Are you ready for an insane amount of Depeche Mode stuff? It’s coming!
On December 3rd, the Hall of Famers are releasing a limited edition, FIVE-disc box set for the legendary 101 concert and album. The 1988 concert has been remastered in HD and paired with previously unseen footage.
The release is “a newly upgraded expanded definitive box set edition of 101 documentary concert film and live album chronicling the 101st and final performance of the band’s Music For The Masses world tour, recorded live at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on June 18, 1988.”
According to the band, “This new HD edition of 101: A film by D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, David Dawkins has been meticulously upgraded using 4k scans of the original film reels to create an all-new viewing experience.” It includes previously unseen footage of performances of “Sacred,” “Something to Do,” “A Question of Lust,” and the official promotional video for “Everything Counts.”
“It’s incredible to be able to see D.A. Pennebaker’s film and this period of our career presented in this new high-definition light.” – Depeche Mode
Other contents include: “a 48 page behind-the-scenes story of the day photo book; a 20” x 30” replica of original US theatrical release movie poster; a 16 page Anton Corbijn Photo Mode book as featured in the original album release; a double CD of the original 20 track 101 concert release; and a Download Card providing access to 4K downloads of the film and bonus performances plus 24-bit audio files of the 101 concert release. The two DVDs in the set contain the original extras from the 2003 DVD release of Depeche Mode – 101, which are exclusive to the DVD discs.”
My one wish is that the girl repeatedly screaming through “Somebody” got removed, but I suppose that’s asking a lot. Some of the other songs performed that day, and included of course, are “Master and Servant,” “Behind the Wheel,” “Strangelove,” “Black Celebration,” “Just Can’t Get Enough,” and concert staple “Never Let Me Down Again.”
Also new in the DM world, tomorrow a photo book titled “Dream” is being released. The book is curated from photographs of the band by Michaela Olexova, the former editor of the band’s official fan club magazine (Bong 1994 – 2002). There is a limited edition version and standard version, and yes, I ordered mine.
If a little more Dave Gahan is all you need, his new album will be released November 12th. “Imposter” pairs Gahan with Soulsavers’ Ian Glover and contains reinterpretations of Gahan’s favorite songs from other artists. The record includes songs originally released by Jeff Buckley, Neil Young, Gene Clark, Elvis Presley, PJ Harvey, Bob Dylan, and more.
So there you have it, DMode fans, stuff to add to your Santa Wishlist!