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The Best Of - Volume 1

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The Best Of - Volume 1

Depeche Mode - The Best Of - Volume 1

Released 13th November on Mute

"One of the greatest British pop groups of all time" - Sunday Telegraph

"One of the coolest bands we've ever had" - The Sun

"The dark overlords of electro-pop" - NME

Hugely influential and hailed by Q magazine as "the most popular electronic band the world has ever known", Depeche Mode follow 25 incredibly successful years of sublime, superlative electronica with their first ever Best Of collection released on Mute on November 13th.

Brimming with 17 hit singles that span their incredible and varied career, this eagerly anticipated album also contains the brand new track 'Martyr' which pulses with their relentlessly energetic sound and it sits immaculately amongst their luminous history. Martyr will be released as a single early November.

This inspired collection of classic Depeche songs features their most definitive work to date - including the hits 'Just Can't Get Enough', 'Everything Counts' 'Personal Jesus', 'Enjoy The Silence' and 'Precious'. All tracks are taken from 11 of the band's studio albums released between 1981 and 2006.

Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode - Dave Gahan, Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher and Martin Gore - have spent over 400 combined weeks on the UK charts and continue to win critical acclaim across the world. Their first thirteen albums (released between 1981 and 1998) all reached the UK Top Ten, as did 2005's 'Playing The Angel'.

One of the most influential groups over the last 25 years, Depeche Mode have inspired generations of new musicians while consolidating their considerable reputation. In the process they have sold over 72 million records and played to audiences in excess of 30 million throughout their remarkable 25-year career. They remain one of the most highly regarded and passionately supported groups in modern music.

International sales of their current acclaimed album 'Playing The Angel' are 3 million, and have seen them reach Number 1 in eighteen countries, plus Top Ten in Canada and the US. It has also been certified Gold in seven countries and platinum in three. In addition to this, Depeche Mode have played to 2.5 million people across 31 countries this year, on the 'Playing The Angel' world tour.

The complete tracklisting for the Best Of is as follows, with original album bracketed:

Personal Jesus ('Violator', 1990)
Just Can't Get Enough ('Speak And Spell', 1981)
Everything Counts ('Construction Time Again, 1983)
Enjoy The Silence ('Violator', 1990)
Shake The Disease ('The Singles 81-85', 1985)
See You ('A Broken Frame', 1982)
It's No Good ('Ultra', 1997)
Strangelove ('Music For The Masses', 1987)
Suffer Well ('Playing The Angel', 2005)
Dream On ('Exciter', 2001)
People Are People ('Some Great Reward', 1984)
Martyr (Best Of)
Walking In My Shoes ('Songs of Faith and Devotion', 1993)
I Feel You ('Songs Of Faith And Devotion', 1993)
Precious ('Playing The Angel', 2005)
Master And Servant ('Some Great Reward', 1984)
New Life ('Speak And Spell', 1981)
Never Let Me Down Again ('Music For The Masses', 1987)