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Speak And Spell (Gatefold Sleeve) [180 gm Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00JMTXFY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New Life
  2. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
  3. Puppets
  4. Boys Say Go!
  5. Nodisco
  6. What's Your Name?
  7. Photographic
  8. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  9. Big Muff
  10. Any Second Now (Voices)
  11. Just Can't Get Enough
  12. Dreaming Of Me

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Product Description

180 gram audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve / 4-page insert

About the Artist

Depeche Mode's debut is at once both a conservative, functional pop record and a groundbreaking release. Depeche Mode became the undisputed founder of straight-up Synth Pop with the album's 11 songs, light, hooky, and danceable numbers about love, life, and clubs. Credit for the album's success has to go to main songwriter Vince Clarke; the classic early singles 'New Life', 'Dreaming of Me' and 'Just Can't Get Enough' along with 'Pretty Boy' to 'Photographic' keep everything moving throughout. Also available on vinyl by Depeche Mode on this label: A BROKEN FRAME / BLACK CELEBRATION / CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN / MUSIC FOR THE MASSES / SOME GREAT REWARD / SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION / ULTRA / VIOLATOR

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There's a cuteness to this album that is so underrated. Think about it. We have depeche mode dressing up in dickie bow ties and suits, singing homoerotic lyrics, and dancing like nerds at a disco and all this just before they start wearing leather and shooting up. But they can be forgiven they were only Eighteen and in love with Bowie and Kraftwerk. It was the pop before the fizz. Depeche Mode definitely had a 'unique' start, looking over their 30 year-old career, the Basildon boys are a bigger live draw now than they ever were. This record, deriving many of its ideas from 60's harmonies and pop-rock, in turn went on to influence a host of artists and musical styles throughout the eighties, nighty's and girl bands of the noughtys. No fan of the 'dark' Mode could identify with much here, yet this album should be revered for what it is. It's a youthful, enthusiastic album, positively bouncing with energy, and explored a totally new attitude to producing music at the time.

New listeners cannot expect to hear this album quite the way their fans did at the time. With the band's 1981 debut, the increasingly adorable Speak & Spell, our distance from the original context actually makes things better. Of course, this is not the Depeche Mode we know: The songs on this album were written by Vince Clarke, who would shortly after leave the group and find fame with Yaz and Erasure. The sound is very different from what Depeche Mode would come to be and these of course, are the early days of synth-pop, these songs are building-block simple, bleepy and discoid, and the band sounds as gawky and adolescent as Dave Gahan looked. But we must remember a modern day vending machine has more microprocessor software than these early synthesizers ever had.
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Depeche Mode are long overdue a reissue programme of their potent back catalogue - this reissue of debut 'Speak & Spell' is more than welcome and will give way to the rest of their career being reissued as they're 'Touring the Angel' globally. Like the recent Talking Heads' reissues, 'Speak & Spell' comes with two discs - the second a DVD-A disc with 5.1 stereo sound and some extras that exploit the medium. Personally, I'm not that fussed by extras - but some people like them and it adds to just remastering/adding bonus tracks.
'Speak & Spell' was mostly the vision of Vince Clarke - the principal songwriter here who would leave the following year and return with Yazoo, The Assembly & Erasure. 'Speak & Spell' has more in common with Yazoo's work than the later darker work of the Mode - perhaps the missing link between Silicon Teens' 'Music for Parties' and Yazoo's 'Upstairs at Erics'? Daniel Miller (Mute label owner, The Normal/Silicon Teens) is also key as one of the producers - as his own work and the production he did on Soft Cell's 'Memorabilia' demonstrates, he was a great producer of electronic music.
The album opens with the classic second single and first top 20 hit 'New Life' which is simply perfect electronic music and everything Miller had dreamed up with Silicon Teens. 'I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead' (later remixed as 'Deathwish') has a gloomy title but is really a perky pop moment - something Clarke has rarely deviated from! The darker 'Puppets' like tracks such as 'Shout', 'Ice Machine' & 'Photographic' hint at the bleaker side of things the Mode would explore. There's still a fine pop song at the heart of it!
'Boy's Say Go!
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When this album first appeared in 1981, DM were being pitched against Human League, Ultravox, and Soft Cell. Unfairly, this album was considered the weakest of the lot, but in truth DM were doing different things. Notably is the Clarke influence (soon to team up with Alison Moyet), which ensured commercial success with "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough." But the real gems are "Photographic" and "Any Second Now." The CD is of high quality but a shame the record company has not blessed us with a copy of the outstanding original artwork/front cover. Had it done so, then '5 Star' rating would have been given here. "Speak and Spell" is worthy of it's shelf space against the aforementioned groups.
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Bought this on vinyl when it was first released, after having listened to the band on 'real' late night radio, Peel and Nightingale.
I loved the album back then and now 20'ish years later I still love it. It's just such good pop at face value but when you listen to the music and hear the words its no wonder this band are still about today. They've earned their stripes, now go buy this album and be entertained.................
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Ive already written a review for a broken frame and all I can say is...natch.

yet again, with the 5.1 mixes, Ive noticed that some of the synth leads in some songs have had a bit of tinkering- poss use of fixed filter bank or something, and extra bits of delay et al here and there- but the overall effect makes everything sound almost contemporary. Listen to the vast difference in the moog prodigy guitar-esque lead used in photographic. Or the totally different use of seperation technology and mix balancing for every song. Like everything else that ever gets remixed in 5.1, you need a very good set of ears and an ability to not overcook the egg(s), which yet again as daniel miller supervised, thankfulyl meant that these 26 year old songs havent been.

The enclosed documentary and sacd version just put more layers and icing on the cake. Ive got all the remasters in original form and having been a fan of the band since i was 7 year old innocent, all i can say is that marketing glitz aside, even this, their first album, sounds incredible in 5.1.
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