U2 Plans a 20th Anniversary Release of Achtung Baby

Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Edition
Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Edition - Photo Credit: Universal Music Enterprises
It’s hard to believe but it’s been 20 years since U2 released their critically acclaimed album, Achtung Baby, which won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance and is still thought of as one of the best releases from the group. And in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its release, U2 is putting out a special edition on November 1, 2011 in the US (Oct 31, 2011 internationally).
 
The group has also been involved in working on a rock documentary called From the Sky Down with Waiting for Superman director Davis Guggenheim. The documentary has been chosen to open the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, the first time a documentary has been given that honor.
 
Commenting on the film, director Guggenheim stated, “In the terrain of rock bands – implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction, this band has endured and thrived. The movie From The Sky Down asks the question why.”
 
More on Achtung Baby from the official press release:
 
“Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby is U2’s seventh studio album. Produced by longtime U2 collaborators, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite, Achtung Baby was engineered by Flood and led by “The Fly.” The album spawned four other singles: “Mysterious Ways,” “One,” “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses.”
 
The Achtung Baby archives have unearthed some previously unreleased songs from the recording sessions. With a raft of unreleased material, video, remixes, b-sides and documentary footage discovered, a full album of demo and early versions of the final 1991 tracklisting has also been revealed. Five physical editions including vinyl, CD, DVD and digital options will be made available. Full details of all formats are at achtungbaby.u2.com.
 
Source: Universal Music Enterprises