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This 18-track sampler (expanded to 23 tracks in its deluxe version) is an able introduction to a group that revolutionized the world of synth-based rock and pop throughout the '80s and onward. While no single album can summarize a band with such an extensive resume, Vol. 1 should whet the appetites of potential fans, sending them searching through the proper albums for more. For hardcore fans, "Martyr" was recorded for the Playing the Angel sessions but not released until this collection. Overall, the band's stylistic diversity is on full view here, surveying 25 years of creativity where Depeche Mode essentially wrote the rules of its alternative radio/dance club–friendly sounds. It's impossible to go wrong with a collection that features "Personal Jesus," "Just Can't Get Enough," "It's No Good," "Shake the Disease," and "Precious." If you pair this with the albums Black Celebration, Music for the Masses, and Violator, you've got the basics covered (though there's still plenty more!).

Customer Reviews

Best Gift

While Depeche Mode FANS already have all these songs, most people don't, so this collection is a great gift for anyone not familiar with Depeche Mode. With songs spanning 25 years, there’s old and new favorites and even a new song that’s easily one of their best. A must give!

Not Bad

This album is certainly not for the hardcore DM fans that are for sure, this album is more for the new Depeche mode fans just getting into them and the song selection is perfect.

Why is this necessary?

Really? Does the world need yet another "best of" Depeche Mode album? Are they that hard up for money that they need to present us with yet another collection that is virtually identical to every other "best of" Depeche Mode album? There is absolutely nothing on here that's new, which also could be said about Depeche Mode's career since Violator. Not only is this a waste of money, but a waste of time.


Formed: 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. The roots of Depeche Mode date to 1976, when Basildon, England-based...
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