Title : Depeche Mode – Ultra : The 12 Singles. Format : 8 x 12″ on 180g vinyl with poster and download card. Label : Sony Music. Barcode : 194397594317
Release Date : September 27th 2021
Sony Music Entertainment’s Depeche Mode vinyl singles project continues with the release of Ultra | The 12″ Singles on 27 September 2021. Ultra | The 12″ Singles, a collector’s edition deluxe box set, contains eight 12″ vinyl discs presenting four singles–Barrel of a Gun, It’s No Good, Home, and Useless–with key B-sides, mixes and live recordings contemporaneous to Depeche Mode’s ninth studio album, Ultra, originally released 14 April 1997.
Three of the 12″ vinyl discs* in Ultra | The 12″ Singles are comprised of tracks first released across CD singles throughout 1997. Each of these new discs feature artwork reflecting the original CD single releases, to create newly compiled 12″s that complement the initial releases. The group’s first album as a trio (Martin Gore, David Gahan, Andrew Fletcher) since 1982’s A Broken Frame, Ultra carried on Depeche Mode’s tradition of releasing monumental 12″ singles to supplement and compliment their albums. Ultra premiered essential additions to the DM canon including ‘Barrel of a Gun’, ‘It’s No Good’ ‘Home,’ and ‘Useless’.
From their earliest days as a band, Depeche Mode have championed 12″ vinyl, embracing the format’s singular power and potential for innovation. The 12″ single allowed the band to explore new sonic possibilities while the tactile real-world beauty of physical packaging gave Depeche Mode room to develop their sophisticated and commanding design aesthetic. Depeche Mode used their singles discography as a means of offering left field remixes, rare B-sides, standout concert performances and other exclusive delights for fans