U2 has been rereleasing their studio albums in various remastered packages.
The first few got remastered and released in two-cd versions with the second disc containing b-sides and rarities. With Joshua Tree, possibly their finest album, they offered a two-cd version and a three-cd version. It looks like Rattle and Hum got skipped (possibly due to licensing issues with the studio), but the band has come back with a profit-making vengeance with Achtung Baby.
For this one, they're offering a single-disc version for $13.49.
There's a two-disc version with the second disc being b-sides and rarities for $24.80. Sadly, they haven't released the track listing for disc two yet. I wanna know what's there because a while back, I went with the Ultimate U2 mp3 Discography torrent a year or so ago.
There's what they're calling a Super Deluxe edition with 6 cds, 4 DVDs, a 92-page hardback book, and 16 art prints for $143.51.
And then there's the Uber Deluxe edition with "six CDs including the original Achtung Baby album, the follow-up album,
Zooropa, b-sides and re-workings of previously unheard material recorded
during the Achtung Baby sessions. Four DVDs including "From The Sky
Down", Zoo TV, all the videos from Achtung Baby plus bonus material.
Also includes five clear seven inch vinyl singles in their original
sleeves, 16 art prints taken from the original album sleeve, an 84-page
hardback book, a copy of Propaganda magazine, four badges, a sticker
sheet, and a pair of Bono's trademark "The Fly" sunglasses. Band members
sold separately." (from the Amazon description)
And there's a vinyl version with 4 LPs (two of which are apparently on translucent blue vinyl) for only $170.50.
I get that things like digital downloading, bit torrents, and lots more are cutting into the sales and profitability of cds, but this just seems a little excessive, boys.
What do you think, Bono?