Published Jun 15, 2018Depeche Mode are taking a big look back at their long and storied career, announcing plans to reissue all their singles in a series of special edition vinyl box sets.
Courtesy of Rhino Records, the synth-pop band's various singles will be re-released in 12-inch vinyl box sets containing the singles from each Depeche Mode album. All the audio for the box sets has been remastered from the original tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios.
The exterior artwork for each of the box sets will come with new art inspired by the original releases, while the individual 12-inch singles will replicate the original vinyl single artwork.
The box sets will be released chronologically, with the first two sets to arrive being a singles set centred on Depeche Mode's 1981 debut album Speak & Spell and the 1982 follow-up effort A Broken Frame. Both of those box sets will be released via Rhino on August 31.
Speak & Spell Singles Collection (pictured above) will be made up of six discs and contain a facsimile reproduction of the rare flexi disc "Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead" b/w "King of the Flies" (the Fad Gadget track as on the original release); Dreaming of Me 12-inch: "Dreaming of Me" b/w "Ice Machine"; New Life 12-inch: "New Life (Remix)" b/w "Shout! (Rio Mix)"; Just Can't Get Enough 12-inch: "Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)" b/w "Any Second Now (Altered)," among other goodies.
You can learn more about the release and order it here.
A Broken Frame Singles Collection will also contain six discs and include the See You 12-inch: "See You (Extended Version)" b/w "Now This Is Fun (Extended Version)"; The Meaning of Love 12-inch: "The Meaning of Love (Fairly Odd Mix)" b/w "Oberkorn (It's a Small Town) (Development Mix)"; Leave In Silence 12-inch: "Leave In Silence (Longer)" b/w "Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden" and "Leave In Silence (Quieter)."
You can learn more about that release and order it here. That's the cover art below.
Speaking of the box sets, the band said in a statement: "Our 12-inch singles have always been incredibly important to the band. It's great to be able to re-share these songs with old and new fans in the way they were originally intended to be experienced. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do."
Besides these two initial box sets, Depeche Mode plan to release more over the coming years, with each album to get similar treatment.
Alongside the box sets, the band have revealed a series of new limited-edition watches inspired by their 55 singles. They will incorporate the artwork from the single into the design of the watch and come with a Roland JP-08 synthesizer, a copy of the corresponding vinyl single, and a certificate of authenticity signed by the band.
You can learn more about the watches here.