Achtung Baby [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527793702
  • Catalog Number: 001604400
  • Sales rank: 97,652

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zoo Station (4:36)
  2. 2 Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:41)
  3. 3 One (4:36)
  4. 4 Until the End of the World (4:38)
  5. 5 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (5:16)
  6. 6 So Cruel (5:49)
  7. 7 The Fly (4:29)
  8. 8 Mysterious Ways (4:03)
  9. 9 Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World (3:52)
  10. 10 Ultra Violet (Light My Way) (5:30)
  11. 11 Acrobat (4:30)
  12. 12 Love Is Blindness (4:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Zooropa (6:31)
  2. 2 Babyface (4:01)
  3. 3 Numb (4:20)
  4. 4 Lemon (6:58)
  5. 5 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (4:58)
  6. 6 Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car (5:20)
  7. 7 Some Days Are Better Than Others (4:17)
  8. 8 The First Time (3:45)
  9. 9 Dirty Day (5:24)
  10. 10 The Wanderer (5:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Night and Day (6:58)
  2. 2 Even Better Than the Real Thing (6:37)
  3. 3 Mysterious Ways (7:01)
  4. 4 Lemon (8:56)
  5. 5 Can't Help Falling in Love (4:35)
  6. 6 Lady with the Spinning Head (6:08)
  7. 7 Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:19)
  8. 8 Mysterious Ways (5:01)
  9. 9 The Lounge Fly Mix (6:28)
  10. 10 Mysterious Ways (7:06)
  11. 11 One (5:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Mysterious Ways (4:27)
  2. 2 Mysterious Ways (4:26)
  3. 3 Can't Help Falling in Love (8:29)
  4. 4 One (5:07)
  5. 5 Lemon (4:08)
  6. 6 Salomé (8:02)
  7. 7 Even Better Than the Real Thing (6:47)
  8. 8 Numb (8:47)
  9. 9 Mysterious Ways (8:14)
  10. 10 Numb (3:57)
  11. 11 Even Better Than the Real Thing (6:42)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Lady with the Spinning Head (UV1) (3:53)
  2. 2 Blow Your House Down (3:30)
  3. 3 Salomé (4:31)
  4. 4 Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:40)
  5. 5 Satellite of Love (4:00)
  6. 6 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (4:48)
  7. 7 Heaven and Hell (5:02)
  8. 8 Oh Berlin (4:31)
  9. 9 Near the Island (2:46)
  10. 10 Down All the Days (5:36)
  11. 11 Paint It Black (3:20)
  12. 12 Fortunate Son (2:40)
  13. 13 Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1 (3:37)
  14. 14 Where Did It All Go Wrong? (3:56)
  15. 15 Everybody Loves a Winner (5:12)
  16. 16 Even Better Than the Real Thing (4:09)
Disc 6
  1. 1 "Baby" Zoo Station (5:34)
  2. 2 "Baby" Even Better Than the Real Thing (3:43)
  3. 3 "Baby" One (4:35)
  4. 4 "Baby" Until the End of the World (4:31)
  5. 5 "Baby" Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (5:15)
  6. 6 "Baby" So Cruel (6:07)
  7. 7 "Baby" The Fly (4:45)
  8. 8 "Baby" Mysterious Ways (4:03)
  9. 9 "Baby" Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World (4:12)
  10. 10 "Baby" Ultra Violet (Light My Way) (5:49)
  11. 11 "Baby" Acrobat (4:27)
  12. 12 "Baby" Love Is Blindness (7:17)
Disc 7
  1. 1 The Fly
  2. 2 Mysterious Ways
  3. 3 One
  4. 4 Even Better Than the Real Thing
  5. 5 One
  6. 6 One
  7. 7 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  8. 8 The Fly
  9. 9 Even Better Than the Real Thing
  10. 10 The Fly
  11. 11 Until the End of the World
  12. 12 The Fly
  13. 13 Even Better Than the Real Thing
  14. 14 Love Is Blindness
  15. 15 Lemon
  16. 16 Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  17. 17 Numb
  18. 18 Numb
Disc 8
  1. 1 Show Opening
  2. 2 Zoo Station
  3. 3 The Fly
  4. 4 Even Better Than the Real Thing
  5. 5 Mysterious Ways
  6. 6 One
  7. 7 Unchained Melody
  8. 8 Until the End of the World
  9. 9 New Year's Day
  10. 10 Numb
  11. 11 Angel of Harlem
  12. 12 Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  13. 13 Satellite of Love
  14. 14 Dirty Day
  15. 15 Bullet the Blue Sky
  16. 16 Running to Stand Still
  17. 17 Where the Streets Have No Name
  18. 18 Pride (In the Name of Love)
  19. 19 Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car
  20. 20 Lemon
  21. 21 With or Without You
  22. 22 Love Is Blindness
  23. 23 Can't Help Falling in Love
Disc 9
  1. 1 [Bonus Material]
Disc 10
  1. 1 [Bonus Material]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
U2 Primary Artist
Maria McKee Background Vocals
Gavin Friday Background Vocals
The 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 Jr. Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Des 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
The Edge Producer
Paul Oakenfold Remixing, Additional Production
Arnie Acosta Mastering
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
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Trevor Gray Remixing, Additional Production
Robbie Adams Engineer
Steve Averill Original Sleeve Design
Matt Mahurin Video Director
Anton Corbijn Video Director
Soul Assassins Remixing
Des 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
Scott Sedillo Mastering
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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