Depeche Mode ‎– Black Celebration

Mute ‎– CD STUMM 26
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1 Black Celebration 4:58
2 Fly On The Windscreen - Final
Recorded By – Dave Allen*Recorded By [Assistant] – Phil Tennant
3 A Question Of Lust 4:22
4 Sometimes 1:54
5 It Doesn't Matter Two 2:50
6 A Question Of Time 4:09
7 Stripped 4:17
8 Here Is The House 4:16
9 World Full Of Nothing 2:48
10 Dressed In Black 2:34
11 New Dress 3:45
12 Breathing In Fumes 6:07
13 But Not Tonight (Extended Remix) 5:13
14 Black Day 2:36

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Programmed at Worldwide International.
Recorded & mixed at Westside, London & Hansa, Berlin except
"Fly on the Windscreen" recorded at Genetic and re-mixed at Hansa, Berlin.

Tracks 12-14 are bonus tracks.

All tracks published by Grabbing Hands / Sonet, except
"Black Day" published by Grabbing Hands / Sonet, RCA Music, Dying Art.

℗ & © 1986 Mute Records Limited.
Made in France by M.P.O.
This release: first UK issue without barcode, Made in France by M.P.O.

Other UK CD STUMM 26 pressings:
1. DADC Austria matrix, two variations
3. CD with matrix C1217 CDSTUMM 26 08 1:1 Technicolor

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: CD STUMM 26 MPO 01
  • Other (CD mould ring text): COMPACT DISC MPO FRANCE 08
  • Other (SPARS Code): AAD

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STUMM 26 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(LP, Album) Mute STUMM 26 Hong Kong 1986 Sell This Version
INT 146.818, Stumm 26 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(LP, Album, Gre) Mute, Mute INT 146.818, Stumm 26 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
VG 50165 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(LP, Album) Mute, Virgin VG 50165 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
CD STUMM26, TOCP-3289 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(CD, Album, Promo) Mute, Mute CD STUMM26, TOCP-3289 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
74321 12500 4 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(Cass, Album) Mute 74321 12500 4 France 1986 Sell This Version

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March 3, 2014
Definitely the most non-commercial album from Depeche Mode. I have mixed feelings. It could be better. There is no way this is better than Violator, though.


February 21, 2008
This is much better than Violator, and I can't understand why everyone always overrates that album - it's usually just because of the instrumentals that you don't hear in the singles of Personal Jesus and Enjoy The Silence, ironically their most popular songs too.
It's a good album, but this album is much better in comparison, alongside the bonus tracks. It's got a clear formula that keeps the album together but there are many surprises and twists like Music for the Masses.

Both Music for the Masses and Black Celebration are far better than Violator, but if you're new you should go to Violator.


July 23, 2007
edited over 8 years ago

It's hard to disagree with Depeche Mode fans when they say this is the best album they ever did. The only issue I have with it is that playing it once through doesn't have the smoothness of and the cohesiveness of Violator. What should definitely be noted is Daniel Miller's production techniques and Anton Corbijn's visual debuts are featured on this album. Those two artists (perhaps later with Flood and Kevorkian also) really helped Depeche Mode get to that success that they so deserved. "Question of Lust" could quite be the most beautiful Depeche Mode song of their entire discography. Then, combined with seminal favorite's "Black Celebration", perhaps my two favorite pre 1987 DM songs "Fly on the Windscreen" & "Stripped", again, you can't really argue with someone when they say this is the best Depeche Mode album. Don't sleep on "New Dress" & "Dressed in Black", they are terrific btw.


May 20, 2002

This is definitely my favorite, and many other peoples, of DM. Everysong is classic DM. Their darkest, most emotional album. I give all their music a 5 star rating but this album deserves more than that. Even if you not a big DM fan you must get this one.