Achtung Baby at 30

15 Nov 202159

Achtung Baby at 30

Thirty years ago, Bono described Achtung Baby as "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree" while Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote that "stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990's". 

The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2's career.

Today Island Records, Interscope and UMe announce the 30th Anniversary Edition release of Achtung Baby, which will see a special Standard black vinyl release, along with a Deluxe colour vinyl release on 19th November, with Achtung Baby (2018 Remaster) and Achtung Baby (Unter Remixes) also available digitally that day. 

And on December 3rd the 50-track digital box set arrives including Uber Remixes, Unter Remixes and, B-Sides with 22 tracks never before available digitally. (Complete track list below)

Pre order Achtung Baby (30th Anniversary Edition) here

To mark this special anniversary, the band have collaborated with Berlin-based French artist Thierry Noir (the first artist to paint on the Berlin Wall) for a special one-off installation at the legendary Hansa Studios in Kreuzberg. 

Thirty years ago, the band commissioned Noir to paint a series of now iconic Trabant cars, which featured on the album artwork, as well 1991's Zoo TV Tour. U2 x THIERRY NOIR sees Noir return with a newly painted Trabant for 2021, as well as an exclusive mural painted on a section of the Berlin wall.  

In Berlin and want to visit? Read more here. 

Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby is U2's seventh studio album. Produced by long time U2 collaborators, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite, Achtung Baby was engineered by Flood and released on 18th November 1991. Led by The Fly, four other singles followed: Mysterious Ways, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. 

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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 

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 Mix 
10. Mysterious Ways (The Perfecto Remix) 
11. One (Apollo 440 Remix) 

Unter Remixes
1. Mysterious Ways (Tabla Motown Remix) 
2. Mysterious Ways (Apollo 440 Magic Hour Remix) 
3. Can't Help Falling in Love (Mystery Train Dub) 
4. One (Apollo 440 Ambient Mix) 
5. Lemon (Momo's Reprise) 
6. Salomé (Zooromancer Remix) 
7. Even Better Than The 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. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Apollo 440 Stealth Sonic Remix) 

B-Sides And Other Stuff
1. Lady With The Spinning Head (UV1) 
2. Blow Your House Down 
3. Salomé 
4. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Single Version) 
5. Satellite Of Love
6. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (Temple Bar Remix) 
7. Heaven And Hell 
8. Oh Berlin 
9. Near The Island (Instrumental) 
10. Down All The Days 
11. Paint It Black 
12. Fortunate Son 
13. Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk / Korova 1 
14. Where Did It All Go Wrong? 
15. Everybody Loves A Winner 
16. Even Better Than The Real Thing (Fish Out Of Water Remix) 

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Dean Allison
Poor effort not including a zoo tv show (that isn’t Sydney). Why the band refuse to release more of their great shows from the past is beyond me. Stockholm 92, Washington 92, Dublin 93. Maybe dig out one of only 2 complete versions of so cruel. It doesn’t need to be the perfect mix we just want to hear it. U2 are known to be a great live band not as a dance band yet we get a ridiculous amount of remixes.
Bring on “Oh Berlin”
I used to have the super deluxe edition of the 20th anniversary edition but ended up selling it when I was a darker time in my life. So glad to have the bonus tracks from the super deluxe edition not included on the 2 disc version.
AJ Riegler
Baby's all grown up.........
When it landed there was no sitting around - this baby was past the crawling stage very early and over the years has ran and ran. Sure, as it grew up we were witness to it's development as 4 of it's parents brought it to town. It will be very interesting to see how it develops into it's 30's and 40's as proud parents move through their 60's and 70's! Achtung Baby - you are the one. You gave us hope and delivered for so long. Keep up the swagger kid.
eric naulaerts1
Where are the cds?
Glad there's a beautiful vinyl release, but where are the cds?
My 1st one
My first U2 Album and still my favorite!! Happy 30th!!
For real?
The truth is that I was disappointed with the launch of the Achtung Baby anniversary. Other records of lower quality have had their vinyl box with their extras and their live concert and instead one of the best if not the best U2 album, we released it again in black vinily and ohhh in color, ufff that laziness.
Achtung Baby 30th Anniversary
Very excited today, just bought a hoodie and color vinyl edition of Achtung Baby album. This was the first album I bought from U2 when I was still a teenager. The rest is history. Big U2 fan since those days. I can't believe is 30 years since it was first released. Zooropa Tour 2022? Let's hope that actually happens soon!!!
Cmon guys! You can do this!!! ZOOTV 30 B)
Buried remix
Sorry.... Why not a great show of Zoo Tv?
Yeah (Achtung) Baby
From the opening guitar rift of The Fly single to the closing (closing) rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” the whole Achtung Zoo journey, however and wherever we heard them for the first and last times, were quite a ride. Not sure this surpasses my personal copy of the 20th anniversary edition but blue and red 45 RPM (?) vinyl, with the original (original!) cover are very tempting. Having just plugged in my turntable after about 5 years, I might even play this copy!
30 is so hard to believe
Favorite album.
Can't believe its been 30 years
My favorite U2 album of ALL TIME, so excited to have all the special content digitally now (believe its the same content that was issued as CDs in the 20th anno uber deluxe box set. Was so hoping for 30th anniversary ZooTV tour.... oh well, maybe 40th anniversary? ... PLEASE
Achtung Baby changed my life. The ZOO TV Outside Broadcast tour changed my life. My first car covered in AB imagery was dubbed the "ZOOmobile". I love this era of U2 so much. After 30 years, I'd be very curious and most interested to see U2 go into this direction once again, more edgy, experimental, intense, funky, all of it. Really let loose. Long live The Fly! I love you guys. Much love. Achtung Baby forever! "ZOO TV, y'all!"
It's time to celebrate the fantastic alb
It's time to celebrate the fantastic album.
Acthung Baby
Great Album , one of the best rock album in the history
This is truly U2s landmark album. They completely transformed themselves from their serious, black and white Image to a full colour party rock band. I never thought they could ever top an album like the Joshua Tree but for me they did with Achtung Baby. This collection of songs is all killer and no filler.AWESOME!!!!!!
30th anniversary
Very boring and uninspired! Why costs a double vinyl € 50,00?
Achtung Larry, Bono, Edge and Adam
nice to hear from you ..... but it is very disappointing that you don’t release live material. it's time you gave us something that we fans have never had before. what about outside the brodcast tour ??? or Zooropa Tour 1993. You have a lot, a lot more material to put out. but somehow you just repeat yourself. in the end, a lot of fans will pay you a lot of money again for the rerun that gave us the last time it was released. do not repeat yourselves. watch More tv
Achtung Baby 30th Anniversary Celebratio
I can't believe this albums is turning 30 years old; time is flying for sure. I love the apparel that is being released to celebrate. I want to buy a hoodie, but I like both of them is hard just to pick one. Hopefully there is a tour to celebrate in a better and proper way. Just like the amazing Joshua Tree Tour back in 2017.
U2 ... Just cannot Wait for YOU
ZooTV 30th Anniversary Tour
Here's hoping a 30th Anniversary ZooTV tour is in the works for next year! I know Edge and Adam have mentioned it as a possibility. I would love to see it, and so would millions of fans around the world. Fingers crossed!
Missed a trick...
This would have been the ideal opportunity to re-release all of the ZooTv tour merch in regular sizes, rather than the large/ extra large of the originals. I would also loved to have seen a repress of the Zoo Tv box sets.
To many it is U2's finest hour. And yet, on its 30th anniversary release there's absolutely zero exclusive track. Not even live tracks. No new artwork to speak of. 60$ for a double vinyl ! I'm speechless, guys.
Give us Achtung Baby/Zoo TV at 30
Please reprise the Zoo TV tour.
ZOOTV reloaded
What more should I say than „We dream of ZOOTV reloaded 2023!“
I'd love a new Zootv live recording on cd for next years subscription please,please,please.
Useless... nothing new...
Thor u2
Best album ever made
A complete master piece. That's more like it! Nuff said.
Really neat but glad it's not subscriber
This is a great collection for young U2 fans starting to dig into the band's history, but I'm also glad this isn't the subscriber gift as most fervent fans have all these tracks already.
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