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 [Assisted By] – 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.

UK CD STUMM 26 pressings
1. First UK CD with matrix STUMM CD 26 MPO 01. (this one)
2. First UK CD, later edition with matrix STUMM CD 26 MPO 01 @@
3. DADC Austria matrix. Variation 1: DADC AUSTRIA Variation 2: Mastered by DADC Austria
4. Nimbus Matrix. Variation 1: C1217 CDSTUMM 26 : 1:0 -MASTERED BY NIMBUS- Variation 2: C1217 CDSTUMM 26 ::: 1:1 •MASTERED BY NIMBUS• Variation 3: Nimbus new logo
5. CD with matrix C1217 CDSTUMM 26 08 1:1 Technicolor

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Matrix / Runout: CD STUMM 26 MPO 01.
  • Other (CD mould ring text variant 1): none
  • Other (CD mould ring text variant 2): COMPACT DISC MPO FRANCE 08
  • Other (CD mould ring text variant 3): COMPACT DISC M.P.O. FRANCE 13

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STUMM 26 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(LP, Album, Emb) Mute STUMM 26 UK 1986 Sell This Version
92 54294 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(Cass, Album) Sire 92 54294 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
C STUMM 26 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(Cass, Album, RE) Mute C STUMM 26 UK Unknown Sell This Version
1-25429, 9 25429-1 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(LP, Album, Non) Sire, Mute, Sire, Mute 1-25429, 9 25429-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
CD STUMM 26, INT 836.809 Depeche Mode Black Celebration(CD, Album, RE) Mute, Mute CD STUMM 26, INT 836.809 Germany 1993 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 12 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.