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The Singles 86-98 Best of

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 6 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00000DAGD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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By Stella Carrier TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 29 2010
Format: Audio CD
I must start off by admitting that I received this as a gift from my wonderful husband back in 2005. We were celebrating our one year wedding anniversary, and he decided to gift me with this great collection of Depeche Mode songs. He and I have similiar tastes in music, and he felt that I would enjoy this compilation. I must say that five years later I do. This collection, in my humble opinion, gets better and better with each listen. This compilation happens to be two discs with disc 1 containing 10 tracks and disc two containing 11 tracks. This is definitely a great collection to purchase if you enjoy 80's music and/or 80's and 90's alternative rock. Every song on each of the two cds is a good one. However, my top five favorite songs on disc 1 that many who purchase this are going to like:

1. Stripped: A classic 80's song about the man asking his lover to come see him outside and private, and you guessed it (strip down). However, the song is very well put together, especially when he methodically raises his voice to basically say that he wants his lover to do just for him.
2. Strange Love: A song about how the man admits that he is prone to experimenting with others in his quest to fullfill his desires, but is willing to also come back to someone if they have more to teach.
3. Never Let Me Down Again: I really like the starting music at the end. It is a song about a man who is going along on a journey with his "best friend", and he hopes to be correct in trusting his friend.
4. Personal Jesus: A creative song about a man willing to be a personal savior to someone who wants to have a lover that is actually "physically there", and that he is willing to satisfy her desires. The music video to this song has an interesting country western type theme.
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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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By A Customer on Oct. 31 2005
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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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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