" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
ACHTUNG BABY

Cover
 Commercial Release November 18 / 19, 1991
 Record Label Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: 1, Canada: 2, UK: 2
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
COMMERCIAL SINGLES
The Fly Even Better Than the Real Thing
Mysterious Ways Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
One
PROMOTIONAL RELEASES
Achtung Baby Solicitation Kit WGRYWH Promo Single
Achtung Baby Users Kit Zoo Station Promo Single
The Fly Promo Single Salome (Zooromancer Remix) Promo
Mysterious Ways Promo Single Until the End of the World Promo
One Promo Single Zoo Radio Transmit Promo
EBTTRT Promo Single Zoo TV Tour Promo
LINER NOTES
Bono: Vocals & Guitar. The Edge: Guitar, Keyboards & Vocals. Adam Clayton: Bass Guitar. Larry Mullen: Drums & Percussion. Paul McGuinness: Manager. Studio Crew: Joe O'Herlihy: Monitoring. Des Broadbery: Keyboard & Guitar Technician. Fraser McAlister: Bass & Guitar Technician. Sam O'Sullivan: Drum Technician. Anne-Louise Kelly: Album Production Manager. 

Recorded in: Hansa Ton Studios Berlin, Dog Town Dublin, S.T.S. Dublin, Windmill Lane Studios Dublin. Recording Facilities and Co-Ordination Berlin : Joe O'Herlihy and Dennis Sheehan. Recording Facilities and Co-Ordination Dublin : Terry Cromer, Audio Engineering Dublin. 

Principle Management Dublin - Anne-Louise Kelly, Barbara Galavan, Jackie Bennet, Eileen Long, David Herbert, Maria Duffy, Brigid Mooney, Anne O'Leary, Cillian Guidera, Liz Devlin, Cecilia Coffey. Principle Management NY - Ellen Darst, Keryn Kaplan, Sheila Roche, Bess Burke, Lisa Fiscoff. 

Mastering by Arnie Acosta / A & M Mastering Studios, LA. Digital Editing by Stewart Whitmore / A & M Mastering Studios, LA. Quality Control Cheryl Engels / A & M Studios, LA. Thanks to: Yamaha Drums, Paiste, Pro-Mark and James Howe Industries for Strings. Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno appear courtesy of Opal/Warner Brothers. 

Photography by Anton Corbijn. Design by Steve Averill and Shaughn McGrath - Works Associates (Dublin). Label Illustration by Charlie Whisker. Photographed by Richie Smith. 
European Language Translations Ltd. Dublin/Eileen Pearson.

OTHER NOTES
Achtung Baby was released after a long period away out of the public eye for U2.  Rumours had it that they were recording something completely different, something which was dance music, or that they had broken up and there was no album coming.  What the public got was something which was described as "the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree".  Very different from anything that had come before sonically, but still recognizable as U2.

During the recording of the album, seven CDs worth of material was stolen from the studio, which quickly became available as bootlegs before the release of the album.  The best of the seven discs worth of material was released as a three CD set called Salome.  The other discs were mainly filled with instrumental tracks, and the sound of Larry working on beats.

There was some concern over the cover of the album.  On the back is a picture of Adam Clayton with full frontal nudity.  Due to the concern in some regions, the design team at Works Associates designed an 'X' for placement over Adam's "member" and had it sent to production facilities.  In some cases in the USA a green shamrock was used instead of which the design team was unaware.

Although sounding like nothing that had come before, the album went on to be one of U2's most successful, and launched a very successful two year tour, and five successful singles.

CATALOG INFORMATION
 12" VINYL:
Label:
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Catalog Information:
Argentina, Island / Polygram, 29348 Mexico, Polygram, LPE 1250
Argentina, Island / Polygram, 510347-1 Mexico, Island, 510 347-1
Brazil, Island, 510347 Portugal, Island, U28 / 212110
Canada,  Spain, Island, 212110 (5F)
Columbia, Island / Philips, 510 347-1 UK, Island, U28
Ecuador, Island / Philips, LP-30377 USA, Island, 314-510 347-1
Germany, Island, 212 110 Venezuela, Polygram / Sonorodven, 210.004
Greece, Island, 212 110 Venezuela, Island / Sonorodven, 78.007L / 510 347-1
Korea, Island, RI3000 Zimbabwe, Island / ZMC, STARL 5878
Track Listing:
As listed above. 
Further Information:
Released in a cardboard sleeve. 
Other Images:
Additional images from international pressings always welcome!
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 CASSETTE:
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Package:
Catalog Information:
Argentina, Island / Polygram, 510347-4 Phillipines, Konica / Island, F852
Australia, Island, 510 347-4 Poland, TAKT Music, 1599
Canada, Island, 510347-4 South Africa, Island, STARC5876
Columbia, Island / Philips, 510 247-4 Spain, Island, 412110 (7H)
Costa Rica, Island / Polygram, MCCE 1250 UK, Island, UC28
Mexico, Polygram, MCE 1250 USA, Island, 314-510 347-4
Peru, Island, 510 347-4
Track Listing:
As listed above. 
Further Information:
Other Images:
Additional images not available above always welcome!
 5" CD:
 Canada Pressing, 510 347-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 7-314-510347-2 5
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #911002NN 510347-2 MFG BY CINRAM
 Canada Pressing, I2 10347
Label: Island / Columbia House Records
UPC: 7-314-510347-2 5
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #920602K I2-10347 MFG BY CINRAM
Note: Record Club Pressing
 UK Pressing, CIDU28 / 510347-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 731451 034725
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix:
 USA Pressing, 314-510 490-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 7 314-510490-2 6
Package: Digipack
Matrix: 8 314 510 490-2 SRC+02
 USA Pressing, 314-510 347-2
Label: Island Records
UPC: 7-314-510347-2 5
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: 8 314 510 347-2 SRC=01
Catalog Information:
Argentina, Island / Polygram, 314 510 347-2 Japan, Island / Polygram, UICY2434 [2002]
Australia, Island, 510 347-2 Mexico, Polygram, 510347-2(24)
Canada, Island, 510 347-2 Spain, Island, 262110 (9A)
Canada, Island / Columbia House, I2 10347 South Africa, Island, STARCD5876
Germany, Island, 262 110 Taiwan, Island, 510347-2 
Germany, Island, 262 489 [Digipack] UK, Island, CIDU28 / 510347-2
Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR 1836 [1996] USA, Island, 314-510 347-2
Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR 704 [1992] USA, Island, 314-510 490-2 [Digipack]
Japan, Island / Phonogram, PHCR 90711 [1997]
Japan, Island / Polystar, PSCD 1170 [1991]
Track Listing:
As listed above. 
Further Information:
Other Images:
Additional images not available above always welcome!
 DIGITAL COMPACT CASSETTE (DCC):
Label: Island Records
UPC:
Package:
Catalog Information:
Europe, Island, 510 347-5 USA, Island, 510 347-5
Track Listing:
As listed above.
Further Information:
The DCC was a new format being tried out at the time of the release of Zooropa.  Zooropa was released in this format and The Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, and Achtung Baby were released in this format at the same time in 1993.
Other Images:
Rattle and Hum (1988) Zooropa (1993)
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