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Counterfeit EP


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  • Audio CD (July 10, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000005JAX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Compulsion
2. In A Manner Of Speaking
3. Smile In The Crowd
4. Gone
5. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
6. Motherless Child

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It is beautiful yet haunting.
Morado
I love listening to this cd, but still imagine how much more amazing it could been.
"moderose21"
Its a pretty good cd albeit a short # of tracks.
Can fan

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on September 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As Depeche Mode approached the height of their popularity, songwriter Martin Gore quietly released his solo EP. With the exception of "Motherless Child," I didn't know that these songs were actually covers until I bothered to read the CD's credits. Gore sings these tracks with enough personality and depth to claim these songs as his own. Productionwise, it doesn't stray very far from the synth-heavy roots of Depeche Mode, but the mood and tone are a bit darker. Those who are looking for the hook-heavy pop of "Strangelove" or "Personal Jesus" will be disappointed here, but this is a pretty good collection that DM fans shouldn't miss.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pacific Shores on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Martin Gore is an artistic god. This is one of the best excerpts of music that my ears have had the fortune to enjoy. The album is haunting and beautiful throughout; the cold black waters of the river Styx roil in one track (spare instrumentation blended in such a way that the sound complements and contrasts--raw and alive! The music writhes!) and in the next Martin's voice soars like a bird of light. The content is very diverse.
This album is Martin Gore. You must know Depeche Mode if you have arrived at Counterfeit, and if DM's music reaches deep inside of you, then I am confident this will too, b/c in both musics shine the soul of Martin Gore. Gore's interpretations of his favorite songs are so brilliant that I was shocked (and initially disappointed) that he did not write them himself. On second thought however, I realized that he did. There were basic tunes pre-set, but the songs on Counterfeit are Martin's!
If you like Gore's voice, which I think is one of the most fabulous voices (unmatched in sinuous power), you may become addicted to this 25 minute exposition of musical perfection.
The only fault in the album is its brevity!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, let me just say that DM has been my very favorite band since I can remember. That said, allow me to further state that although all of their albums are striking in their own way, it cannot be accurately said that they are all equal. Martin Gore, being the chief songwriter and musician in the group, simply has a gift. A remarkable and wonderful gift for putting catchy, engaging, and at the same time, haunting melodies together. Can anyone who has heard the song "Breathe" from the album "Exciter" deny this?? He has a knack for arranging songs that are altogether sad, inspiring, beautiful, and just plain fun. On "Counterfeit," Martin lets this talent shine. I did give this CD only 4 stars because he didn't write the songs, which I'll admit I would have greatly preferred. But, given the songs he chose to cover, it is a stand-out solo effort. Intrigued at the idea of an all-covers album, I took it upon myself to find an original version of all the songs to compare. Now I understand- nobody but the brilliant Martin Gore could have made them sound good!! The arrangements are slower than you typically hear on a DM album, but nonetheless gorgeous, and Martin's vocals are perfectly suited for it. Definitely one of the most under-rated musicians and vocalists in the business, which is very sad, but you will not be disappointed in adding this CD to your collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is a compilation of great songs from little known artist to the masses. Only Martin Gore had the rare talent to optimize these songs in his own genius way of understanding music and pass the feelings on to listeners. If you are a real Depeche Mode fan - beside People are People etc. - you know the subliminal components of their best tracks and you know Martin's role. It's not a Depeche album anyway but it's as great and brilliant as Martin is. You'll love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Analog on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Gore released this solo project at what I consider to be the height of DM's darkest and most creative period. Hearing Gore's depressed and morbid versions of these songs will give you more than a clue to where DM's darkness came from. Motherless Child is the standout track on this album, but all the rest are also excellent. The only problem is that obviously there aren't many songs on here, so the album is short. I'd liked to have heard more, but it is well worth purchasing because every song is very good. Must have for DM fans of the Music For The Masses/Black Celebration era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on February 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Few writers/performers capture the disparate elements of strength and sensitivity so fluidly as Martin Gore.
This release emerged surreptiously at a time in my life when I needed an electro-fix infused with the most warmth, compassion, and with Martin Gore - that unmistakable sardonic twist.
I had the opporunity of meeting Martin Gore at a latenight club in L.A. a few years back (called Prague.) Am glad to report he is as congenial and gracious as anyone could expect.
Martin Gore was and still is a major influence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andreas on May 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The music on this album is dripping like warm honey into the ocean of love. What more can you say really? I've heard all the orginals and let me tell you Gore is not just overdubbing them but is actually remaking them into his own. For the unceartain future of depeche it's comforting to know that Martin as a solo artist always gonna be around because this kind of music just have to leave a mans soul and cant be botteled up. The album is a killer...
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