U2 ‎– Achtung Baby

Island Records ‎– 212 110
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Zoo Station
Guitar [Additional] – Daniel Lanois
A2 Even Better Than The Real Thing 3:41
A3 One
Guitar [Additional] – Daniel LanoisKeyboards [Additional] – Brian Eno
A4 Until The End Of The World
Percussion [Additional] – Daniel Lanois
A5 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses 5:16
A6 So Cruel
Arranged By [Strings] – Brian Eno, The EdgeViolin, Viola – The Duchess Nell Catchpole*
B1 The Fly 4:29
B2 Mysterious Ways
Percussion [Additional] – Daniel Lanois
B3 Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Guitar [Additional] – Daniel LanoisKeyboards [Additional] – Brian Eno
B4 Ultra Violet (Light My Way) 5:31
B5 Acrobat 4:30
B6 Love Is Blindness 4:23

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Recorded in:
Hansa Ton Studios Berlin, Dog Town Dublin, S.T.S. Dublin, Windmill Lane Studios Dublin.

Mastering, Digital Editing and Quality Control at A&M Mastering Studios, L.A.

All tracks published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
℗1991 Island Records Ltd.
©1991 Island Records Ltd.
Distributed by BMG Records
Distribué par BMG Ariola
Vertrieb durch BMG Ariola
Printed in Germany.

Matte cover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 007192 121106
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Runout Side A): U20 212110 A-1 II (U2 8-A-9) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-I-AS-SP2 1-1 SMI-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 Runout Side B): U20 212110-B-1 (U2 8-B-9) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] 314-510-347-I-BS-SP2 AA 1-1 SMI-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Runout Side A): 020 212110-1A-1 212110 A-2 (U2 8-A-10) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-1-AS-SP3 1-1 SMI-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Runout Side B): 020 212110-1B-1 212110 B-2 (U2 8-B-10) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-1BS-SP3 1-S
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Other (On lyric sheet): 212 110-7
  • Other (On inner sleeve): 212 110-8
  • Price Code: D: 630

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
262 110 U2 Achtung Baby(CD, Album) Island Records 262 110 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
43 293 0 U2 Achtung Baby(Cass, Album, Club) Island Records 43 293 0 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
U28, 510347-1 U2 Achtung Baby(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records U28, 510347-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
314-510 347-4 U2 Achtung Baby(Cass, Album, SR,) Island Records 314-510 347-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
PHCR-704, CIDU 28, 510347-2 U2 Achtung Baby(CD, Album, RE) Island Records, Island Records, Island Records PHCR-704, CIDU 28, 510347-2 Japan 1992 Sell This Version


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September 15, 2018

I am not enthusiastic about the sound of the vinyl. It sounds a bit pinched or compressed. There is sufficient bass but I miss dynamics and it is not sparkling. I am not sure if this is specifically related to the vinyl, too many songs per side, or to the mastering. I am not able to compare it with the CD sound.


July 11, 2018
This is about to be re-released on a 2LP set!


May 3, 2018
I’ve loved this band since seeing them on a tv show in the late 70’s in N. Ireland but as U2 records go.. this is shite... sorry.!


October 17, 2017

Wow, this sounds really nice. I always thought the sound of both the initial CD version and the remastered CD version were much to dense and compressed, surely owed to the very "fat" multi-track production. This vinyl version sounds much more open and wide, drums and bass guitar i.e. on "So cruel" are so alive and kicking.


January 14, 2017
this Vinyl is original or remastered ? i'll wait an asnwer


July 1, 2015
Referencing Achtung Baby LP Translucent Vinyl U28 510347-1
The cover is poor coloured, but the record's sound is fine, I have re-issue Netherland and no have much different, rich bass, light trebles.
Track A1 have a hum aat beging the song.


May 30, 2013
edited over 7 years ago
U2 never was a rock'n'roll band in the early Stones sense of the genre, they were and are a pop band. Their early records do sound like the 80`s, little cheesy but very popular. Good music, reaches far, and carry mild political "soft riot" messages. It works. U2 is purifying music, puts you in a nice contemplative mood, it flows and you're feeling good.

Every old band went through changes in their career to update software and hardware. Depeche Mode is a good example or the U2. I grew up on my dad's early hard rock tapes went through goa and now into experimental electronica, I do like this electro-pop-rock U2, same little cheese as in the 80's but rich. So I don't see the point blaming them for playing popular music. It's not politics after all, being a populist in music, if it's honest, is totally acceptable. U2 sounds true, it's genuine, honest music.

My favorite song on this album is Acrobat. it's simple, powerful, emotional, all you need from the modern Western Pop-Zen


September 4, 2011
One of the most overrated rock albums of all time. I just can't get into this no matter how hard I try. One of the biggest let-downs for me are the lyrics. There's just so very little substance contained in them. I consider "The Fly" the best track here, but its lyrics are just throwaway. Even as late as the Joshua Tree, U2's stories had political and social depth, though the pretentiousness had started creeping in by then. But this album is almost full-blown pretense. Overplayed, nauseating crap like "One" signaled the end of meaningful commentary.

Musically, there's too much electronics; they were never a synth band. What makes their early albums enjoyable now is that they don't sound like 80s albums -- they're pure rock and roll. And although Achtung Baby does not exactly sound 20 years old, it still sounds more dated than their earliest efforts, mainly due to the instrumentation and production.