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Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

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Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | TT ~ 10 hours 16 minutes | Full Scans included | 46,39 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48/96 kHz | 10 hour 14 min | Scans included | 11,64 GB
Includes 12 albums (11 Studio + 1 Live) | Features 2003-2007 Remasters & 2005's Deluxe Edition

Originally a product of Britain's new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electro-pop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era. On January 15, 2020 the band was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an induction ceremony originally scheduled to take place in May 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Depeche Mode have had 48 songs in the UK Singles Chart and twelve top 10 albums in the UK charts, two of which debuted at No. 1. According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history. Q magazine calls Depeche Mode "The most popular electronic band the world has ever known" and included the band in the list of the "50 Bands That Changed The World!".


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell (1981) [Collectors Edition 2006]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:18 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,08 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 43:48 m | Scans included | 1 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD1

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 11 songs, 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.

Tracklist:

01. New Life
02. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
03. Puppets
04. Boys Say Go!
05. Nodisco
06. What's Your Name?
07. Photographic
08. Tora! Tora! Tora!
09. Big Muff
10. Any Second Now (voices)
11. Just Can't Get Enough
12. Dreaming Of Me

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Speak & Spell
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -5.46 dB -20.90 dB 3:43 01-New Life
DR13 -4.42 dB -22.26 dB 2:17 02-I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
DR14 -5.20 dB -22.63 dB 3:55 03-Puppets
DR13 -6.34 dB -23.53 dB 2:56 04-Boys Say Go!
DR14 -5.22 dB -21.71 dB 4:13 05-Nodisco
DR13 -5.25 dB -22.11 dB 2:41 06-What's Your Name?
DR14 -4.93 dB -21.84 dB 5:08 07-Photographic
DR13 -4.77 dB -21.64 dB 4:12 08-Tora! Tora! Tora!
DR15 -4.07 dB -22.42 dB 4:19 09-Big Muff
DR13 -7.49 dB -25.78 dB 2:34 10-Any Second Now (voices)
DR15 -4.26 dB -22.90 dB 3:40 11-Just Can't Get Enough
DR11 -6.36 dB -22.39 dB 3:40 12-Dreaming Of Me
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Speak & Spell
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -5.69 dB -18.32 dB 3:41 01-New Life
DR12 -5.75 dB -19.58 dB 2:17 02-I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
DR13 -4.13 dB -19.17 dB 3:56 03-Puppets
DR13 -4.48 dB -19.58 dB 3:05 04-Boys Say Go!
DR11 -5.46 dB -18.38 dB 4:13 05-Nodisco
DR12 -4.74 dB -17.58 dB 2:42 06-What's Your Name?
DR11 -4.06 dB -18.26 dB 4:48 07-Photographic
DR12 -5.56 dB -19.74 dB 4:27 08-Tora! Tora! Tora!
DR13 -4.42 dB -18.82 dB 4:21 09-Big Muff
DR12 -4.86 dB -19.94 dB 2:35 10-Any Second Now (voices)
DR11 -5.75 dB -18.90 dB 3:41 11-Just Can't Get Enough
DR11 -5.58 dB -17.60 dB 4:02 12-Dreaming Of Me
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 2,91 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - А Broken Frame (1982) [Collectors Edition 2006]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:41 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,07 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 40:49 m | Scans included | 487 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD2

Martin Gore has famously noted that Depeche Mode stopped worrying about its future when the first post-Vince Clarke-departure single, "See You," placed even higher on the English charts than anything else Clarke had done with them. Such confidence carries through all of A Broken Frame, a notably more ambitious effort than the pure pop/disco of the band's debut. With arranging genius Alan Wilder still one album away from fully joining the band, Frame became very much Gore's record, writing all the songs and exploring various styles never again touched upon in later years. "Satellite" and "Monument" take distinct dub/reggae turns, while "Shouldn't Have Done That" delivers its slightly precious message about the dangers of adulthood with a spare arrangement and hollow, weirdly sweet vocals. Much of the album follows in a dark vein, forsaking earlier sprightliness, aside from tracks like "A Photograph of You" and "The Meaning of Love," for more melancholy reflections about love gone wrong as "Leave in Silence" and "My Secret Garden." More complex arrangements and juxtaposed sounds, such as the sparkle of breaking glass in "Leave in Silence," help give this underrated album even more of an intriguing, unexpected edge. Gore's lyrics sometimes veer on the facile, but David Gahan's singing comes more clearly to the fore throughout – things aren't all there yet, but they were definitely starting to get close.

Tracklist:

01. Leave In Silence
02. My Secret Garden
03. Monument
04. Nothing To Fear
05. See You
06. Satellite
07. The Meaning Of Love
08. A Photograph Of You
09. Shouldn't Have Done That
10. The Sun And The Rainfall

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / A Broken Frame
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -5.26 dB -22.32 dB 4:51 01-Leave In Silence
DR12 -5.27 dB -21.22 dB 4:46 02-My Secret Garden
DR12 -6.20 dB -23.44 dB 3:11 03-Monument
DR12 -5.43 dB -22.66 dB 4:18 04-Nothing To Fear
DR12 -5.72 dB -21.46 dB 4:31 05-See You
DR13 -5.58 dB -23.33 dB 4:41 06-Satellite
DR13 -5.53 dB -21.13 dB 3:03 07-The Meaning Of Love
DR14 -5.27 dB -23.65 dB 3:05 08-A Photograph Of You
DR13 -5.71 dB -22.90 dB 3:23 09-Shouldn't Have Done That
DR11 -5.51 dB -20.52 dB 4:53 10-The Sun And The Rainfall
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / A Broken Frame
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -5.55 dB -20.21 dB 4:51 01-Leave In Silence
DR12 -5.39 dB -19.47 dB 4:46 02-My Secret Garden
DR13 -5.73 dB -19.94 dB 3:13 03-Monument
DR12 -6.01 dB -19.91 dB 4:18 04-Nothing To Fear
DR13 -5.45 dB -20.11 dB 4:33 05-See You
DR13 -5.13 dB -21.16 dB 4:42 06-Satellite
DR12 -5.33 dB -19.37 dB 3:03 07-The Meaning Of Love
DR11 -5.44 dB -19.30 dB 3:05 08-A Photograph Of You
DR13 -5.52 dB -21.92 dB 3:23 09-Shouldn't Have Done That
DR11 -5.35 dB -18.53 dB 4:55 10-The Sun And The Rainfall
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 2,91 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again (1983) [Collectors Edition 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:21 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,28 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 42:33 m | Scans included | 543 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD3

The full addition of Alan Wilder to Depeche Mode's lineup created a perfect troika that would last another 11 years, as the combination of Martin Gore's songwriting, Wilder's arranging, and David Gahan's singing and live star power resulted in an ever more compelling series of albums and singles. Construction Time Again, the new lineup's first full effort, is a bit hit and miss nonetheless, but when it does hit, it does so perfectly. Right from the album's first song, "Love, In Itself," something is clearly up; Depeche never sounded quite so thick with its sound before, with synths arranged into a mini-orchestra/horn section and real piano and acoustic guitar spliced in at strategic points. Two tracks later, "Pipeline" offers the first clear hint of an increasing industrial influence (the bandmembers were early fans of Einstürzende Neubauten), with clattering metal samples and oddly chain gang-like lyrics and vocals. The album's clear highlight has to be "Everything Counts," a live staple for years, combining a deceptively simple, ironic lyric about the music business with a perfectly catchy but unusually arranged blending of more metallic scraping samples and melodica amid even more forceful funk/hip-hop beats. Elsewhere, on "Shame" and "Told You So," Gore's lyrics start taking on more of the obsessive personal relationship studies that would soon dominate his writing. Wilder's own songwriting contributions are fine musically, but lyrically, "preachy" puts it mildly, especially the environment-friendly "The Landscape Is Changing."

Tracklist:

01. Love, In Itself
02. More Than A Party
03. Pipeline
04. Everything Counts
05. Two Minute Warning
06. Shame
07. The Landscape Is Changing
08. Told You So
09. And Then…
10. Everything Counts (Reprise)

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Construction Time Again
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -4.91 dB -21.59 dB 4:29 01-Love, In Itself
DR12 -4.95 dB -21.34 dB 4:44 02-More Than A Party
DR11 -5.16 dB -21.18 dB 5:49 03-Pipeline
DR12 -5.52 dB -19.54 dB 4:23 04-Everything Counts
DR13 -5.45 dB -22.62 dB 4:14 05-Two Minute Warning
DR14 -5.14 dB -21.65 dB 3:51 06-Shame
DR14 -6.34 dB -22.26 dB 4:44 07-The Landscape Is Changing
DR12 -5.10 dB -20.01 dB 4:26 08-Told You So
DR12 -5.27 dB -19.59 dB 4:40 09-And Then…
DR10 -8.49 dB -26.22 dB 1:00 10-Everything Counts (Reprise)
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Construction Time Again
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -5.54 dB -16.75 dB 4:29 01-Love, In Itself
DR8 -5.13 dB -14.97 dB 4:45 02-More Than A Party
DR9 -6.73 dB -18.60 dB 5:55 03-Pipeline
DR9 -5.40 dB -16.84 dB 4:21 04-Everything Counts
DR9 -4.81 dB -17.85 dB 4:14 05-Two Minute Warning
DR9 -5.73 dB -17.08 dB 3:52 06-Shame
DR10 -5.46 dB -17.37 dB 4:49 07-The Landscape Is Changing
DR9 -5.28 dB -15.81 dB 4:27 08-Told You So
DR10 -5.43 dB -17.14 dB 4:40 09-And Then…
DR11 -9.36 dB -25.99 dB 1:01 10-Everything Counts (Reprise)
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 3,1 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward (1984) [Collectors Edition 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:21 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,13 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 40:30 m | Scans included | 532 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD4

The peak of the band's industrial-gone-mainstream fusion, and still one of the best electronic music albums yet recorded, Some Great Reward still sounds great, with the band's ever-evolving musical and production skills matching even more ambitious songwriting from Martin Gore. "People Are People" appears here, but finds itself outclassed by some of Depeche Mode's undisputed classics, most especially the moody, beautiful "Somebody," a Gore-sung piano ballad that mixes its wit and emotion skillfully; "Master and Servant," an amped-up, slamming dance track that conflates sexual and economic politics to sharp effect; and the closing "Blasphemous Rumors," a slow-building anthemic number supporting one of Gore's most cynical lyrics, addressing a suicidal teen who finds God only to die soon afterward. Even lesser-known tracks like the low-key pulse of "Lie to Me" and the weirdly dreamy "It Doesn't Matter" showcase an increasingly confident band. Alan Wilder's arrangements veer from the big to the stripped down, but always with just the right touch, such as the crowd samples bubbling beneath "Somebody" or the call/response a cappella start to "Master and Servant." With Reward, David Gahan's singing style found the métier it was going to stick with for the next ten years, and while it's never gone down well with some ears, it still has a compelling edge to it that suits the material well.

Tracklist:

01. Something To Do
02. Lie To Me
03. People Are People
04. It Doesn't Matter
05. Stories Of Old
06. Somebody
07. Master And Servant
08. If You Want
09. Blasphemous Rumours

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Some Great Reward
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -5.28 dB -18.49 dB 3:48 01-Something To Do
DR13 -5.12 dB -20.33 dB 5:05 02-Lie To Me
DR13 -5.19 dB -21.14 dB 3:54 03-People Are People
DR12 -5.58 dB -22.03 dB 4:45 04-It Doesn't Matter
DR13 -5.21 dB -20.28 dB 3:14 05-Stories Of Old
DR11 -5.24 dB -20.87 dB 4:29 06-Somebody
DR12 -5.15 dB -20.31 dB 4:13 07-Master And Servant
DR13 -5.41 dB -21.56 dB 4:41 08-If You Want
DR12 -5.32 dB -21.07 dB 6:21 09-Blasphemous Rumours
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
================================================================================

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Some Great Reward
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -5.57 dB -17.06 dB 3:47 01-Something To Do
DR12 -5.55 dB -18.53 dB 5:03 02-Lie To Me
DR10 -5.11 dB -17.19 dB 3:52 03-People Are People
DR11 -5.62 dB -18.68 dB 4:45 04-It Doesn't Matter
DR11 -5.51 dB -18.76 dB 3:13 05-Stories Of Old
DR12 -5.59 dB -20.75 dB 4:27 06-Somebody
DR11 -5.03 dB -17.24 dB 4:12 07-Master And Servant
DR10 -5.33 dB -17.51 dB 4:41 08-If You Want
DR10 -5.48 dB -18.13 dB 6:21 09-Blasphemous Rumours
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 2,96 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (1986) [Collectors Edition 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:15 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,26 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 41:16 m | Scans included | 541 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD5

Whether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through "another black day" while powerful drums and echoing metallic pings carry the song. Black Celebration is actually heavier on the ballads throughout, many sung by Martin Gore – the most per album he has yet taken lead on – with notable dramatic beauties including "Sometimes," with its surprise gospel choir start and rough piano sonics, and the hyper-nihilistic "World Full of Nothing." The various singles from the album remain definite highlights, such as "A Question of Time," a brawling, aggressive number with a solid Gahan vocal, and the romantic/physical politics of "Stripped," featuring particularly sharp arrangements from Alan Wilder. However, with such comparatively lesser-known but equally impressive numbers as the quietly intense romance of "Here Is the House" to boast, Black Celebration is solid through and through.

Tracklist:

01. Black Celebration
02. Fly On The Windscreen (Final)
03. A Question Of Lust
04. Sometimes
05. It Doesn't Matter Two
06. A Question Of Time
07. Stripped
08. Here Is The House
09. World Full Of Nothing
10. Dressed In Black
11. New Dress

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Black Celebration
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -4.87 dB -20.81 dB 4:57 01-Black Celebration
DR12 -4.72 dB -19.94 dB 5:18 02-Fly On The Windscreen (Final)
DR10 -5.20 dB -19.36 dB 4:23 03-A Question Of Lust
DR11 -5.43 dB -22.35 dB 1:54 04-Sometimes
DR11 -5.83 dB -20.38 dB 2:51 05-It Doesn't Matter Two
DR11 -4.45 dB -18.81 dB 4:09 06-A Question Of Time
DR11 -4.76 dB -18.69 dB 4:17 07-Stripped
DR11 -5.11 dB -19.65 dB 4:16 08-Here Is The House
DR11 -5.47 dB -20.07 dB 2:49 09-World Full Of Nothing
DR10 -4.35 dB -18.44 dB 2:34 10-Dressed In Black
DR13 -4.94 dB -20.13 dB 3:46 11-New Dress
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Black Celebration
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -5.55 dB -18.50 dB 4:57 01-Black Celebration
DR10 -5.33 dB -17.85 dB 5:19 02-Fly On The Windscreen (Final)
DR9 -5.22 dB -18.06 dB 4:23 03-A Question Of Lust
DR11 -6.12 dB -22.53 dB 1:54 04-Sometimes
DR11 -5.85 dB -19.90 dB 2:51 05-It Doesn't Matter Two
DR9 -5.34 dB -16.19 dB 4:09 06-A Question Of Time
DR9 -5.12 dB -17.28 dB 4:17 07-Stripped
DR10 -5.45 dB -17.71 dB 4:16 08-Here Is The House
DR10 -5.85 dB -19.49 dB 2:48 09-World Full Of Nothing
DR10 -5.90 dB -18.10 dB 2:34 10-Dressed In Black
DR11 -5.49 dB -19.03 dB 3:46 11-New Dress
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 3,09 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses (1987) [Collectors Edition 2006]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:42 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,22 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 43:42 m | Scans included | 1,04 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD6

Initially the title must have sounded like an incredibly pretentious boast, except that Depeche Mode then went on to do a monstrous world tour, score even more hits in America and elsewhere than ever before, and pick up a large number of name checks from emerging house and techno artists on top of all that. As for the music the masses got this time around, the opening cut, "Never Let Me Down Again," started things off wonderfully: a compressed guitar riff suddenly slamming into a huge-sounding percussion/keyboard/piano combination, anchored to a constantly repeated melodic hook, ever-building synth/orchestral parts at the song's end, and one of David Gahan's best vocals (though admittedly singing one of Martin Gore's more pedestrian lyrics). It feels huge throughout, like they taped Depeche recording at the world's largest arena show instead of in a studio. Other key singles "Strangelove" and the (literally) driving "Behind the Wheel" maintained the same blend of power and song skill, while some of the quieter numbers such as "The Things You Said" and "I Want You Now" showed musical and lyrical intimacy could easily co-exist with the big chart-busters. Add to that other winners like "To Have and to Hold," with its Russian radio broadcast start and dramatic, downward spiral of music accompanied by Gahan's subtly powerful take on a desperate Gore love lyric, and the weird, wonderful choral closer, "Pimpf," and Depeche's massive success becomes perfectly clear.

Tracklist:

01. Never Let Me Down Again
02. The Things You Said
03. Strangelove
04. Sacred
05. Little 15
06. Behind The Wheel
07. I Want You Now
08. To Have And To Hold
09. Nothing
10. Pimpf

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Music For The Masses
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -5.10 dB -19.18 dB 4:48 01-Never Let Me Down Again
DR12 -5.04 dB -22.08 dB 3:58 02-The Things You Said
DR13 -5.30 dB -20.60 dB 4:55 03-Strangelove
DR12 -4.89 dB -20.85 dB 4:46 04-Sacred
DR11 -5.81 dB -20.20 dB 4:15 05-Little 15
DR10 -5.06 dB -18.12 dB 5:17 06-Behind The Wheel
DR10 -5.92 dB -19.88 dB 3:44 07-I Want You Now
DR11 -5.16 dB -20.30 dB 2:52 08-To Have And To Hold
DR10 -5.56 dB -18.76 dB 4:11 09-Nothing
DR10 -5.08 dB -19.40 dB 4:57 10-Pimpf
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Music For The Masses
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -4.96 dB -15.77 dB 4:48 01-Never Let Me Down Again
DR10 -6.29 dB -17.87 dB 3:58 02-The Things You Said
DR10 -5.34 dB -17.42 dB 4:55 03-Strangelove
DR11 -5.04 dB -18.64 dB 4:46 04-Sacred
DR10 -5.49 dB -19.41 dB 4:15 05-Little 15
DR10 -5.40 dB -17.12 dB 5:17 06-Behind The Wheel
DR11 -5.76 dB -19.09 dB 3:44 07-I Want You Now
DR9 -5.39 dB -16.78 dB 2:52 08-To Have And To Hold
DR10 -5.38 dB -17.04 dB 4:11 09-Nothing
DR10 -5.51 dB -19.96 dB 4:57 10-Pimpf
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 3,04 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - 101 (1989) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 101:23 minutes | Full Scans included | 7,61 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 101:23 m | Scans included | 2,55 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Venusnote/Mute Records # LCDStumm101

As an event, Depeche Mode's huge (attendance around 60,000) Los Angeles Rose Bowl concert in 1988 remains legendary; no single artist show had totally sold out the venue since eight years beforehand, while the film documentary done by Dylan-filmer D.A. Pennebaker based around the show clearly demonstrated fans' intense commitment to a near-decade-old band most mainstream critics continued to stupidly portray as a flash-in-the-pan synth pop effort. This start-to-final-encore record of the concert showcases a band perfectly able to carry its music from studio to stage as well as any other combo worth its salt should be able to do. Understandably focused on Music for the Masses material, the album shows Depeche experimenting with alternate arrangements at various points for live performance; big numbers like "Never Let Me Down Again," "Stripped," and "Blasphemous Rumors" pack even more of a wallop here. Slower numbers and more than a couple of ballads help to vary the hit-packed set, including a fine "Somebody" and "The Things You Said" combination sung by Martin Gore. "Pleasure Little Treasure," on record an okay B-side, becomes a monster rocker live, the type of unexpected surprise one could expect from a solid band no matter what the music. With a triumphant set of closing numbers, including magnificent takes on "Never Let Me Down Again," "Master and Servant," and the set-ending "Everything Counts," with what sounds like the entire audience singing the chorus well after the song has finally ended, 101 does far better at its task than most might have guessed.

Tracklist:

CD1 #01. Pimpf
CD1 #02. Behind The Wheel
CD1 #03. Strangelove
CD1 #04. Sacred
CD1 #05. Something To Do
CD1 #06. Blasphemous Rumours
CD1 #07. Stripped
CD1 #08. Somebody
CD1 #09. Things You Said

CD2 #01. Black Celebration
CD2 #02. Shake The Disease
CD2 #03. Nothing
CD2 #04. Pleasure, Little Treasure
CD2 #05. People Are People
CD2 #06. A Question Of Time
CD2 #07. Never Let Me Down Again
CD2 #08. A Question Of Lust
CD2 #09. Master And Servant
CD2 #10. Just Can't Get Enough
CD2 #11. Everything Counts

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / 101
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -7.16 dB -19.83 dB 0:56 01-Pimpf
DR10 -6.70 dB -20.16 dB 5:41 02-Behind The Wheel
DR11 -7.01 dB -20.67 dB 4:53 03-Strangelove
DR11 -7.04 dB -20.31 dB 5:10 04-Sacred
DR10 -6.84 dB -19.60 dB 3:53 05-Something To Do
DR11 -6.87 dB -20.38 dB 5:12 06-Blasphemous Rumours
DR11 -7.02 dB -20.41 dB 6:38 07-Stripped
DR11 -7.56 dB -23.02 dB 4:35 08-Somebody
DR11 -6.99 dB -20.31 dB 4:19 09-Things You Said
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / 101
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -6.58 dB -16.71 dB 0:56 01-Pimpf
DR9 -6.16 dB -15.85 dB 5:41 02-Behind The Wheel
DR9 -6.15 dB -16.50 dB 4:53 03-Strangelove
DR9 -6.14 dB -16.19 dB 5:10 04-Sacred
DR8 -5.96 dB -15.35 dB 3:53 05-Something To Do
DR9 -6.17 dB -16.04 dB 5:12 06-Blasphemous Rumours
DR9 -6.24 dB -16.27 dB 6:38 07-Stripped
DR10 -6.68 dB -19.10 dB 4:35 08-Somebody
DR9 -6.01 dB -16.31 dB 4:19 09-Things You Said
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / 101
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -7.07 dB -19.94 dB 4:53 01-Black Celebration
DR11 -7.01 dB -20.53 dB 5:09 02-Shake The Disease
DR10 -6.84 dB -19.76 dB 4:35 03-Nothing
DR11 -6.85 dB -20.26 dB 4:36 04-Pleasure, Little Treasure
DR10 -6.72 dB -19.68 dB 4:58 05-People Are People
DR11 -7.00 dB -20.19 dB 4:11 06-A Question Of Time
DR10 -6.78 dB -18.71 dB 6:37 07-Never Let Me Down Again
DR11 -7.00 dB -20.30 dB 4:06 08-A Question Of Lust
DR11 -6.87 dB -20.27 dB 4:28 09-Master And Servant
DR11 -7.06 dB -21.38 dB 4:00 10-Just Can't Get Enough
DR10 -6.90 dB -21.10 dB 12:33 11-Everything Counts
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / 101
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR8 -6.06 dB -15.61 dB 4:53 01-Black Celebration
DR9 -6.01 dB -16.17 dB 5:09 02-Shake The Disease
DR8 -5.94 dB -15.34 dB 4:35 03-Nothing
DR9 -5.78 dB -15.76 dB 4:36 04-Pleasure, Little Treasure
DR8 -5.97 dB -15.44 dB 4:58 05-People Are People
DR9 -5.83 dB -15.88 dB 4:11 06-A Question Of Time
DR8 -4.93 dB -14.35 dB 6:37 07-Never Let Me Down Again
DR9 -5.92 dB -16.17 dB 4:06 08-A Question Of Lust
DR9 -5.98 dB -16.02 dB 4:28 09-Master And Servant
DR10 -5.86 dB -16.77 dB 4:00 10-Just Can't Get Enough
DR9 -5.74 dB -17.49 dB 12:33 11-Everything Counts
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Number of tracks: 11
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 3,03 + 4,26 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Violator (1990) [Collectors Edition 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:49 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,42 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 46:55 m | Scans included | 1,11 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD7

In a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was "Personal Jesus," at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then "Enjoy the Silence," a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single "Policy of Truth" did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of "Sweetest Perfection" (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal "Waiting for the Night" to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it "Halo" building into a string-swept pounder. "Clean" wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a "rock" band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.

Tracklist:

01. World In My Eyes
02. Sweetest Perfection
03. Personal Jesus
04. Halo
05. Waiting For The Night
06. Enjoy The Silence
07. Policy Of Truth
08. Blue Dress
09. Clean

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Violator / Depeche Mode
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR10 -6.06 dB -19.82 dB 4:26 01-World In My Eyes
DR10 -7.81 dB -20.43 dB 4:42 02-Sweetest Perfection
DR12 -3.91 dB -18.87 dB 4:54 03-Personal Jesus
DR11 -6.09 dB -21.32 dB 4:24 04-Halo
DR11 -6.96 dB -22.47 dB 6:08 05-Waiting For The Night
DR11 -4.19 dB -21.08 dB 6:11 06-Enjoy The Silence
DR11 -6.18 dB -20.52 dB 5:01 07-Policy Of Truth
DR13 -5.04 dB -21.44 dB 5:41 08-Blue Dress
DR10 -5.63 dB -19.25 dB 5:21 09-Clean
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Violator / Depeche Mode
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
DR11 -4.65 dB -17.41 dB 4:26 01-World In My Eyes
DR11 -4.74 dB -17.71 dB 4:42 02-Sweetest Perfection
DR9 -5.28 dB -16.04 dB 4:54 03-Personal Jesus
DR10 -4.76 dB -17.25 dB 4:27 04-Halo
DR11 -5.71 dB -19.33 dB 6:07 05-Waiting For The Night
DR11 -5.18 dB -18.91 dB 6:13 06-Enjoy The Silence
DR10 -5.38 dB -16.91 dB 4:53 07-Policy Of Truth
DR11 -5.20 dB -18.84 dB 5:42 08-Blue Dress
DR10 -5.98 dB -17.90 dB 5:30 09-Clean
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Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 3,23 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993) [Collectors Edition 2006]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:55 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,62 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 47:14 m | Scans included | 619 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD8

In between Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, a lot happened: Nirvana rewrote the ideas of what "alternative" was supposed to be, while Nine Inch Nails hit the airwaves as the most clearly Depeche-influenced new hit band around. In the meantime, the band went through some high-profile arguing as David Gahan turned into a long-haired, leather-clad rocker and pushed for a more guitar-oriented sound. Yet the odd thing about Songs of Faith and Devotion is that it sounds pretty much like a Depeche Mode album, only with some new sonic tricks courtesy of Alan Wilder and co-producer Flood. Perhaps even odder is the fact that it works incredibly well all the same. "I Feel You," opening with a screech of feedback, works its live drums well, but when the heavy synth bass kicks in with the wailing backing vocals, even most rockers might find it hard to compete. Martin Gore's lyrical bent, as per the title, ponders relationships through distinctly religious imagery; while the gambit is hardly new, on songs like the centerpiece "In Your Room," the combination of personal and spiritual love blends perfectly. Outside musicians appear for the first time, including female backing singers on a couple of tracks, most notably the gospel-flavored "Condemnation" and the uilleann pipes on "Judas," providing a lovely intro to the underrated song (later covered by Tricky). "Rush" is the biggest misstep, a too obvious sign that Nine Inch Nails was a recording-session favorite to unwind to. But with other numbers such as "Walking in My Shoes" and "The Mercy in You" to recommend it, Songs of Faith and Devotion continues the Depeche Mode winning streak.

Tracklist:

01. I Feel You
02. Walking In My Shoes
03. Condemnation
04. Mercy In You
05. Judas
06. In Your Room
07. Get Right With Me
08. Rush
09. One Caress
10. Higher Love

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Songs of Faith and Devotion
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -5.33 dB -18.81 dB 4:35 01-I Feel You
DR10 -5.10 dB -19.10 dB 5:25 02-Walking In My Shoes
DR10 -6.51 dB -21.58 dB 3:22 03-Condemnation
DR12 -4.97 dB -20.26 dB 4:11 04-Mercy In You
DR12 -5.32 dB -20.72 dB 5:15 05-Judas
DR11 -5.12 dB -19.40 dB 6:23 06-In Your Room
DR12 -5.36 dB -21.48 dB 3:49 07-Get Right With Me
DR11 -5.39 dB -18.02 dB 4:38 08-Rush
DR12 -6.20 dB -25.17 dB 3:28 09-One Caress
DR11 -5.08 dB -20.26 dB 5:49 10-Higher Love
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Songs of Faith and Devotion
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
DR9 -5.44 dB -16.61 dB 4:35 01-I Feel You
DR9 -5.44 dB -17.03 dB 5:25 02-Walking In My Shoes
DR10 -5.59 dB -18.56 dB 3:27 03-Condemnation
DR10 -5.26 dB -17.28 dB 4:20 04-Mercy In You
DR11 -5.27 dB -19.53 dB 5:11 05-Judas
DR7 -5.24 dB -15.84 dB 6:22 06-In Your Room
DR9 -5.60 dB -17.96 dB 3:50 07-Get Right With Me
DR9 -5.30 dB -16.82 dB 4:39 08-Rush
DR10 -5.53 dB -19.78 dB 3:30 09-One Caress
DR9 -5.38 dB -17.26 dB 5:56 10-Higher Love
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Number of tracks: 10
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 3,41 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Ultra (1997) [Collectors Edition 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 60:02 minutes | Full Scans included | 4,53 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | 59:43 m | Scans included | 765 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD9

When news surfaced in 1995 that Alan Wilder had departed Depeche Mode to concentrate on his solo project Recoil, the immediate concern among fans was whether the band would be able to hit past heights again. Though Wilder's profile was always much lesser than that of Martin Gore and David Gahan – and almost even that of Andy Fletcher, whose nonperformance live has always been a running joke in the fan community and who freely admits to generally being around merely to maintain a vibe with his childhood friend Gore – his capability at arranging the songs over the years gave the band its increasingly distinct, unique edge. Combined with Gahan's near suicide and lengthy recovery from drugs, things looked bleak. Happily, Ultra turned out a winner; hooking up with Tim Simenon, longtime U.K. dance maven and producer of arty fare such as Gavin Friday's Adam 'n' Eve, Depeche delivered a strong album as a rejuvenated band. The most immediate change was Gahan's singing; for the first time ever, he took singing lessons beforehand, and his new control and projection simply shines, especially on the marvelous "It's No Good," a pulsing, tense, yet beautiful song with another deeply romantic Gore lyric. Opener "Barrel of a Gun" continues in the vein of arena-level stompers like "Never Let Me Down Again" and "I Feel You," with huge drum slams and scratching to boot, but Ultra mostly covers subtler territory, such as the slightly creepy "Sister of Night" and the gentle "The Love Thieves." Gore sings two winners: the orchestral, slow dance groove "Home" and "The Bottom Line," featuring steel guitar and Can's Jaki Liebezeit on drums, distinctly different territory for Depeche. Closing with "Insight," a quite lovely, building ballad, Ultra showed Depeche wasn't ready to quit by any means.

Tracklist:

01. Barrel Of A Gun
02. The Love Thieves
03. Home
04. It's No Good
05. Uselink
06. Useless
07. Sister Of The Night
08. Jazz Thieves
09. Freestate
10. The Bottom Line
11. Insight
12. Junior Painkiller

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Ultra
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR11 -5.78 dB -19.92 dB 5:24 01-Barrel Of A Gun
DR12 -5.25 dB -20.83 dB 6:34 02-The Love Thieves
DR11 -4.63 dB -18.99 dB 5:43 03-Home
DR11 -5.17 dB -17.17 dB 5:59 04-It's No Good
DR9 -5.31 dB -20.25 dB 2:21 05-Uselink
DR11 -5.22 dB -19.48 dB 5:13 06-Useless
DR12 -5.43 dB -21.62 dB 6:04 07-Sister Of The Night
DR10 -6.88 dB -22.14 dB 2:55 08-Jazz Thieves
DR11 -5.06 dB -19.67 dB 6:44 09-Freestate
DR11 -5.43 dB -21.11 dB 4:27 10-The Bottom Line
DR11 -5.74 dB -20.63 dB 6:26 11-Insight
DR14 -5.91 dB -27.90 dB 2:12 12-Junior Painkiller
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
================================================================================

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Ultra
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
DR7 -5.14 dB -14.25 dB 5:30 01-Barrel Of A Gun
DR8 -5.63 dB -15.19 dB 6:31 02-The Love Thieves
DR7 -5.53 dB -14.69 dB 5:39 03-Home
DR7 -4.82 dB -13.69 dB 5:59 04-It's No Good
DR10 -5.97 dB -19.79 dB 2:21 05-Uselink
DR7 -4.51 dB -13.79 dB 5:13 06-Useless
DR7 -5.72 dB -15.67 dB 5:58 07-Sister Of The Night
DR9 -5.83 dB -17.60 dB 2:56 08-Jazz Thieves
DR7 -5.24 dB -15.28 dB 6:35 09-Freestate
DR8 -5.96 dB -16.27 dB 4:23 10-The Bottom Line
DR7 -5.73 dB -16.74 dB 6:27 11-Insight
DR15 -12.17 dB -31.05 dB 2:14 12-Junior Painkiller
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 4,28 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Exciter (2001) [Collectors Edition 2007]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 56:23 minutes | Full Scans included | 4,43 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 56:20 m | Scans included | 1,35 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Depeche Mode's Reissue Series # DMCD10

It's rare to find bands capable of keeping their own best qualities to the fore while trying something new each time out, but Depeche Mode demonstrate that balance in full on the marvelous Exciter. Arguably the first album made by the group as a cohesive unit since Violator (and bearing some resemblance to that record in overall title and song names – compare "The Sweetest Condition" with "The Sweetest Perfection"), Exciter finds the trio again balancing pop catchiness with experimental depths. As with Ultra, an outside producer helps focus the end results in new, intriguing directions – in this case, said producer is Mark Bell, known for his work with Björk but also as part of Warp Records' flagship act LFO, which always acknowledged their own debut to Depeche. Bell's ear for minimal, crisp beats and quick, subtle arrangements and changes suit Martin Gore's songs beautifully. If there are few storming arena-shaking numbers this time out, the exquisite delicacy throughout is addicting, with Gore's guitar providing slippery and stinging leads to the smoky, romantic flow of Exciter. "When the Body Speaks" is a particular winner, his gentle work and a backing string section combining just right. David Gahan's voice, already audibly benefiting from lessons on Ultra, is even more supple and passionate than before, ranging from the fuller delivery on the snaky charm of "Shine" to the haunting album-closer, "Goodnight Lovers," a romantic lullaby with perfect counterpoint backing vocals. Gore's own singing remains equally fine, as does his lyrical obsessions on, well, obsession – "Breathe," which quotes more Bible names per verse than most preachers, makes for a good example on both fronts. When the band fully crank it up, the results work there too – "The Dead of Night" makes for a far superior nod to Gore's glam roots and Depeche's own industrial dance descendants than Songs of Faith and Devotion's "Rush" did.

Tracklist:

01. Dream On
02. Shine
03. The Sweetest Condition
04. When The Body Speaks
05. The Dead Of Night
06. Lovetheme
07. Freelove
08. Comatose
09. I Feel Loved
10. Breathe
11. Easy Tiger
12. I Am You
13. Goodnight Lovers

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Exciter
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR12 -5.71 dB -21.50 dB 4:18 01-Dream On
DR11 -6.47 dB -22.10 dB 5:28 02-Shine
DR12 -5.73 dB -20.71 dB 3:41 03-The Sweetest Condition
DR11 -4.26 dB -20.96 dB 5:59 04-When The Body Speaks
DR11 -5.72 dB -20.69 dB 4:49 05-The Dead Of Night
DR11 -4.76 dB -21.86 dB 2:00 06-Lovetheme
DR11 -5.35 dB -21.22 dB 6:07 07-Freelove
DR12 -5.67 dB -23.36 dB 3:22 08-Comatose
DR13 -5.61 dB -21.92 dB 4:18 09-I Feel Loved
DR11 -5.13 dB -20.11 dB 5:17 10-Breathe
DR11 -5.46 dB -21.46 dB 2:05 11-Easy Tiger
DR12 -4.24 dB -21.67 dB 5:07 12-I Am You
DR10 -6.59 dB -19.29 dB 3:53 13-Goodnight Lovers
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
================================================================================

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Exciter
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
DR9 -3.63 dB -14.98 dB 4:18 01-Dream On
DR7 -4.18 dB -13.36 dB 5:28 02-Shine
DR8 -3.64 dB -13.03 dB 3:41 03-The Sweetest Condition
DR9 -4.83 dB -15.72 dB 5:59 04-When The Body Speaks
DR7 -3.71 dB -14.11 dB 4:49 05-The Dead Of Night
DR9 -8.48 dB -18.98 dB 2:00 06-Lovetheme
DR9 -3.10 dB -13.81 dB 6:07 07-Freelove
DR8 -3.87 dB -15.30 dB 3:21 08-Comatose
DR8 -3.62 dB -12.94 dB 4:17 09-I Feel Loved
DR8 -4.84 dB -15.72 dB 5:15 10-Breathe
DR9 -8.49 dB -20.96 dB 2:05 11-Easy Tiger
DR9 -3.83 dB -14.92 dB 5:07 12-I Am You
DR9 -5.47 dB -16.01 dB 3:53 13-Goodnight Lovers
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Number of tracks: 13
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


Uncompressed SACD size = 4,19 GB


Depeche Mode - SACD Collection (1981-2005) MCH PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Depeche Mode - Playing The Angel (2005) [Deluxe Edition 2005]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:36 minutes | Full Scans included | 3,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 52:10 m | Scans included | 1,18 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Venusnote/Mute Records # LCDStumm260

When Ultra was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion. When Exciter was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have also forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion, in addition to having found a roundabout way of saying that it was merely better than Ultra. There's no doubt this time: Playing the Angel is both the band's best album since Violator and, more significantly, an album that is near Violator in stature. The biggest clue dropped by the band prior to its release was a quote from Dave Gahan, who said that being in Depeche Mode is better than it has been in 15 years. Some quick math reveals that Gahan was hinting at the Violator era, a time when the band's creativity and popularity peaked synchronously. It also turns out that this is a time as good as any other to be paying attention to the band. Playing the Angel lacks Songs of Faith and Devotion's end-to-end chest-beating, Ultra's grinding murk, and Exciter's desiccated patches. It takes the best qualities from those releases, combines them with a few subtle allusions to Violator – tiptoeing the border that separates retread from reinvention – and makes for a highly concentrated set of songs that all but demand to be heard in one uninterrupted shot. Gahan, still riding the confidence he gained as a songwriter from Paper Monsters, his 2003 solo debut, contributes three songs co-written with band associates Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott. Though none of them vie to be the album's centerpiece, it's apparent that the move wasn't a concession of desperation on anyone's part. The friendly competition seems to have kicked chief songwriter Martin Gore into high gear; he's in top form. Musically, a lot of analog gear was used, and it's apparent that the arrangements and extra sounds were less fussed over than they have been in the recent past. You get the sense that everything fell into place, as opposed to being forced or aimlessly manipulated. Despite the favoring of older gear, there's no other year in which any of the songs could've been made. Like the best Depeche Mode, almost everything on the album will make an initial wowing impact while remaining layered enough in subtle details to surprise and thrill with repeated listens. It is not the kind of album a 25-year-old band is supposed to make.

Tracklist:

01. A Pain That I'm Used To
02. John The Revelator
03. Suffer Well
04. The Sinner In Me
05. Precious
06. Macro
07. I Want It All
08. Nothing's Impossible
09. Introspectre
10. Damaged People
11. Lilian
12. The Darkest Star

foobar2000 1.5.5 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1

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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Playing The Angel
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -5.33 dB -19.59 dB 4:11 01-A Pain That I'm Used To
DR11 -5.69 dB -20.19 dB 3:43 02-John The Revelator
DR11 -4.79 dB -18.89 dB 3:56 03-Suffer Well
DR10 -4.30 dB -17.70 dB 4:58 04-The Sinner In Me
DR10 -5.26 dB -18.27 dB 4:07 05-Precious
DR12 -5.51 dB -22.35 dB 4:06 06-Macro
DR12 -5.53 dB -20.81 dB 6:10 07-I Want It All
DR11 -4.09 dB -19.79 dB 4:25 08-Nothing's Impossible
DR12 -8.10 dB -27.04 dB 1:42 09-Introspectre
DR13 -5.35 dB -21.38 dB 3:31 10-Damaged People
DR12 -3.83 dB -18.58 dB 4:50 11-Lilian
DR11 -4.69 dB -21.54 dB 6:57 12-The Darkest Star
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR11

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 6
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 16934 kbps
Codec: DST64
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Analyzed: Depeche Mode / Playing The Angel
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -1.75 dB -14.89 dB 4:11 01-A Pain That I'm Used To
DR13 -3.38 dB -19.00 dB 3:42 02-John The Revelator
DR11 -2.34 dB -16.01 dB 3:50 03-Suffer Well
DR12 -3.33 dB -17.73 dB 4:56 04-The Sinner In Me
DR12 -1.76 dB -16.65 dB 4:09 05-Precious
DR11 -2.82 dB -17.52 dB 4:02 06-Macro
DR12 -3.54 dB -18.62 dB 6:10 07-I Want It All
DR13 -1.16 dB -17.12 dB 4:22 08-Nothing's Impossible
DR12 -8.45 dB -24.13 dB 1:41 09-Introspectre
DR12 -3.72 dB -17.65 dB 3:27 10-Damaged People
DR12 -1.86 dB -17.64 dB 4:46 11-Lilian
DR12 -3.12 dB -18.95 dB 6:55 12-The Darkest Star
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Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR12

Samplerate: 2822400 Hz / PCM Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 1
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DST64


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