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Speak & Spell is the debut album by the band and was released on October 5, 1981 while the band was on their 1981 Tour. It is the only Depeche Mode album to feature Vince Clarke; following this he left the band moving on to eventually work on other projects, including Yazoo and Erasure.

Releases

In the UK, the album was released on vinyl in 1981. For the American release, the tracklisting was slightly altered, substituting Dreaming Of Me, their first single, for I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead, and replacing Just Can't Get Enough with the 12" 'Schizo Mix' of the same track.

In 1988, some European CD releases added five bonus tracks to the album which incorporated some of the 1981 singles and b-sides.

In 2006, the album was remastered in 5.1 stereo and released in various CD+DVD formats around the world, incorporating bonus tracks and a short documentary about the album.

Track Listing

# Length Title
1 3:43 New Life released as a single
2 2:16 I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
3 3:55 Puppets
4 3:03 Boys Say Go!
5 4:11 Nodisco
6 2:41 What's Your Name?
7 4:44 Photographic
8 4:34 Tora! Tora! Tora!
9 4:20 Big Muff
10 2:35 Any Second Now (Voices)
11 3:40 Just Can't Get Enough released as a single

Personnel

The album was produced by the band and Mute Records founder Daniel Miller, with John Fryer and Eric Radcliffe engineering.

With the exception of Tora! Tora! Tora! and Big Muff which were written by Martin Gore, all the music was the product of Vince Clarke. Dave Gahan performed lead vocals on all tracks but Photographic.

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Albums by Depeche Mode
Studio albums: Speak & Spell (1981) - A Broken Frame (1982) - Construction Time Again (1983) - Some Great Reward (1984) - Black Celebration (1986) - Music for the Masses (1987) - Violator (1990) - Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) - Ultra (1997) - Exciter (2001) - Playing the Angel (2005) - Sounds of the Universe (2009) - Delta Machine (2013) - Spirit (2017)

Live albums: 101 (1989) - Songs of Faith and Devotion Live (1993) - Recording the Angel (2006) - Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) - Recording the Universe (2009) - Tour of the Universe: Barcelona 20/21.11.09 (2010) - Depeche Mode Live in Berlin (2014)

Compilation albums: People Are People (1984) - The Singles 81>85 (1985) - Catching Up with Depeche Mode (1985) - Greatest Hits (1987) - The Singles 86>98 (1998) - The Singles 81>98 (2001) - Remixes 81–04 (2004) - The Best of Depeche Mode Volume 1 (2006) - The Complete Depeche Mode (2006) - Remixes 2: 81–11 (2011)

Video albums: The World We Live In and Live in Hamburg (1985) - Some Great Videos (1985) - Strange (1988) - 101 (1989) - Strange Too (1990) - Devotional (1993) - The Videos 86>98 (1998) - Some Great Videos 81>85 (1998) - One Night in Paris (2002) - Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (2006) - The Best of Depeche Mode Videos (2006) - Tour of the Universe: Barcelona 20/21.11.09 (2010) - Depeche Mode Live in Berlin (2014)

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