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  Mute Records -
  LCDSTUMM101 (2 discs)
  Depeche Mode: 101

Depeche Mode
Track listing:
  Disc 1:
1. Pimpf
2. Behind the Wheel
3. Strangelove
4. Sacred
5. Something To Do
6. Blasphemous Rumours
7. Stripped
8. Somebody
9. Things You Said

Disc 2:
1. Black Celebration
2. Shake the Disease
3. Nothing
4. Pleasure, Little Treasure
5. People Are People
6. A Question of Time
7. Never Let Me Down Again
8. A Question Of Lust
9. Master and Servant
10. Just Can't Get Enough
11. Everything Counts
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Review by Francey December 18, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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Depeche Mode's "101" has always been a fan-only record. I bought it on vinyl when it came out and was never really happy with the mix - being not really a live band, I always felt Depeche Mode tried too hard to make their live album sound "live". There is too much audience noise, and the mix is too dense for my taste; all subtility is gone and it's like listening to a heavy metal mix of a syth-pop band. I bought the normal CD edition some years ago, hoping it would sound better than the vinyl, but alas - same thing (but at least I could play it in the car now...)

I still like Depeche Mode's music, especially their 80s and early 90s material, and with only "101" available in SA format, I thought I should give the album another try... There's definately more dynamics in the SA version compared to the regular CD and vinyl, but I cannot say that I'm impressed by what the album does in SA format... I still hear too much going on at the same time without being able to actually hear what is going on.

Let's hope some of DM's regular albums will be available on SACD soon and that they get a proper treatment - the music is definately right for a MC format.

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Review by dead_man_surfing October 3, 2005 (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Please take care, the Multichannel layer on this edition is not ok. Songs 4 - 5 on CD 1 having problems and do not play ! On the german amazon critics a few others did write about the same problem. In my opinion this is a hammer, a thing which never is allowed to take place for such an expensive article. The surround really doesnt bring more, but the stereo layer is ok and more powerful as the "normal" edition.


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Review by Marc P October 1, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Depeche mode has been a favourite of mine during the 80ís and 90ís. And having experienced them live means a live album is a must.
Now I must admit no live album can actually give you anything even close to the real thing. But it is still a lot a great way to bring back some memories.

Well now I get down to this album, this one I love. I already owned the normal CD version, which is now in the car, so I wasnít really going to need another copy. Well I bought it anyway (had a chance to pick it up cheap). And I donít regret it for a minute. To be honest the normal CD version sounded quiet good already but this SACD gives it a bit of an edge. This just sound a bit better overall, no huge improvements though.

On the other hand the music is great. And thatís what it is all about, isnít it?

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