Are the three new Depeche Mode reissues worth buying?
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.''
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.
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.