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Enjoy the Silence Import, Single, CD, Maxi

4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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 18 customer reviews
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1. Enjoy The Silence (Single MIx)
2. Enjoy The Silence (Hands And Feet Mix)
3. Sibeling
4. Enjoy The Silence (Bass Line)
5. Enjoy The Silence (Ecstatic Dub)
6. Memphisto
7. Enjoy The Silence (Ricki Tik Tik Mix)
8. Enjoy The Silence (Harmonium)

Product Description

Reissue of this CD single from the Synthpop legends, available separately once again. This D.Mode CD single features a plethora of sought-after remixes and B-sides perfect for the DM fan and fans of Electronic music in general. Features seven versions of 'Enjoy The Silence' (Seven Inch Version, Hands And Feet Mix, Ecstatic Dub, Bass Line, Harmonium, Ricki Tik Tik Mix and The Quad: Final Mix) plus 'Memphisto' and 'Sibeling'. Mute. 2007.

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Format: Audio CD
If you're a serious DM fan, you probably allready have the songe Enjoy the Silence on the Violator album, and are buying the single for the b-sides or remixes, so I'm not going to get into the original mix.
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).
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Yes, Enjoy the silence is my favorite DM song of all time with "One Caress" ( from SOFAD ) as it's only competition. I love these kind of singles ( Maxi singles ) because it's heaven to listen to all the different mixes of a song if you like the song itself and being that I have almost completed my collection of the DM studio albums, It was time for me to start looking to further extend my collection with the singles.
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.
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Enjoy The Silence is one of my all-time favorite DM singles. It's very intense with a heavy beat and disturbing melody. There are five versions of Enjoy The Silence with two B-Sides, neither of which hit the spot for me. Sibeling is a kind of Gothic piano song. Memphisto is very similar to Pimpf. Those who like Pimpf might enjoy Memphisto. This song is more intense. The original version is the same as the parent album version only without the interlude at the end that ties it to Policy Of Truth. The Hands anf Feet Mix is almost like an extended version of the original version. The Bass Line Mix sounds more like a totally different song and far more clubby. The Ecstatic Dub is classic. It's like an extended instrumental version but more stretched out with little vocals. The keyboards echoing are killer. The Ricki Tick Tick Mix is another good mix but not up to the other remixes. The Harmonium version was originally supposed to go on Violator. It's a ballad version with churchlike organs and vocals and no beats.
As you can see there are some great remixes of this great single. I sure enjoy the silence all the time.
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I first heard this song on the radio in third grade in 1990. Three years later, I finally found out who sang it and have been in love with Depeche Mode's music ever since.
But anyway, this is an awesome single. I really like these remixes. I love the original version of the song but these highlight different musical structures of the song that I may not have noticed before, which is nifty if you're into that kinda thing. Plus they give me more versions of the song to bop around to, which is always good!
"Sibeling" and "Memphisto", the two instumental tracks, are fun to listen to for me because it's fun to try to pick out how Depeche Mode puts bits of sound together to create their music, and it's easier to do that with simpler songs or songs without lyrics. Plus they're good if you're in a "no lyrics" music kind of mood. :)
Finally, the last track, the "Harmonium" version of Enjoy The Silence, is sung by Martin Gore (the others are of course sung by David Gahan), and is much slower, like more of a ballad. In fact, when Martin originally wrote this song, he had intended it as a ballad (which he would probably sing - he usually sings the ballad-type songs). But then someone came up with the idea of speeding it up and they worked with it and changed it around added different layers and -tada!- it became a big successful single! So the "Harmonium" version sounds a lot like the original demo tape that Martin made as a rough version to show to the band. (I was lucky enough to be able to hear that demo version in mp3 format.)
So, all in all, if you love Depeche Mode and you love "Enjoy The Silence", chances are you will also love this single.
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