U2, 'Achtung Baby'

It’s long been expected that the next installment in U2′s ongoing reissue campaign would be the band’s landmark 1991 album Achtung Baby, and today we received some confirmation — via indie rocker/producer John Vanderslice, of all people — that it’s in the works.

This afternoon, Vanderslice tweeted that he was at a Los Angeles studio with engineer Bernie Grundman, mastering his new album with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, before announcing, “They’re remastering Achtung Baby in next room!!” (Shortly afterward, he added,Any suggestions for witty opening salvos to drop on U2 crew when I barge in on Achtung Baby remastering session?” Charles Bissell, leader of indie act The Wrens, replied: “at some point say, ‘that sounds even better than the real thing.’”)

Of course, U2 has not formally announced an Achtung Baby reissue, so it’s not known whether the album is being remastered ahead of a fall/winter release, or if the band plans to wait until next year for a 20th anniversary tie-in. The previous U2 reissue — a deluxe 2CD/1DVD box set of The Unforgettable Fire — came out last October, although that set was formally announced just a little more than a month beforehand.

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