The Singles 81→85

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The Singles 81→85
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Compilation album by Depeche Mode
Released 14 October 1985
Recorded December 1980 – July 1985
Genre Synthpop, new wave, industrial, dark wave
Length 59:17
Label Mute
Sire
Reprise (1998) (US/Canada)
Producer Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Gareth Jones
Depeche Mode chronology
Some Great Reward
(1984)Some Great Reward1984
The Singles 81→85
(1985)
Catching Up with Depeche Mode
(1985)Catching Up with Depeche Mode1985
Alternative cover
1998 re-release (The Singles 81>85)
1998 re-release (The Singles 81>85)

The Singles 81→85 is a singles compilation album by Depeche Mode, released on 14 October 1985 by Mute Records. The compilation was not originally released in North America, being replaced by its counterpart Catching Up with Depeche Mode. This was their first ever release with a picture of the band on the cover (other than the album People Are People, which was released in 1984 in North America). In 1998, to coincide with the release of The Singles 86>98, the band remastered, repackaged, and re-released the compilation worldwide. Upon re-release there was a typographical change to The Singles 81>85 in order for consistency with the later release The Singles 86>98. Two bonus tracks (one of which had never appeared on an official CD to date) were included on the 1998 re-release.

The 1998 re-issue has sold 283,000 units in the U.S. as of April 2006.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

LP: Mute / MUTEL1[edit]

Side A
No. Title Album Length
1. "Dreaming of Me" Non-Album Single 1981 3:46
2. "New Life" Speak & Spell 1981 3:45
3. "Just Can't Get Enough" Speak & Spell 3:44
4. "See You" A Broken Frame 1982 3:57
5. "Leave in Silence" A Broken Frame 4:02
6. "Get the Balance Right!" Non-album single 1983 3:15
7. "Everything Counts" Construction Time Again 1983 3:59
Side B
No. Title Album Length
1. "Love, in Itself" Construction Time Again 4:00
2. "People Are People" Some Great Reward 1984 3:46
3. "Master and Servant" Some Great Reward 3:47
4. "Blasphemous Rumours" Some Great Reward 5:09
5. "Shake the Disease" Previously unreleased 4:49
6. "It's Called a Heart" Previously unreleased 3:51

Mute / CD MUTEL1[edit]

No. Title Album Length
1. "Dreaming of Me" Non-Album Single 1981 3:46
2. "New Life" Speak & Spell 1981 3:45
3. "Just Can't Get Enough" Speak & Spell 3:44
4. "See You" A Broken Frame 1982 3:57
5. "The Meaning of Love" A Broken Frame 3:05
6. "Leave in Silence" A Broken Frame 4:02
7. "Get the Balance Right!" Non-Album Single 3:15
8. "Everything Counts" Construction Time Again 1983 3:59
9. "Love, in Itself" Construction Time Again 4:00
10. "People Are People" Some Great Reward 1984 3:46
11. "Master and Servant" Some Great Reward 3:47
12. "Blasphemous Rumours" Some Great Reward 6:21
13. "Somebody" Some Great Reward 4:22
14. "Shake the Disease" Previously unreleased 4:49
15. "It's Called a Heart" Previously unreleased 3:51

CD: Mute / LCDMUTEL1 (1998 Reissue bonus tracks)[edit]

No. Title Length
16. "Photographic (Some Bizzare version)" 3:13
17. "Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo mix)" 6:46

All tracks written by Martin Gore, except tracks 1, 2, 3, 16, and 17 written by Vince Clarke

  • Dave Gahan sings lead vocals on all tracks except "Somebody" which is sung by Martin Gore
  • Track 16 originally released on Some Bizzare Album
  • Track 17 originally released on 12Mute16

Artwork[edit]

On the inner sleeve of both the re-issue and the original LP, as well as in the CD booklet and cassette inlay, each single's cover is pictured along with comments by certain reviewers, both positive and negative. Pre-Pet Shop Boys era, Neil Tennant's dismissive Smash Hits review from the actual release date of the double A-side single "Blasphemous Rumours"/"Somebody" is featured.

The photograph by Eric Watson featured on the cover was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[2] 6

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