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Black Celebration Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000KN9G3O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Celebration (2007 Digital Remaster)
2. Fly On The Windscreen (Final) (2007 Digital Remaster)
3. A Question Of Lust (2007 Digital Remaster)
4. Sometimes (2007 Digital Remaster)
5. It Doesn't Matter Two (2007 Digital Remaster)
6. A Question Of Time (2007 Digital Remaster)
7. Stripped (2007 Digital Remaster)
8. Here Is The House (2007 Digital Remaster)
9. World Full Of Nothing (2007 Digital Remaster)
10. Dressed In Black (2007 Digital Remaster)
11. New Dress (2007 Digital Remaster)

Product Description

2007 European pressing of the digitally remastered version of their 1986 dark masterpiece. 11 tracks including "A Question of Time", "Stripped", "A Question Of Lust" and more. This pressing is CD-only and does not include the bonus DVD included in the special edition. EMI.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sensoria@tiscali.co.uk on 26 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Black Celebration" is the album where Depeche Mode finally came of age. The innocent synth pop of youth was suddenly engulfed in a dark perverse world of bleak atmospherics and seedy lust. The Basildon boys had given up the friday nights in local Youth Clubs for fetish clubs in Berlin.
Opening with the powerful but doom ladened "Black Celebration" the album varies between dark, intense atmospheres and minimal, stark ballads.
Tracks such as the throbbing "A Question Of Time" and politicised "New Dress" attemp to raise the tempo and are as close as the album gets to poppier moments. The sad haunting ballads are best represented by the magnificent "A Question Of Lust" and eerie "It Doesn't Matter Two".
Falling somewhere in between these tracks is the wonderfully dark brooding and intense "Stripped" and "Here Is The House" where a clock is used as the percussive back-drop.
"Black Celebration" is often rightly considered to be one of Depeche Mode's best albums. Whilst mot immediately accessible it is certainly an album that set the agenda for the rest of their career.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
There's something about this album that has somehow defied 21 years of the time that has elapsed since it's creation.

Perhaps it's the incredible remix job on the dvd mixes in 5.1. Maybe it's the dense atmosphere during recording. Or more likely a combination of the aforementioned, plus the fact that these songs got the "personal lyrics mixed with actually quite uplifting music" axiom absolutely spot on.

Don't get me wrong; VIOLATOR is a great collection of songs and an excellent album but THIS came first, and it sounds more raw, more punchier and less...commercially oriented. It's a very personal and possibly self indulgent work. I actually originally heard this AFTER I'd soaked myslef in violator and music for the masses, and was really blown away by the whole package. In some ways, this is a better descendant to lead up to violator.

the remix work done on the 5.1 mixes, the documentary, the power inherant on repeated listens....this IMHO is almost perfect ( only the dated reference to "princess di" shows the 80's roots), but otherwise the uniqueness of the sounds - thanks to the trimuverate producing and programming as per SOME GREAT REWARD and CONSTRUCTION - and production make it stand up today.

Bolshy, Powerful and near damn perfect...pick up a copy now!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By O. C. Rice on 4 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
This entire series of re releases has been great but the highlight for me has to be Black Celebration.
As most fans fave DM release, it has certainly stood the test of time and just goes to show how original the lads really were.
Gareth Jones and Daniel Miller took a long time to produce and mix the album but the end result was worth the wait as the sounds still work well and the atmosphere that was created has not been lessened by time.

Standout tracks besides the singles are the title track, as well as Fly on the windscreen which was rescued from the b side of Its called a heart, and given a shot in the arm. Also stunning are the ballads that Martin sings. The 5:1 remix, like all the other re-releases gives a completely new take on the album and sounds totally different to the CD version, a real treat for the ears esp played using DTS.

The Documentary, covering the period 1985-86 is a real bonus as it is almost an hour long compared to the other album documentaries that are about 30 mins in length. The BC docu includes some stunning and rare footage of their 86 world tour, (wouldnt it be great to have it released in its entirity on DVD, hint, hint) as well as studio footage of the making of BC and behind the scenes clips from the relevant videos.

A must buy for fans and newcomers to the band alike.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. on 31 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Black Celebration is one of the finest Depeche Mode albums ever to have been released (Second only to Violator in my opinion). But one of the biggest debates is which version is better? The original UK LP ends with "New Dress", a very dark and bleak song that takes stabs at societies vanities as well as the many sick and twisted shortcomings we evoke amongst ourselves (i.e. murder, famine, ect.).
After listening to the entire album and having it end with this song, you can't help but fall into a state of melancholy (or "depressed mode" as it were), which is fine if that's where you want to go. But the US version of Black Celebration offers a different solution. Unlike the UK version, the US release ends with "But Not Tonight", a song about hope and redemption. Purists will of course scoff that it was never intended to become the final track on the album, and was only recorded as the b-side to Stripped. Many also view it as too "positive" a song, that doesn't fit with the rest of the album ideology (kind of like the theatrical cut of Blade Runner with the tacked on happy ending).
While we're all entitled to our own opinions, I gotta say that there is merit in having this track included at the end. It really comes down to how you want to feel after you've listened to the whole album. For me, "But Not Tonight" is like a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. While life may seem hopeless and out of control at times, there is still some good in this world to look forward to. When you listen to that song after experiencing all of the darkness and pain that comes before it, you can't help but feel a sense of calming relief. A sense of hope for the future.
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