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U2Achtung Baby

Label:Island Records – U28, Island Records – 510347-1
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Pop Rock


A1Zoo Station
Guitar [Additional]Daniel Lanois
A2Even Better Than The Real Thing3:41
Guitar [Additional]Daniel Lanois
Keyboards [Additional]Brian Eno
A4Until The End Of The World
Percussion [Additional]Daniel Lanois
A5Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses5:16
A6So Cruel
Arranged By [Strings]Brian Eno, The Edge
Violin, ViolaThe Duchess Nell Catchpole*
B1The Fly4:29
B2Mysterious Ways
Percussion [Additional]Daniel Lanois
B3Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Guitar [Additional]Daniel Lanois
Keyboards [Additional]Brian Eno
B4Ultra Violet (Light My Way)5:31
B6Love Is Blindness4:23

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First issue released with the uncensored Adam Clayton nude image on back sleeve.
Includes a picture liner with printed credits / photos plus a separate stiff lyrics insert.

Initial copies were distributed with a limited edition set of sixteen 12" x 12" full colour
prints, featuring singularly the shots collage of the front picture sleeve (see photos).

Masters plated at Specialty Records Corporation.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 731451034718
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Price Code: PY 281
  • Rights Society: BIEM / STEMRA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 1): [SNA logo] U28 A7 (U2 8-A-9) [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-1-A5-SP2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 1): [SNA logo] U28-B-6 (U2 8-B-10) [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-1-B5-SP3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 2): (U2 8-A-9) 1 - 4 [SRC logo} AA 314-510-347-1-A5-SP2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 2): U28 B5 (U2 8-B-9) [SRC logo] 314-510-347-1-B5-SP2AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 3): U28 A7 (U2 8-A-9) [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-1-A5-SP2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 3): U28 B7 (U2 8-B-9) [SRC logo] 314-510-347-1-B5-SP2 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 4): U28 B-7 (U2 8-B 9) 3/4-5/0-347-1-B5-SP2#
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 4): U2 8-A-8 U2-8 A-2 #
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, var. 5): [SNA logo] U2 8 - A - 8 U2 - 8 A-2 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, var. 5): [SNA logo] U28 - B - 6 (U2 8 - B - 10) [SRC logo] AA 314 - 510 - 347 - 1 - BS - SP3 1-a

Other Versions (5 of 330)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Achtung Baby (LP, Album)Island Records510 347-1US1991
Achtung Baby (CD, Album)Island Records262 110Europe1991
Achtung Baby (CD, Album, Digi-Trak)Island Records314-510 490-2US1991
Achtung Baby (Cassette, Album)Island Records, Island Records510 347-4, UC 28UK1991
Achtung Baby (CD, Album)Island Records314-510 347-2US1991


BaconAerosmith's profile picture
Can't Believe This Album Is 30 Years Old. Been Enjoying U2 VOB Videos From This Album And Others. Shared Them On The Internet Archive, Because I Was Told At The Central That My Attitude Stinks Because I Made A Request For Chantoozies. LOL!
southpawgrammar's profile picture
Edited 7 months ago
In 1991, U2's bold refashioning of post-punk rock was propitious indeed. With grunge on the scene and Madchester receiving airplay, U2 launched a timely rebrand at the most opportune period in modern music; it was an indication that guitar music had become popular again, leaving the glut of 1980s stadium-fillers at odds with the current landscape, and many failed to adapt. U2, however, bravely decided to reinvent themselves as a trendsetting band with the same romantic and political aspirations as before, albeit with art pop inclinations, and it turned out to be a very advantageous and smooth transition indeed.

"Achtung Baby" is U2 at their most introspective, exploring personal relationships over political themes; never bordering on the anthemic arena rock of "The Joshua Tree", which succeeded chiefly because the album was solidly produced, the band are forced to innovate, consolidating far more adventurous instrumentation, psychedelic, beguiling rhythms and dance beats into the album's dense sonic palette. As emotional as they are sexual, Bono's lyrical motivations are laid bare, and although the groovy sounds employed can feel incongruous when he emotes vocally in his usual high-strung balladeer tone, somehow it all attunes and coheres incredibly well. Surging forth with satisfying Eastern-influenced rhythms and textured guitar riffs, Edge's role may not be as integral as it was on previous albums, but the stunningly layered, musically diverse foundation synthesises rock instrumentation and electronic undercurrents so that each composition demands to heard in all of its soaring beauty, with every detail yearning to be pored over and marvelled at. Technologically ambitious as the production is, it does not detract from the melancholic, reflective nature of the overall music, thus registering it as a masterpiece designed for repeat listens rather than an experimental record to be experienced only once.

Although its commercial success led to increasingly diluted, unfocused projects, "Achtung Baby" is a provocative, seminal record responsible for introducing several classic songs in the U2 canon, namely "Even Better Than The Real Thing" and "One". Without a doubt, though, Brian Eno's production is the impetus for the album's astonishing sophistication and intricacy; he ably assists in creating the band's most passionate, cohesive and thriving collection of songs to date, geared towards the ravers, baggy rock fans as well as their core fanbase. It is an album with universal appeal that draws from a variety of influences to winning effect and remains an excessive, fresh and relevant creation from a mature band at the peak of their powers.

Rating: 4.5/5

AndrewCooper's profile picture
Here in Sydney Australia you did not get the full set of 16 prints with the purchase of the album. When you purchased the album (either CD or vinyl) you had to ask the sales staff for a print. You didn't know which print you were going to get as each store only had a select few. It would have taken 16 purchases at varying stores to get the full set , or if you knew somebody in the business. Fortunately I have the full set of 16 prints. Can't remember where I got them from though.
depechetraff's profile picture
Pah! I didn't get any inserts. And mine is definitely a first pressing - I won it on a Radio One phone-in a week or so prior to release. They assumed I'd want a CD and were surprised when I asked for vinyl :)
lawrencecrg2's profile picture
has anyone sold one with the 16 art inserts? can't see any that have sold anywhere with these?
devito.mark's profile picture
Edited 3 years ago
I just got this pressing, finally after years of wanting it.
I can't get over how much better the LP is than the CD I have; it's like night and day.

There is more depth to the LP and it has that extra 'kick' in it.
gabriel74's profile picture
Edited 10 years ago
This is an excellent LP from the 90's not only for the new electro (dirty) Rock sound of U2 but also for the artwork by photographer Anton Corbijn using saturation of colors, opposition of cold and hot. Black and white are also submitted to such treatments. If U like U2, get a good original 1991 copy (black vinyl) and enjoy the sound and the picture of this great U2 collector!
pymander's profile picture
The colour vinyl editions in yellow, red or transparent vinyl are counterfeits and sound like it too.