Music For The Masses
1 x LP
2017 EU repress on standard LP- with hits "Strangelove," "Behind The Wheel," and "Never Let Me Down Again," this 1987's Music For The Masses lived up to its title and then some, underscoring the power and songcraft of Depeche Mode as its popularity explo
Released in date: 09-02-2017(Originally released in 1987)
2017 EU repress on standard LP-1987's Music For The Masses lived up to its title and then some, underscoring the power and songcraft of Depeche Mode as its popularity exploded and leading to a massive world tour. Produced by David Bascombe fresh off his engineering work on Peter Gabriel's immensely successful album So, the 10-song set was the band's first to break into the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart and it was home to more hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 than any of their prior releases with "Strangelove," "Behind The Wheel," and "Never Let Me Down Again."
A1 Never Let Me Down Again
A2 The Things You Said
A5 Little 15
B1 Behind The Wheel
B2 I Want You Now
B3 To Have And To Hold
Initially rooted in the U.K.’s New Romantic movement, modern rock icons Depeche Mode first formed in 1980 with founding partners Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Vince Clarke, and Andrew Fletcher. Their pioneering, synthesizer-based sound became a global phenomenon that made them wildly successful electro-pop superstars who loomed as large as cult heroes as they did as commercial heavies. With an originality of vision that’s only grown over time, the band’s wealth of singles and signature tracks ranges from bold dance grooves to atmospheric alt-pop to dramatic, industrial flavored masterpieces.
Since the release of their previous album Black Celebration
Depeche Mode were becoming a global phenomenon due to their relentless touring that brought the band to stages all over the world. For the recording of Music For The Masses, the band seemed inspired by their success (the album title gives a clue), making the album sound huge as if it were recorded on a large stage before a crowd of 50.000 entranced listeners.
Called by critics 'the most accomplished and sexy Mode album to date', Music For The Masses also broke open the American market for Depeche Mode and the subsequent singles "Strangelove", "Never Let Me Down Again" and "Behind The Wheel" hit high numbers on several international Charts.
The pictures of the band gracing the (inside of the) gatefold sleeve were supplied by legendary Dutch photographer/designer Anton Corbijn, who went on to produce many videos and album artwork for the band.
Extra info: gatefold
Originally released: 1987
This release: 2017