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IGN AUGUST 10, 2011 - by Chad Grischow

ACHTUNG BABY TURNS TWENTY

Originally released November 19, 1991, U2's most successful album of the '90s, Achtung Baby turns twenty this year. To celebrate the occasion, the Dubin rockers have announced the November 1 release of the anniversary edition of the album.

The album was recorded over a six month period at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, produced by collaborators Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite. The album found the band reinventing itself, or as Bono described it, "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree", with singles Mysterious Ways, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing, and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses.

To celebrate the occasion the band has unearthed previously unreleased songs from the sessions, along with video, remixes, B-sides and a full demo album of the early versions for the final tracklisting. The band also returned to Hansa studio earlier this year to discuss the album with Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim (Waiting For Superman, An Inconvenient Truth), for the upcoming documentary From The Sky Down. The film will open the Toronto Film Festival on September 8, and will also be included with the anniversary edition of Achtung Baby.


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