Precious Pt.2 Import, Maxi, Single
|1. Precious - Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix (Edit)|
|2. Precious (Misc Full Vocal Mix)|
UK part 2 pressing. 'Precious' is the addictive first single from Depeche Mode's eagerly anticipated eleventh studio album Playing The Angel. Written by Martin Gore and produced by Ben Hillier (of Doves and Blur fame) the new single is quintessential Depeche Mode with a kinetic hook, hypnotic vocals and a glorious chorus. This second part to the UK pressing features all non-album tracks, 'Precious' (Sasha's Gargantan Vocal Mix Edit), 'Precious' (Misc. Full Vocal Mix) and 'Free'. Mute. 2005.
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This US CD release does not contain the Single Version (which is really just the Album version). Actually it's exactly the same as the much sought after 6 track UK Promo CD (PCDBONG35) with the Sasha Spooky Mix (Edit) being the standout cut. What a sweet mix. It's much faster and even catchier than the original version, with a great beat and some nice new additional sounds to give it a rather mystical quality. Beautifully done.
Sasha continues with the Gargantuan Vocal Mix (Edit) which goes in a more dark and somewhat industrial direction, with yet another great beat that keeps you hooked all the way. Dave's voice is echoed and electronically amplified a bit in this version, giving off a very otherworldly quality. There's a part in the mix where bits and pieces of Dave's voice are put together to create a rather manic yet hypnotically alluring string of consciousness. Two for Two for Sasha.
Michael Mayer gives us the Balearic Mix, a lighter version with Martin's great guitar riff used to great effect. Very nice rhythm on this one. The chorus is used only towards the end, over and over. Very nice.
The Full Vocal Mix does just that, concentrates on Dave's vocalization while surrounding them with some heavy laden electronic concepts and creations. Some of them sound like a few old school sounds from previous Dmode triumphs. Very catchy and very danceable.
The Crunch Mix & the Motor Remix are your more abstract types of mixes that don't focus on the vocals, except in certain snippets here and there, that tend to play over and over. The Motor Remix has a great urgency about it with a beat that really moves and grooves you. Depending on how much you enjoy these types of mixes will obviously determine if you'll like them or not. Both have great beats, no doubt about it.
In fact, as far as DM mixes go, these are some of the best I've heard that were all for one song. A lot of strong effort was put into these tracks. It's too bad we didn't get the Full versions of Sasha's Spooky & Gargantuan mixes, which would run a whole lot longer, instead of the Edited versions, as well as the additional song: Free, which was included as a B-side for the Precious single overseas. Even so, this is a very impressive single that should make a lot of fans and non-fans alike, happy. Check it out.
The two Depeche Mode remixes here are standard stuff, the sort of material Depeche fans are accustom to. This is shown on the seven minute plus remix featuring pumping club beats (sharing little resemblance to the original song), known as "Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix Edit". It's a good remix, but as said before, only if you are looking to be dancing. The "Misc. Full Vocal Mix" is arguably better in my opinion, with some interesting sonic additions to the original.
The main attraction here though, is b-side "Free". This one sits alongside "My Joy", "Dangerous", and "Surrender" on the great Depeche Mode b-side list. It is definitely worth the price of this single. It is very reminiscent of the Violator era, with distorted analogue synths, a crunchy beat, and a smooth delivery from Gahan.
Overall, Depeche fans will need this for "Free", and get a couple decent club mixes out of it, but look to the other version of the single for the extraordinary radio mix of "Precious".
On this disc are two pretty dramatic reworkings of the single. Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix heavily reengineers the song into something like a Daft Punk track, replete with vocal distortion and huge beats. This one definitely feels at home either in a club or in the car.
The Misc. Full Vocal Mix is a more sinister version, full of little noises and dark detours. I like how it sounds, but the creepy atmosphere doesn't quite match up well with the lyrics. Still, this remix has its moments, and if you're looking for a cool variation on the song, this one works.
Lastly, the B-side of "Precious" is "Free," an angry synth rocker with a heart. Its two personalities never quite mesh, however, leaving this one just shy of DM's best B-sides.
These three tracks are worth buying if you really enjoyed Playing the Angel, and are interested in exploring variations on its sound. But it does seem that we should be getting more than three tracks on one disc; remember the epic singles for "Walking in My Shoes" and "World in My Eyes"? They were almost like entirely separate albums. Hopefully, DM will one day return to those longer singles. Their fans will appreciate the extra effort, and pay up for the music.
Precious is the beautiful first single from Depeche Mode and this is the maxi single for the single release. Overall the remixes all complement the original version of this song and the strongest ones are Sasha's Spooky Mix - Edit and Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix - Edit. Sasha has done an excellent job remixing this mellow vocal track and made it very club friendly yet not making it too obnoxiously beat heavy. Although Sasha's remixes are quite heavy on the bass the beats are quite nice and the song has taken on a much more electronic form than it is in it's original version.
Michael Mayer's Balearic Mix is yet another mellow remix and has a relaxed feel to it. It's mostly a vocal remix with a laidback feel to it.
The Misc. Full Vocal mix is just an extended version/edit of the original track. It sounds good but I like the original much more as I am used to it. I like my remixes to sound like remixes and this just does not sound like a remix.
The Misc. Crunch Mix is a little more upbeat than the other remixes but not as upbeat as the Motor Remix. It's a fun remix and quite nice to dance to.
The Motor Remix is the one remix on here that has basically increased the bpm's of the original version and made it a much more upbeat club friendly track. The mostly instrumental remix is quite energetic and fierce sounding. Although it's quite good I still prefer the Sasha Spooky Mix - Edit over all the remixes on this maxi single.
Overall a good maxi single but not as strong as other maxi's Depeche Mode have released in the past.