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Catching Up With Depeche Mode

Depeche ModeAudio CD
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Depeche Mode have announced they will release their highly anticipated 13th studio album, entitled Delta Machine, on March 26th worldwide via Columbia Records. The album, recorded over the last year in Santa Barbara, California and New York City, was produced by Ben Hillier and mixed by Flood. In addition to the album announcement, Depeche Mode have also confirmed that the video for the first ... Read more in Amazon's Depeche Mode Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1985
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002L8L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreaming Of Me
2. New Life
3. Just Can't Get Enough
4. See You
5. The Meaning Of Love
6. Love In Itself
7. Master And Servant
8. Blasphemous Rumours
9. Somebody
10. Shake The Disease
11. Flexible
12. It's Called A Heart
13. Fly On The Window Screen

Editorial Reviews

A singles collection chronicling the band's first five years, Catching Up with Depeche Mode is the perfect primer for would-be fans. The first three tracks feature Vince Clarke's inimitable brand of bubble-gum synth pop, brimming with catchy counterpoint and wonderfully predictable chord progressions. The remaining songs chart Martin Gore's evolution as a composer, his earlier Clarke-esque material gradually transforming into the darker, noisier synth works that characterized mid-to-late-'80s Depeche Mode. The band's other defining elements, i.e. Gore's fragile vocals contrasted with David Gahan's resonant baritone are well represented, although the hits "Everything Counts" and "People are People" are notably absent. --Michael A. Massa

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Certified at 1 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good collection of early Mode September 23, 2000
By Zane
Format:Audio CD
This has a wide variety of early to mid-80's Depeche Mode tunes. I'm glad they included "Love in Itself"; the keyboard sequence in that song is intoxicating. And I like this version of "Fly on the Windscreen" better than the other one. Check out 101--Live at the Rose Bowl; it's awesome too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice but lacking collection November 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD was released in 1985 and DM had only been around for only 5 years at this point and grabs selected tracks off their first five albums from 1981s Speak & Spell to 1984s Some Great Reward. Keep in mind that this is not a 'Best of' CD. It's just a sampler of their earlier tracks and most of them are not even hits. This CD does have some 'New' tracks on here such The ever-so-creepy Shake The Disease and the quirky Flexible. There is also the 1985 version of the disturbing track Fly On The Windscreen which was reworked and improved on the masterpiece Black Celebration.
The first three songs are from Depeche Modes cheesier days with charming and brainless fun tracks like Dreaming Of Me, New Life, and Just Can't Get Enough. As the album progresses though, their music got much darker and better with the gloomier tracks like the suicidal Blasphemous Rumors, the BDSM theme Master & Servant, and the eerie Shake The Disease. Then there's the tearful piano ballad Somebody. The version on Some Great Reward is mostly a simple piano ballad. The one on here has some added drum and sound effects that make the song dreamier, and more airy. Shake The Disease is the highlight with it's disturbing intro and alienated atmosphere.
This is a decent collection of DMs early material but it's almost unnecessary for most fans anymore as almost all the tracks on here except Flexible, are on the 1999 release, the singles: 81-85. For completists though who are dissapointed at Flexible not being included on the 1999 release, Catching Up With Depeche Mode is a good buy. I'll repeat once more, this is only a sampler, not a 'Best of' CD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Compilation January 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Although it's no longer necessary, this was collection of early DM songs was essential when it was released. Depeche Mode had little exposure in America during the early 80s, and most of their albums were unavailable. After the release of the American only album, People are People became a big sucess, Sire decided to release a compilation of early DM singles, both for the benefit of American fans and to cash in. The result is Catching Up With Depeche Mode, an outdated but fun compilation.

The songs are all pretty great, but that's a given with Depeche Mode. The first three songs, Dreaming of Me, New Life, and Just Can't Get Enough, are vintage Vince Clark synth pop, which can be grating upon first listen, but definitely grow on you upon repeated listens. These songs are noticeably more happy sounding than most of the ones that were written by Martin Gore.

Next we have See You and The Meaning of Love, which were some of Martin's earliest compositions. At this point he was only trying to copy Vince's style, and many people dislike these songs. Personally, I think they're maybe even better than Vince's singles, and certainly on par with them.

At this point in Depeche Mode's career, Martin started to develop his own style, writing moodier songs with deeper lyrics. Love In Itself and Master and Servant are both upbeat songs and very catchy. Blasphemous Rumors is a song about the unfortunate things that happen to people. Somebody is a piano ballad, and possibly my favorite song in DM's catalog.

The last four tracks were single-only releases and showed what was going to come on Black Celebration. First we have Shake the Disease and its b-side Flexible. Shake the Disease is one of the darkest singles DM released, and another favorite of mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catching Up with New Wave October 4, 2004
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Depeche Mode scored their first hit in the United States shortly before the release of this collection, when "People Are People" went to #13 on the Top 100. However, the group had been having hits for years in the U.K. and on U.S. college-rock stations. "Catching Up with Depeche Mode" was thus released so that late-comers could hear the group's excellent early work. Some of the highlights include:

Dreaming of Me - My introduction to the group and still one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs. This song is perhaps their most "new-wave" sounding record and signaled the beginning of a major talent.

Just Can't Get Enough - Has an incredible intro synth line that's impossible to forget, as well as a great chorus. This song is one of their most playful (UK peak - #8 in 1981).

Master and Servant - One of their best-known and most memorable early songs. This song really previewed the direction the group would take with a fuller sound and intriguing lyrics (UK peak - #9 in 1984)

Blasphemous Rumours - Took the group in a new direction - one they'd continue with "Personal Jesus." It includes some of their best lyrics - I don't want to start/ Any blasphemous rumours/ But I think that God's/ Got a sick sense of humour/ And when I die/ I expect to find Him laughing.

Somebody - perhaps their most beautiful ballad ever with an effective heart-beat sound effect (Released with "Blasphemous Rumours" as a two-sided single; UK peak - #16 in 1984)

Overall, this CD collection is first-rate, early 80s synth-pop. However, the group later released "Singles 81-85," a re-mastered CD which includes most of the songs here as well as "Leave in Silence," "Everything Counts," and "People Are People." I don't own "Singles 81-85," so I suggest that you check out the reviews for that CD as well before deciding which (or both) to purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Catching up with depeche mode, Artist: Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode when they were in contact with the early '80s scene, a lot of good songs you may recall if you lived through that time. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by Jonathan T. Witt
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathcing Up with Depeche Mode of our youth
The first time I heard "Dreaming of Me" on WLIR radio, I was an instant Depeche Mode Fan. Fast forward 28 years later, and this cd justs brings a smile to my face, remembering the... Read more
Published on March 23, 2009 by DepecheFanNJ
5.0 out of 5 stars hits from depeche mode
this compilation is really good.there are some songs wich are not included in albums,like flexible and its called heart. Read more
Published on August 11, 2008 by D. miesniece
5.0 out of 5 stars A Greatest Hits cd to keeps the fan busy til' the next album comes out
the title is self explanatory.
Published on March 3, 2006 by This Is Me
5.0 out of 5 stars this is "dated" and "uncool"..if you're young and...
UNCOOL, November 20, 2002
"Depeche Modes early work sounds dated and uncool now days. And at times embarrassing to listen to." I must heartily disagree. Read more
Published on June 8, 2004 by Scott Briggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Choice of Hits
While "Catching Up With Depeche Mode" is supposedly a collection of DM's more popular songs from the early 80s, there are quite a few more obscure tracks on here than... Read more
Published on December 20, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars UNCOOL
Depeche Modes early work sounds dated and uncool now days. And at times embarrassing to listen to. I became a big fan of Depeche Mode after hearing the song Policy of Truth off... Read more
Published on November 20, 2002 by K. M. Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars not the one you should get
Depeche Mode is a really great band, but Catching Up with Depeche Mode is not the greatest hits collection to get if you want to hear the best from their early career. Read more
Published on February 26, 2002 by Neel Aroon
4.0 out of 5 stars Budding Brilliance
Depeche Mode has long been one of my personal favourites for many reasons. This is the first Depeche Mode album that I ever purchased, in 1987. I enjoy it to this day. Read more
Published on March 22, 2001 by Tigi Freimann
3.0 out of 5 stars Percolating keyboards.
This hits package contains a good collection of songs from Depeche Mode. It covers their first few albums. All thirteen of the tunes are in a synth-pop musical direction. Read more
Published on October 3, 2000 by sauerkraut
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