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John The Revelator/Lilian Single, Maxi

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  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000FKP57I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. John The Revelator (Single Version)
  2. Lilian (Single Version)

Product Description

DEPECHE MODE John The Revelator / Lilian (2006 UK Part 1 2-track AA-side CD single set - the fourth single to be taken from the album Playing The Angel features the Single Version of both tracks picture sleeve CDBONG38)

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Format: Audio CD
The amazon track listing doesn't really help you to know what's on this disc. There are 5 tracks in total:

1. John the Revelator (dave is in the disco tiefschwarz remix)

2. John the Revelator (murk mode remix)

3. John the Revelator (UNKLE re construction)

4. John the Revelator (boosta club remix)

5. John the Revelator (tiefschwarz dub)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8bd14af4) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c6267e0) out of 5 stars Why stop at two? 30 Jan. 2007
By Narq - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Without any doubts, both of these songs are 5-star DM offerings. In fact, both are Playing the Angel favorites of mine. John the Revelator is a classic Depeche Mode pop-anthem full of religious imagery and irony. Martin Gore is at his best here. And Gahan fully captures the intent with his deep sinewy voice.

Moving in closer to the heart and hormones, another common theme in Depeche Mode's discography, Lillian is an almost-retro thumping tune about an uptown girl and lowdown boy. Dave Gahan gives it every ounce of lust and strangelove he can deliver.

So with two such great and instantly classic DM songs off the same cd, why just stop there? Fans and curious on-lookers, Playing the Angel is a glorious work of art. Depeche Mode at their best. There are many more songs you're gonna want to hear; so why just stop at two?
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bd14590) out of 5 stars The Gospel According To Martin 13 Jun. 2006
By Mr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Depeche Mode have released a Double A-side single to wrap up their critically acclaimed tour de force, that is, Playing The Angel. And both song choices are wonderful indeed.

First up is John The Revelator. Much like he did with Blasphemous Rumours, from the album, Some Great Reward, back in 1984, Martin Gore shows us his viewpoint of organized religion, from the "outsider looking in." Admitting in interviews that he has never considered himself to be very religious (although his friend and DM bandmate, Andy Fletcher, has always been such), Martin's perspective on the subject is as fresh and unique as it ever was. While some in the Christian and other religious communities have felt threatened by such ideas, it's this same kind of insight that allows one to truly question their own beliefs and draw strength from them in the process, instead of simply accepting everything they've been told, and believing in it blindly. Of course it's always a nice bonus when the song in question is as catchy as all get out, and very danceable too. And with Dave Gahan at the helm of lead vocals, one can clearly imagine him portraying a religious figure, on stage, when performing this song (just check out the music video on the DVD single for further proof). His voice is as strong and powerful as ever here, with a loudness and urgency all its own, that completely captivates those that would listen. John The Revelator is a Depeche Mode song not to be missed.

Next comes the sexy and decadently sultry, Lilian. The phrase, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned," cannot be better explained than through the wonderful stylish songwriting of Martin L. Gore, and the soulful crooning voice work of lead singer, Dave Gahan. The story of a beautiful and seductive woman who finds pleasure in having men lust after them, only to end up breaking their hearts, is a universal one, that every culture can identify with. That explosive physical attraction and raw animalistic passion can be heard throughout each and every note, along with the pain and suffering that goes along with it, especially with lines like, "Our pain and misery always hit the spot. Knowing you can't lose what you haven't got." As if to say that it hurts so much being with you, but I still want you anyway, even though I know I will never truly have you. Depeche Mode have always excelled lyrically and musically with this type of subject matter, with songs like "In Your Room," "A Question of Lust," "It's No Good," & "One Caress," to name but a few. "Lilian" is definitely up there with the best of them, and shows us once again why Depeche Mode are still around after all these years. They're the best.

These Single versions shorten both songs a bit. JTR goes from 3:41 to 3:14, editing out the first 5 seconds of the song as well as shortening the ending by about a minute, with a fadeout. Lilian goes from 4:45 to 3:34, omitting the first 15 seconds of the song, while cutting down each verse a little shorter than before, with a much more abrupt ending. This also marks the first time, in Depeche Mode history, that 5 songs have emerged as singles from the same album, in the UK & Europe. Such a disappointment, at the same time, with the decision not to release any more singles, after "Precious," in the USA, except in digital download format. The lack of support in the states, from the dj's, radio stations, and Reprise Records in general, has been extremely poor. I could be wrong, but I don't remember even hearing Precious played on the radio (perhaps it was played on KROQ). A far cry from 2001, when "Dream On" received frequent airplay stateside. Playing The Angel is a well deserved triumph for the band, and had there been a little more help from all those mentioned, the album could've become an even bigger success, here in the US. Still, it is a great album, nonetheless, with a terrific tour to boot. Looking forward to more to come, in the future, from Martin, Dave, & Andy.

Stay Devoted!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bee94bc) out of 5 stars John the Revelator is at the top of the mountain! 4 Jan. 2007
By Patrick Kelley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This song stands alone in my mind as the high note on Depeche Mode's latest album, Playing the Angel. The song captures that classic Depeche Mode sound with a modern twist. Martin Gore's spiritual lyrics coupled with Dave Gahan's vocals and the hard hitting electronic sound takes your ears for a great ride.

The re-mixes on this single are second to none. They take the original song and almost suceed at making it better! If you are a fan of remixes than you must make this purchase. If you are a fan of Depeche Mode you have to own this selection.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bc680e4) out of 5 stars tiefschwarz makes it worthwhile 25 July 2006
By demjen istvan tamas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
DM will stay the best band 4ever, no matter what, but these remixes are not very impressing (all the remixes for the were flat, except the jacques lu cont mix for A pain that i am used to and some suffer well remixes like tiga's or m83's) the same case here: even UNKLE couldn't make an interesting remix for such a great song, the only tracks i really enjoyed are the ones made by the majestic tiefschwarz, his dub is more interesting, IMHO, but the dave is in the disco mix will be played in clubs mostly, i guess, it uses all the vocal part, and also great samples from the original. cool.
HASH(0x8bd13f18) out of 5 stars DMOCD fodder 10 Mar. 2010
By Kathleen Hamann - Published on
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Those with the affliction DMOCD can understand the need to have all and every possible remix. As this is my favorite song off of PTA, this is SOOO amazing <3
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