- Vinyl (24 Mar. 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Music On Vinyl
- ASIN: B00IN9OV32
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- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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Construction Time Again (Gatefold Sleeve 180gm) [VINYL]
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, 26 Mar 2007
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About the Artist
The third album of Depeche Mode 'Construction Time Again' (1983) was the ﬁrst one to include talented band member and arranger Alan Wilder to the mix. The album was recorded in John Foxx's The Garden studio in London and mixed in the famous Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, the latter being famous for its delivery of classic albums by artists like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and U2. Experimenting with brand new instruments like the Synclavier that allowed sampling to be manipulated musically, 'Construction Time Again' was a groundbreaking record that included industrial inﬂuences. These inﬂuences would come to full fruition on subsequent albums 'Some Great Reward' and Black Celebration (both available on vinyl). Songs like 'Pipeline', 'Love In Itself', 'Shame' and 'Everything Counts' turned out to become classic Depeche material. 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
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Frame' album ... That album sleeve showed a Russian Peasant girl working in a corn field ... This one now had a physical muscular guy with a sledge hammer on top of a mountain with a blue sky background .....The theme of this album was Construction and industrial sounds geneerated
by songwriter Martin Gore .. The lead single, 'Everything Counts' was a great track indicating capitalistic greed and business and targeting Margaret Thatcher's government in 1983 Britain... Other great tracks here include Pipeline, Two Minute Warning ... An apocalyptic theme and 'The Landscape is Changing' .... An Environmental theme focussing on everyday scientific reports of Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect that were speculated upon far too often suggesting that mankind was ruining the planet with the constant exploitation of using fossil fuels for energy and power benefits ... Martin Gore had captured some great new technical industrial synthesizer sounds for this album ... This album I feel proved to
be a major turning point in their recording career and was a transitional album leading to the more darker albums that would follow such has Black Celebration ... A great album for hardcore DM fans like me ... Highly recommended !
Personally I now prefer Some Great Reward, as the remaster of that lifts the material several levels higher, but Construction Time has many high points, including 2 melodic Wilder compositions which are a far cry from Work Hard and In Your Memory (both being quite difficult).
The DVD offers what you'd expect, including some nice audio extras and a short film. I don't have Surround Sound, only stereo, so can't comment on the mixes available, but the stereo sound on either disc is excellent.
CTA is the birth of DM's "industrial" strata; the first major use of samplers by the band. DM had also shifted toward a teutonic style from their increasing exposure to continental europe, this albumbeing mixed at the famous Hansa studios in Berlin.
The last time I bought this was on cassette on its release, so the purchase of the 5.1 format was highly anticipated. I know I say this alot, but I'm aware that the appeal of this format is not to everyones cup of tea, but for me it releases a fresh dimension on classic recordings, almost as if listening for the first time. Depeche Mode's music was made for surround, atmospheric, brooding and emotive, every detail enhsanced by its own space in the surround spectrum.
Again purists will say that a record is made for stereo, we only have 2 ears, however we have five senses and for me it is the way these recordings push my senses that make them worthwhile investments.
Construction time Again is not DM's best album, but it is part of the colourful fabric that DM have created over the past 30 years..
HOWEVER, THE REASON THIS HASNT AGED THAT BADLY, IS PROBABLY AS THEN NEW MEMBER ALAN WILDER WAS ALOOWED TO "FLESH OUT" THE OTHERWISE (UNTIL THEN) SPARTAN AND TOYTOWN LIKE MONOPHONIC ARRANGEMENTS.
THE RESULT WAS A KLING-KLANG FEST OF SOUNDS AND TEXTURES, WHICH BECAME A BENCHMARK FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW (IN THE POP WORLD). ITS HARD TO PUT PERSPECTIVE ON IT NOW, BUT CONSIDER THIS: FOUR LONDON LADS, BERLIN, A NEW WAY OF THINKING, DANIEL MILLER TAKING A LITTLE STEP BACK, SAMPLING TECHNOLOGY IN ITS INFANCY IN MASS USE....WELL WHAT CAN YOU IMAGINE TO BE THE RESULT? ;-)
STILL A GOOD ALBUM- ALTHOUGH THE "POLITICS" HAVE DATED, AND SOUND A BIT "AMATEUR NITE"- BUT SOME WELL SEQUENCED,PROGRAMMED AND THOUGHT OUT STUFF HERE :)
GO ON...TRY IT...IT ISNT VIOLATOR OR BLACK CELEBRATION, BUT IT IS IN INTERESTING LISTEN NONETHELESS.
AN ENJOYABLE, NOSTALGIC TRIP...STRANGELY RELAXING TOO :)
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