Depeche ModeBlack Celebration

Label:Mute – CD STUMM 26
CD, Album
Style:Synth-pop, Darkwave


1Black Celebration4:58
2Fly On The Windscreen - Final
Recorded ByDave Allen*
Recorded By [Assisted By]Phil Tennant
3A Question Of Lust4:22
5It Doesn't Matter Two2:50
6A Question Of Time4:09
8Here Is The House4:16
9World Full Of Nothing2:48
10Dressed In Black2:34
11New Dress3:45
12Breathing In Fumes6:07
13But Not Tonight (Extended Remix)5:13
14Black Day
Songwriter [Song By]A. Wilder*, D. Miller*, M.L. Gore*

Companies, etc.



Total: 55′14″

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.
Assistant engineers were Richard Sullivan, London and Peter Schmidt, 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
  • Other (CD mould ring text variant 4): 3 [x4]

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Black Celebration (LP, Album, Embossed, SRC Pressing)Sire, Mute, Sire9 25429-1, 1-25429US1986
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Black Celebration (LP, Album, Embossed Cover, Lyntone)MuteSTUMM 26UK1986
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Black Celebration (Cassette, Album, Reissue, AR, Clear)Sire, Sire, Mute, Mute4-25429, 9 25429-4US1986
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Black Celebration (CD, Album)Mute, MuteINT 846.818, CD STUMM 26Germany1986
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Black Celebration (LP, Album, Misprint, Stereo, Grey)Mute, MuteINT 146.818, Stumm 26Germany1986



  • discogscide's avatar
    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.
    • skinnydrifter's avatar
      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.
      • TIM's avatar
        Edited 16 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.
        • Tb-303's avatar
          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.


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