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Singles 81>85

The Singles 81>85

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by Depeche Mode
     
 

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Replacing the original Catching Up with Depeche Mode compilation, Singles 81>85 subtracts two tracks -- the lightweight curiosity "Flexible" and "Fly on the Windscreen," which surfaced to better effect on Black Celebration -- and adds two, the full six-minute remix of "Just Can't Get Enough" and the original version See more details below

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Replacing the original Catching Up with Depeche Mode compilation, Singles 81>85 subtracts two tracks -- the lightweight curiosity "Flexible" and "Fly on the Windscreen," which surfaced to better effect on Black Celebration -- and adds two, the full six-minute remix of "Just Can't Get Enough" and the original version of "Photographic," Depeche's recording debut on a 1980 compilation album. The overall collection remains the same, though, namely, a run through the peerless singles that kept the band on the charts in the U.K. and elsewhere, as well as building up their increasing cult following in America. It's an embarrassment of riches, from such bouncy early hits as "New Life," "Just Can't Get Enough," and "The Meaning of Love" to the increasingly heavier sound of "Everything Counts," "People Are People," and "Blasphemous Rumors." Nearly all the tracks appear in the original single mixes, some quite different from their album versions, others essentially the same (the one subtle difference in "Somebody" is an echoey percussion pattern buried in the mix, for instance). Two otherwise unavailable singles also appear here: "It's Called a Heart" is pleasant enough, but "Shake the Disease" is great, an obsessive love lyric matched to a wonderful, slow dance melody and an excellent pairing of David Gahan's more aggressive and Martin Gore's gentler vocals. As an introduction to Depeche's brilliant knack for catchy tunes evolving over time into a more challenging but no less popular collection of songs, at once defining and expanding the boundaries of synth pop, look no further.

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Release Date:
01/19/1999
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624729822
catalogNumber:
47298
Rank:
45840

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The Singles 81>85 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album kicks off like a Nintendo video game, but by the second track the kitsch sounds like a good song, and with track 3 being Just Can't Get Enough it's a keeper. Depeche Mode's sound evolved from album to album, and it is most evident in this 5 year collection. There are the monster hits People Are People and Blashphemous Rumors, but my personal favorite is Everything Counts. Oh and the six minute remix of Just Can't Get Enough which is how the song would sound if it came out now. It's quite good, possibly even better than the original. This and the other Singles albums showcase the best of the best 80's band.
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