Depeche Mode - 101 (Vinyl)

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101 is a live (double) album and documentary film by English electronic music band Depeche Mode. It was released on 13 March 1989 by Mute Records. It chronicles the final leg of the band's Music for the Masses Tour and the final show on 18 June 1988 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Band member Alan Wilder is credited with coming up with the album's title; the performance was the 101st and final performance of the tour (and coincidentally also the number of a famous highway in the area). The film was directed and produced by D. A. Pennebaker. 

This 20-track 2xLP set showcases the band on their meteoric rise to becoming the biggest electronic rock band in the world. Due to their popularity on underground radio stations, constant touring and a solid back catalogue, Depeche were massive all across America and this record captures a magical moment in their career. Playing at 70,000 in the famous college bowl in outskirts of Los Angeles, this setlist features songs from their debut album in 1981, through their shiny analogue-pop years, into the darker sample-laiden material of the mid 80's right up to 'Music for the Masses'. 

Right after this, in 1990, they released 'Violator' which included their biggest ever hits 'Personal Jesus' & 'Enjoy the Silence'. We'll let that sink in....

2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 gram, Gatefold sleeve.

Typically I don't like live albums, and maybe it's just because I love Depeche Mode, but consider 101 an exception. What could have been a throwaway release, just to tide fans over until the band's next release, is a surprisingly worthwhile collection. For a band with a live sound consisting of half backing tracks and half live music (according to Alan Wilder), there's a lot of energy and changes from the album versions. Many of the songs have been rearranged or use different synth sounds from the studio recordings. Some of the older songs like "Blasphemous Rumours" sound updated from their original versions, while the then most current tracks from Music for the Masses sound more similar to the studio versions. Regardless, most of the songs are distinct in some way from their album counterparts, which is more than a lot of electronic acts can boast of their live sound and helps to justify the existence of 101. The setlist is extremely well chosen, and features almost every song you would have wanted them to play up to this point, including most of their hits. Choosing highlights is difficult, but I'm especially happy to see album tracks like "Sacred" and the b-side "Pleasure Little Treasure" alongside more well known tracks. The only problem is there's nothing completely unique or new here, so only the most diehard of fans will want or need this, but 101 is an excellent document to show that the band was not only a beast in the studio but also a solid live act.

By: MoeHartman

Pimpf 0:53
Behind The Wheel 5:41
Strangelove 4:42
Something To Do 3:45
Blasphemous Rumours 5:06
Stripped 6:16
Somebody 4:27
Things You Said 4:09
Black Celebration 4:33
Shake The Disease 4:57
Pleasure Little Treasure 4:35
People Are People 4:54
A Question Of Time 4:09
Never Let Me Down Again 6:22
Master And Servant 4:24
Just Can't Get Enough 4:01
Everything Counts 6:07

Includes a 16-page booklet of photos.

Recorded Live at the Pasadena Rose Bowl, June 18th 1988, for Effanel Music on the Westwood One Mobile. Mixed at Swanyard Studio, London

Cover – Anton Corbijn, Paul West 
Engineer – Alan Moulder
Photography By – Anton Corbijn
Producer – Depeche Mode
Recorded By – Randy Ezratty
Recorded By [Assistant] – Billy Yodelman, John Harris, Mark Shane
Written-By – Martin L. Gore (tracks: A1 to D2, D4), Vince Clarke (tracks: D3)