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U2 celebrate album's 20th birthday

Twenty years ago, Bono described Achtung Baby as "the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree" while Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote that "stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990's".

The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2's career.

Good for them.

To mark 20 years since its 1991 release, an anniversary edition of U2's Achtung Baby is due on October 31, 2011.

Lead by 'The Fly', the album spawned four other singles, 'Mysterious Ways', 'One', 'Even Better Than The Real Thing' and 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses'. And now the anniversary edition showcases a raft of unreleased material; video, remixes, b-sides and documentary footage discovered, a full album of demo and early versions of the final 1991 tracklisting has also been revealed. Five physical editions including vinyl, CD, DVD and digital options will be made available. Full details of all formats are at

And on October 31st Prime TV will be screening From The Sky Down, a superb documentary that delves into the creation and success of Achtung Baby, directed by Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth). The film was selected to open the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8th and will be included in the anniversary edition.

Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary Edition is available 31st October. From The Sky Down is screening on Prime TV, 9.30pm, Monday 31st October.

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