Achtung Baby

~ Release group by U2

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Achtung Baby (unknown) 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) PSCD-1170 4988023016481
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 314-510 490-2 731451049026
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 262110 4007192621101
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 510347-2, CIDU28 731451034725
Achtung Baby (BMG club release) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 314-510 347-2, D 125174 [none]
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 314-510 347-2 731451034725
Achtung Baby Cassette 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) I4 10347 731451034749
Achtung Baby CD 12 Phonogram 510347-2 731451034725
Achtung Baby Vinyl 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) U28 731451034718
Achtung Baby (club edition) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) I2 10347 77749745885902
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 510347-2, CIDU28 731451034725
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) STARCD 5876 6001210568735
Achtung Baby CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 510347-2, CIDU28 731451034725
Achtung Baby (Columbia House music club release) CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 314‐510 347‐2, I2 10347 731451034725
Achtung Baby Vinyl 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 530 303-9 0600753030394
Achtung Baby 4×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 + 4 + 3 Interscope Records, Mercury Music Group 602527788272 602527788272
Achtung Baby 6×CD 12 + 10 + 11 + 11 + 16 + 12 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group), Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 00602527793702, 2779370 602527793702
Achtung Baby CD 12 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 00602527788258 602527788258
Achtung Baby (deluxe edition) 2×CD 12 + 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0016043-02 602527788265
Achtung Baby Digital Media 12 Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Mercury Records (Universal Music Group) 602527882048
Achtung Baby (deluxe edition) (hi-res audio) 2×Digital Media 12 + 14 Everything to Everyone Records 602557097399
Achtung Baby (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 602557671582
Achtung Baby (deluxe edition) (Mastered for iTunes) 2×Digital Media 12 + 14 Interscope Records, Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Mercury Records (Universal Music Group)
Achtung Baby SHM-CD 12 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICI-9061 4988031237328
Achtung Baby 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 5797009 602557970098
Promotion
The Achtung Baby Working Tapes CD 13 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Edition Sampler
Achtung Baby Solicitation Kit
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
covers: ADD Covers Achtung Baby by ADD
part of: Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1992)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 63)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000202435 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/20774 [info]
Wikidata: Q308801 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Achtung Baby [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/U/U2/Discography/Achtung_Baby/ [info]
http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/u2/achtung_baby/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/2j8r [info]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bqw6 [info]

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Hearing again The Edge's dizbusting guitar and Larry Mullen Jr's clanking beat that introduced Achtung Baby, it's hard to believe that, only one album before, U2 were hanging out with BB King and getting lost in a blind alley of American roots music. Bands that broke through in the halcyon days of post-punk ended up in worse places than Rattle and Hum, but U2 themselves knew they'd lost their way. And so it proved. Having secured Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to produce 1984's The Unforgettable Fire after the similarly blustery devices of War, they rehired the pair and decamped to Berlin in the physical and metaphysical spirit of David Bowie's Eno-assisted rebirth (aka Low, "Heroes" and Lodger) and pressed the restart button.

Twenty years on, Achtung (German for "Attention") Baby still sounds zestful and compelling, with some of U2's all-time highs. One could be the best of them all, a brooding soul ballad oozing confrontation and hurt that manages to unearth some musical US DNA within their Irish selves by doing it without Rattle and Hum's self-consciousness and silly hats. Until the End of the World reconnects with the sleek and rousing rockers of their 1980 debut Boy; but, pardon the cliche, they now sounded like men, resilient and even cynical. Even when U2 deployed arena-courting dynamics on Even Better Than the Real Thing and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, the efforts didn't feel hollow. The debut of 'mirrorball' U2 on The Fly succeeded because they had no precedent or fear at this point. By the time of 1997's Pop album, they were second-guessing and falling short of Achtung Baby's bench-setting standards.

As supporting characters, So Cruel, Acrobat and Love Is Blindness (more soulful smouldering and multi-tiered Edge drama) are hardly second-rate. If the second CD of B sides and bonuses lacks anything comparable, Salome and the vampy cover of Satellite of Love will float some boats. But you can see why the unreleased Blow Your House Down didn't even make it as a B side: it's deeply average considering the invention going on elsewhere, namely invention that helped U2 back on course to embrace the world stage while retaining their soul (as R.E.M. and, later on, Radiohead managed without a Rattle and Hum-style wobble).

But achtung! One fight U2 has lost is to retain the image of bassist Adam Clayton's penis on the inside cover, now hidden behind a big black cross that resembles an act of Christian censorship. Twenty years on? More like 50 years ago…