During this crazy Pandemic I have been supporting locally owned Record Shops. The only problem is Tbay has no good record shops other than Sunrise which is a nationwide chain. Instead I have decided to support local shops that are out of town! Encore Records out of Kitchener, Aux33 out of Montreal and now Resolute Records out of Toronto are three locally owned shops that I have given my business too. I ordered 5 albums from Resolute Records and first up is those four fellas from Ireland.
Another huge album that just turned 30 years young was U2’s “Achtung Baby” that was released back in November 1991.
I will never admit to being the biggest U2 fan around as my collection is patchy at best but there is something about certain albums that after all these years still draws you in as the listener.
“Achtung Baby” for me is that record which I finally got on vinyl after my sister Kristin nicked my CD copy of it about 29 years ago!
All kidding aside, U2 created a brilliantly written and recorded album that still stands up today.
Full out props to Producers Daniel Lanois/Brian Eno/ Steve Lillywhite and engineer Flood whom all created and crafted one of the best sounding records I have ever heard.
No other record before or after that I have heard sounds like “Achtung Baby” and thats thanks to all the parties involved in making of the album.
U2 themselves that being of course Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. stepped up and wrote 12 tracks that are all classics and to prove that point this record went 5 singles deep while selling well over 1 million records in Canada. (certified Diamond as was ’87’s “Joshua Tree”.)
I’m not going into a detailed breakdown of this album but I will mention a couple of tracks that really stand out. (the whole album really stands out too be honest with ya).
Opener “Zoo Station” sets the pace and it’s very apparent about 20 seconds in that this album is sounding like no other albums. Love the mix of Clayton’s Bass on this record as its soars over everything. Very simple yet very effective.
Speaking of soaring Bass how about “Even Better Than The Real Thing” which has some real cool Mullen Jr. percussion driving the song forward along with The Edges guitar.
“One” was a big single and I love the feel of this tune as Bono delivers a stellar vocal along with Edge’s guitar playing. “One” is one of the all time greats..
“Until The End of The World” has Edge leading the charge on guitar as how many effects does this guy use?
One of my favourite tunes is “The Fly” which is such a killer track. The chorus is Gold as I love how Edge and Bono’s voices collide while all the other rock trimmings are going on sonically in the background.
“Achtung Baby” on vinyl is a must listen and actually is a great listen on headphones as well as there is so much going on socially around the four dudes known as U2.