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Gore is one of the longtime founding members of Depeche Mode and once more ventures out on his own with version of the David Essex classic "Stardust". Also includes with Hank Thompson's "I Cast A Lonesome Shadow" and an exclusive version of Marc Bolan's "Life Is Strange".
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US CD single (Reprise 2-42617):
001/Stardust (Album Version)3:08
002/Stardust (Atom Vocal Remix)3:22
003/Stardust (Atom Instrumental Remix)3:23
004/I Cast A Lonesome Shadow (Stewart Walker Vocal Mix)5:31
005/I Cast A Lonesome Shadow (Stewart Walker Instrum. Mix)5:31
006/Life Is Strange 2:17
I don't know the original version of this song but I'm curious to hear it now since the remake found here did little for me. The rip off here too is that the two remixes are the same, one with words and one without. The same goes for the two other remixes for 'I Cast A Lonesome Shadow" which actually do a little to take the bad taste out of my mouth left by the first three tracks. The last track is pretty decent, too bad it was relegated to life as a b side. If this is what Martin is turning out nowadays I'm a little worried about DM's future, maybe Dave Gahan should remain a solo act.
At 3:08, it's just a slice of what's to come from Mr. Martin L. Gore's new covers album. (Check out the video if you get the chance!) This song is a lush mixture of sci-fi electronica, echoes and bleeps.
The real sleeper is the second track "I Cast A Lonesome Shadow" (a Hank Thompson song). This track is a remix and clocks in at 5:31. Probably a better choice as a lead single but Martin's not out to please the Top 40 crowd! Martin's voice is deep in the mix on this song, which allows the mix to shine. If you take a listen to the lyrics, you'll find that as usual in Martin's arrangements, an upbeat tempo is combined with lyrics of personal turmoil:
"The image of a love I lost and all the things I'd planned
Are as empty as this bottle that I hold in my hand
My soul is buried in the depths of love and life's pitfalls
And I cast a lonesome shadow on these lonely, lonely walls."
Finally is a Marc Bolan cover "Life is Strange." Short and sweet.