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Achtung Baby (Vinyl Box) [Box set]

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  • Vinyl (November 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Island Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (611 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Fly
2. Mysterious Ways
3. Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
4. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
5. Acrobat
See all 6 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Even Better Than The Real Thing (The Perfecto Mix)
2. Night And Day (Twilight Remix)
3. Mysterious Ways (The Perfecto Mix)
4. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Fish Out Of Water Remix)
Disc: 4
1. Salomé (Zooromancer Remix)
2. Mysterious Ways (Solar Plexus Club Mix)
3. Lemon (The Perfecto Mix)

Editorial Reviews

Extremely limited four vinyl LP pressing includes the original album plus seven bonus remixes. Digitally remastered edition of the Irish quartet's groundbreaking 1991album, their seventh studio release overall. While the band had been successful before the release of Achtung Baby, nobody could predict the worldwide domination that followed. Features the hits 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses?', 'The Fly', 'One' and 'Even Better Than The Real Thing'.

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134 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for your U2 collection November 2, 2011
By Bags
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars U2's magnum opus March 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Regarding the remastering... November 2, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars New To Older U2
I do not know how many reviews reveal the fact that this is a "20 Year Anniversary Deluxe Addition of Achtung Baby"
I am a new U2 Fan to an older U2 Band. Read more
Published 1 month ago by All 'en
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Buy
One of U2's finer works... It was refreshing and Creative. I Loved "The Fly" and "Until the End of the World".
Published 1 month ago by River Boat
5.0 out of 5 stars Achtung!
It's hard to narrow down U2 or say this was better than that. I liked this album on the first hearing. It's a little darker than some of the others. Hard plaintive, sad love songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Skye
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!
If you ask to make a list of my top 10 albums in history....well, this one is there for sure....
Published 3 months ago by Carlos Federico Chapur
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Lots of songs you never get to hear anyplace else, and most of these songs are top quality and very likeable. Only bad thing is I wish there were more rarities on here.
Published 3 months ago by Living Flame
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection
Great gift for the the ultimate U2 fan!! So much fun to look through... dvd footage and remixes.. magnets,stickers, book etc... & those fly glasses!!!
Published 4 months ago by Leslie Kenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to throw your arms around the world
Greatest album of all time in life ever. Every song on this album is incredible.... Except for Trying to throw your arms around the world. What is even happening there?
Published 4 months ago by Chad R. Macomber
5.0 out of 5 stars Box Set
Is not Uber Edition but is a great box set of a great album!!! Buy it and re discovered U2
Published 4 months ago by Fixxmaniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Only for U2
This one of my favorite U2 albulms. I have not really liked anything after this. Definitely a classic for all fans.
Published 4 months ago by lneal1
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bands of our time
I have loved U2 since they arrived in the 80's which to was one of the best eras for the music world. This CD was their best before they broke to Zooropa and changed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by HELENA WEGLOWSKI
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