U2’s Achtung Baby Gets Mega-Expanded


How does 6 CDs and 4
DVDs plus other goodies all in one box strike ya for a 20th anniversary gift? NSFW alert, below.


By Blurt Staff


A 20th anniversary edition of U2’s landmark 1991 album Achtung Baby is due on November 1, and
it will be available in so many formats and with so much bonus material that it
will make the heads spin even of those of us who still cling devotedly to our 3-CD Salome bootlegs.


The Achtung Baby archives have unearthed some previously unreleased songs from the recording
sessions.  With a raft of unreleased material, video, remixes, b-sides and
documentary footage discovered, a full album of demo and early versions of the
final 1991 tracklisting has also been revealed.  Five physical editions
including vinyl, CD, DVD and digital options will be made available.  (Full
details of all formats are at achtungbaby.u2.com; also see
the notes below.) Bizarrely, no one has mentioned whether, among all the bonus material, there will be outtakes from the photo session that yielded the nude Adam Clayton photo – which appeared on the back cover of the original LP edition but was censored (by the band? Island Records? Wal-Mart?) for the mass-marketed CD…



Earlier this year U2 returned to Hansa Studio in Berlin to
discuss Achtung Baby in From The Sky
Down, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth). 
The film has been selected to open the Toronto International Film Festival on
September 8 and will be included in the anniversary edition.


About those formats:


1. A limited,
numbered Uber Deluxe Edition
a magnetic puzzle tiled box which 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. 4 DVDs including ‘From The Sky Down’, ‘Zoo
TV:Live From Sydney’, all the videos from Achtung
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.

2. 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.

3. The Vinyl Box Set is a limited
release containing 4 LPs, two of which are pressed on translucent blue vinyl
containing remixes and B-sides. The box includes a 16 page booklet.

4. The Deluxe Edition is a 2xCD set
containing the reissue of the original album plus B-sides and rarities.

5. The Standard CD is the original


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