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Depeche ModePlaying The Angel

Label:Sony Music – 88985336991, Mute – 88985336991
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


A1A Pain That I'm Used To
A2John The Revelator
A3Suffer Well
B1The Sinner In Me
C1I Want It All
C2Nothing's Impossible
C4Damaged People
D2The Darkest Star
PianoDave McCracken

Companies, etc.



℗ 2005 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive license to
Sony Music Entertainment International Ltd.
© 2005, 2016 Venusnote Ltd. under exclusive
license to Sony Music Entertainment International
Ltd. / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment. /
All trademarks and logos are protected. / Made
in the EU. / Sony Music Entertainment International
Services GmbH, PO Box 510, 33311 Gütersloh,
Germany. / LC 05834 / 88985336991.

Gatefold sleeve. 180 gram.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 89853 36991 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 889853369911
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 97343 1A MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 97343 1B MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C): 97343 1C MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D): 97343 1D MOVLP 950
  • Rights Society: BIEM / GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 05834

Other Versions (5 of 113)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Playing The Angel (CD, Album, Copy Protected)Mute, Muteint.cdstumm260, 0094634057523Europe2005
Playing The Angel (SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Stereo, Album, DVD, DVD-Video, Multichannel, PAL, Album, Stereo, All Media, Deluxe Edition, Super Jewel Box)Mute, Mutelcdstumm260, 0094634243025Europe2005
Playing The Angel (CD, Album)Sire, Reprise Records, Mute49348-2US2005
Recently Edited
Playing The Angel (CD, Album)Mute, Mutecdstumm260, 0094634057707UK2005
Recently Edited
Playing The Angel (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Mute, Mutestumm260, 0094634020114Europe2005


MrDayInTheUk's avatar
Better than the dreadful, and quite frankly, unlistenable CD. Still a bit flaky but compared to the CD it’s a much more pleasant listening experience. The CDs should all be re-called and destroyed.
Alx331277's avatar
Yup, all the comments match my own experience. This album rocks. I remember listening to the CD right when this came out. This is so much different, it may as well be a different album: warm, super-textured, laser-sharp all at once. Gooooood.
ount252's avatar
This pressing is very good. Almost no surface noise and the discs were absolutely pristine.

This mastering is like the other reviewer pointed out, much much better than the cd version. Dynamic range is better, highs are no longer distorted and clipped. I will say though that even with all that improvement it’s still not a masterpiece in mastering like the Black Celebration reissue/remaster. Now having said all that, as a huge DM fan I normally passed on playing this album because it used to be outright unpleasant to listen to. Now I can enjoy it thoroughly and to me that is a huge deal since I love the band so much. 4.5/5 on this one. Well done remastering engineer, you saved this album.
rzrxtion's avatar
FANTASTIC pressing. Mastering is FAR superior to the CD. just play "Introspectre" on CD vs on vinyl for a live demonstration of how the loudness war ruins things. My main ongoing complaint about new releases these days still stands, however: where's the download code??????
whitelabel17's avatar
After years of waiting I finally acquired this album in vynl.
The sound is really good:
- very detailed eagle does not saturate.
-Bass good without perfect excesses
The set is excellent it feels good to the ears contraierement CD that is horrible.
I just have the C / D face that is slightly veiled but it does not matter the listening
I also have "Spirit" which is very good.

PS: Thanks to "sherbethead" for this info