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Music For The Masses

Music For The Masses
Chart Position (UK): 10
Chart Position (USA): 35

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Mute STUMM 47
UK LP, released September 28th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
 
Side 2
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Mute STUMM 47
UK Limited Edition clear vinyl LP, released September 28th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
 
Side 2
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Mute STUMM 47 / HMV 1
UK Limited Edition HMV LP + bonus promotional 12" single, released September 28th, 1987
This was a promotional release, and was not for sale.

Side 1
Strangelove (Maxi Mix)
 
Side 2
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)

 

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Mute STUMM 47
UK Withdrawn "budget line" LP, released 1990's
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
 
Side 2
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Mute DM LP 6
UK "Collector's Edition" Remastered 180 gram LP, released March 12th, 2007
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
 
Side 2
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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BMG / Music On Vinyl MOVLP942 / 8718469534319
UK 180 gram LP, released February 3rd, 2014
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
 
Side 2
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Mute C STUMM 47
UK Cassette, released September 28th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
 
Side 2
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)

 

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Mute C STUMM 47
UK "Double Album Cassette" Cassette, released 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
 
Side 2
Black Celebration
Fly On The Windscreen (Final)
A Question Of Lust
Sometimes
It Doesn't Matter Two
A Question Of Time
Stripped
Here Is The House
World Full Of Nothing
Dressed In Black
New Dress

 

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Mute CD STUMM 47
UK CD, released September 28th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)

 

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Mute CDX STUMM 47
UK Remastered CD, released April 3rd, 2006
This was a commercial release.

Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Mute DM CD 6
UK "Collector's Edition" Remastered SACD + DVD, released April 3rd, 2006
This was a commercial release.

Disc 1 (SACD)
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
 
Disc 2 (DVD)
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
Agent Orange
Pleasure, Little Treasure
Route 66
Stjarna
Sonata No. 14 in C#m (Moonlight Sonata)
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)
Depeche Mode 87-88: Sometimes you do need some new jokes (video)

 

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Sire 25614-1
US LP, released October 6th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again [4:47]
The Things You Said [3:55]
Strangelove [4:38]
Sacred [5:01]
Little 15 [4:14]
 
Side 2
Behind The Wheel [5:17]
I Want You Now [3:28]
To Have And To Hold [3:08]
Nothing [4:12]
Pimpf [3:56]
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Sire / Reprise / Rhino WBA1-233916
US "Collector's Edition" Remastered 180 gram LP, released January 22nd, 2008
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
 
Side 2
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Rhino number pending
US 180 gram LP, released February 4th, 2014
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
 
Side 2
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible

 

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Sire 25614-2
US Cassette, released October 6th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
 
Side 2
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)

 

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Sire 25614-2
US Cassette, released 1987
This was a commercial release.

Side 1
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
 
Side 2
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)

 

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Sire 25614-4
US CD, released October 6th, 1987
This was a commercial release.

Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)

 

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Sire / Reprise / Rhino R2 77592
US "Collector's Edition" Remastered CD + DVD, released June 6th, 2006
This was a commercial release.

Disc 1 (CD)
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
 
Disc 2 (DVD)
Never Let Me Down Again
The Things You Said
Strangelove
Sacred
Little 15
Behind The Wheel
I Want You Now
To Have And To Hold
Nothing
Pimpf
Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible
Agent Orange
Pleasure, Little Treasure
Route 66
Stjarna
Sonata No. 14 in C#m (Moonlight Sonata)
Agent Orange
Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)
To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)
Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix)
Depeche Mode 87-88: Sometimes you do need some new jokes (video)

 

 

Notes:

The vinyl versions of this album do not feature "Agent Orange", "Never Let Me Down Again (Aggro Mix)", "To Have And To Hold (Spanish Taster)" and "Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix).

The UK album was released in a limited edition clear vinyl version, back in 1987. There was also a special HMV edition, which was the original vinyl, with a special promotional 12" single.

A newly designed UK budget release series of the original albums was planned in the '90's. Word has it that 135 copies were printed up of "Music For The Masses". As the project was scapped, all copies (excluding 12) were destroyed. Those 12 copies were accidentally shipped to distributors. Record stores were simply told that these new pressings were from the "upcoming budget line" vinyl reissues. The stores, at the time, had no idea that the copies they received were very rare items. The webmaster of this site, not knowing of the release at the time, just happened to stumble upon one at a local Los Angeles record shop. Alan Wilder auctioned off his copy in 2012 for over $3,000.

A unique release is the "Black Celebration" and "Music For The Masses" UK cassette. Both titles were combined for a "Double Album Cassette" release. The catalog number for the cassette is the same as the normal "one album" version.

The cassette and CD versions of the original US album featured the bonus tracks "Agent Orange" (b side of the "Strangelove" single), "Never Let Me Down Again" (Aggro Mix, on the "Never Let Me Down Again" single), "To Have And To Hold" (Spanish Taster, a b side of the "Never Let Me Down Again" single) and the Glitter Mix of "Pleasure, Little Treasure" (another b side from the "Never Let Me Down Again" single).

The instrumental interlude after "Pimpf" is called "Interlude #1 - Mission Impossible". It is not credited on the album.

Original pressings of the US cassette were sequenced so side one ended with "Little 15", and side two contained the rest of the album tracks, and the four bonus tracks. Later pressings put the entire album on side one, and just the four bonus tracks on side two

In 2006, the album was completely remastered, and released in two different formats (SACD + DVD, and LP in Europe, CD + DVD, and LP in North America). The SACD + DVD version featured the album in a remastered 5.1 surround sound presentation, on the SACD disc. The CD + DVD version featured the album in a remastered 5.1 surround sound presentation on the DVD disc. The CD and LP were remastered stereo audio. The US edition of the remastered CD was not a SACD. Only the European release was in SACD format. The US DVD is a standard DVD, not a specific DVD-Audio disc.

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