pretty good content.
Now to the dvd's. The new documentary "From The Sky Down",is good if not a bit short at only an hour and fifteen minutes. The second dvd is a collection of videos in all their various alternate versions and mixes from both albums. The third dvd contains a couple of MTV specials,one of which is almost a full show from the first USA leg of the Zoo Tv tour and a couple of period documentaries,some of which have been released before on the second disc of U2 - Zoo TV [Limited Edition] [DVD] deluxe set. The fourth dvd is the first disc from the above mentioned Zoo Tv release which I already own and believe most U2 fans will also have previously purchased. It would have been nice to get a different show from what was a very extensive tour. I've taken off a star from what otherwise would've been a five star set for making me buy this dvd again.
If you're a crazy U2 fan,like me,I suggest you track down one of these box sets ASAP. I think you'll be suitably impressed especially with the previously unreleased audio. If you're a real fanatical then there's the "Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Über Deluxe Box Set" which is a little more on the expensive side and has vinyl records as well as all the digital discs amongst a host of extra content. I'm more than happy with the Super Deluxe. Now I'm ready for the laughing gas and am off to Zoo Station,it's even better than the real thing!