A Broken Frame (Gatefold Sleeve 180gm) [VINYL]
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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve / Insert
About the Artist
Their second album 'A Broken Frame' was released in 1982 and shows a growing band in its early stages, a group that's searching for direction and focus. Its versatility and highly diverse set of quintessential Eighties Pop make this a very interesting album, and every Depeche Mode fan that's eager to get an understanding of the makings of the group should own this record. Key member Alan Wilder was already touring with the band at this time, but has not yet been involved with recording 'A Broken Frame'. Their next effort however, 'Construction Time Again' (also available on vinyl) would feature Wilder in the arranging seat, thus shaping the unique sound of Depeche Mode forever. DEPECHE MODE TITLES AVAILABLE ON THIS LABEL ON VINYL: BLACK CELEBRATION / MUSIC FOR THE MASSES / SOME GREAT REWARD / SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION / VIOLATOR / A BROKEN FRAME / CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN / ULTRA
Top Customer Reviews
Opener "Leave In Silence" is a lovely, sad song, so unexpected after the blue-eyed synth pop of their first album. The dreamy "My Secret Garden" treads softly, too, and "Monument"'s quirky little sounds and funny words confuse at first, then you've just got to love it.
Now, with track 4, the album seems to "get going": there's a faster, danceable tune coming up. Great chord changes, fantastic synth hook line - but no vocals! Personally, I rather dislike instrumentals, but "Noting To Fear" is just great. (I've been wondering now and then what it could have been like with Dave Gahan singing over it, but I presume the band found it good enough the way it is - and it is.)
"See You", the most successful single off the album, has lovely vocal harmonies, and is, again, so tenderly produced. "Satellite" is slow and moody again, followed by two bouncy synth pop songs. Even the rather superficial "A Photograph Of You" is a cut above most Vince Clarke compositions for DeMo.
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The nice packaging aside, it was daniel miller himself who supervised the 5.1 mix for this, and although I get the felling some of the tracks were replicated using softsynths for some reason (either that, or the original mastering wasnt very good and too smothered in reverb), the 5.1. mixes are unbelievable and breathe new life into songs that even Ive heard hundreds of times, it really is incredible how much of a difference they make to every song; it's silly things like slight timbral variations to synth horns and such like, or even some of the backing vocals beign slightly out of tune and dava gahan's vocals sounding crisper, drier, as do all the musical parts.
the enclosed documentary is also excellent and a brilliant insight into what was a slightly tough transition phase for them. But coming back to the package as a whole, it really is worth getting if you're a fan, simply because of the 5.1 mixes alone.
Incredible nostalgia, yet new and crisp at the same time. This strange paradox works because of the strength of the songs- yes, even on this, their supposedly difficult second album- and daniel miller's original production work. An analog delight.
Like many of the Depeche Mode CD+DVD releases, the music tracks on the DVD are recorded in DTS 96/24 (5.1) and LPCM Stereo 24 bit 48KHz. They all sound brilliant.
This particular release is that bit more special as the CD is actually a Hybrid SACD. Awesome :o)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well I had this album bought for me age 14 vinyl now have the CD version love this depeche mode amazing thank you.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
i love this album it was the 1st dm album I heard . can anyone on here tell me what the delivery charge is for the cd as amazon like to make it as difficult as possible to find outPublished 16 months ago by kev haram