Depeche Mode 12″ vinyl singles collector’s edition box set series continues with the release of ‘Ultra | The 12″ Singles‘, out 10 September 2021.
Sony Music Entertainment’s Depeche Mode 12″ vinyl singles project continues with the release of ‘Ultra | The 12″ Singles’ on 10 September 2021.
Ultra | The 12″ Singles, a collector’s edition deluxe box set, contains eight 12″ vinyl discs presenting four singles – ‘Barrel of a Gun’, ‘It’s No Good’, ‘Home’, and ‘Useless’ – with key B-sides, mixes and live recordings contemporaneous to Depeche Mode’s ninth studio album, ‘Ultra’, originally released 14 April 1997.
Three of the 12″ vinyl discs* in ‘Ultra | The 12″ Singles’ are comprised of tracks first released on CD singles throughout 1997. Each of these new 12″ discs features artwork reflecting the original CD single releases, now expanded to 12″ vinyl for the first time.
The group’s first album as a trio (Martin Gore, David Gahan, Andrew Fletcher) since 1982’s ‘A Broken Frame’, ‘Ultra’ carried on Depeche Mode’s tradition of releasing monumental 12″ singles to supplement and compliment their albums.
From their earliest days as a band, Depeche Mode have championed 12″ vinyl, embracing the format’s singular power and potential for innovation. The 12″ single allowed the band to explore new sonic possibilities while the tactile real-world beauty of physical packaging gave Depeche Mode room to develop their sophisticated and commanding design aesthetic. Depeche Mode used their singles discography as a means of offering left field remixes, rare B-sides, standout concert performances and other exclusive delights for fans.
Sony Music Entertainment released the first two box sets in the Depeche Mode 12″ singles series – ‘Speak & Spell | The Singles’ and ‘A Broken Frame | The Singles’ – in August 2018 with the second batch – ‘Construction Time Again | The 12″ Singles’ and ‘Some Great Reward | The 12″ Singles’ – arriving in December 2018. SME released Depeche Mode’s ‘Black Celebration | The 12″ Singles’ and ‘Music For The Masses | The 12″ Singles’ on 31 May 2019. 2020 saw the release of ‘Violator | The 12″ Singles’ in July and ‘Songs of Faith and Devotion | The 12″ Singles’ in October.
Each box set in the series contains the singles from each Depeche Mode album on audiophile-quality 12″ vinyl, with audio mastered from the original tapes. The artwork for the exterior of each of the box sets draws on iconography inspired by the original releases, while the vinyl sleeves themselves feature the original single artwork.
The Depeche Mode 12″ Singles Series will continue over coming years, with plans to release boxes containing the singles from each of the band’s albums in similar deluxe audiophile-grade collector’s editions.
Ultra | The 12” Singles
Barrel Of A Gun (12BONG 25)
A Barrel Of A Gun
A Barrel Of A Gun (Underworld Hard Mix)
B Barrel Of A Gun (3 Phase Mix)
B Barrel Of A Gun (One Inch Punch Mix (V2))
B Barrel Of A Gun (Underworld Soft Mix)
Barrel Of A Gun (L12BONG 25)
A Painkiller (Plastikman Mix)
B Barrel Of A Gun (One Inch Punch Mix)
B Barrel Of A Gun (United Mix)
*It’s No Good (12BONG 26) (12″ vinyl pressing of original CD single)
A It’s No Good (Hardfloor Mix)
A It’s No Good (Speedy J Mix)
AA It’s No Good (Motor Bass Mix)
AA It’s No Good (Andrea Parker Mix)
AA It’s No Good (Dom T Mix)
It’s No Good (L12BONG 26)
A It’s No Good
B Slowblow (Darren Price Mix)
B It’s No Good (Bass Bounce Mix)
Home (12BONG 27)
A Home (Jedi Knights Remix (Drowning In Time))
A Home (Air “Around The Golf” Remix)
AA Home (Meant To Be)
AA Home (Grantby Mix)
*Home (L12BONG 27) (12″ vinyl pressing of original CD single)
A Home (The Noodles And The Damage Done)
B Barrel Of A Gun (Live)
B It’s No Good (Live)
Useless (12BONG 28)
A Useless (The Kruder + Dorfmeister Session™)
AA Useless (CJ Bolland Funky Sub Mix)
AA Useless (Air 20 Mix)
*Useless (L12BONG 28) (12″ vinyl pressing of original CD single)
A Useless (Remix)
A Useless (Escape From Wherever: Parts 1 & 2!)
A Useless (Cosmic Blues)
B Useless (CJ Bolland Ultrasonar Mix)
B Useless (Live)
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