Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell

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Speak & Spell is the debut studio album by English electronic band Depeche Mode, originally released in October 1981 via Mute Records.

Depeche Mode are an English electronic band that formed in 1980. 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).

Depeche Mode released their debut album in 1981, Speak & Spell, bringing the band onto the British new wave scene. Clarke left the band after the release of the album, leaving the band as a trio to record A Broken Frame, released the following year. Gore took over lead songwriting duties and, later in 1982, Alan Wilder (keyboards, drums, occasional songwriter) officially joined the band to fill Clarke's spot, establishing a line up that would continue for the next thirteen years. Following Wilder’s departure in 1995, Depeche Mode have continued as a trio of Gore, Gahan and Fletcher. They have had fifty songs in the UK Singles Chart and thirteen top 10 albums in the UK chart; they have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Though probably nobody fully appreciated it at the time - perhaps least of all the band! - Depeche Mode's debut is at once both a conservative, functional pop record and a groundbreaking release. While various synth pioneers had come before - Gary Numan, early Human League, late-'70s Euro-disco, and above all Kraftwerk all had clear influence on Speak & Spell - Depeche became the undisputed founder of straight-up synth pop with the album's light, hooky, and danceable numbers about love, life, and clubs.

For all the claims about "dated" '80s sounds from rock purists, it should be noted that the basic guitar/bass/drums lineup of rock is almost 25 years older than the catchy keyboard lines and electronic drums making the music here. That such a sound would eventually become ubiquitous during the Reagan years, spawning lots of crud along the way, means the band should no more be held to blame for that than Motown and The Beatles for inspiring lots of bad stuff in the '60s.

Credit for the album's success has to go to main songwriter Vince Clarke, who would extend and arguably perfect the synth pop formula with Yazoo and Erasure; the classic early singles "New Life", "Dreaming Of Me" and "Just Can't Get Enough", along with numbers ranging from the slyly homoerotic "Pretty Boy" to the moody thumper "Photographic", keep everything moving throughout. David Gahan undersings about half the album, and Martin Gore's two numbers lack the distinctiveness of his later work, but Speak & Spell remains an undiluted joy.

The album peaked at #10 in the UK Albums Chart and #192 on the US Billboard 200 Pop Albums chart.

Check out the tracks: “Dreaming Of Me”; “New Life” and “Just Can’t Get Enough”.

This 2016 remastered LP "Legacy Vinyl Series" on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, with reproduced artwork is pressed in Europe.

 

(889853299911)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

New Life

3:43

A2

I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead

2:14

A3

Puppets

3:55

A4

Boys Say Go!

3:03

A5

Nodisco

4:11

A6

What’s Your Name?

2:41

B1

Photographic

4:44

B2

Tora! Tora! Tora!

4:34

B3

Big Muff

4:20

B4

Any Second Now (Voices)

2:35

B5

Just Can’t Get Enough

3:40

B6

Dreaming Of Me

4:03

SKU 889853299911
Record Label Mute Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985329991
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 August 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 05 October 1981
Barcode # 889853299911
Shipping Weight 0.3950kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Remastered, "Legacy Vinyl" Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Synth-Pop
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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