Depeche Mode – Love In Itself (1983) – mini Lp
Depeche Mode are an English electronic band that formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan (lead vocals, occasional songwriter since 2005), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, vocals, main songwriter after 1981), Andy Fletcher (keyboards), and Vince Clarke (keyboards, main songwriter from 1980 to 1981).
Artist: Depeche Mode
Title: Love In Itself
Label: Mute Records
At once a successful progression in Depeche‘s increasing sophistication and a bit forced and ham-handed, “Love in Itself” is a curious single even for the band, with a stentorian pace and delivery from Gahan matched by a keyboard line that’s more nagging than memorable. However, the deep production throughout, from the soothing wash in the background to the quick interjections of clicks and chimes, not to mention an amusing tradeoff between acoustic guitars and pianos halfway through, shows a definite something. The “3” mix of the single, like many of the band’s own remixes of the time, isn’t much different from the main mix in terms of length, but the “4” mix is something else entirely. Essentially an acoustic version of the song with guitar, piano, and light percussion backing a light, slightly jazzy delivery from Gahan, it’s an amusing and affecting peek into Depeche‘s internal workings, down to the extended jam conclusion. Wilder contributes the B-side, “Fools,” a comparatively much more straightforward number with a slightly melancholy lyric. Wilder‘s vocal delivery is calm and low-key, while the music veers between playfulness, especially in the break, and a mid-paced, gloomier overall feel. It’s not deathless, but it’s reasonable enough. The “Bigger” mix, meanwhile, improves somewhat on the original, adding a kickier intro with other vocals and a better sense of softly dramatic atmosphere.
Studio Side recorded at the Garden Studios, London, and mixed at Hansa Mischraum, Berlin. Plays at 45rpm. Live Side recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London, 25 October 1982 by Mobile One. Mixed at Blackwing. Plays at 33 1/3 rpm.
1. Love, in Itself (2) (4:18)
2. Love, in Itself (3) (7:15)
1. Just Can’t Get Enough (live) (5:35)
2. A Photograph of You (live) (3:21)
3. Shout! (live) (4:39)
4. Photographic (live) (3:56)