No Line on the Horizon Remaster for the 10th Anniversary
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-01-07)
No Line on the Horizon is being released for the 10th anniversary of the album, and the album will be fully remastered, and will be released with two additional remixes on the vinyl. It is being released in two different formats, a regular black vinyl pressing that will be kept in print, and a limited edition clear vinyl.
- The album will be released on 180g clear or black vinyl.
- The original album tracks will be spread across three sides, similar to the recent release of Zooropa.
- The fourth side will contain the “Magnificent (Wonderland Remix)” and “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Redanka’s Kick the Darkness Vocal Version)” (Both previously released)
- There will be a download card with access to all tracks in a digital format.
- There will be a 16 page booklet, and printed inner sleeves.
- A black sticker with white print like the original will be used on the black vinyl release. A white sticker with black print will be used on the clear vinyl release.
The album is remastered, and will be released on February 22, 2019. Both versions of the album can be ordered now through the store at U2.Com. Both versions are now starting to appear at other online shops as well including various Amazon storefronts and Universal storefronts in various countries, Bullmoose Records and other independent stores. Unlike the recent blue Zooropa and gold The Joshua Tree, it does not appear that the clear version will be an exclusive to any one retailer.
The black vinyl version carries the catalog number 5797085 (UPC: 602557970852). The clear vinyl version carries the catalog number 7733839 (UPC: 602577338397).
The press release for this remastered set reads:
Remastered and pressed on 180g double LP black vinyl, plus limited edition 180g double LP ultra-clear vinyl, No Line On The Horizon (2009) will be released on February 22nd (available to pre order from January 9th). Recorded between Fez in Morocco, Dublin (HQ), New York (Platinum Sound Recording Studios) and London (Olympic Studios) and produced by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, No Line On The Horizon debuted at #1 in 30 countries across the globe on release in 2009. Lead single “Get On Your Boots” was followed by “Magnificent” and “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.” The 12th studio album from U2, No Line On The Horizon has been fully remastered and the reissue will also include two additional remixes to celebrate the 10th anniversary – “Magnificent (Wonderland Remix)” by Pete Tong and Paul Rogers and “I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (Redanka’s ‘Kick the Darkness’ Vocal Version).
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.
This is the first time that a coloured vinyl and a black vinyl version of an album re-release have been issued on the same day.
Many thanks to Davide P for some information used in this article.