18 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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!).

EDITORS’ NOTES

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!).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

youbroughtyourdog ,

(Some of) The Best of Depeche Mode Vol. 1

While certainly not completely comprehensive, The Best Of compilation album has many of the greatest hits of the band (many of these being the most chart topping). Beginning DM fans, or those with very limited budgets will find the album quite useful, as it certainly has a great range of songs. It contains early hits like Just Can’t Get Enough, See You, and New Life. It also has many of the later hits Personal Jesus; Dream On; Suffer Well; and Precious among many more. Plus it contains the newest single not found on any other album, Martyr. It really is a good mix playing pretty smoothly from start to finish. The nice thing about actually buying the CD though, is that if you buy the special edition you get 23 music videos and “The Best of Depeche Mode A Short Film” which goes through their career and most if not all of the songs on this album.

Filippo Moscatello ,

Released before?

Hmmm,
what can I say...I am a great Depeche Mode fan ever since....This is a great collection of there greatest hits and a good start for anyone who like Depeche Mode. I love electronic music in general...beside DM I listen to songs like Contest by Liedschatten or tracks from the album Balearic House Map or even Deepest Shades Of House.
All in all great music!!

dlite ,

Get it, if it's the last thing of DM you have to get!

Every single Depeche Mode song on every CD from Some Great Reward on to Playing the Angel is brilliant. If you just go with the singles, or a "Best Of" compilation like this, you WILL miss out on many of the greatest Depeche Mode songs. Purchase this if you're like me, and you already have everything that DM's ever put out and you want to show your devotion to the band.

Can't wait for the new album to come out!!!!

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