Depeche Mode - Devotional
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First time on DVD! Filmed on Depeche Modes triumphant tour in 1993, DEVOTIONAL showcases the band at its most raw and energetic, and the rock star antics of captivating lead singer, Dave Gahan. The two-level stage set, video images, and film projections were conceived by top rock photographer Anton Corbijn and lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe. Drawing heavily from the Songs Of Faith And Deviotion album, the tour featured such Depeche classics as Walking In My Shoes, Behind The Wheel, Personal Jesus, and Enjoy The Silence.
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Filmed by Anton Corbijn over several nights of their 1993-94 DEVOTIONAL TOUR (listed by Q Magazine as "the most debauched rock tour ever"), the final product is an almost dreamlike chronicle of Depeche Mode at the absolute peak of their influential creative talents.
Musically, the song selection is on-target, the arrangements are tight & rockin', and frontman Dave Gahan is at his over-the-top best and surrounded by Anton Corbijn's opulent stage set and surreal visuals. Accordingly, after this film's VHS release, it was nominated for "Best Longform Music Video" at the 1994 Grammy Awards.
The extras on the DVD set include two previously unseen excerpts from the performance ("Policy Of Truth" and "Halo"), the tracks that were only released on the European versions of the film ("Behind The Wheel," "Mercy In You," "Fly On The Windscreen" and "Everything Counts"), the music videos from SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION, the original concert projections used on the tour, and two relevant documentaries.
At any rate, without bias, this video is truly one of the best live performance documentaries that are out there. It captures a band in top form, an audience in almost trance-like devotion, and, thanks to Anton Corbijn, the film is dripping with color and, at times, in hazy focus...much the way you'd remember the show if you had been there.
Recommended to all.
I bought the Paris '01 DVD a few years ago. While the Paris DVD is good... Devotional absolutely BLOWS the Paris show out of the water. Dave sounds awesome on this DVD because he doesn't over-extend himself like he does on Paris. He just lets the sound flow... and he sounds great. The song selection on this disc is fabulous.
Higher Love - The best intro to any DM concert I have seen.
Behind the Wheel - The energy of the crowd when this song is played is something else.
Condemnation - I have found a new love for this song after hearing it live on this DVD. Dave hits every note perfectly. The version he did of this song on Paris PALES in comparison to this DVD.
Stripped - Best visuals for the entire concert during this song
I Feel You - The first time a drumset was introduced during a live DM concert was for this song. Hearing those live drums go off is a memory I will never forget
Rush - Another song that sounds much better live
The two bonus tracks of Halo and Policy of Truth are both excellent. I can't believe these were left off the original VHS.
I can't say enough of this DVD. The visual extras are real cool. The SOFAD videos are nice as well (even though I already had them with Singles 86>98 DVD).
Maybe I am a bit biased because the Devotional Tour was my first DM concert (I also saw Devotional Summer Leg, Exciter , and Touring the Angel tours).
But trust me when I say BUY THIS DVD!
DVD1 of "Devotional" is a transfer of the original VHS movie, and the great improvement is of course the sound, which is exceptional. The performance of the band is outstanding, and the song selection rightly focuses on the "Faith and Devotion" album, but other nuggets include "World in My Eyes", "Never Let Me Down" and "Enjoy the Silence". DVD2 brings some extras which, frankly, I don't really care all that much for. I do wish that they had added the 2 bonus tracks (including a superb "Halo") on DVD1.
In retrospect, we can now say without much of a doubt that DM era-1993 was DM at its peak. Once you can over the fact that Dave Gahan desparately seeks street-cred (tattoos, long hair, etc.), you have to admit that his voice was better than ever. Adding live drums was a stroke of genius. The songs rocked. Last but not least the stage design by Anton Corbijn was superb. This is a thoroughly enjoyable DVD, and a must for any DM fan. Highly recommended.
I think this concert captures DM at their peak - and I saw them live in both 1988 at the Rose Bowl concert, and on the most recent Exciter tour and have the dvd's of those concerts too, so I can compare. And their series of videos for their individual songs is too abstract and boring for my tastes. THIS dvd from 92 or 93 is the one to have!
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The best work, from the best band. EVER.
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