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The Singles 81-85 [Best of]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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1. Dreaming Of Me
2. New Life
3. Just Can't Get Enough
4. See You
5. The Meaning Of Love
6. Leave In Silence
7. Get The Balance Right
8. Everything Counts
9. Love In Itself
10. People Are People
11. Master And Servant
12. Rumours
13. Somebody
14. Shake The Disease
15. It's Called A Heart
16. Photographic (Some Bizarre Version)
17. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)

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The question we have to ask is "Why?" Depeche Mode released The Singles, 86-98 because there was no comprehensive singles collection representing 1986 through 1998. But why release a singles compilation covering 1981 through 1985 when Catching Up with Depeche Mode already covers this turf? For one thing, the singles "Leave in Silence," "Everything Counts," and "People Are People," which were absent from Catching Up, are included here. All the songs are digitally remastered, but how much does digital enhancement really do to improve the sound of early-'80s synth-pop, which is so dated? Not much. However, it's natural to release a comprehensive singles collection that nicely coincides with 86-98. Both compilations are great for first-timers. And the two remixes on 81-85 ("Photographic [Some Bizarre Version]" and "Just Can't Get Enough [Schizo Mix]") will snag collectors. But maybe the answer has nothing to do with marketable packaging. DM have always fancied themselves as notorious. The liner notes for 81-85 include one negative review and one positive for each song. Perhaps as an attempt to fend off the specter of "where are they now?" Depeche Mode feel the need to remind us how controversial they are by reminding us how controversial they were. --Beth Bessmer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Average to good - 3.5 stars June 19 2004
By Nero
Format:Audio CD
I first started listening to Depeche mode when a friend gave me the 101 album - which was very good. I got this singles collection cheap 2nd hand. I didn't realize how synth dominated their early career was. It is pure synth-pop and contrasts heavily with their later stuff. It lacks the harder techo-rock sounding stuff which gave more of a popular edge to say bands like Duran Duran. I do think 'People are People' is an excellent song concentrating on the paradoxical nature of mankind. Other bonuses are the schizo mix of 'just can't get enough' and 'photographic'. At first i didn't think much of this CD but it just gets better the more you play it. Overall it is a good album and if you can get it cheap even better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Overview of the Early Years March 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
It took Depeche Mode three albums to drift into the gothic synth monsters that would release their first five star album, "Some Great Reward." "Singles 81 - 85" nicely encapsulates the somewhat haphazard two other collections of songs from that period, "Catching Up With Depeche Mode" and "People Are People" into something slightly more coherent and without forcing you to buy two discs.
To that end, it's a worthwhile buy. You can watch how Vince Clark's pop world gave way to Martin Gore's darker vision. Think of how the shiny happy "Just Can't Get Enough" is a total 180 turn from the cynical "Everything Counts." Or how the almost tinkertoy sounding three early synthesized singles sound so coy compared to the final two singles here, or the thicker tones of the "People Are People" (or the "Black Celebration" album; essentially just before where this collection cuts off).
While I have a hard time telling anyone to just jump off a hits collection and get an individual DM album, it's still hard not to with bands that were making great whole sets. I'd certainly recommend anything from the period from "Some Great Reward" to the hit laden "Violator." Still, both of "The Singles" collections are fine places to either fill gaps or get some DM on a budget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depeche Mode early years! Nov. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
This Singles 81-85 collection gives a very good grasp of Depeche Mode's early years albums. There are almost all classics what you can listen to. Vince Clarke's era lasted only little time but there are three songs what he has made( Dreaming of Me, New Life and Just Can't Get Enough). I don't like much Speak and Spell album but these tracks are absolutely the best choices for it. Clarke's songs are somehow very similar than M.L Gore's first songs for exemple See You. After the leaving Clarke Gore taked a responsibility for song writing. He has done his job well! My favourite songs from this album are terrific Everything Counts, interesting way made People are People, which tells violence and sentimental Shake the Disease. Love Itself and Get the Balance Right are not so good songs because they are booring and too long. This collections shows that Depeche Mode made intelligent, fine and its own way synth pop music. If you like Duran Duran's two first album( Duran Duran(first) and Rio) and Alphaville's debut album Forever Young, I can say that this collection may be a good inventment for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars everything counts here........ Jan. 5 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i actually purchased the original release of this, so ommitting the bonus tracks, tho did not mind this,
i just wanted a collection of their early hits,
and i prefer the authenticity on the original coverwork.
i loved hearing all these songs again, particularly "see you" such a sweet song, & all the other early boppy keyboard songs,
sound so simplistic and innocent compared to their newer work.
my two fave songs here are "get the balance right" & "everything counts" for their observations,
tho i do love just about every song here, & greatly enjoy revisiting this genre of music,
they've come a long way & i do love the integrity of their later work, but these early songs do hold a special place for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars the not-yet-depressed moles Aug. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
The best thing about this retrocruise of old Depeche giddy synth-pop from the early '80s isn't the music, it's the liner notes. Each song is accompanied by original reviews from the British press. They are savagely hilarious. 'Deadpan vocals, programmed rhythm rejoinders and a candyfloss melody,' said NME of the 1981 hit Dreaming of Me. The follow-up - Just Can't Get Enough - was 'hugely enjoyable, bouncy and boppy and very close to irritating.' It got worse. 'Just Can't Enough was trying... and now this is insipid,' another critic said the next hit See You. To be fair, Depeche Mode's early material ... wasn't any worse than their contemporaries at the time. The band changed dramatically in the mid-80s, adopting a pseudo-sado gloom goth motif that proved wildly successful with teens who preferred to sit in dark rooms and talk about death, vampires and mascara. But this early on, the Depeche Mode catalogue remains as it always was;...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good tracks May 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
DM's single collection is wonderful in the end. The beginning can be awful to listen, New Life, Dreaming of Me doen't offer the best DM. There's also good songs like "Leave in Silence", "Love in Itself", "Blasphemous Romours", "People Are People" and "Master And Servant". I recommend to buy their single collection from 1986 - 1998. It's very much better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Amazon review
Beth Bessmer's Amazon review is the first one I've ever read that did not feel like it was written by a real scholar of rock music. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by greg556
5.0 out of 5 stars Just can't get enough
Being a product of the '80s, I grew up on new wave music. Depeche Mode was one of the many new wave bands that I just adored then and still do to this very day. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by Erica Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Where were you?
(...)A great compilation for new Modies - the original of this on vinyl was my first investment in the band
This re release to co-incide with "Singles 86-98" is a perfect... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Owen Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars Where were you?
A great compilation, sure its a bit outdated by way of the synths, but this is only relevant for songs taken from "SAS and ABF", the rest sound pretty darn fresh. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2002 by Owen Rice
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people...
Without alienating everyone who hates this album, I feel I have a few words to say about this one in particular. It does contain some awful tracks,I agree. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people...
Without alienating everyone who hates this album, I feel I have a few words to say about this one in particular. It does contain some awful tracks,I agree. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people...
Without alienating everyone who hates this album, I feel I have a few words to say about this one in particular. It does contain some awful tracks,I agree. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2002
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