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The Singles 86>98

Depeche ModeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000DAGD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Stripped
2. A Question Of Lust
3. A Question Of Time
4. Strangelove
5. Never Let Me Down Again
6. Behind The Wheel
7. Personal Jesus
8. Enjoy The Silence
9. Policy Of Truth
10. World In My Eyes
Disc: 2
1. I Feel You
2. Walking In My Shoes
3. Condemnation
4. In Your Room
5. Barrel Of A Gun
6. It's No Good
7. Home
8. Useless
9. Only When I Lose Myself
10. Little 15
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Editorial Reviews

So Depeche Mode releases a singles compilation featuring only one previously unreleased song ("Only When I Lose Myself") in anticipation of a major tour. Sound suspiciously like a shameless cash-in? Sure. But The Singles, 86-98 needed to be made. This is a worthwhile purchase for casual admirers and completists alike. The two-disc set contains revamped versions of the major singles from 1986 to 1998 and a version of "Little 15" that was first released only in France. The set's "grand finale" is the live recording of "Everything Counts," from the 101 album. Although the original studio version of the "Everything Counts" single appeared on 1984's People Are People, DM fudged the chronology to justify including this astounding live recording on the album (a ploy to psych up concert-ticket buyers?). The live recording highlights the worshipful crowd applauding, cheering, and chant-singing "The grabbing hands / Grab all they can / Everything counts in large amounts" long after the song has ended. Ka-ching! --Beth Bessmer

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Ever Changing Modes March 17, 2004
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As far as capturing the mood of the times, Depeche Mode had a perfect moment when they released "Violator." They were suddenly jerked out of their status as the band disenfranchised Goth kids moped along with to arena rock superstars. Although a few of the singles from the classic "Black Celebration" had made them alternative gods when alternative still meant you were in the alienated minority and "Music For The Masses" had already moved them to the forefront of MTV Video makers, it was songs like "Enjoy The Silence" and "Personal Jesus" that made them truly mass music makers.
This "Singles 86<98" collection is, then, a more honest representation of the music that most people "understand" as Depeche Mode. It's brooding, foreboding and seductive, and often not without the kinky undertones that you can easily find on earlier songs like "Blasphemous Rumors" or "Master and Servant." (Think of how the line "Pain, will you return it" leaps away from the hooky chorus of "Strangelove.") But once DM discovered a consistent knack for the pop hook, there was no holding their fortunes back.
The push/pull of a song like "Personal Jesus" drives the brilliant obsessive lyric home, to a point where even Johnny Cash could recognize the universality of the words. It, along with "Policy Of Truth," are probably the most honest of Martin Gore's songs on this double set. But even after the worldwide stardom granted them after "Violator," DM tried frequently to experiment with the sound.
"Songs Of Faith and Devotion" found the band flirting with guitar rock and gospel, and it's the crunch of "I Feel You" that opens the second half of "The Singles 86<98.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must, if ever there was one... August 9, 2004
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Anything superlative that can be said about Depeche Mode is probably true but the one thing that is 100% undoubtable is that rank amongst the top 5 when it comes to the most influential bands ever to walk this planet.

Unanimously loved by metalheads, pop lovers, electronica afficionados and anyone with an ear for good music, the Mode have proved time and time again that you can make commercial music without surrendering quality, a feat accomplished by very, very few.

More than that, if ever there was a case for musical genius then this is definately it. Other groups, with much less the influence and far less the creativity and originality have been hailed as geniuses and messiahs over time but Depeche Mode incarnate that image to the very core of it.

Being as it is, this compilation -small objections aside- does very much justice to the group. Leaving out the work between 81-85 (included in a different compilation). It contains some of the most drastically catchy songs ever written, in quite faithful chronological order and that lets you easily realise that D.Mode have aged graciously. It's no coincidence that one of their most complete albums came only 4 years ago (Ultra) when they were already counting 2 decades in the circuit.

Often blamed for being a hit band (in contrast with one that releases "balanced albums") the truth actually is that when they landed a hit it usually was one of monstrous quality and appeal. So much so that hearing their songs today takes nothing away from their incredible power. Equal on musical prowess and lyricism alike this is is a group you need to discover if you're young and one to rediscover if you've been a long time fan. I've repeatedly found that there's always things to rediscover about their music.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Editorial Reviews! April 29, 2004
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The above editorial review suggests that DM included the live version of "Everything Counts", which was originally released in 1983, to milk a cash cow, and even "fudged chronology" to do so. This isn't the case at *all*. This live version was released as a hit single in 1989 (Mute Cat# Bong16) and therefore fits perfectly into the chronology and theme established by the title.
As for this record itself, it's a fantastically put together and very historically accurate document of DM's output of hit singles during the years in question. The idea is simple and straightforward: compile the 7" versions of each of their singles between the years 1986-1998 (with a few technical exceptions that would only be noticed by the most devoted fans). It's not by any means their most consistent or best album; look to either "Violator" or "The Singles 81-85" for such an item. Never-the-less, the album itself is very, very good and an excellent place to start for anybody who wants to become acquainted with the band and hear some excellently written and produced electronic music.
My sole complaint with this album is that the singles "Little 15" and "Everything Counts Live" aren't put in their proper chronology but rather placed at the very end of the album for whatever reason.
But as for accusations of milking cash cows...that's alomst complete nonsense. This compliation was built with historical accuracy in mind and if the cash comes, it's only a result of the suberb music and production on this record. Get this along with "The Singles 81-85" for a very good introduction to this superlative pop band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Singles 86>98
First time I've heard this CD throughout. I like it better than the previous singles. Nice songs for traveling long distances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by skeemik
5.0 out of 5 stars OH YEAH!!!
I went to see Depeche Mode in Seattle when this CD was released. THANK YOU!! The CD was in excellent condition and arrived quickly.
Published 3 months ago by Angela Atwell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
I love Depeche Mode so I just had to get their greatest hits! Would highly recommend for any Depeche Mode fan!
Published 5 months ago by Christine A. Pawasarat
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Depeche Mode
Biased, yes! I've been a Depeche Mode fan since the early 90's. Great collection of singles of my favorite group.
Published 6 months ago by Derbs
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of a Long-Lasting Super Group
The best of the best are included on these CDs. Songs I had long forgotten were a welcome memory flowing back to me as I listened. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stanley C. Sargent
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic DM
Great collection of top hits. Love the classic sounds of Martin, Dave and Andy. Covers the era of their most popular songs.
Published 11 months ago by Stephanie Calderon
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection of Depeche Mode Music Marred Only by Sound Quality
If you are considering this album, you already know the tracks on this album are great. And there are two cd's in this collection which makes it a value for the price. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Tech Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode rules!
Depeche Mode is likely one of the most underrated and yet most inspirational bands today. Everyone has heard at least one song by them, or a cover of one of their songs, and yet no... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cody B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
Very good compilation, Much better than the previous Singles which only had about 1 hit on it. Actually if you combined both you could probably make a real good compilation. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hector P. Barrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I love it! Most of the good ones are on this one! You might want to check out The Singles 81-85.
Published 14 months ago by Joel M Cox
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