Hey, gang, remember when U2 wasn’t embarrassing to watch? No? All you have to do is hop in the Wayback Machine and crank it back 20 years or so and viola—you’re in Achtung Baby territory, the last perfect album the band ever released (and now, fanboys and fangirls, I’m not saying every album since then has sucked, just that they never achieved Achtung’s level of perfection again, ok?). And it seems that U2 would like to help remind everyone of how awesome the record is, with a 20th Anniversary boxset.
According to The AV Club:
Anyone who saw Bono, the Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton on their record-breaking 360 Tour knows they’ve been all but presaging an inevitable Achtung boxset by commencing shows with several of the album’s cuts. Now, it is written: On November 1, exactly two decades and one day since its original release, the 20-year commemorative edition of U2’s last truly earth-quaking LP will be unsheathed. As has been the case of late with similar offerings, the buffed-up Achtung Baby will be purchasable in vinyl, CD and digital formats, and come equipped with the requisitely awesome clearinghouse of demos, documentary footage, videos, B-sides and breathless liner notes.
So there you go, gang. One more chance to revel in a time when the band was capital-G Great, before you have to go back to listening to whatever soggy new single the band’s firing at us. Sigh.
What do you think of the U2 news?