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The Singles 86-98 [Best of]

Depeche Mode Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Stripped
2. A Question Of Lust
3. A Question Of Time
4. Strangelove
5. Never Let Me Down Again
6. Behind The Wheel
7. Personal Jesus
8. Enjoy The Silence
9. Policy Of Truth
10. World In My Eyes
Disc: 2
1. I Feel You
2. Walking In My Shoes
3. Condemnation
4. In Your Room
5. Barrel Of A Gun
6. It's No Good
7. Home
8. Useless
9. Only When I Lose Myself
10. Little 15
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So Depeche Mode releases a singles compilation featuring only one previously unreleased song ("Only When I Lose Myself") in anticipation of a major tour. Sound suspiciously like a shameless cash-in? Sure. But The Singles, 86-98 needed to be made. This is a worthwhile purchase for casual admirers and completists alike. The two-disc set contains revamped versions of the major singles from 1986 to 1998 and a version of "Little 15" that was first released only in France. The set's "grand finale" is the live recording of "Everything Counts," from the 101 album. Although the original studio version of the "Everything Counts" single appeared on 1984's People Are People, DM fudged the chronology to justify including this astounding live recording on the album (a ploy to psych up concert-ticket buyers?). The live recording highlights the worshipful crowd applauding, cheering, and chant-singing "The grabbing hands / Grab all they can / Everything counts in large amounts" long after the song has ended. Ka-ching! --Beth Bessmer

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3.0 out of 5 stars From: a casual fan, To: a casual fan Feb. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
You may often hear the term "casual fan" tossed around quite a bit. It generally refers to the more musically diverse consumer who isn't concerned with b-sides or rare tracks. In other words, the guy who would rather buy one best-of than ten full albums of a particular artist. I am that casual fan and, in this case, I chose to purchase "The Singles 86>98" over individual Depeche Mode singles -- a decision which, after careful reconsideration, I would like to take back.
Disc 1 is easy to appreciate. With such haunting DM classics as "Strangelove," "Stripped" & "A Question of Lust," this album almost deserves a five-star rating. Ah, but then you pop in CD2 and realize why a single-disc best-of may have been the best option for a casual fan such as yourself. Don't get me wrong, there are some excellent tracks, but as the disc progresses chronologically, the group's energy seems to drop and the tracks morph from danceworthy synth-pop to droopy rock. "Condemnation" isn't among my favorites, along with "I Feel You" & "In My Room." But, there is much debate over whether earlier DM tracks are comparable to later tracks, so I'll leave this subject alone.
Bottom line: for casual fans of old and new, a single depeche mode best-of may have been a better idea than both Singles albums. However, given the limited selection of DM compilations, I would suggest a few individual singles over the albums. Remix junkies will appreciate the mixes & fans in search of specific hits can pick and choose at will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars keeping "new- wave" alive! Oct. 31 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i was a Dep mode fan in the '80s, then i got sidetracked, & picked up again in the mid-'90s,
the early hits, i loved.
picking up on all the songs i missed, i realised what an excellent band they were.
their lyrics are intelligent, sensitive, thoughtful & sentimental, with a slight jagged edge, but in a polite way, and also very honest, almost confessional.
listening to their music, the hard work & dedication that has gone into it is evident, but also the devotion & sincerity.
dave g, was, i think, at some point, given a status of "rock god" - i also don't think this did him any good!
the songs: "stripped" is such an honest song!
"a question of lust" is a beautiful love song
"strange love" brutally honest!
"world in my eyes" - very down to earth, a clever twist!
"enjoy the silence" - the song that lured me back to dep mode, heard it played on hols in yugoslavia, sounded incredible & atmospheric. there's something about M Gore's harmonies, never heard a guy sing so angelically!
"behind the wheel" - a cheeky song, but great entertainment!
"never let me down again" has a very european sound, again, totally excellent.
the hits from devotion & ultra are also excellent,
D M are a band that, yes, have a distinct musical formula, but within their music there lies the multi-colours of moods, emotions, thoughts, ideas, like the changing tides, depth & integrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have July 12 2004
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
If you are someone like myself who is just starting to get into Depeche Mode, this is the album for you. The two CD set is packed with old favorites. It's a great start on your way to getting familiar with Depeche Mode.
This collection really shows the differentiation and evolution of Depeche Mode. The amazingly addictive "Stripped" begins the set of classic DM songs and the appeal doesn't stop there. If you're like me, you'll find once you buy this collection, the CD will barely leave your CD player.
After buying this album, the most logical sequence of events would be to buy Violator. (arguably the band's most popular album) However, since about half the songs from that CD are in this collection (although they're slightly different versions of most of the songs), I'd reccomend either Songs of Faith and Devotion, or possibly Music For The Masses.
This is an amazing collection fans both old and new of Depeche Mode will certainly appreciate. In this album, you can really see what made the band so influential and unique. Honestly, what other band has had one of their songs covered by BOTH Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash? I rest my case. This album is definately worth taking a listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Editorial Reviews! April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
The above editorial review suggests that DM included the live version of "Everything Counts", which was originally released in 1983, to milk a cash cow, and even "fudged chronology" to do so. This isn't the case at *all*. This live version was released as a hit single in 1989 (Mute Cat# Bong16) and therefore fits perfectly into the chronology and theme established by the title.
As for this record itself, it's a fantastically put together and very historically accurate document of DM's output of hit singles during the years in question. The idea is simple and straightforward: compile the 7" versions of each of their singles between the years 1986-1998 (with a few technical exceptions that would only be noticed by the most devoted fans). It's not by any means their most consistent or best album; look to either "Violator" or "The Singles 81-85" for such an item. Never-the-less, the album itself is very, very good and an excellent place to start for anybody who wants to become acquainted with the band and hear some excellently written and produced electronic music.
My sole complaint with this album is that the singles "Little 15" and "Everything Counts Live" aren't put in their proper chronology but rather placed at the very end of the album for whatever reason.
But as for accusations of milking cash cows...that's alomst complete nonsense. This compliation was built with historical accuracy in mind and if the cash comes, it's only a result of the suberb music and production on this record. Get this along with "The Singles 81-85" for a very good introduction to this superlative pop band.
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