Originally I only bought this cd cause I found it $3 used at my local record store. Condemnation is not the most exciting song on SOFD, and the B-side, Death's Door, was just remix, and I had allready attained a copy of the original mix elsewhere. Once I listened to it though, I was glad I bought it.
There are 2 different versions of Comdemnation on this single; paris mix, and a live cut. Neither are extremely different from the album version, but the vocals are different, with more backup vocals coming a choir DM hired for their Devotional tour, instead of just Martin Gore. Like I said, not terribly exciting, but it's kinda nice to hear different takes on the song.
Then there's 2 different remixes of Rush. The 'spiritual guidance mix' is a more aggressive version of the original, with more pronounced percussion, additional synth lines, and a generally more pumped up, industrial sound. The nitrate mix is an instrumental version, with more of a "techno" sound to it. It gets somewhat repetative, especially with its "oomp oomp oomp" beat, but it is an insteresting exploration of the song's ambience and instrumentation.
I imagine many fans are not familiar with Death's Door as it was originally released on the soundtrack of the movie "Until the End of the World" and not on a DM album or single. Well, instead of buying a full album movie soundtrack with a bunch of extra songs you don't want, you're better off going with the Condmentation single. The jazz mix has all the elements of the original mix, but is longer, with more guitar work, sax synths and other instrumental elements. It essentially makes the original obsolete, and I don't think you're missing anything by only owning the remix.
Finally, there are live cuts of the songs Halo and Enjoy the Silence, from Violator. Normally, I disregard live versions, as they tend to be just like the album cuts but with distractions like screaming fans, echo, and in DM's case, Dave yelling stuff at the crowd instead of singing. Well, these 2 tracks changed my opinion.
Halo's arrangement is only slightly different than the original, but it has more "punch" to it. It feels louder, Dave's voice is much deeper and more low pitched, and some of the crowd noise and Dave's yells actually enhance the mood of the song. My only complaint is that Martin's voice is barely audible, so there is less harmony than the original, but it is made up for in the energetic tone of the track.
Enjoy the Silence has a much different arangement than the original mix. It starts out with a different beat, has some additional synth lines, and of course being live the vocals are completely new. Like in Halo, Dave's voice is lower, and this time Martin is very loud, singing in a higher pitch which complements Dave well. Then there's the coolest part, there's a guitar solo! DM is not normally a band for guitar solo's, but this one is done well and fits excellently into the song. It's deffinitely a pleasant surprise, particularly since it doesn't apear in any other mixes of the song, even on the Enjoy the Silence single.
Overally this single was a good buy. Comdemnation isn't my favorite DM hit, but Death's Door is a good addition to a DM fan's b-side collection, and the remixes of Rush and live songs are enjoyable to listen to when you get tired of the original cuts or feel like listening to something with a little more energy.