The Singles 86–98

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The Singles 86>98
Depeche Mode - The Singles 86-98.png
Compilation album by
Released28 September 1998 (1998-09-28)
Recorded1985–1998
Length97:12
LabelMute
Producer
Compiler
  • Roland Brown
  • Mike Marsh
Depeche Mode chronology
Ultra
(1997)
The Singles 86>98
(1998)
Exciter
(2001)
Singles from The Singles 86>98
  1. "Only When I Lose Myself"
    Released: 7 September 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[3]
NME6/10[4]
Pitchfork7.6/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[6]
Spin8/10[7]

The Singles 86>98 is a compilation album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 28 September 1998 by Mute Records, it serves as a follow-up to the band's previous compilation, The Singles 81→85, which was also reissued in the same year. The compilation covers the band's seven-inch single releases spanning five studio albums (from 1986's Black Celebration to 1997's Ultra), while including the new song "Only When I Lose Myself", it also includes "Little 15" (from Music for the Masses, released as a single in Europe) and the live version of "Everything Counts" (from the live album 101), which was released as a single in 1989. All tracks on The Singles 86>98 were newly remastered, as was the case with the re-release of The Singles 81→85.

The band decided to release the album as a close follow-up to Ultra, Depeche Mode's first studio album after Alan Wilder's departure and Dave Gahan's drug addiction and resulting health problems, to maintain interest in the band; the four-month The Singles Tour that followed marked the first time Depeche Mode had toured since the 1993–1994 Devotional/Exotic Tour, since they had declined to tour Ultra a year earlier, playing only a few songs at a handful of shows instead.

The Singles 86>98 has sold 500,000 units in the United States (double albums count as two units), achieving platinum certification;[8] the album was also listed on Blender magazine's "500 CDs You Must Own: Alternative Rock" list.[9]

The Videos 86>98[edit]

To coincide with the release of The Singles 86>98, the band released a VHS/DVD called The Videos 86>98 featuring the music videos for all of the songs, and more. In 2002, the DVD was re-released as The Videos 86-98+, which included more videos and some electronic press kits.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Martin Gore.

Disc one
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."Stripped"Black Celebration3:51
2."A Question of Lust"Black Celebration4:31
3."A Question of Time"Black Celebration4:00
4."Strangelove"Music for the Masses3:47
5."Never Let Me Down Again"Music for the Masses4:22
6."Behind the Wheel"Music for the Masses4:00
7."Personal Jesus"Violator3:46
8."Enjoy the Silence"Violator4:16
9."Policy of Truth"Violator5:14
10."World in My Eyes"Violator3:57
Disc two
No.TitleOriginal albumLength
1."I Feel You"Songs of Faith and Devotion4:35
2."Walking in My Shoes"Songs of Faith and Devotion5:02
3."Condemnation" (Paris mix)Songs of Faith and Devotion3:23
4."In Your Room" (Zephyr mix)Songs of Faith and Devotion4:50
5."Barrel of a Gun"Ultra5:26
6."It's No Good"Ultra5:59
7."Home"Ultra5:46
8."Useless" (remix)Ultra4:53
9."Only When I Lose Myself"Previously unreleased4:41
10."Little 15"Music for the Masses4:14
11."Everything Counts" (live)1016:38
Disc three (limited edition)
No.TitleLength
1."Rush" (Wild Planet mix)6:23
2."Enjoy the Silence" (The Quad:Final mix)15:25
3."World in My Eyes" (Safar mix)8:30
4."Dangerous" (Hazchemix edit)3:02

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Singles 86>98.[10]

Depeche Mode[edit]

  • Dave Gahan – lead vocals (disc 1: tracks 1, 3–10; disc 2: 1–6, 8, 11)
  • Martin Gore – lead vocals (disc 1: track 2; disc 2: track 7)

Technical[edit]

  • Depeche Mode – production (disc 1: all tracks; disc 2: 1–4, 10, 11); mixing (disc 1: track 10; disc 2: tracks 1, 2)
  • Daniel Miller – production (disc 1: tracks 1–3, 5, 8; disc 2: track 10)
  • Gareth Jones – production (disc 1: tracks 1–3)
  • Phil Harding – remix (disc 1: track 3)
  • Dave Bascombe – production (disc 1, tracks 4–6; disc 2, track 10)
  • Shep Pettibone – remix (disc 1: track 6)
  • Flood – production (disc 1: tracks 7–10; disc 2: tracks 1–4)
  • François Kevorkian – mixing (disc 1: tracks 7, 9, 10)
  • Phil Legg – mixing (disc 1: track 8)
  • Mark Stent – mixing (disc 2: tracks 1, 2)
  • Alan Wilder – additional production, remix (disc 2: track 3)
  • Steve Lyon – additional production, remix (disc 2: track 3)
  • Butch Vig – additional production, remix (disc 2: track 4)
  • Tim Simenon – production (disc 2: tracks 5–9); mixing (disc 2: tracks 5–7, 9)
  • Q – mixing (disc 2: tracks 5–7)
  • Alan Moulder – remix (disc 2: track 8)
  • Mike Marsh – compiling, remastering
  • Roland Brown – compiling, remastering

Artwork[edit]

  • Mat Cook – concept, art direction
  • Rick Guest – sleeve photography
  • Elaine Macintosh – stills production
  • Lee Collins – photo shoot technician
  • P.A. Taylor – photo shoot technician
  • Anton Corbijn – Depeche Mode 86 photograph (taken from "A Question of Time" video)
  • Marina Chavez – Depeche Mode 98 photograph

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[39] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[40] 2× Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[41] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[42] Gold 50,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[43] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[44] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[45] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[46] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[48] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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