Remixes 81-04

Remixes 81-04

by Depeche ModeDepeche Mode

CD(Canadian Import)

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There was a time when you could walk into your average record store and find the singles section by spotting the big block of black rows. These rows signaled the whereabouts of the Ds and tended to eat up a disproportionate space of the singles section. In 2004, the Mute label condensed all of these releases into Remixes 81-04, which itself was ironically (or fittingly) presented in multiple versions. This particular version is a triple-disc set that attempts to function as a representative sampling of Depeche Mode's innumerable remixes. It does an admirable job, making a point to highlight glorified extended versions and radical reworkings alike. François Kevorkian, for instance, uses his invaluable understanding of the inner workings of both disco and dub to extend and sensitively tweak "Personal Jesus" for the dancefloor, transforming it into something that he would likely spin while DJing. Air, however, alter "Home" to the point where it sounds like one of their own moody, downcast productions -- Martin Gore plays guest instead of host. One of the most thrilling remixes shows no respect to the source material; Adrian Sherwood's decimation of "People Are People," from 1984, is a succession of jackhammering beats, agitated noise fragments, bizarre vocal interjections. In order to entice hardcore fans who already have the old remixes on the original single releases (or the six exhaustive box sets), a handful of new remixes were commissioned. Most of these appear in the latter half of the third disc, and at least half deserve to be in the company of the better-known reshapes. "Clean" is turned into a bristly acid gallop by Colder, and the new rhythm winds up coming close to mirroring "Personal Jesus." Rex the Dog reaches all the way back to "Photographic," providing layer upon layer of bursting synth. Ironically (or fittingly), Paul Morley -- who, as one of the tricksters behind the ZTT label (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda), came up with the idea that you could never have a track remixed too many times -- pens the liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Wea Int'l
UPC: 0093624879022
catalogNumber: 2487902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Depeche Mode   Primary Artist
Vince Clarke   Group Member
Dave Gahan   Group Member
Martin Gore   Group Member
Alan Wilder   Group Member
Alison Goldfrapp   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andy Fletcher   Group Member

Technical Credits

Beatmasters   Remixing
Depeche Mode   Producer,Remixing
Renegade Soundwave   Remixing
Air   Remixing
Bobby Troup   Composer
LFO   Producer,Remixing
William Orbit   Producer,Remixing
Underworld   Producer,Remixing
Portishead   Remixing
Dave Bascombe   Producer,Remixing
Ray Carroll   Producer,Remixing
Dave Clarke   Remixing
Vince Clarke   Composer
Rico Conning   Remixing
Flood   Producer,Remixing
Paul Freegard   Producer,Remixing
John Fryer   Remixing
Martin Gore   Composer
Alan Gregorie   Remixing
Robin Hancock   Remixing
Gareth Jones   Producer,Remixing
François Kevorkian   Remixing
Daniel Miller   Producer,Remixing
Dennis Mitchell   Remixing
Alan Moulder   Remixing
Eric Radcliffe   Remixing
Adrian Sherwood   Remixing
Danny Tenaglia   Remixing
Jack Dangers   Producer,Remixing
Brandon Abeln   Remixing
Joshua Tobias   Remixing
Club 69   Remixing
Kruder & Dorfmeister   Remixing
Richard Dorfmeister   Remixing
Paul Morley   Liner Notes
Peter Rauhofer   Producer,Remixing
DJ Shadow   Producer,Remixing
Danny Briottet   Remixing
Jon Marsh   Producer,Remixing
Speedy J   Remixing
Troy Staton   Remixing
George Holt   Remixing
Peter Kruder   Remixing
Dominique Brethes   Remixing
Stephane "Alf" Briat   Remixing
Paul Conboy   Producer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Producer,Remix Arrangement
Nicolas Godin   Producer,Remix Arrangement
Timo Maas   Producer,Remixing
Martin Buttrich   Producer,Remixing
Chamber   Remixing
Mike Shinoda   Remixing
Doug Hart   Producer,Remixing
Goldfrapp   Remixing
Ulrich Schnauss   Producer,Remixing
Johnny Dollar   Remixing
Rex the Dog   Producer,Remixing
Mark Blakkat Bell   Producer

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