The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Consider this a primer, because there is no way a career spanning 25 years can be summarized justifiably within the cramped space of an 80-minute disc. The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 takes a very selective skip through the group's past, and it leaves no room for anything off Black Celebration -- an album many fans (albeit the most depressive ones) cite as a favorite. While the relatively thorough Singles 81>85 and Singles 86>98 can be seen as the proper entry route, they don't have the benefit of covering 2001's Exciter or 2005's excellent Playing the Angel, so this disc -- as of 2006, at least -- is very nearly the best possible way to get a feel for the whole ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Consider this a primer, because there is no way a career spanning 25 years can be summarized justifiably within the cramped space of an 80-minute disc. The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 takes a very selective skip through the group's past, and it leaves no room for anything off Black Celebration -- an album many fans (albeit the most depressive ones) cite as a favorite. While the relatively thorough Singles 81>85 and Singles 86>98 can be seen as the proper entry route, they don't have the benefit of covering 2001's Exciter or 2005's excellent Playing the Angel, so this disc -- as of 2006, at least -- is very nearly the best possible way to get a feel for the whole daunting discography. Tending to stick to the singles that made the greatest impact on the mainstream and club charts, the selections do signify that the group hasn't lost any traction. Just compare the difference between 1981's "Just Can't Get Enough" and 2005's "Precious" to the difference between the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side" (1964) and "Mixed Emotions" (1989); Depeche Mode remained on an even keel creatively, while the Stones were hailed for continuing to exist and for making music that didn't embarrass their legacy. (If that's not a slap in the face of real rock & rollers who laughed at the thought of synth pop as more than a silly trend, what is?) Also consider this: If a poll were to be conducted in order to determine the absolute favorite Depeche Mode song of all time, there would be at least 40 write-ins in addition to the 18 options (including a decent new song) provided here. So, if you should happen to pick up this disc as an introduction and find yourself knocked out, you have a lot of catching up in your future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2006
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624425625
  • Catalog Number: 44256
  • Sales rank: 7,688

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Depeche Mode Primary Artist
Vince Clarke Group Member
Martin Gore Group Member
Alan Wilder Group Member
Technical Credits
Vince Clarke Composer
Flood Producer
John Fryer Engineer
David Gahan Composer
Martin Gore Composer
Gareth Jones Producer, Engineer
Daniel Miller Producer
Eric Radcliffe Engineer
Simon Heyworth Remastering
Paul Morley Liner Notes
Anton Corbijn Art Direction, Visuals
Ben Hillier Producer
Paul Conboy Producer
Mark Blakkat Bell Producer
Dave Dascombe Producer
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  • Posted May 5, 2013

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    I initially reviewed this on June 22, 2008. This is definitely o

    I initially reviewed this on June 22, 2008. This is definitely one of the best from Depeche Mode. Many of these songs exude creativity and emotion. They are also so believable where you can picture the lead singer David Gahan singing them to you. This is one of my favorite cds because when I first bought this cd I listened to it alot after work and its good for working out and making out. In my opinion what helps make this cd a masterpiece is many of these songs are creatively erotic and sensual but there are also some songs that appeal more to ones emotional side and spiritual side. In this cd there is something for everyone. Some of my favorites on this cd are just can't get enough, strangelove, dream on, personal jesus, people are people, walking in my shoes, and feel you. If you want a versatile cd that you can listen to on numerous occassions then your money spent on this cd is well worth it. This “Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1” collection is another classic that you will be happy to have bought.

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