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U2Achtung Baby

Label:Island Records – 212 110
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Alternative Rock, Arena 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

Companies, etc.



- Mat cover
- Housed in a printed inner sleeve with photos & credits, manufacturing# 212110-8
- Including printed black lyric sheet with manufacturing# 212110-7
- Label rim printed in German, English and French language
- One pressing ring with 32mm in diameter

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.

On labels:
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Made in Germany

On rear cover
℗ 1991 Island Records Ltd.
© 1991 Island Records Ltd.
Distributed by BMG Records
Distribué par BMG Ariola
Vertrieb durch BMG Ariola
Printed in Germany

020 in runouts indicates that the metals have been manufactured somewhere else (here at Specialty Records Corporation) for a pressing by Sonopress.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 007192 121106
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Pressing Plant ID (Embossed on label side B): Bass clef
  • Price Code (D): 630
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Other (On inner sleeve): 212 110-8
  • Other (On lyric sheet): 212 110-7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1: Runout side A): 020 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): 020 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Runout side A): 020 212110 A-1 II (U2 8-A-9) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-I-AS-SP2#
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3: Runout side B): 020 212110-B-1 (U2 8-B-9) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] aa 314-510-347-I-aS-SP2 1-1 SMI-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Runout side A etched, [SRC logo] stamped): 020 212110 A-1 (U2 8-A-9) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-I-AS-SP2 1-1 SMI-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4: Runout side A etched, [SRC logo] stamped): 020 212110-1 B-1 II 212110 B-2 (U2 8-B-10) ℗ [illegible] [SRC logo] AA 314-510-347-I-BS-SP3

Other Versions (5 of 329)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


mb650918's profile picture
I’m not that overwhelmed with this pressing at all. It just sounds very compressed.
Lempira's profile picture
What is the difference to this pressing from 1991? Both issues with the uncensored Adam Clayton nude image on back sleeve?

realtos's profile picture
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.
james73's profile picture
This is about to be re-released on a 2LP set!
cyrild168's profile picture
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.!
brussels75's profile picture
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.
carret19's profile picture
this Vinyl is original or remastered ? i'll wait an asnwer
lampio's profile picture
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.
gamaal7's profile picture
Edited 8 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
GalaxyExplorer's profile picture
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.