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Consider this a primer, because there is no way a career spanning 25 years can be summarized justifiably within the cramped space of an 80-minute disc. The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 takes a very selective skip through the group's past, and it leaves no room for anything off Black Celebration -- an album many fans (albeit the most depressive ones) cite as a favorite. While the relatively thorough Singles 81>85 and Singles 86>98 can be seen as the proper entry route, they don't have the benefit of covering 2001's Exciter or 2005's excellent Playing the Angel, so this disc -- as of 2006, at least -- is very nearly the best possible way to get a feel for the whole daunting discography. Tending to stick to the singles that made the greatest impact on the mainstream and club charts, the selections do signify that the group hasn't lost any traction. Just compare the difference between 1981's "Just Can't Get Enough" and 2005's "Precious" to the difference between the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side" (1964) and "Mixed Emotions" (1989); Depeche Mode remained on an even keel creatively, while the Stones were hailed for continuing to exist and for making music that didn't embarrass their legacy. (If that's not a slap in the face of real rock & rollers who laughed at the thought of synth pop as more than a silly trend, what is?) Also consider this: If a poll were to be conducted in order to determine the absolute favorite Depeche Mode song of all time, there would be at least 40 write-ins in addition to the 18 options (including a decent new song) provided here. So, if you should happen to pick up this disc as an introduction and find yourself knocked out, you have a lot of catching up in your future.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Personal Jesus
00:03:47

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Francois Kevorkian, Mixer - Flood, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

2
Just Can't Get Enough
00:03:43

Vince Clarke, Keyboards - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Producer - Daniel Miller, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Eric Radcliffe, Engineer

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

3
Everything Counts
00:04:01

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Gareth Jones, Engineer - Daniel Miller, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

4
Enjoy the Silence
00:04:18

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Phil Legg, Mixer - Flood, Producer - Daniel Miller, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.ment

5
Shake the Disease
00:04:51

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Gareth Jones, Engineer - Daniel Miller, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Limited

6
See You
00:03:57

Dave Gahan, Lead Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Daniel Miller, Producer - John Fryer, Engineer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Eric Radcliffe, Engineer

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

7
It's No Good
00:05:58

Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Tim Simenon, Producer - Tim Simenon, Mixer - Q, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

8
Strangelove
00:03:46

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Dave Bascome, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

9
Suffer Well
00:03:52

Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer - Ben Hillier, Producer - Ben Hillier, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

10
Dream On
00:03:51

Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer - Gareth Jones, Engineer - MARK BELL, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

11
People Are People
00:03:37

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Gareth Jones, Engineer - Daniel Miller, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

12
Martyr
00:03:25

Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Ben Hillier, Producer - Jeremy Wheatley, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

13
Walking in My Shoes
00:05:00

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Mixer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Mixer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Flood, Producer - Flood, Mixer - Mark Stent, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Mixer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

14
I Feel You
00:04:35

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Mixer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Mixer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Flood, Producer - Flood, Mixer - Mark Stent, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Mixer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

15
Precious
00:04:09

Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Steve Fitzmaurice, Mixer - Ben Hillier, Producer - Ben Hillier, Mixer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

16
Master and Servant
00:03:59

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Gareth Jones, Engineer - Daniel Miller, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

17
New Life
00:03:46

Vince Clarke, Producer - Vince Clarke, Keyboards - Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Daniel Miller, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Eric Radcliffe, Engineer

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

18
Never Let Me Down Again
00:04:20

Dave Gahan, Producer - Dave Gahan, Vocals - Martin L. Gore, Producer - Martin L. Gore, Keyboards - Depeche Mode, Main Artist - Daniel Miller, Producer - Dave Bascome, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Producer - Andy Fletcher, Keyboards - Alan Wilder, Producer - Alan Wilder, Keyboards

(P) 2006 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.

DISC 2

1
Personal Jesus (Boys Noize Rework)
00:06:55

Depeche Mode, Main Artist

(P) 2006 Venusnote Limited/Mute Records Limited, a BMG company, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

2
Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)
00:04:40

Depeche Mode, Main Artist

(P) 2006 Venusnote Limited/Mute Records Limited, a BMG company, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

3
Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann & Stephan Bodzin Dub)
00:06:55

Depeche Mode, Main Artist

(P) 2006 Venusnote Limited/Mute Records Limited, a BMG company, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

4
People Are People (Underground Resistance Assault DJ 3000 Remix)
00:07:24

Depeche Mode, Main Artist

(P) 2006 Venusnote Limited/Mute Records Limited, a BMG company, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

5
Personal Jesus (Heartthrob Rework 2)
00:05:15

Depeche Mode, Main Artist

(P) 2006 Venusnote Limited/Mute Records Limited, a BMG company, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Consider this a primer, because there is no way a career spanning 25 years can be summarized justifiably within the cramped space of an 80-minute disc. The Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 takes a very selective skip through the group's past, and it leaves no room for anything off Black Celebration -- an album many fans (albeit the most depressive ones) cite as a favorite. While the relatively thorough Singles 81>85 and Singles 86>98 can be seen as the proper entry route, they don't have the benefit of covering 2001's Exciter or 2005's excellent Playing the Angel, so this disc -- as of 2006, at least -- is very nearly the best possible way to get a feel for the whole daunting discography. Tending to stick to the singles that made the greatest impact on the mainstream and club charts, the selections do signify that the group hasn't lost any traction. Just compare the difference between 1981's "Just Can't Get Enough" and 2005's "Precious" to the difference between the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side" (1964) and "Mixed Emotions" (1989); Depeche Mode remained on an even keel creatively, while the Stones were hailed for continuing to exist and for making music that didn't embarrass their legacy. (If that's not a slap in the face of real rock & rollers who laughed at the thought of synth pop as more than a silly trend, what is?) Also consider this: If a poll were to be conducted in order to determine the absolute favorite Depeche Mode song of all time, there would be at least 40 write-ins in addition to the 18 options (including a decent new song) provided here. So, if you should happen to pick up this disc as an introduction and find yourself knocked out, you have a lot of catching up in your future.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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