Looks like Nirvana’s Nevermind won’t be the only big 20th anniversary reissue coming out this fall: U2 finally is set to release its long-expected reissue of 1991’s Achtung Baby later this year paired, somewhat more unexpectedly, with a re-released edition of the band’s 1993 companion album Zooropa.
According to fan site @U2, a report in the new issue of Rolling Stone — which is not yet online, and hasn’t yet arrived at Slicing Up Eyeballs world headquarters — says the two albums are “likely” be reissued separately this fall and combined in a deluxe box set featuring bonus audio and video material from the ZOO TV era.
The article quotes U2 manager Paul McGuiness:
“There will be multiple formats. If you pile a lot of extra material and packaging and design work into a super-duper box set, there are people who will pay quite a lot for it, so you can budget it at a very high level and pump up the value.”
Last September, word emerged that Achtung Baby was being remastered at a Los Angeles studio. And last month while on tour in Winnipeg, Canada, the band reportedly filmed part of an Achtung Baby documentary with “It Might Get Loud” director Davis Guggenheim, although it’s not yet known whether that will be included in the box set. The new Rolling Stone report is the first indication that a Zooropa reissue also is imminent.
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