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The Singles 81-85 Best of

4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 19 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00000HY5N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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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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Limited Bonus CD features Four Rare Remixes of their Hits.

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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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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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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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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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This CD is an improved version of the obsolete "Catching Up With Depeche Mode" with 12 of the 13 tracks lifted off there and put on here plus the tracks that were excluded off that CD,"People Are People","Everything Counts", and the awesome "Get The Balance Right", have been included on here, the addition of two remixes, and also the remastering make this collection a much improved version of the previous collection. It is a collection of singles that would showcase DM evolving from the brainless fun, ear-candy of their early days, to the darker and more apocolyptic sound that they would evolve into in 1986 with the masterpiece, "Black Celebration". My favorites are the disturbing "Shake The Disease", the melancholy "Somebody", the socially conscious "People Are People", and "Get The Balance Right". It isn't flawless though. I'm suprised that "Flexible" wasn't included on here. It's a great song and probably their last truly bright 'sunny sounding' song. This collection may not totally please the fans of the post-1983 DM fanbase but for me, this CD is a wonderful treat and yes, I do happen to like their 'catchy pop' songs. Just Can't Get Enough is a classic. Still though, I prefer their darker music that they would become well-known for. If you don't feel like spending lots of money buying so many CDs then the singles:1981-1985 is a must have. Get "The singles:1986-1998" as well.
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Okay, hear me out on this one. The similarities between the respective evolutions of Pink Floyd and The Mode are downright SCARY. Both sagas begin with brilliant, innovative, utterly original songwriters (Vince Clark/Syd Barrett) whose material (minimalist pop/psychadelic pop) instantly makes their bands top 10 juggernauts. But, after just one album (Speak & Spell/Piper at the Gates of Dawn), these respective geniuses have had enough, and leave for other projects (or just go clinically insane in Syd's case). After the abrupt exit of their respective original frontment, NO ONE gave either DM or Floyd any chance of success. After all, what were they to do without their only songwriter and catalyst??
But no one suspected that two of the most utterly brilliant songwriters and arrangers of their generation were waiting in the wings: Martin L. Gore for DM and Roger Waters for Floyd. At first, however, Gore and Waters had attempted to simply copy the style of their predecessors, thereby coming up with mediocre songs like "See You" and "The Meaning of Love" (not nearly matching the incredible pop appeal of the Clark-penned "Dreaming of Me," "New Life" or "Just Can't Get Enough"). Eventually, however, both songwriters were able to break away from the shadows of those who came before, and each carved their own nitche in music history.
Martin Gore's first great song on his own was the eminently catchy "Everything Counts," a social commentary on business in Britain, similar in subject matter to Pink Floyd's "Animals." Both Gore and Waters have unique writing styles, but fairly similar to each other in their dark content and lush musical backdrop of later albums like Black Celebration and Music for the Masses (and of course Dark Side of the Moon in Waters' case).
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