Vinyl Releases: Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again & Some Great Reward 12″ Boxes

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Depeche Mode continue with their 12-inch vinyl box set reissue campaign with packages around the singles pulled from their third and fourth albums Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward.

As predicted when the first two box sets were announced back in June, the ante – and the price – has been upped this time around because while both 1983’s Construction Time Again and 1984’s Some Great Reward albums still only had three singles apiece, each of the new boxes contains SIX 180g vinyl records in order to replicate both the original UK 12-inch and the limited edition 12-inch singles with the latter normally offering new mixes, and in these early days, quite a few live tracks.

And what singles they were. While Depeche Mode would wait a few more years for the widespread critical plaudits received by long-players such as Music For The Masses and Violator, the singles circa 83-84 were almost uniformly excellent. ‘Get The Balance Right,’ ‘Everything Counts,’ ‘Love In Itself,’ ‘People Are People,’ ‘Master and Servant’ and ‘Blasphemous Rumours/Somebody’ was a brilliant run of 45s – arguably their best.

In the case of ‘Blasphemous Rumours’, the second 12-inch in the new Some Great Reward 12-inch singles box set actually replicates the seven-inch EP that was issued at the time. As before these boxes include a poster.