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Music for the Masses [Hybrid SACD + DVD] Hybrid SACD, Collector's Edition, SACD, Deluxe Edition


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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 April 2006)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Collector's Edition, SACD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000ENV2QO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Never Let Me Down Again
2. The Things You Said
3. Strangelove
4. Sacred
5. Little 15
6. Behind The Wheel
7. I Want You Now
8. To Have And To Hold
9. Nothing
10. Pimpf
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Depeche Mode: 87 - 88 (Sometimes you do need some new jokes)
2. The Things You Said (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Strangelove (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Sacred (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Little 15 (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. Behind The Wheel (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. I Want You Now (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. To Have And To Hold (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. Nothing (2006 Digital Remaster)
10. Pimpf (2006 Digital Remaster)
See all 47 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Messenger on 5 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the greatest DM album. It's difficult to choose the greatest DM album. They all have their perfections and they all have their flaws. I agree with most people who express an opinion that 'Violator', 'Black Celebration' and 'Songs OFAD' are contenders. However 'Ultra' really grows on you over the years and 'Playing The Angel' is just superb.
But for me 'MFTM' is their best album and my favourite DM record. I loved 'Black Celebration' especially the singles 'A Question Of Time' and 'Stripped.' How could DM ever top such songs? Answer: with this.
Be warned, the doom and gloom on this recording is almightily pervasive. There are a few lighter moments but as an exercise in beautiful, bleak melancholy 'MFTM' is hard to surpass. Incidentally, 'MFTM' is a wonderful title for a record of popular music and arguably the best DM album cover too; minimalist, reminiscent of some forgotten official document, most likely from some forgotten, brutally oppressive regime.
The Songs:

'Never Let Me Down Again' is quite a monster. It just comes booming straight at you, slavering with musical ideas (which is ironic since the lyrics seem so bland and innocuous): the opening guitar(?) riff, the piano melody, the big synth theme, the big pounding drums, the massive climax (choir and all) and then how it all dies down into a kind of post-apocalyptic breeze and the icy aftermath of 'The Things You Said' just sails in, takes over and chills your soul.

Back into slightly warmer territory for 'Strangelove.' DM's catchiest tune anyone?

'Sacred' is an odd song sounding by turns portentous and cheerful. I really enjoy the hopeful-sounding lyrics on this one however.

'Little 15.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. C. Rice on 10 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
The title says it all "Music for the Masses" , named after an album Martin Gore picked up in a record store called "Music for the Millions" it was meant as a tongue in cheek, ironic statement but turned out instead to be more prollific than was intended. This was Depeche Modes breakthrough album in the United States, despite success earlier with "People are People", and culminated with the end of the subsequent tour at the Rosebowl stadium in front of some 70 000 fans (see DVD 101). The boys had certainly hit the big time!

A great album by any standards, MFTM is the pre-cursor to the more popular and slick "Violator", it is in my opinion Martins magnum opus with epic classics such as "Never let me Down" still played live today to much fanfare. Other standout single tracks including "Strange Love",(the album version is different to the single release)and "Behind the Wheel" being masterfully interwoven with a unique, textured backdrop of combined atmospheric sound and emotion thanks not only to Martins outstanding song writing and Dave's superb vocal strength but also to the inspired programming and production of Alan Wilder and Dave Bascombe, who had worked on the Tears for Fears album - Songs From The Big Chair and went on to work with Suede and Goldfrapp.

This is the first Mode Album to introduce guitar in a major way. This is not used in a conventional fashion but sampled in order to give the songs an edgier texture. Developing and growing new sounds has always been a DM staple and is used to great effect on this album. Never to outdo the song but rather to enhance it as illustrated brilliantly on "I want you now" yes yes yes!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gnagfloW on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
When initially released a couple of decades ago, I found MFTM being a rather bleak album. Even the singles were somewhat low-key arrangements of what I still thought were great tunes. The reason I bought this re-mastered version is that I have been enjoying other re-mastered DM releases and thought that maybe it was worth giving MFTM another try.

Hearing this album again proves that giving it a second chance was well worth my time. The sound of many bands from the 80s has aged poorly; one can often almost pin point which year such and such album was released given the production sound that was currently in vogue. MFTM has, however, a timeless production. This could actually be released today and by tagging another artist name to the music this could most certainly appeal to today's masses. The songs are built upon minimalist sound bites and layered with various sound effects. This may have sounded bleak in the mid 80s but today this sounds remarkably fresh.

Listening to the album in 5.1 surround sound gives even more value to the production. The low-key beats driving the songs flow in a perfect tandem with the instruments flowing all around the listener. Actually, I hardly bother listening to this any other way.

Also included is a very interesting documentary about the making of the album, the making of its cover and the subsequent promotional tour. A highlight is the final concert which certainly put them on the map in the US. One senses how much pride DM still feel of MFTM.

I have one final note. Having bought other DM re-releases from the US, I initially simply forgot that the CD version from the UK is a hybrid SACD. I thus listened first to the dts surround sound the first few times, and was impressed.
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