"They continuously experiment and try different ways of playing and arranging the songs, until the very last moment. The guitar overdub on 'Mysterious Ways', for example, went down after the mix was finished."
- Robbie Adams, engineer on the Achtung Baby recordings
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U2 was the fourth rock band to be featured on the cover of Time magazine (following The Beatles, The Band, and The Who), who declared that U2 was "Rock's Hottest Ticket".