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  • Audio CD (March 12 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002L6D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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1. People Are People
2. Now This Is Fun
3. Love In Itself
4. Work Hard
5. Told You So
6. Get The Balance Right
7. Leave In Silence
8. Pipeline
9. Everything Counts

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Format: Audio CD
When People are People first came out in 1984, it was just a compilation of a few earlier songs on previous albums, several b-sides from earlier singles, and two new songs. It is an excellent CD that is wonderfully put together. The songs all flow into eachother naturally. Each song is terrific:
1. People Are People - When this originally came out, this was a new single (since "Some Great Reward" wouldn't be released for a couple of months). It is the title song and one of the bands better known.
2. Now This Is Fun - Originally a B-side, this song is exactly what the name says, it is a fun song. The rhythm and beat are extremely catchy. This is one of my favorite songs on the CD.
3. Love In Itself - Originally a single off of the "Construction Time Again" album, this song fits in with the compilation that DM put together here.
4. Work Hard - Originally the B-side for "Everything Counts", this is an excellent song with a beat that is very punkish. This song can pump you up and you find it stuck in your head for days.
5. Told You So - Another song straight off the "Construction Time Again" album, this is a wonderful follow-up to "Work Hard", having a very strong beat and punkish sound.
6. Get The Balance Right - The second new song released on this record. It was a new single that was supposed to help sell the album. It is a wonderfully gloomy song that I would consider my favorite song on the CD.
7. Leave in Silence - The oldest song on the record, it was originally released on "A Broken Frame" and as a single. It's softer approach is a great transition between "Get the Balance Right" and "Pipeline".
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This album, released as a promo only in the United States, is a 9 track collection that only barely scratches the surface of the early days of Depeche Mode's career. Yes of course this is a great CD, musically speaking, but frankly, this collection is a very slapdash and scattershot collection of only 9 tracks and is really a CD that was released in the US to introduce the American music-buying public to Depeche Mode's music. Keep in mind, this CD was released BEFORE their breakthrough effort "Some Great Reward" later in 1984. Depeche Mode were hardly heard of in the US before this CD was released and thus, while this album has been rendered for the completist fan base, credit this cute little compilation for expanding Depeche Mode's fan base onto both sides of the Atlantic and eventually to the rest of the world. I like most of this album which is why I still rate this a four as I've had this CD for such a long time that even though I've since gotten both the 81-85 and 86-98 collections released in 1998, I still come to this often bad-mouthed gem as there is the song "Now This Is Fun" which is quite a good song and one of the best songs during DM's "pre-Some Great Reward" days and for that reason, I still rate this CD in my CD collection and the songs do flow quite well even though "Work Hard" and "Pipeline" are pretty much useless industrial noodlings that belong on a B-Sides collection. This compilation is still in print and more than likely is so because of "Now This Is Fun" being a much loved number that failed to make it onto the both "Catching Up With Depeche Mode" and "The Singles 81-85" and also for the rare fan sector who love "Work Hard". The album cover definitely portrays the mood of this collection.Read more ›
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All relevancy issues aside, this is a pretty strong album. I know you can find most of the songs on other CDs but this is, without that in mind, a nice collection of some pretty good songs. Personally, I love the album's title track "People are People" (who doesn't? It's classic DM), "Now this is fun" and "Told you so". Work hard is insane, what were they thinking when they recorded it? I only listen to "Pipeline" for a little while and then I get tired of it, but I like the metallic dragging and pig-ish noises in the beginning. Other than those two this CD is classic pre-love tragedy (I have a theory on Martin's subject matter, ever notice how a lot of the songs seem to be about a relationship with a girl that could be really great except that the girl hesitates because of her own insecurities? I noticed because I'm in the same situation-he's taking the words out of my mouth here) DM. It's not as good as Violator or the newer album Exciter (which you should buy first because it'll keep DM on the radio) but it can still hold its own.
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Format: Audio CD
Rather than complain about the legitimacy of this album, I thought I'd review it based on how good the songs are. Coming from me, that might not be a good thing, considering I tend to go for the weird ones. The song, "People are People" itself is good track, up there with their better work. "Now this is Fun" is simply that, a bit of fun, but a GOOD bit of fun. "Love in Itself" is another great song that shows the beginnings of what would become known as "true Depeche Mode music". Now for my personal favorite, "Work Hard". On first listen, I thought it must have been the dumbest song I'd ever heard, but then I realized it's capacity to annoy the people around me (a real delight). However, I've come to like it the best from this album. For some reason --I Just Cant Get Enough-- of that song! (HA! Okay, I know it wasn't funny.) After that, there's "Told You So" which is good but not as good as "Get the Balance Right", a true gem and unlike "Work Hard", a song that ALL Depeche Mode fans can appreciate. "Leave in Silence" is about "Told You So" level in quality. "Pipeline" is even dumber than "Work Hard" except that it's really, really bad and will probably be skipped every time this CD is played. Finally, there's "Everything Counts", another great song, about the greed of the business world. This album just has a great, campy feel to it that makes it different from other Depeche Mode offerings. It also seems that they were obsessed with beating on pipes as that sound effect can, I think, be heard on every song on the album.Read more ›
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