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Product details

  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 15
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B005FVA63A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

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 (Feat. Johnny Cash)

Disc: 3

  1. Night And Day (Steel String Remix)
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix)
  3. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Extended Club Mix)
  4. Lemon (The Perfecto Mix)
  5. Can't Help Falling In Love (Triple Peaks Remix)
  6. Lady With The Spinning Head (Extended Dance Mix)
  7. Even Better Than The Real Thing (V16 Exit Wound Remix)
  8. Mysterious Ways (Ultimatum Mix)
  9. The Lounge Fly Mix
  10. Mysterious Ways (The Perfecto Mix)
  11. One (Apollo 440 Remix)

Disc: 4

  1. Mysterious Ways (Tabla Motown Remix)
  2. Mysterious Ways (Apollo 440 Magic Hour Remix)
  3. Can't Help Falling In Love (Mystery Train Dub)
  4. One (Apollo 440 Ambient Mix)
  5. Lemon (Momo'S Reprise)
  6. Salomé (Zooromancer Remix)
  7. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Trance Mix)
  8. Numb (Gimme Some More Diginity Mix)
  9. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Magic Hour Remix)
  10. Numb (Soul Assassins Mix)
  11. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix)

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 (Temple Bar Remix)
  7. Heaven And Hell
  8. Oh Berlin
  9. Near The Island (Instrumental)
  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 (Fish Out Of Water Remix)

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. From The Sky Down - Documentary

Disc: 8

  1. The Fly (Video)
  2. Mysterious Ways (Video)
  3. One (Video)
  4. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Video)
  5. One - Buffalo Version (Video)
  6. One - Restaurant Version (Video)
  7. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (Video)
  8. The Fly - Performance
  9. Even Better Than The Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix)
  10. The Fly (Text Only)
  11. Until The End Of The World (Live)
  12. The Fly (Live From The Stop Sellafield Concert)*
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Live From The Stop Sellafield Concert)*
  14. Love Is Blindness (Video)
  15. Lemon (Video)
  16. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (Video)
  17. Numb (Video)
  18. Numb (Video Remix)

Disc: 9

  1. Zoo TV Special - A Documentary
  2. MTV's "Most Wanted - ZooTV Special"
  3. MTV Rockumentary
  4. U2 On Naked City, 1993
  5. U2 On TV - AM, 1992
  6. Trabantland Documentary
  7. ROM Content: Screensavers, Desktop Wallpapers, Weblinks

Disc: 10

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

Product Description

Product Description

Recorded over 6 months in 1991 in Berlin and Dublin, Achtung Baby was U2's seventh studio album. It was produced by Daniel Lanois , Brian Eno and Steve Lillywhite and mixed and engineered by Flood. Led by "The Fly", Achtung Baby spawned four more huge hit singles, "Mysterious Ways", "One", "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses". Heralded by Rolling Stone’s Robert Hilburn as "U2’s daring descent into darkness”, the album was awarded the Grammy for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most acclaimed rock records of the nineties and of U2's career. As Bono said at the time, it was “the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree”.
This 20th anniversary edition includes previously unreleased songs from the Achtung Baby sessions, remixes from the time and TV and video footage. This Deluxe Edition also includes "From the Sky Down" - a documentary from Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth and acclaimed music documentary It Might Get Loud featuring The Edge, Jack White and Jimmy Page).
This limited, numbered Über Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box and contains: six CDs including the original Achtung Baby album, the follow-up album, Zooropa, B-sides and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions; four DVDs including "From The Sky Down", Zoo TV, all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material; five clear 7" vinyl singles in their original sleeves; 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, an 84-page hardback book, a copy of Propaganda magazine, four badges, a sticker sheet, and a pair of Bono’s trademark "The Fly" sunglasses.

BBC Review

Hearing again The Edge's dizbusting guitar and Larry Mullen Jr's clanking beat that introduced Achtung Baby, it's hard to believe that, only one album before, U2 were hanging out with BB King and getting lost in a blind alley of American roots music. Bands that broke through in the halcyon days of post-punk ended up in worse places than Rattle and Hum, but U2 themselves knew they'd lost their way. And so it proved. Having secured Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to produce 1984's The Unforgettable Fire after the similarly blustery devices of War, they rehired the pair and decamped to Berlin in the physical and metaphysical spirit of David Bowie's Eno-assisted rebirth (aka Low, "Heroes" and Lodger) and pressed the restart button.

Twenty years on, Achtung (German for "Attention") Baby still sounds zestful and compelling, with some of U2's all-time highs. One could be the best of them all, a brooding soul ballad oozing confrontation and hurt that manages to unearth some musical US DNA within their Irish selves by doing it without Rattle and Hum's self-consciousness and silly hats. Until the End of the World reconnects with the sleek and rousing rockers of their 1980 debut Boy; but, pardon the cliché, they now sounded like men, resilient and even cynical. Even when U2 deployed arena-courting dynamics on Even Better Than the Real Thing and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, the efforts didn't feel hollow. The debut of 'mirrorball' U2 on The Fly succeeded because they had no precedent or fear at this point. By the time of 1997's Pop album, they were second-guessing and falling short of Achtung Baby's bench-setting standards.

As supporting characters, So Cruel, Acrobat and Love Is Blindness (more soulful smouldering and multi-tiered Edge drama) are hardly second-rate. If the second CD of B sides and bonuses lacks anything comparable, Salome and the vampy cover of Satellite of Love will float some boats. But you can see why the unreleased Blow Your House Down didn't even make it as a B side: it's deeply average considering the invention going on elsewhere, namely invention that helped U2 back on course to embrace the world stage while retaining their soul (as R.E.M. and, later on, Radiohead managed without a Rattle and Hum-style wobble).

But achtung! One fight U2 has lost is to retain the image of bassist Adam Clayton's penis on the inside cover, now hidden behind a big black cross that resembles an act of Christian censorship. Twenty years on? More like 50 years ago…

--Martin Aston

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Customer Reviews

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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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By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2011
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Do you remember a time, before "One" by U2 existed?

From the moment I heard it, I fell back in love with U2, after seperating myself from them in early 1990, tiring of their po-faced, hat-wearing, world-saving, holier-than-thou ubersincerity.

If you think they are po-faced and preachy now, you should've seen them then. Dull as dishwater, hectoring. Good at what they did, brilliant at what they did, but what they did wasn't brilliant. And U2 always wanted to be the best at what they did. Ambition bites the nails of success. "Achtung Baby" was the album where they took their ambitions and the accessable, stadium rock band they always wanted to be, played with the idea a bit, and reset themselves as something a little less obvious.

You might be expecting a classic rock album. The type that "Nevermind" was going to make obselete. U2 went somewhere else. Somewhere beautiful. Opening with a squall of feedback, a distorted burst of static, a clattering, keen drum attack. "Zoo Station" was where U2 discovered the ability to let go of everything but what they could be. The ability to be silly, stupid, flippant, and also use humour and playfulness to reveal the deadly terror of heartbreak. So "Achtung, Baby" was perhaps the right title : the warning of danger of relationships, children, and beautiful women that leave wreckage in their path. Achtung! Baby.

At the heart of it - the delicate arpeggios and searching rock gestures - it was still the same band, the same heart of it in new and strange clothes, still wanting to be accessable and resonant and popular. U2 have often chased relevance at the cost of being interesting. "The Fly" was a clarion call of intent. This radical invention saw the band set themselves as leaders.
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By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2011
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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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Firstly, let me be totally honest and state here and now that I am not a great fan of U2 at all, although I do own The Unforgettable Fire, Rattle And Hum, Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, Pop and How To Dismantle The Atomic Bomb. At least I have given them a chance though, no one can deny me that!

Achtung Baby was originally released in 1991 and I recall the critics saying that it was U2's "Blood On The Tracks" (the 1975 Dylan so-called 'Comeback LP') seeing as though the band had effectively swapped its songs of social conscience and worldly views for more personal introspection. I can't comment on this although being a Dylan fan I can see the relationship between the two albums on a purely anecdotal basis.

This weekend I pulled out my 1991 CD issue to see if I thought it was lacking and needed 're-mastering'. Now here's the thing: every so often I do this when I read a lot of claptrap in fora where fans and collectors bemoan why an artist/group doesn't release this that or the other or people are questioning the logic of re-issues and repackaging. I read a lot from U2 fans who claim that the new disc is NOT RE-MASTERED after all. Clearly there has been a lot of disappointment about this. Needless to add that if you're disappointed with the release no one is forcing you to buy it (again)!

However let me say that I consider myself to be something of an audiophile and the original release does not need re-mastering, remixing or anything else. It sounded absolutely superb on my system and simply blew me away. Remember also that modern CD's sound very compressed and lack dynamic range due to the ridiculous obsession with Loudness Wars (Google it!) U2 have already suffered this with the later CD releases with dynamic compression sucking the life out of HTDTAB for starters.
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