U2 to issue special edition of "Achtung Baby" as it turns 30

Achtung Baby, by U2, the band's seventh studio album, was released on November 18th 1991. It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2’s career.

To celebrate, Island Records, Interscope and UMe will release a 30th Anniversary Edition, which will see a special Standard and Deluxe vinyl release on 19th November, ahead of a 50-track digital boxset available 3rd December 2021.

 30 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”.

 About Achtung Baby

Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin and 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. Lead by The Fly, four other singles followed: Mysterious Ways, OneEven Better Than The Real Thing and Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses


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 Artwork to celebrate "Achtung Baby" at 30...

In celebration of Achtung Baby’s 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.

30 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. More here.

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