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”.
These 20th anniversary editions will include previously unreleased songs from the Achtung Baby sessions, remixes from the time and TV and video footage. The Deluxe Editions will also include “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).
A limited, numbered Über Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box and will contain: 6 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. 4DVDs including “From The Sky Down”, Zoo TV, all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material. There will also be 5 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, 4 badges, a sticker sheet, and a pair of Bono’s trademark “The Fly” sunglasses.
The Super Deluxe Edition will contain the 6CDs and 4 DVDs, in addition to a 92-page hardback book and 16 art prints in a wallet.
The Deluxe Edition is a 2x CD set containing the re issue of the original album plus B-sides and rarities.
The Standard CD is the original album.