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Some Great Reward (Bonus Dvd)
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
SOME GREAT REWARD, the band's 1984 industrial/mainstream masterpiece, spawned the #13 Billboard® smash "People Are People." Also features the signature Depeche songs "Somebody," "Blasphemous Rumors," and "Master And Se... more »
SOME GREAT REWARD, the band's 1984 industrial/mainstream masterpiece, spawned the #13 BillboardÂ® smash "People Are People." Also features the signature Depeche songs "Somebody," "Blasphemous Rumors," and "Master And Servant." DVD boasts three additional tracks including "In Your Memory" and a remix of "Somebody," plus five songs captured live in concert in Basel and Liverpool in '84 including "People Are People" and "Master And Servant." 27-minute DVD film Depeche Mode 1984: You Can Get Away With Anything If You Give It A Good Tune explores the band circa '84 and also features recent interview segments.
Some Great Remastered Version of 'Reward on CD & DVD
Mr. | USA | 10/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While many fans consider 1986s Black Celebration to be the pinnacle moment when the band crossed over into truly dark territory, it was 1984s Some Great Reward that garnered Depeche Mode worldwide appeal, including for the first time, in the US. The breakthru hit single: People Are People, would cause a massive outcry of interest in the band and lead to another attempt at appeal in the States, that would come true. What's of course ironic today is the fact that the band, including song writer, Martin Gore, no longer particularly care for People Are People anymore, even though it is still one of their all time biggest hits. (To the best of my knowledge, it hasn't been performed live since the famed 101 concert in Pasadena, California.)
With People Are People such a huge success, the task was at hand to come out with a followup single that would be as impressive. Master And Servant would be the song chosen for that task. A song, that would take forever to record, mix and finally finish (one of the longest in recorded DM history), it would not outdo the success of People Are People, but it did do well just the same. But for Depeche Mode and Martin Gore, their third single from Some Great Reward would ultimately become one of their most controversial. That song of course is Blasphemous Rumours. Its premise is basically that universal question: "Why does God allow bad things to happen?" Christian and other religious groups were in an uproar over it, and it was banned from being played in the UK and certain other countries (none of which were the US). The song was released as a double A-side single, with the other song being, Somebody.
Somebody is, without a doubt, the best love song Martin Gore has ever written, and it continues to be performed live in concert as a fan favorite. As many already know, Martin performed the song naked in the recording studio, to give it that very vulnerable feeling that it has. It's honest and straight forward nature, without any pretension, conveys the wants, needs, and desires of a man for a woman, with heartfelt sincerity and true emotion. A wonderful highlight from Some Great Reward.
These Remastered albums of Depeche Mode's back catalog are truly remarkable and a wonderful upgrade from the previous CD editions. The sound quality is so much more clearer and crisp, especially on the DVD's DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround versions. The UK version of this Remastered album also includes an additional Super Audio Compact Disc layer (SACD) on the CD that is also a great listen (unfortunately all US Remastered editions do not include the SACD layer).
Bonuses on the DVD include the remarkable B-sides: In Your Memory (written by Alan Wilder), the catchy (Set Me Free) Remotivate Me, and the single remix of Somebody. Also included are 5 live tracks from the 1984 concerts in Basil and Liverpool, taken from the specific singles of Blasphemous Rumours, Shake The Disease, and A Question Of Lust. They give you a nice feel for what the tour was like during this era, but for a better experience, I'd recommend just picking up "The World We Live In & Live In Hamburg" instead.
And finally we have the Short Film, Depeche Mode: 1984 "You Can Get Away With Anything If You Give It A Good Tune," - A.Wilder. Included is some really wonderful archive film footage of the band working in and around the studio, with Martin explaining how the band samples certain sounds and noises to incorporate into their music (this was still fairly new even in 1984). Also of interest is the realization from the band at how much they still love Lie To Me, and how it almost became part of the setlist for Touring The Angel. One of my favorite moments is seeing Martin scream right into the camera, as he, Dave and Andy leave the studio for a while, to go on holiday. Lots of fun and interesting stories are told, though this time the interviews come less from the band members and more from other contributors, such as Mute's Daniel Miller, and exec. producer, Gareth Jones. That being said, it's still a lot of fun to watch, with additional clips from the music videos for People Are People, Master And Servant, Somebody, and live footage from the Hamburg concert included. Overall, a great 2 disc package.
Some Great Reward (Remastered) - the new romantics who would later become dark gothic techno Gods!
"It Doesn't Matter If This All Shatters. Nothing Lasts Forever. But I'm Praying, That We're Staying...Together." - M.L.Gore"