Depeche ModePlaying The Angel

Label:Sony Music – 88985336991, Mute – 88985336991
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180g


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.

Released in a gatefold sleeve including 2 printed coloured inner sleeves showing photos, graphics, lyrics and credits.

The runout strings are etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 89853 36991 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 889853369911
  • Label Code: LC 05834
  • Rights Society: BIEM/GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, Variant 1): 97343 1A MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, Variant 1): 97343 1B MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, Variant 1): 97343 1C MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, Variant 1): 97343 1D MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, Variant 2): 97343 1A MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, Variant 2): 97343 1B MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, Variant 2): 97343 2C MOVLP 950
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, Variant 2): 97343 1D MOVLP 950

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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
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Playing The Angel (CD, Album)Mute, Mutecdstumm260, 0094634057707UK2005
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Playing The Angel (2×LP, Album, Stereo)Mute, Mutestumm260, 0094634020114Europe2005



  • Renegaderap's avatar
    Great pressing . Very quiet, good dynamic . No pops and clicks at all.
    • doctorg's avatar
      Edited 10 months ago
      Quite a few helpful comments below about how this 2017 vinyl reissue compares to the cd, but has anyone compared it to the original 2005 vinyl? The first vinyl edition which I have is a very compressed mastering job with a harsh, grating sound and clipping in the treble on some tracks. Honestly, it is one of my worst records out of a few thousand. I'd be keen to get the reissue if the sound is improved as it is not a bad Mode record.
      • neophoenix's avatar
        Fantastic repress. Vibrant, booming sound and no pops, crackles or surface noise.
        • 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


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