- Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single, Import, Maxi, CD
- Label: Sire-Wbr
- ASIN: B000002KWS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
|1. Enjoy The Silence (Single MIx)|
|2. Enjoy The Silence (Hands And Feet Mix)|
|4. Enjoy The Silence (Bass Line)|
|5. Enjoy The Silence (Ecstatic Dub)|
|7. Enjoy The Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix)|
|8. Enjoy The Silence (Harmonium)|
The 2 b-sides, Sibeling and Memphisto, are not for everyone. They are reminiscent of songs like the infamous song 'Pimpf' on Music for the Masses; they are mainly piano peices, and have no lyrics. Unlike Pimpf, there are no vocals at all, only strange synth noises and orchestral sounds. That is not to say the songs are bad, they have very strong atmosphere, and are perhaps among the absolute darkest songs DM has done; their minimalistic sound giving a feeling of utter desolation. That said, even if you respect the songs as well executed, you may not want to listen to them a lot.
Then you have the 6 remixes of "Enjoy the Silence". These remixes are not drastically different from the originals, here and there they emphasize parts of the song you may not have paid attention to individually in the original mix, and occasionally some new beats are thrown in, but there is nothing mind-blowing. The most unique mix is the "Harmonium" which is performed by Martin Gore singing by himself, playing on an organ, which gives the song a much more personal, mellow tone, which is nice to hear, but ultimately very minimalistic.
Sadly, The Quad: Final mix is missing from the version I have. As far as I know, it's only on the version included in the Singles Box sets. I used to have it on the limited edition bonus 3rd disc of the Singles 86-98 album, but unfortunately I lost it (there was no place for in the jewel case, it just came in a plastic envelope, which was a bad idea). I think it was the ultimate presentation of Enjoy the Silence; it was around 9 minutes long, and explored the song extremely throughly.Read more ›
a true classic!
My sub-par rating is not for the song in general---because I love the song, but I think there was a little room for improvement. I absolutely loved the track two remix and the final track remix. The hands and feet remix is an ultra trendy, very dancible extended number that is the epitome of what all remixes should be like. My problem comes with the other b-side track and the remixes in the middle. With all the technology available even at that time, I found the mixes in the middle of the cd to bear a strong resembleance to eachother and are a bit boring. I didn't really enjoy the instrumental b-sides all that much but they are tolerable at least. Aside from the second track, the final track-- a greatly slowed down, almost accoustic type of enterpretation, is what saves this cd from being a real disappointment. The final mix is a shortened version that is greatly slowed down and played to the sound to an organ. It is so simplified and don't quote me, but I think it is Martin Gore who sings this version; a real treat to hear the master tackling his own creation. It has a very gloomy feel to it and is a standout track in itself. I think if you are a big fan of Depeche Mode, or love Enjoy the Silence with a passion, you should buy this cd for tracks 2 and 8, which are quite outstanding.Read more ›
As you can see there are some great remixes of this great single. I sure enjoy the silence all the time.