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Violator (Deluxe Edition CD+DVD) [Deluxe Edition]

Depeche ModeAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B000ESSTL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
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1. World In My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
4. Halo
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean

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Rooted in the U.K.'s late '70s New Romantic movement, Depeche Mode formed in 1980, and the pioneering, synthesizer-based sound created by the founding partnership of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Vince Clarke, and Andrew Fletcher went on to establish them as one of the most successful alt-rock groups ever. These electro-pop superstars loomed as large as cult heroes as they did as commercial heavies, and their wealth of singles and signature tracks ranged from energetic dance grooves to dramatic, moody, and industrial-tinged masterpieces. Depeche's originality of vision weathered personnel shifts and personal turmoil, influencing modern rock and synth-pop on a global level. As the band continues to tour, record and build on its legacy a quarter-century down the road, Rhino begins its restoration of their classic catalogue with the CD + DVD reissue of this landmark album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A pinnacle in brilliance and acceptance for DM July 2, 2000
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When Violator hit the US, I was already a die-hard Depeche Mode fan, owning every album they had put out. However, with Violator, I gained an even deeper appreciation for their writing skills, both lyrically and orchestrally. Violator is an amazing piece of euro-alt-dance-pop that has a huge dance floor appeal while at the same time makes one think and feel. Hugely successful, Violator was one of those releases that crossed over from long-time fans to a new generation and audience.
The release starts in classic DM synth dance mode with the funky and "trip"-worthy "World in My Eyes." Released as a single, this sensual piece filled dance floors across the country. The remix single is especially appealing with not only great remixes of this song, but also two other non-album tracks, "Happiest Girl" and "Sea of Sin." [The remix cassette contains the bonus Dub In My Eyes Mix!] Turning darker and slower, "Sweetest Perfection" has a depth and dangerous beauty in its lyrics and orchestration that pull you deeper within yourself as you let the music flow over you. "Personal Jesus" is a the floor stomping first single released off Violator that was a smash hit on and off the dance floor with its country twang flare, driving drum beat hooks, and anthemic lyrics like "reach out and touch faith." The remix single for this one is especially awesome and features the phenomenal non-album track "Dangerous," one of the best b-sides DM ever released. "Halo" is an amazing song and is probably my favorite on the release. With bass, synth, and orchestral hooks that blow my mind, this masterpiece builds into an emotional catharsis that is released by its audience dancing and singing along wildly by the end.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Depeche Mode built a huge underground cult fan base with their unique dark undertone style of synth-pop with their masterpiece "Black Celebration" and "Music For The Masses". "Violator", their 1990 commercial breakthrough though brought the foursome into the mainstream spotlight for the first time in their career. Spanning three hit singles, and a successful worldwide tour, "Violator" became their biggest selling album of their entire career and remains that to this very day. This CD IMO was one of the few great albums that got the praise, success, and recognition that it deserved and is now a classic today.
For a CD that is so popular on the radio and the buying public, "Violator" is a surprisingly bleak, dark, and chilling in mood, and even the smash hits like "Enjoy The Silence" and "Policy Of Truth" are hardly happy, and sunny in mood like almost all other popular songs on the radio. I still hear these songs on the radio from time to time to this very day. Reasons why? They are classics, and deserve to be heard by younger Mode fans. Still though, despite these three songs being what many casual fans seem to recognize "Violator", this album as a whole offers more than just those three songs alone. Some of the songs have some hidden interludes buried within them.
A couple of the `non-hit' songs are the best on the album. "Blue Dress" is one of those and so is "Clean". The latter song is one of the most punching numbers on this CD and one of the best songs that Depeche Mode had ever made at this point in their career. It may be about coming clean from drug problems, maybe I'm wrong on that but the truth was, their lead singer David Gahan would go into a downward spiral with heroin addiction and nearly overdosing before cleaning himself up but that's a whole other story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get the import - it's worth five stars August 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I don't really mind having to conduct research before deciding which version of a CD to purchase, but I suspect that I am in the minority. So I'll pass on what I learned after doing some reading and settling on the SACD UK import version of this release:

1. First, be aware that there are two versions of this release - both have a CD and a DVD, but only the UK import has a SACD 5.1 surround sound layer on the CD.
2. The DVD has a short film about the band at the time of the release of Violator. It also has the album in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround. There is no DVD audio on either the US or the UK version. There are a few additional music tracks on the DVD.
3. I went for the UK import because the high resolution (SACD) will always sound best. I cannot say whether it is a noticeable difference from the DTS or Dolby Digital, as the DVD will not play on my Pioneer DVD player. It is, you see, in PAL and not NTSC format. I was, however, able to view the film on my computer, and play the extra music tracks which are also on the DVD. There are no music videos. In my opinion, the additional music was OK, but probably only of real interest to the die hard fan.

The sound on the SACD is simply stunning. If enough people had actually heard the difference between SACD and CD the way that this issue sounds different from the original CD (which sounds pretty good) I believe that the format would have done better. The sound is the reason for shelling out the big bucks for this reissue. From what I have heard in the DTS format in the past, I am sure that the US DTS or even Dolby Digital will sound excellent, if you have the proper equipment. If you have a SACD player, I would recommend the SACD version, because it is the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great album on vinyl what more do you need to know? This is one of my favorite albums.
Published 16 days ago by Steven M Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Depeche is amazing, and this is definitely one of the best albums.
Published 25 days ago by PeteMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent!!
Published 1 month ago by Ernesto I. Arechavala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The sound of this vinyl is really special.
Published 1 month ago by gustavo garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sounding record
Amazing sounding record. Great to hear one of my favorite albums from the 90s in the full-spectrum only vinyl can offer!
Published 1 month ago by Brent Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always wanted this LP on vinyl. Fast shipping,
Published 1 month ago by V. Vasquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good condition and great price
Depeche Mode at it's very core.blown away.Good condition and great price.
Published 2 months ago by JIMMIEBROOKS
4.0 out of 5 stars Words are meaningless and forgettable
The music is very dated but songs like "Blue Dress", "Policy of Truth", "Enjoy the Silence", and "Personal Jesus" transcend time.
Published 2 months ago by M. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Sounding Version Yet
This release is everything I could have hoped for. The record is a nice heavy 180 gram and it's quiet as can be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by raymondh
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than When It First Came Out!
In my humble opinion,Violator is one of Depeche Mode's best albums. This digital collection is even better than the CD I bought when the album first came out, mainly because of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil S.
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Any subtitles on the Rhino editions of Depeche Mode series?
Yes, there are subtitles in four languages, including English.
Aug 29, 2007 by Jess |  See all 2 posts
DVD or SACD
The US editions of the reissues will be a remastered CD and a DVD. No SACD.
May 21, 2006 by D. D. Fulton |  See all 7 posts
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