We’ve seen the release of the ‘Joshua Tree’ (remastered) box set featuring a range of collectable goodies. We seen re-mastered and repackaged editions of Boy, October and War. It seems reasonable to surmise that an Achtung Baby release of this nature might also be in the pipeline.
Do you thnk holding the release until 9/2010 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of he album makes sense? Well folks once again the rumors are flying. The only question we have should we buy into posting rumors or not. If we don’t fans ask are you not aware? If we do than fans ask us are you crazy ? Either way we can’t win. So rumor or fact, at this point to early to tell: 9/4/2011 Possible.
What additional features might a deluxe edition contain? a bonus disc containing all the B-Sides from this era? A bonus DVD featuring never released before footage from ZOO TV shows? ‘A Making Of’ documentary filmed especially with the band and production team behind the mixing desks, as was the case in the Joshua Tree ‘Classic Albums’ disc in which Lanois and Bono isolated specific tracks and talked through each song?
‘All I know is that it feels like what I want right now, it’s raw and rough and straightforward and down to the essence of things, quite unpolished in some ways and I like that.’ Edge in Propaganda 15
After Rattle and Hum, U2 went away to ‘dream it all up again.’ Achtung Baby was widely regarded as a sonic and visual reinvention of the band: a step too far in some territories, where Adam’s nude image on the sleeve was covered with an appropriately fixed X or clover. At U2’s request, Achtung Baby was the first album by a major act to be released in two eco-friendly packages - the jewel box (without the long box attachment) and the cardboard Digi-Trak. The Digi-Trak featured long-box sizes cardboard, which, once its shrink-wrap and two plastic struts are removed, folds around the CD. In Germany, Universal released a 2-CD box set with a copy of both Achtung Baby and Zooropa.
The album peaked at No.2 on the US album chart and at No.1 on the UK album chart. It was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA with 8 million units sold. In Switzerland, Achtung Baby reached No.3 on the album charts and stayed in the charts for a total of 19 weeks and was certified Gold. In Australia, Achtung Baby was certified 5 times platinum by the ARIA.
U2 won the Grammy for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group and producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno won Producers of the Year for Achtung Baby. Additionally, the album was nominated for Album of the Year. In the Rolling Stone annual reader’s poll, it came No. 1 for Best Album and Best Album Cover.
Produced by Daniel Lanois with Brian Eno mainly at Hansa Ton Studios, Berlin, Dog Town, S.T.S., and Windmill Lane, Dublin. Engineered and Mixed by Flood with Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses and Even Better Than The Real Thing mixed by Steve Lillywhite