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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
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Mute Records
Catalog#  585003

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.


Side one
1.  Love, in Itself (2)  (4:18)
2.  Love, in Itself (3)  (7:15)

Side two
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)


Depeche Mode – A Broken Frame (1982) – 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:  A Broken Frame
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Mute Records
Catalog#  540039

A Broken Frame is the second studio album by the British group Depeche Mode, released in 1982. The album was written entirely by Martin Gore and recorded after the departure of Vince Clarke, who had left the band to form Yazoo with singer Alison Moyet. Alan Wilder was part of a second tour in the United Kingdom occurring prior to the release of this album, but he had not officially joined the band yet, and thus, does not appear on the album.

Martin Gore has famously noted that Depeche Mode stopped worrying about its future when the first post-Vince Clarke-departure single, “See You,” placed even higher on the English charts than anything else Clarke had done with them. Such confidence carries through all of A Broken Frame, a notably more ambitious effort than the pure pop/disco of the band’s debut. With arranging genius Alan Wilder still one album away from fully joining the band, Frame became very much Gore‘s record, writing all the songs and exploring various styles never again touched upon in later years. “Satellite” and “Monument” take distinct dub/reggae turns, while “Shouldn’t Have Done That” delivers its slightly precious message about the dangers of adulthood with a spare arrangement and hollow, weirdly sweet vocals. Much of the album follows in a dark vein, forsaking earlier sprightliness, aside from tracks like “A Photograph of You” and “The Meaning of Love,” for more melancholy reflections about love gone wrong as “Leave in Silence” and “My Secret Garden.” More complex arrangements and juxtaposed sounds, such as the sparkle of breaking glass in “Leave in Silence,” help give this underrated album even more of an intriguing, unexpected edge. Gore‘s lyrics sometimes veer on the facile, but David Gahan‘s singing comes more clearly to the fore throughout — things aren’t all there yet, but they were definitely starting to get close.


Side one
1.  Leave in Silence   (4:51)
2.  My Secret Garden   (4:46)
3.  Monument   (3:15)
4.  Nothing to Fear   (4:18)
5.  See You   (4:34)

Side two
1.  Satellite   (4:44)
2.  The Meaning of Love   (3:06)
3.  A Photograph of You   (3:04)
4.  Shouldn’t Have Done That   (3:12)
5.  The Sun & the Rainfall   (5:02)


Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again (1983) – Lp

Depeche Mode are an English electronic band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group’s original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke.













Artist:  Depeche Mode
Title:  Construction Time Again
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Mute Records
Catalog#  540053

Construction Time Again is the third studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released on 22 August 1983 by Mute Records. This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder as a full band member, who wrote the songs “Two Minute Warning” and “The Landscape Is Changing”, as well as the B-side “Fools”. The title comes from the second line of the first verse of the track “Pipeline”. It was supported by the Construction Time Again Tour.

The full addition of Alan Wilder to Depeche Mode‘s lineup created a perfect troika that would last another 11 years, as the combination of Martin Gore‘s songwriting, Wilder‘s arranging, and David Gahan‘s singing and live star power resulted in an ever more compelling series of albums and singles. Construction Time Again, the new lineup’s first full effort, is a bit hit and miss nonetheless, but when it does hit, it does so perfectly. Right from the album’s first song, “Love in Itself,” something is clearly up; Depeche never sounded quite so thick with its sound before, with synths arranged into a mini-orchestra/horn section and real piano and acoustic guitar spliced in at strategic points. Two tracks later, “Pipeline” offers the first clear hint of an increasing industrial influence (the bandmembers were early fans of Einstürzende Neubauten), with clattering metal samples and oddly chain gang-like lyrics and vocals. The album’s clear highlight has to be “Everything Counts,” a live staple for years, combining a deceptively simple, ironic lyric about the music business with a perfectly catchy but unusually arranged blending of more metallic scraping samples and melodica amid even more forceful funk/hip-hop beats. Elsewhere, on “Shame” and “Told You So,” Gore‘s lyrics start taking on more of the obsessive personal relationship studies that would soon dominate his writing. Wilder‘s own songwriting contributions are fine musically, but lyrically, “preachy” puts it mildly, especially the environment-friendly “The Landscape Is Changing.”

The album was recorded at John Foxx‘s Garden Studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones and mixed at the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin.


Side one
1.  Love, In Itself   (4:29)
2.  More Than A Party  (4:45)
3.  Pipeline  (5:54)
4.  Everything Counts  (4:20)

Side two
1.  Two Minute Warning  (4:13)
2.  Shame  (3:51)
3.  The Landscape Is Changing  (4:49)
4.  Told You So  (4:26)
5.  And Then…  (4:35)
6.  Everything Counts  (0:59)

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