Happy Birthday Depeche Mode with your album ‘Sounds of the Universe’ released on 20|4|2009, 5 years ago !
While Dave Gahan was still busy with his solo album Hourglass (2007), Martin Gore was in his home studio in Santa Barbara, California working on new songs. In May 2008 the band hit the studio to record their most anticipated twelfth album.The band described the time in the studio as very productive, a total of twenty-two songs were created and it was difficult to choose the right songs for the album. Five of the songs not used on the album were released as part of the deluxe box set. 3 singles were released from the album; “Wrong”, “Peace”, and a double A-side of “Fragile Tension” and “Hole to Feed”. “Perfect” was also released in the US as a promotional single.
The album was also released as a Deluxe Box Edition with 3 CDs containing, the album, bonus songs and remixes, as well as 14 exclusive demos ranging from as far back as the MFTM period, also containing a DVD featuring 3 films, a promo video for “Wrong”, 4 songs filmed live in the studio in December 2008 [one of them an classic one: "Stories of Old" , and the album and bonus tracks mastered in 5.1 surround. The box set also includes two 84-page hardback books, the first featuring lyrics to all the songs from the Sounds of the Universe sessions, along with exclusive photography by Anton Corbijn, and the second containing exclusive and candid studio photography by Daniel Miller, Ben Hillier, Luke Smith and Ferg Peterkin. In addition, the box set includes 2 enamel badges, 5 artcards sealed in a collector’s envelope, a poster, and a certificate of authenticity.
Highest Chart Peakings; #1 Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungaria, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, US rock & alternative charts.
link youtube: ‘Stories of Old’ : http://bit.ly/1r5iXxO
The album was first released in Germany originally on 17|4|2009