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Format: CD
Sku: 60146008
UPC: 075992519427
UPC 14: 00075992519427
Release Date: 3/9/1989
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Something To Do ~ Depeche Mode
2. Lie To Me ~ Depeche Mode
3. People Are People ~ Depeche Mode
4. It Doesn't Matter ~ Depeche Mode
5. Stories Of Old ~ Depeche Mode
6. Somebody ~ Depeche Mode
7. Master And Servant ~ Depeche Mode
8. If You Want ~ Depeche Mode
9. Blasphemous Rumours ~ Depeche Mode

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Depeche Mode: Martin Gore (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer); David Gahan (vocals); Andrew Fletcher, Alan Wilder (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers: Depeche Mode, George Jones, Daniel Miller.
Muze PNote Recorded at Music Works, London, England and Hansa Mischraum, Berlin, Germany.
Muze PNote Depeche Mode: David Gahan, Alan Wilder, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher.
Muze PNote Recording information: Hansa Meschraum, Berlin, Germany (01/1984-08/1984); Music Works, London, England (01/1984-08/1984).
Muze PNote Photographers: Stuart Graham; Brian Griffin .
Muze PNote Depeche Mode's U.S. breakthrough album, 1984's SOME GREAT REWARD, expanded the U.K. synth band's American following from a small cult of Anglophiles to the same sort of teenage adulation that the Cure had started attracting around the same time. Featuring the Top 20 U.S. hit "People Are People," along with cult faves such as the intensely mopey "Blasphemous Rumours," the fashionably S&M-tinged "Master and Servant," and the disarmingly earnest love ballad "Somebody," this is the album on which Depeche Mode finally shed the stigma of founding songwriter Vince Clarke's departure.
Muze PNote SOME GREAT REWARD finds Martin Gore coming into his own as a songwriter, with Alan Wilder taking Gore's place in the George Harrison role, adding two fine tunes of his own. The addition of mechanical factory noise to several songs, as well as the more introspective tones and more intricate constructions, aligned the band more with darker industrial bands than with sunny technopop groups. Meanwhile, Gahan's vocals started hinting at a deeper, moodier tint, foreshadowing the gloomier, more complex, more angular path that was to follow.

Engineer: Ben Ward; Colin McMahon; Stefi Marcus

Artist Overview

Depeche Mode (French for "hurried fashion") was one of the first and best of the British synth-pop bands, combining breathless, melodic pop with perky electronics. With main songwriter Vince Clarke's departure for Yaz, Martin Gore took the reigns, and the band's sound became darker and harder, though still true to their trademark synth-driven accessibility. The post-Clarke band's moody dance-pop brought Depeche Mode worldwide superstardom in the second half of the '80s. The band survived overexposure, drug problems, and all the other traditional rock-star travails, and came out older and wiser, entering the 2000s as a fully functioning, mature unit.
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward - Music
By: Dante A. Ciampaglia Reviews
Published on: 1/13/2007 9:29 AM
Some Great Reward dealt with larger issues than not getting enough of whatever they couldn't get enough of. Depeche Mode's fourth album, Some Great Reward, was a bit of a departure for the band. After releasing three album's of synth-heavy Britpop — Speak & Spell, A Broken Flame, and Construction Time Again — the UK-based group moved into more socially relevant, and darker the full review

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Associated Artists and Works

For The Masses ~ Artists, Various
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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/24/1984
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1984
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2-25194
Music Label Name Label : Sire
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075992519427

Professional Reviews

Q (7/95, p.139)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...confirmed Martin Gore as a talent of real depth, creating music that could be both experimental and icily catchy, while combining this with ominous lyrics that hinted at much more than Robert Smith's callow pronouncements..."

CMJ (1/5/04, p.16)
- Ranked #3 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1985"

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