U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’ box set: 6 CDs, 4 DVDs, 2 LPs, 5 7-inches — and Bono’s fly shades

U2 will mark the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby with a massive 6CD/4DVD box set featuring remastered editions of the 1991 album and its 1993 follow-up Zooropa, five 7-inch singles, “re-workings of previously unheard material,” the “ZOO TV: Live From Sydney” concert film, a new documentary and a pair of Bono’s “Fly” sunglasses.

The Irish megaband today announced the 20 Years of Achtung Baby project, which will be released Oct. 31 in five different formats and will include “some previously unreleased songs” and the new documentary “From the Sky Down,” directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”), who previously worked with The Edge in “It Might Get Loud.”

Rumored for some time, the expanded Achtung Baby reissue was confirmed in June when U2 manager Paul McGuinness told Rolling Stone, “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.”

He wasn’t kidding. Although the group didn’t reveal tracklists (UPDATE: Tracklisting marked as “not final” has been posted by Universal Music; see it below), it detailed the five formats:

 

1.) Uber Deluxe Edition

  • Limited, numbered set in a magnetic puzzled-tiled box
  • 6 CDs, including Achtung Baby, Zooropa, B-sides and “re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions”
  • 4DVDs, including the previously released “ZOO TV: Live From Sydney,” the new “From the Sky Down” doc, all of the Achtung Baby videos and “bonus material”
  • 2LP, 180-gram vinyl pressing of Achtung Baby in wide-spine sleeve with 2x inner bag
  • 5 clear 7-inch vinyl singles in their original vinyl sleeve (although the titles aren’t specified, they’re presumably “The Fly,” “Mysterious Ways,” “One,” “Even Better Than the Real Thing” and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”)
  • 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve
  • 84-page hardback book
  • 1 copy of Propaganda fan-club magazine
  • 4 badges
  • 1 sticker sheet
  • 1 pair of Bono’s trademark “The Fly” sunglasses

 

2.) Super Deluxe Edition

  • 6 CDs, including Achtung Baby, Zooropa, B-sides and “re-workings of previously unheard material recorded during the Achtung Baby sessions”
  • 4DVDs, including the previously released “ZOO TV: Live From Sydney,” the new “From the Sky Down” doc, all of the Achtung Baby videos and “bonus material”
  • 92-page hardback book
  • 16 art prints in a wallet

 

3.) Vinyl Box Set

  • 4LPs, including two pressed on translucent blue vinyl containing remixes and B-sides
  • 16-page booklet

 

4.) Deluxe Edition

  • 2CD set featuring the original album plus B-sides and “rarities”

 

5.) Standard CD

  • 1CD edition featuring just the original album

 

 

Tracklist: U2, Achtung Baby: Uber Deluxe Edition (Tracklist not final)

 
CD1: Achtung Baby

1. “Zoo Station”
2. “Even Better Than The Real Thing”
3. “One”
4. “Until The End Of The World”
5. “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
6. “So Cruel”
7. “The Fly”
8. “Mysterious Ways”
9. “Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World”
10. “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)”
11. “Acrobat”
12. “Love Is Blindness”
 
CD2: Zooropa

1. “Zooropa”
2. “Babyface”
3. “Numb”
4. “Lemon”
5. “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”
6. “Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car”
7. “Some Days Are Better Than Others”
8. “The First Time”
9. “Dirty Day”
10. “The Wanderer”
 
CD3: Uber Remixes

1. “Night and Day” (Steel String Remix)
2. “Real Thing” (Perfecto Mix)
3. “Mysterious Ways” (Solar Plexus Extended Club Mix)
4. “Lemon” (Perfecto Mix)
5. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Triple Peaks Remix)
6. “Lady with the Spinning Head” (Extended Dance remix)
7. “Real Thing” (V16 Exit Wound Remix)
8. “Mysterious Ways (Ultimatum Mix)
9. “The Lounge Fly”
10. “Mysterious Ways” (The Perfecto Remix)
11. “One” (Apollo 440) – Mix Master [S-109]
 
CD4: Unter Remixes

1. “Mysterious Ways” (Tabla Motown Remix)
2. “Mysterious Ways” (Appollo 440 Magic Hour Remix)
3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Mystery Train Dub)
4. “One” (Apollo 440) – Ambient Master [S-109]
5. “Lemon” (Momo’s Reprise)
6. “Salome” (Zooromancer Remix)
7. “Real Thing” (Trance Mix)
8. “Numb” (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)
9. “Mysterious Ways” (Solar Plexus Magic Hour Remix)
10. “Numb” (The Soul Assassins Mix)
11. “Real Thing” (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix)
 
CD5: B-Sides and Bonus Tracks

1. “Lady With the Spinning Head (UV1)”
2. “Blow Your House” (Analogue Mix Bono Edit 190711)
3. “Salome”
4. “Even Better Than the Real Thing” (Single)
5. “Satelite of Love”
6. “Wild Horses” (Temple Bar Remix)
7. “Heaven And Hell” (In Truth Mix 211711)
8. “Oh Berlin” (Analogue Mix 1 190711) [needs an edit]
9. “Near the Island” (instrumental) Night Train from Rostock
10. “Down All The Days” (Vsn 1) [CD#4/07] (needs edits)
11. “Paint it Black”
12. “Fortunate Son”
13. “Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova”
14. “Where Did It All Go Wrong”
15. “Everybody Loves a Winner” (Edit Between Take 2+3)
16. “Real Thing” (Fish Out of Water Mix)
 
CD6: “Baby” Achtung Baby

1. “’Baby’ Zoo Station”
2. “’Baby’ Even Better Than The Real Thing”
3. “’Baby’ One”
4. “’Baby’ Until The End Of The World”
5. “’Baby’ Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
6. “’Baby’ So Cruel”
7. “’Baby’ The Fly”
8. “’Baby’ Mysterious Ways”
9. “’Baby’ Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World”
10. “’Baby’ Ultra Violet (Light My Way)”
11. “’Baby’ Acrobat”
12. “’Baby’ Love Is Blindness”
 
Achtung Baby 12″ Vinyl

SIDE A
1. “Zoo Station”
2. “Even Better Than The Real Thing”
3. “One”

SIDE B
1. “Until The End of The World”
2. “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses*
3. “So Cruel”

SIDE C
1. “The Fly”
2. “Mysterious Way”
3. “Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World”

SIDE D
1. “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)”
2. “Acrobat”
3. “Love Is Blindness”
 
5 x 7-inch Vinyl Singles

1. “The Fly”
2. “Mysterious Ways”
3. “Even Better than the Real Thing”
4. “One”
05. “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
 
DVD

1. “From The Sky Down” – A Documentary
2. Videos
3. Bonus Material
4. “ZOO TV: Live From Sydney” – The Concert

 
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11 Comments

  • Frank

    Woohoo! Ultimate U2 album for me (so far).

     
  • James

    seminal 90s album that gave new life to U2. Can’t wait to hear the demos (which have been heavily bootlegged).

    Although I do cringe a bit with all of the cash-in on the reissues. I read somewhere that the extra special uber deluxe edition will be priced at 400 pounds. I dearly love U2 but not that much. I need to feed my kids.

     
  • Wow, this is intense. It mentions that Zooropa will be included in the uber & super deluxe versions, but then not with the 2CD edition. Any word on if Zooropa is going to have it’s own double-CD edition?

     
  • Cincyjim

    Good question Brett.I prefer zooropa to achtung baby.

     
  • Love that they throw in Bono’s Fly sunglasses!

     
  • Michael Fairchild

    Oh, that’s is a bit much…

     
  • Dan Guajardo

    How do I acquire said box set?

     
  • dbsweeney

    And how will the remastering be?

     
  • Finally the last ever decent u2 album worth buying is rereleased lol. I think i will go for the super deluxe edition (if it isnt overpriced) im only after the music no point spending hundreds more on a box full of vinyl that will sit in a corner gathering dust.

     
  • Glenn

    On Amazon (US) for pre-order (Nov 1 releases):
    Uber Deluxe: $658.61
    Super Deluxe: $143.51
    Vinyl Box: $170.63
    2CD: $24.82
    1CD remaster: $13.51

    So will Zooropa get its own reissue….?

     
  • cool tunes,cool band

     
 

 

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