Ok, so I'm completely obssessed with this Joshua Tree rumor now (it is, after all, my #1 hoped for MC SACD release).
Here's a google translated article from u2tour.de (german site):
U2 album “The Joshua Tree” in a 20th Anniversary edition - Updated 24.9.
The catalog of universal Music Austria with the emphasis for the autumn just reached us 2007, in which we are without a doubt straight. In this an anniversary edition of the U2 of album “The Joshua Tree” is announced to 2 CD version in more normal and: To the 20jährigen anniversary of the masterpiece of U2 appears this album for the first time digitally rem-branch-talks as Deluxe edition, inclusive rare pieces!Over contents v.a. the second CD have we still no information, it is on B-sides of the Singles (Singlegraphie) to the album possibly to be counted here. Publication: 16.11.2007 and/or TBA (“ton announced”” is called: still one announces).
Update 16:00 clock:
Just more information to this release got. The planned publication date is the 23.11.2007 and the CD is in three (!) Versions appear, version 3 (if it comes in such a way) with a mad surprise!!!
Universal Music Austria of emphasis autumn 2007, page 21 (pdf, 102 KB)
Rem-branch-talk standard album in the super Jewel Case.
At least a 24-seitiges Booklet in 4 color plus gold pressure
Deluxe edition version
Hardbake 5 " book with 2 bags in the first and last side, in order to take up the CDs
Also here at least a 24-seitiges Booklet in 4 color plus gold pressure
Format 3/Super Deluxe
Strictly limited edition.
Contain 2 CDs and 1 DVD of of Paris the show (route archives) the Joshua Tree route.
Booklet in 4 color plus gold pressure
How our friends of U2achtung.com communicated us in appointment to universal France, of the The Joshua Tree Anniversary edition (we reported) are to appear also a new edition on Vinyl beside the three CD formats. Already the other day gerüchteweise on a 180g-Vinyl-Version one speculated. As the Vinyl will however finally look, is not well-known yet.
And u2world.net reports the rumors being confirmed by u2.com (the band's official site):
Our friends at @U2.com and U2tour.de informed us that Universal Austria has confirmed the release of three special 20th Anniversary Editions of The Joshua Tree, which will feature: 1. A digitally re-mastered standard album in a 'super' jewel case with a 24-page booklet. 2. A deluxe edition to include a 5" hardcover book with two wallets (at front and back) to hold two CDs (the remastered album + rarities) and the 24-page booklet. 3. A limited edition to contain everything in the deluxe edtion, plus one DVD of a Paris show from The Joshua Tree tour. The tentative release date is November 23, 2007. When It Rains it purs huh??? Great times for all
Sounds pretty official actually. Disturbing that several of these articles do not mention SACD
at all!! Yikes, that would be depressing.
Also, I'm curious what this "super jewel case" is. Hopefully it is a jewel case... really hate those cheap digipaks.