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The Tape Is Your Voice

A while before Depeche Mode released their first album, Speak and Spell, their song "Photographic" appeared on the New Wave/New Romantic label Some Bizarre's first compilation of unsigned bands. This version was significantly different than the version that would eventually appear on Speak and Spell. It's considerably more hard-edged, with more primitive synth and, in my opinion, is a much better mix than the album version.

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  1. An interesting version, though I think I do prefer the album version. This version’s definitely in the same vein as a lot of early synth groups of the era, but Miller’s production on Speak & Spell really put DM on their way to a more distinct sound. Great to hear their early stuff. What I wouldn’t do for a good quality version of “Television Set”.

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