Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward - 1984

In 1984 I had no idea who Depeche Mode was.  Not a clue.  I was too busy listening to Duran Duran, Michael Jackson and Footloose to know who Depeche Mode was.  But, in 1984, Depeche Mode released Some Great Reward, a delicate balance of Post Punk and Synth Pop that did spawn at least one single that I remember from the time, People Are People.  I didn't hear this album until 1989.

I have often tried to rank these early Depeche Mode albums to see which ones were better than others.  But, it's hard.  Hell, in the nineties and into the new millennium it's easy to rank, as most of them were crap.  Starting with the luke warm psuedo industrial Songs of Faith & Devotion, the albums went down hill from there.  But, each of the eighties albums were different.  They each have their own cohesive sound that differentiates them from each other.  Compare a track from Some Great Reward to a track from Black Celebration to a track from Music for the Masses.  They all sound uniquely different.  Therefore, it makes them impossible to grade against each other.  They each have their own pluses and minuses.

I absolutely LOVE the picture sleeve for Master & Servant.  The balance of color and the chain and the hearts.  Even the typography.  It all pulled together to make a perfect cover.

I dropped the b-sides between the two "sides" and finished the album with the better of the mixes.  And, it all looks like something that could've/should've been officially released.

As for the demo/unreleased tracks, I know that there is an Alan Wilder demo tape out there with 4 tracks on it.  I used to have a bootleg with two of the tracks on it, and I've heard the other two, but all four of the songs lack the type of structure and recording quality that the rest of the album has.  To include ANY of them as part of the album would seem odd and out of place.  If you really want to hear them, go look them up on Youtube.


  1. I love these COMPLETIST DREAM collections ... very well put together!!! It's nice to get the b-sides together with the original album. It seems that Pet Shop Boys were the only ones smart enough to do that officially!

    thank you so much! Keep up the great work!

    I have long waited for somebody to do something similar with artists, who wrote songs for other artists, like:

    Prince: Martika, Bangles, Sinead, etc.
    Neil Tennant: Pet Shop Boys, 8th Wonder, etc.
    Trevor Horn: Buggles, FGTH, Art Of Noise, Propaganda, Yes, etc.


    1. Who knows what the future may hold. I'm currently trying to arrange all of my "William Orbit" mixes together in a coherant, chronological set that is easy to listen to. Runs along that line.

    2. Exactly! It's just awesome to see how one person can sometimes affect such a wide array of artists!

      GREAT STUFF so far ... THANK YOU

  2. The link is off line. Re upload. Please

  3. Oh no. Sorry to bother you. Could you please reup up this one,
    Thanks in advance.

  4. Could you yet re-up again please ? Greetings from South East Asia ! :)