Playing The Angel | The 12" Singles, a collector's edition deluxe box set, contains ten 12" vinyl discs presenting singles- - Precious, A Pain That I'm Used To, Suffer Well, and John The Revelator / Lilian - alongside B-sides, remixes, instrumentals, dub versions and other recordings contemporaneous to Depeche Mode's 11th studio album, Playing The Angel, originally released in October 2005.
Playing The Angel : The 12" Singles presents electrifying remixes of Depeche Mode originals including a disc devoted to The Darkest Star, the track from which Playing The Angel derives its title. The tenth disc in the box is newly compiled for this collection, bringing together B-sides and mixes first released across CD and maxi-singles throughout the Playing The Angel campaign.
The first Depeche Mode album to be produced with Ben Hillier, Playing The Angel found the classic DM lineup (Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher), 25 years into the band's history, breaking open new sonic terrain with a raw, grittier sound bridging the cosmic spiritual connection between the primal roots of rock and throbbing 21st century.
Techno dance-floors around the world. Playing The Angel premiered essential new additions to the DM canon including Precious, A Pain That I'm Used To, Suffer Well, John The Revelator, Lilian, The Darkest Star and more.
The box contains the singles from the album on audiophile- quality 12" vinyl, with audio mastered from the original tapes.
The artwork for the exterior of each of the box sets draws on iconography inspired by the original releases, while the vinyl sleeves themselves feature the original single artwork.