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Are the three new Depeche Mode reissues worth buying?

Are the three new Depeche Mode reissues worth buying? -- We decide whether the DVD and remixes make it worth it

Are the three new Depeche Mode reissues worth buying?

ORIGINALS
Speak & Spell, the band’s 1981 debut featuring singles ”New Life” and ”Just Can’t Get Enough”; the moody Music for the Masses (1987), with hits ”Strangelove” and ”Never Let Me Down Again”; Violator (1990), the band’s most commercially and artistically successful effort, boasting ”Personal Jesus” and ”Enjoy the Silence.”

REISSUES
Each edition includes the original album, plus a DVD featuring a half-hour documentary, bonus tracks, and the entire album in 5.1 surround sound. The separation on the 5.1 mix is impressive, but the rest of the audio extras — many of which are merely instrumentals — are a bit skimpy considering the ridiculous number of remixes this band has churned out over the years. The documentaries are more engaging, with the best being Speak & Spell’s, even though the 1981 departure of original band member Vince Clarke is almost entirely glossed over.

VERDICT
For fans interested in the stories behind the songs, these upgrades are a nice reward…as opposed to Some Great Reward, which, hopefully, is next in line.

Originally posted June 9 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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