New Line on the Horizon: Next Year

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-12-12)

For those who have been waiting patiently for more reissues to come out from U2’s back catalog, we have some good news for you.

No Line On the Horizon is being released on February 22, 2019 on vinyl. This marks the 10th anniversary of the original release of the album, released in February 2009. This will be a double disc vinyl set and will be pressed on 180g vinyl. This is the latest in a long line of reissues on vinyl, a program that started in 2017 with a reissue of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and War on vinyl on March 31, 2017. When that set was released, we were told that the full back catalog would be reissued, with a few new vinyl issues each month.

To date the schedule has been:

  • March 31, 2017: War (2008 mix)
  • March 31, 2017: How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Not remastered)
  • April 13, 2018: All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • April 13, 2018: Pop
  • April 13, 2018: Wide Awake in America
  • July 27, 2018: The Best of 1980 – 1990
  • July 27, 2018: Achtung Baby
  • July 27, 2018: Zooropa
  • September 28, 2018: The Best of 1990 – 2000

Also more recently, have been two special coloured vinyl releases of Zooropa and The Joshua Tree, released on November 23, 2018 in most of the world, with earlier releases in Germany and the UK. Many of our discography entries for these releases can be found in the discography entry for albums, down under “Reissues and Remasters”.

The albums Boy, October, Under a Blood Red Sky, and The Unforgettable Fire have been kept in print since their initial release on vinyl in 2008 – 2009. The Joshua Tree was reissued in 2017 for the thirtieth anniversary of that album in a variety of formats including a 2-vinyl set. Initially we were told Rattle and Hum would be released this fall and No Line on the Horizon would be the final release next spring. It appears that Rattle and Hum was removed from the schedule and they will continue on directly to No Line on the Horizon as the next release. At this time we do not know when, or if Rattle and Hum will be rescheduled, but we will let you know as any information becomes available.

Many of U2’s albums have been out of print for a number of years, leading to high prices on the collectors market. No Line on the Horizon, Rattle and Hum, and the Passengers album Original Soundtracks 1 are the three albums which have not been widely repressed, or kept in print in recent years. These newer pressings are done with new catalog numbers and information on the album itself, on a high quality vinyl, and are pressed for the worldwide market. If your shop or online store stocked the earlier re-releases, it should stock this new one.

Many thanks to Davide P for some information used in this article.

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