The Singles 81→85

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The Singles 81→85
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Greatest hits album by Depeche Mode
Released 14 October 1985 (1985-10-14)
Recorded December 1980 – July 1985
Studio
Length 59:17
Label Mute
Producer
Depeche Mode chronology
People Are People
(1984)
The Singles 81→85
(1985)
Catching Up with Depeche Mode
(1985)
Alternative cover
1998 reissue cover (The Singles 81>85)
1998 reissue cover (The Singles 81>85)
Singles from The Singles 81→85
  1. "Shake the Disease"
    Released: 29 April 1985
  2. "It's Called a Heart"
    Released: 16 September 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[3]

The Singles 81→85 is a greatest hits album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was 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 the first release to feature a picture of the band on the cover (other than the album People Are People, which was released exclusively in North America in 1984).

In 1998, to coincide with the release of The Singles 86>98, the album reissued and remastered under the title The Singles 81>85, featuring new cover art and two bonus tracks (one of which had never appeared on an official CD to date). As of April 2006, the 1998 reissue had sold 283,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Artwork[edit]

On the inner sleeve of both the original LP and the reissue, 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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Martin L. Gore, except where noted. All tracks produced by Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode, except where noted.

LP[edit]

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

CD[edit]

No. Title Album Length
1. "Dreaming of Me" (writer: Clarke) Non-album single 3:46
2. "New Life" (writer: Clarke) Speak & Spell 3:45
3. "Just Can't Get Enough" (writer: Clarke) Speak & Spell 3:44
4. "See You" A Broken Frame 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 3:59
9. "Love, in Itself" Construction Time Again 4:00
10. "People Are People" Some Great Reward 3:46
11. "Master and Servant" (producers: Miller, Depeche Mode, Jones) Some Great Reward 3:47
12. "Blasphemous Rumours" (producers: Miller, Depeche Mode, Jones) Some Great Reward 5:09
13. "Somebody" (producers: Miller, Depeche Mode, Jones) Some Great Reward 4:22
14. "Shake the Disease" (producers: Miller, Depeche Mode, Jones) Previously unreleased 4:49
15. "It's Called a Heart" Previously unreleased 3:51

1998 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 33
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 18
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 14
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 6
Chart (1998) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 20
Chart (1999) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 114
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Italian Albums (FIMI)[14] 99
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[15] 74

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[16] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "The Singles 81>85 – Depeche Mode". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 631. ISBN 0-8571-2595-8. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "Depeche Mode". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 229–30. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (5 April 2006). "Ask Billboard: New Depeche Order Mode". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "NPG x88142; Depeche Mode – Portrait". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  6. ^ >85&cat=a "Lescharts.com – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81>85". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81>85" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81%3e85". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81%3e85". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81%3e85". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Depeche Mode | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81%3e85" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Depeche Mode Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81%3e85". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81%3e85". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Depeche Mode; 'The Singles 81-85')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Depeche Mode – The Singles 81-85". British Phonographic Industry. 18 October 1985. Retrieved 9 September 2017.  Enter The Singles 81-85 in the search field and then press Enter.

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