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Achtung Baby (Uber Deluxe) Box set


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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 15
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B005FVA63A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (636 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Extremely limited numbered Uber Deluxe Edition is a magnetic puzzle tiled box contains 10 discs (six CDs + four DVDs) 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 five clear seven inch 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. Band members sold separately.

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This is one of the best Albums I have ever heard.
Forza Catracha
While many people will say The Joshua Tree is U2's definite album, I would have to go with Achtung Baby as their best album.
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I highly recommend this album to any serious or casual music fan.
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141 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Bags O'Greeley on November 2, 2011
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Okay I'm going to do my best to break down Achtung Baby Super Deluxe Edition.

First, the packaging: The set comes in a nice box that includes 16 LP size cardboard photos from the album sessions. The other part of the set is the book. The book is great with essays by Andrew Mueller, Daniel Lanois, Anton Corbijn, Martin Scholz, Martin Wroe, Brain Eno, and Bill Flanagan. There are also tons of photos and the hand written lyrics to "One". There are also several pages dedicated to the CDs and DVDs in the set with the track listings, times, original release info, etc. The one complaint is all of the CDs and DVDs are actually housed in the inside covers rather then having individual cases (got to get the Uber edition for that).

The Music: Most U2 collectors will have 85% of the music on these 6 discs. There have been some tweeks to Achtung Baby and I think it sounds great. Zooropa appears to be the same mix but is still a great album and I hope it gets its own edition when the time comes. Disc 3 is the first of the re-mix CDs. All have been release before except the final track which is "One (Apollo 440 Remix) which basically adds a new intro, throws some beats in the middle and tags on a new drum ending. That being said, Achtung Baby is an album that really lends itself to remixes but I think Disc 4 is the better of the remix CDs. Again Disc 4 has only one unreleased song. Another remix of "One" again by Apollo 440 but I prefer this "Ambient" mix to the one on Disc 3.

Discs 5 and (especially) 6 are the reasons most are buying the set. Disc 5 has B-Sides and some unreleased songs. The Unreleased songs are mostly from the Achtung Baby sessions. The only one not from the sessions is "Even Better Then the Real Thing (Fish out of Water Remix)".
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By "dj_jazzyjoe" on March 10, 2001
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In a word: staggering. I don't know if I've ever heard an album which can even come close to capturing the kaleidoscope of sheer emotion that floods from these twelve songs. Just as Alice in Chains dragged us to the pitch black depths of heroin-addiction with "Dirt", U2 does the same, only with lost love and heartbreak as the backdrop.
Amidst the gloomy themes of the album, rays of hope still shine through in the form of The Edge's signature effect-soaked licks and some serious head-bobbing rhythm from Clayton and Mullen. The great thing about this album is its accessibility: it literally has it all. Techno/hip-hop/rockers like "Mysterious Ways" and "Even Better Than the Real Thing", and the arena-friendly chorus of "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" will bring a smile to the face of mainstream (and hardcore) U2 fans, while deeper, more experimental fare such as the industrial-tinged "Zoo Station" and the indescribable guitar orgasm of "The Fly" will challenge the listener on their inaugural spins but eventually yield rich rewards. The heart and soul of the album, however, lies in three songs..."One", "Acrobat", and "Love is Blindness". Listening to these in this order under the right circumstances could change a life, rekindle a forgotten passion, or simply reduce the listener to a sobbing heap. They are THAT powerful.
The range of feeling captured in Bono's wailing vocals on "One" is absolutely incredible, especially in the surreal crys that end the song. "Acrobat" dabbles in electronic influences and uses thick sonic brushstrokes to paint a cavernous musical environment that is completely encompassing (and this is before Bono even utters a syllable).
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Giacomo Holdini on November 2, 2011
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Other reviewers are covering the content and the packaging pretty well. I will mainly comment on the sound quality of the original albums. First, Achtung Baby was remastered. There seems to be some confusion over this, since some reviewers, including those in the music press, claim it wasn't remastered, but that it has only been "boosted," "tweaked," or "polished." Apparently they do not understand that those changes, however slight, are achieved through remastering. That said, I do agree that the changes are pretty subtle, and may not equate to "remastering" as a lot of people understand the term, which is to say, substantial and obvious sonic changes. To my ears, there is a slight increase in gain and presence in the newer Achtung Baby mastering, but it's nothing revelatory. Comparing the tracks of the new and old CDs in a wave editor reveals a slight, but definite, increase in overall loudness on the newer version. Despite that, I have to listen pretty closely to hear the differences. This is not a put-down of the mastering job done for this release; actually, just the opposite. It's nice to see mastering engineers using some restraint and not fixing what isn't broken. So often, it seems engineers feel the need to justify their efforts by making substantial changes, regardless of whether or not those changes need to be made. The original Achtung Baby CD from 1991 already sounded great, which is confirmed by the remastering here. If forced to choose, I would probably go with the newer mastering, but honestly, I don't think the improvements are significant enough to warrant re-purchasing the album, if your only interest is to get updated sound.

Upon first listening, the new Zooropa CD struck me as sounding identical to the original 1993 CD.
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Just have to ask the obvious question ...
This uber box is clearly pointed to hardcore fans... $600 bucks??? too much for me, completely out of my league by the way... I'll go for the Super Deluxe one. It costs a lot less (167 dollars), comes with the same DVDs/CDs and a book. Sure, I'll miss the vinyls but I don't think those are a real... Read More
Aug 8, 2011 by IvanQ |  See all 86 posts
Wow!! Uber Box Set
Maybe a snipet of his pubi_ hair?
Nov 3, 2011 by Nick D. |  See all 2 posts
So, what's *wrong* with the uber set (according to amazon.com)?
I know this is a couple weeks late but the issue was one of the DVDs (Sydney concert) was sent out in PAL format not NTSC. This meant the DVD couldn't be played on most Blu-Ray players and older DVD players.
Jan 13, 2012 by Bags O'Greeley |  See all 2 posts
Difference in Books
Some of the pages in the Super Deluxe are relegated to holding the CD's and DVD's - as well as some "filler" pages on either side of these disk holding pages. I'm wondering if this is the difference in the number?

Anyone happen to have one from each set to set side-by-side?

I'm also... Read More
Nov 2, 2011 by Rockhardly |  See all 2 posts
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