The Singles 81→85

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The Singles 81→85
The Singles 81-85.jpg
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
Reprise (1998) (US/Canada)
Producer Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, and Gareth Jones
Depeche Mode compilations chronology
People Are People
The Singles 81→85
Catching Up with Depeche Mode
Alternative cover
Used on re-release (The Singles 81>85)

The Singles 81→85 is a singles compilation album released in October 1985 by Depeche Mode. 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.


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"   Speak & Spell 3:46
2. "New Life"   Speak & Spell 3:45
3. "Just Can't Get Enough"   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"   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 Length
1. "Dreaming of Me"   3:46
2. "New Life"   3:45
3. "Just Can't Get Enough"   3:44
4. "See You"   3:57
5. "The Meaning of Love"   3:05
6. "Leave in Silence"   4:02
7. "Get the Balance Right!"   3:15
8. "Everything Counts"   3:59
9. "Love, in Itself"   4:00
10. "People Are People"   3:46
11. "Master and Servant"   3:47
12. "Blasphemous Rumours"   6:21
13. "Somebody"   4:22
14. "Shake the Disease"   4:49
15. "It's Called a Heart"   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

Songs written by Martin Gore, except tracks 1, 2, 3, 16, and 17 written by Vince Clarke.
Dave Gahan sings lead vocals on all songs except "Somebody" which is handled by Martin Gore.
Track 16 originally released on Some Bizzare Album.
Track 17 originally released on 12Mute16.

Cover and leaflet[edit]

Both the re-issue and the original LP has each single pictured on the leaflet and 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.



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. Depeche Mode: The Singles 81>85 > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 June 2011.