The Best Of, Volume 1

Infobox Album | Name = The Best Of, Volume 1
Type = Compilation album
Artist = Depeche Mode


Released = 13 November 2006
Recorded = 1981 - 2005
Genre = Synthpop, New Wave, alternative dance, electronica, Dark Wave, industrial rock
Length = 1:14:56
Label = Mute - MUTEL15 Sire/Reprise (US/Canada)
Producer = Depeche Mode, David Bascombe, Mark Bell, Flood, Ben Hillier, Daniel Miller, Tim Simenon
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jvfixqydldde link]
* Okayplayer Rating|4|5 [http://www.okayplayer.com/reviews/index.php/weblog/more/the_best_of_depeche_mode_vol_1/AD link]
* Pitchfork Media (8.2/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/39904/Depeche_Mode_The_Best_of_Vol_1 link]
Last album = "Playing the Angel" (2005)
This album = "The Best Of, Volume 1" (2006)
Next album = "The Complete Depeche Mode" (2006) |

"The Best Of, Volume 1" is the fifth compilation album by British group Depeche Mode. The album was released on 13 November 2006 by Mute Records (see 2006 in British music). Other compilation albums by the band include "Catching Up with Depeche Mode" and "People Are People" (both North American-only releases) along with "The Singles 81>85" and "The Singles 86>98".

The current collection consists of selected Depeche Mode hits from their twenty-five year career. Along with the recent hits from the "Playing the Angel" album, a new song "Martyr" - recorded during the "Playing the Angel" sessions - is also included in this collection and was released as a single in late October 2006.

The album has sold over 1 million copies in Europe alone and has been awarded the IFPI Platinum Europe Award

CD Track listing

All tracks are presented in their 7"/CD single versions.
# "Personal Jesus" – 3:47 ("Violator", 1990)
# "Just Can't Get Enough" – 3:43 ("Speak & Spell", 1981)
# "Everything Counts" – 4:01 ("Construction Time Again", 1983)
# "Enjoy the Silence" – 4:15 ("Violator", 1990)
# "Shake the Disease" – 4:52 ("The Singles 81>85", 1985)
# "See You" – 3:58 ("A Broken Frame", 1982)
# "It's No Good" – 5:59 ("Ultra", 1997)
# "Strangelove" [Remix Edit] – 3:47 ("Music for the Masses", 1987)
# "Suffer Well" – 3:53 ("Playing the Angel", 2005)
# "Dream On" – 3:42 ("Exciter", 2001)
# "People Are People" – 3:46 ("Some Great Reward", 1984)
# "Martyr" – 3:25 ("The Best Of, Volume 1", 2006) — new song
# "Walking In My Shoes" – 5:01 ("Songs of Faith and Devotion", 1993)
# "I Feel You" – 4:35 ("Songs of Faith and Devotion", 1993)
# "Precious" – 4:09 ("Playing the Angel", 2005)
# "Master and Servant" – 3:49 ("Some Great Reward", 1984)
# "New Life" – 3:46 ("Speak & Spell", 1981)
# "Never Let Me Down Again" – 4:18 ("Music for the Masses", 1987)

Tracklisting "Digital Deluxe" Bonus Tracks (iTunes only)

#Personal Jesus (Boys Noize Classic Mix)
#Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)
#Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann & Stephan Bodzin Dub)
#People Are People (Underground Resistance Mix)
#Personal Jesus (Heartthrob Mix)

DVD

Limited edition copies of "The Best Of, Volume 1" (LCDMUTEL15) features a bonus DVD titled "The Best of Depeche Mode Videos" which has the following videos. A few of the videos feature songs that were not on "The Best Of, Volume 1" and a few of the songs on the album are not on the DVD. (Either because they were disliked or because one didn't exist.) You can spot it because the cover has a pink flower rather than the white flower that the regular CDs have.

The E.P.K. has commentary on all the singles that made it onto "The Best Of, Volume 1", including the songs that were not on the DVD, and excluding the songs on the DVD that were not on the album.

On March 16, 2007, "The Best of Depeche Mode Videos" was released on its own.

Track listing

# "Just Can't Get Enough" - (Directed by Clive Richardson)*
# "Everything Counts" - (Directed by Clive Richardson)*
# "People Are People" - (Directed by Clive Richardson)**
# "Master & Servant - (Directed by Clive Richardson)*
# "Shake the Disease" - (Directed by Peter Care)*
# "Stripped" - (Directed by Peter Care)
# "A Question Of Time" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Strangelove" [1987 Version] - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Never Let Me Down Again" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Behind The Wheel" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Personal Jesus" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Enjoy the Silence" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "I Feel You" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Walking In My Shoes" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "In Your Room" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Barrel of a Gun" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "It's No Good" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
# "Only When I Lose Myself" - (Directed by Brian Griffin)
# "Dream On" - (Directed by Stephane Sednaoui)**
# "I Feel Loved" - (Directed by John Hillcoat)**
# "Enjoy the Silence 04" - (Directed by Uwe Flade)**
# "Precious" - (Directed by Uwe Flade)
# "Suffer Well" - (Directed by Anton Corbijn)
* "The Best Of: Vol 1" EPK.* First official release on DVD ** First official release period ("People Are People"'s regular video was not used in the original Some Great Videos release. None of the Exciter videos (or Enjoy the Silence 04) were publicly released prior to Best Of)

Miscellaneous

* The CD compilation contains a song from every studio album except "Black Celebration". The DVD features every album except "A Broken Frame", which is consistent with the band's disdain for that album era's videos.
* The compilation contains no songs with Martin Gore on lead vocals.
* "The Best Of, Volume 1" shares a release scheme similar to the previous Depeche Mode compilation, "The Singles 86>98". All the tracks are from previous albums, except for one: the new single "Martyr", which was released shortly before the compilation. Similarly, in 1998, "Only When I Lose Myself" was released 3 weeks prior to "The Singles 86>98". "Shake the Disease" and "It's Called a Heart" were also new when Depeche Mode released their first singles collection, "The Singles (81-85)", in 1985.

External links

* [http://bestof.depechemode.com Depeche Mode: The Best Of, Volume 1] — official microsite
* [http://www.depechemode.com depeche mode dot com] — official Depeche Mode website


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