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The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 (Deluxe Version)

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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!). The deluxe version adds revelatory remixes of "Personal Jesus," "Never Let Me Down Again," "Everything Counts," and "People Are People." 

Customer Reviews

Was this really nessicary?

As a single disc intro to Depeche Mode for those not familiar, this album works fine, although the collection (and the public) would have been better served by replacing the added remixes with more familiar "Policy of Truth", "Love In Itself", "Behind the Wheel", "Blasphemous Rumours", or "Stripped" or (*insert another title here*)...or maybe some other new tracks? A curious music fan is FAR better served by "The Singles" collections - "80>85" and the double disc "86>98". Sure, it doesn't cover the "Exciter" or "Playing the Angel" eras (which "Best of" does), but still serves as a more complete collection of hits. Still...alternative/electronic/nuwave music gets no better than this. And the new single is classic DM. This is a good intro for the uninitiated. Those in-the-know should just get the one track.

Great Music but...

If you're a 'Mode' fan you'll have all of these already. The only thing I wanted off of this was the remixes and you have to buy the whole 'job lot' to get them, which for me, is a huge waste of a 20.

Great Singles, POOR remixes

The tracks here are some of Depeche Mode's best work, but so much is left out. The price being charged for this collection is rather obscene, and the "bonus" remixes with this version are SO, so poor it baffles me as to why the band allowed them to see the light of day. The 2nd "Never Let Me Down Again" is also a remix, by the way. My advice is, if you are looking for a starter kid to DM, get the less expensive version of this collection or, better, yet, buy Violator. If you are a collector looking to get this because "Ooh! New remixes!" I was right there with you, and I feel stung now. I'd say: resist the urge.


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 electro pop 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,...
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