Depeche Mode ‎– Violator

Sire ‎– 9 26081-2, Reprise Records ‎– 9 26081-2, Mute ‎– 9 26081-2
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Recorded & mixed at:
Logic Studios, Milan
PUK Studios, Denmark
The Church, London
Master Rock Studios, London
Axis, New York

Made In U.S.A. By WEA Manufacturing
© 1990 Sire Records Company
℗ 1989, 1990 Sire Records Company

This is the original US release. A later revision exists with some minor sleeve differences, such as a secondary cat # of 2 26081-2 and "Marketed by Reprise Records" added to the distributor/legal info on the tray insert.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-26081-2 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 075992608121
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Barcode (Matrix area, Code 39): 04907
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 1): 1 26081-2 SRC=02 M9S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 2): 1 26081-2 SRC=05 M2S14
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 3): [Specialty 'S' Logo] 1 26081-2 SRC*06 M1S18
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 4): 1 26081-2 SRC=02 M7S17
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 5): 1 26081-2 SRC=05 M2S12
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 6): 1 26081-2 SRC=02 M7S7
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 7): 1 26081-2 SRC=02 M2S15
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 8): 1 26081-2 SRC=02 M1S5
  • Matrix / Runout (Var. 9): 1 26081-2 SRC=02 M1S1

Other Versions (5 of 346) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CD Stumm 64 Depeche Mode Violator(CD, Album) Mute CD Stumm 64 UK 1990 Sell This Version
RX 052 Depeche Mode Violator(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Stereo-Style RX 052 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
LL 1891 Depeche Mode Violator(LP, Album) ZKP RTVL LL 1891 Yugoslavia 1990 Sell This Version
MUSH32087.2 Depeche Mode Violator(CD, Album, RE) Liberation Records, Mute MUSH32087.2 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
CD Stumm 64 Depeche Mode Violator(CD, Album) Mute CD Stumm 64 Europe 2000 Sell This Version


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December 7, 2013

I managed to get a cardboard long-box version in Mexico in 1990. CD's were not produced in the country, so all releases were US imports or European imports. The latter were sold just with shrinkwrap, sealed. The US cds were all in the long-box. I still have this one, and consider 'Halo' as the ultimate 80's-90's DM song.


September 12, 2012
edited over 3 years ago

The production quality of this album is unmatched, and the mastering of these original 1990 editions is perfect, no "loudness war" compromises. The entire 1986–1990 period was phenomenal for Depeche Mode. Black Celebration and Music for the Masses took electronic pop further than it had ever gone, but still represented a steady progression away from the band's earlier, more upbeat sound. When Violator came along, it was like serious next-level stuff. They've moved on, but never achieved such command of songwriting, performance, and production as they did here. They also wisely kept the CD sequenced exactly the same as the LP and cassette: 46 minutes of their A-game, no bonus tracks, no filler, and the songs in a logical order, not dictated by the record company. This really is one of those albums I'm glad I paid full price for.


February 1, 2009
This album would arguably upon its release set the new standard for electronica music as we know. Up until this album, nothing that I know of- or had personally heard- had such a level of not only complexity in its build of songs, but that level of advanced production in terms of the quality of sound. Electronica as we knew it had in the blink of an eye not only grown up, but reached a new level of etherealism and advancements. Wow!!!! And, it's my humble opinion that furthermore, the more particular sound of all snare drums as we've since heard them was firmly established on this album... (and it started with the subtle, yet so effective change at the beginning of Policy of Truth). That little nuance along was something I'd never heard before. If you find this to be true as I did back when it came out, you too will never listen to anything -made post Violator- the same again. Brilliantly and masterfully crafted song writing ever slightly so much further than Black Celebration... and bam, we've got ourselves a landmark piece of music composition!!!! I'll again credit the production side and the complexities of what Depeche were able to put forth... and I too will agree with the review on the home page of Depeche and say I totally agree with Derrick May citing Depeche Mode "as a major influence." Why?? Because of this album... period!!!!