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The Singles 81>85

Depeche ModeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute/Reprise
  • ASIN: B00000HY5N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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1. Dreaming Of Me
2. New Life
3. Just Can't Get Enough
4. See You
5. The Meaning Of Love
6. Leave In Silence
7. Get The Balance Right
8. Everything Counts
9. Love In Itself
10. People Are People
11. Master And Servant
12. Rumours
13. Somebody
14. Shake The Disease
15. It's Called A Heart
16. Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
17. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)

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The Singles 81-85 by Depeche Mode

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The question we have to ask is "Why?" Depeche Mode released The Singles, 86-98 because there was no comprehensive singles collection representing 1986 through 1998. But why release a singles compilation covering 1981 through 1985 when Catching Up with Depeche Mode already covers this turf? For one thing, the singles "Leave in Silence," "Everything Counts," and "People Are People," which were absent from Catching Up, are included here. All the songs are digitally remastered, but how much does digital enhancement really do to improve the sound of early-'80s synth-pop, which is so dated? Not much. However, it's natural to release a comprehensive singles collection that nicely coincides with 86-98. Both compilations are great for first-timers. And the two remixes on 81-85 ("Photographic [Some Bizarre Version]" and "Just Can't Get Enough [Schizo Mix]") will snag collectors. But maybe the answer has nothing to do with marketable packaging. DM have always fancied themselves as notorious. The liner notes for 81-85 include one negative review and one positive for each song. Perhaps as an attempt to fend off the specter of "where are they now?" Depeche Mode feel the need to remind us how controversial they are by reminding us how controversial they were. --Beth Bessmer

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Amazon review January 26, 2004
By greg556
Format:Audio CD
Beth Bessmer's Amazon review is the first one I've ever read that did not feel like it was written by a real scholar of rock music. This one sounds like it was written by someone who can't like a song if it doesn't have a guitar solo. All her premises are just wrong. Catching Up was an American release, Singles 81-85 British. Catching Up was just what it says--an opportunity for Americans to catch up with them. And the Men from Mode's sense of HUMOR is completely lost on Bessmer. They included negative reviews of their songs because they were _funny,_ not to fend off the specter of "where are they now." Bessmer talks about this compilation like it came out last year--it came out in '85! How could they be lamenting their obscurity at the height of their popularity? Depeche Mode only sounds "dated" to someone who thinks Mtv "alternative" grunge music is timeless. Depeche Mode wasn't "a" synth band, they were THE synth band, and their music from '81 to '85 is still better than about anything made in the last 10 years. 4 stars because this isn't the place to start with DM. Their albums are always better than their singles. Start with Some Great Reward.
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Mode rules - Evolution similar to Pink Floyd September 6, 2002
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Okay, hear me out on this one. The similarities between the respective evolutions of Pink Floyd and The Mode are downright SCARY. Both sagas begin with brilliant, innovative, utterly original songwriters (Vince Clark/Syd Barrett) whose material (minimalist pop/psychadelic pop) instantly makes their bands top 10 juggernauts. But, after just one album (Speak & Spell/Piper at the Gates of Dawn), these respective geniuses have had enough, and leave for other projects (or just go clinically insane in Syd's case). After the abrupt exit of their respective original frontment, NO ONE gave either DM or Floyd any chance of success. After all, what were they to do without their only songwriter and catalyst??
But no one suspected that two of the most utterly brilliant songwriters and arrangers of their generation were waiting in the wings: Martin L. Gore for DM and Roger Waters for Floyd. At first, however, Gore and Waters had attempted to simply copy the style of their predecessors, thereby coming up with mediocre songs like "See You" and "The Meaning of Love" (not nearly matching the incredible pop appeal of the Clark-penned "Dreaming of Me," "New Life" or "Just Can't Get Enough"). Eventually, however, both songwriters were able to break away from the shadows of those who came before, and each carved their own nitche in music history.
Martin Gore's first great song on his own was the eminently catchy "Everything Counts," a social commentary on business in Britain, similar in subject matter to Pink Floyd's "Animals." Both Gore and Waters have unique writing styles, but fairly similar to each other in their dark content and lush musical backdrop of later albums like Black Celebration and Music for the Masses (and of course Dark Side of the Moon in Waters' case).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Synth Pop June 3, 2000
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This is probably Depeche Mode's most consistent album, which should come as no surprise since the band's early albums contained a lot of filler. While this album is similar in content to Catching Up with Depeche Mode, it adds a few essential singles that were omitted from that US only compilation (the fantastic "Get the Balance Right," "Everything Counts," "Leave in Silence," and "People Are People") and deletes a couple of relatively poor tracks ("Flexible" and "Fly on the Windscreen," which sounded more at home on Black Celebration). Also, it contains an early mix of Speak & Spell's finest track, "Photographic," that is significantly more spirited but just as enjoyable as the album version. I normally don't recommend greatest hits packages, but The Singles contains nearly every essential song from Depeche Mode's early cannon. As a bonus, the CD's liner notes include some (occasionally) hilarious old review snippets for each song. Get this and add Black Celebration, the uneven but historically noteworthy Music for the Masses, and Violator for a fairly comprehensive collection of the most important synthesizer pop band of the 80s.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The above editorial review states:

"All the songs are digitally remastered, but how much does digital enhancement really do to improve the sound of early-'80s synth-pop, which is so dated? Not much."

I completely disagree! It's not a matter of the music sounding dated. It's a matter of the actual sound of the music, which has been improved hugely! I've been doing an A/B comparison between the 2006 'The Best Of - Vol 1' Depeche Mode release and this 1998 'Singles 81>85', and the differences are clear. One would think that the 2006 version would sound better since it was released nearly 8 years after the 1998 version. This, however, is not the case at all. The 1998 disc sounds much better than the 2006 disc. That's not to say that the 2006 disc sounds bad. It just isn't up to the 1998 standards.

The differences are simply the result of the mastering engineers. Simon Heyworth mastered the 2006 best of, whereas Mike Marsh and Roland Brown got it right the first time in 1998 on this compilation. Heyworth's mastering seems to be restrained, sticking closely to the original mastering from the 80s without giving the tracks the extra punch and depth as heard in recent masters. The Marsh/Brown collaboration, on the other hand, gives the tracks bass and fullness, making them sound heavy.

With an excellent digital remastering and a solid tracklisting, 'Singles 81>85' is an essential part of any DM fan collection.
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Published 1 month ago by KC
4.0 out of 5 stars The Early Years of an Iconic Band
There are some great songs on this CD, but the band's early stuff was pretty shallow and simplistic, so you have to take the good with the bad here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stanley C. Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife loves it.
My wife purchased this CD and absolutely loves it. We each have our favorite CD on the car changer and she enjoys hers so much, I am never the first to push the button when we get... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Peggy and Ken Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's
If you the 80's then you will love depeche mode one of my fav 80's band and a wonderful cds!!
Published 19 months ago by kelly wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Depeche Mode remains timeless
I'm going through another Depeche Mode re-appreciation phase. It happens every couple of years. Just to put in perspective, I grew up in Belgium and these guys started out and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul Allaer
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Sound Quality Ruined an Otherwise Great Collection of DM
This greatest hits compilation or singles of Depeche Mode is ruined by a sound quality that makes it hard to listen to. The engineering is lacking in this recording. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode
Great music,great buy,great price,I purchased this as part of an anniversary package for my wife I like this music too as I remember seeing them live on several occasions in the... Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!! THE MIGHTY MODE A'LA 80's!
What a great cd! Depeche Mode was one of my favorite bands to dance to in the 80s. I have several of their albums but wanted a compilation. Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by Shannon V
3.0 out of 5 stars Depending on your Mode
Others, most, may have more familiarity with Depeche Mode. History and Hysteria. I only bought the export EPs when they came out in the early '80's. Read more
Published on October 11, 2008 by Robert S. Estes
5.0 out of 5 stars i love depeche mode!
i love depeche mode and this cd offers a sample of some of their best remixes/singles. i highly recommend it!
Published on September 4, 2007 by Adria Schwarz Telling
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