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Exciter Data Sheet

Posted on Mon, 14 May 2001 in album, exciter | 0 comments

Depeche Mode - Exciter album cover (2001)

Depeche Mode – Exciter album cover (2001)

Exciter is the tenth studio album by English electronic music band Depeche Mode, released in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2001 by Mute Records and in the United States on 15 May byReprise Records.

The album was produced by Mark Bell of Björk and LFO fame. The album also launched the Exciter Tour, one of the band’s most successful tours.

Exciter debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart and at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 115,000 copies in its first week in the US. It is the only Depeche Mode album to debut higher in the US than in the UK.

As of April 2006, Exciter had sold more than 426,000 copies in the US, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album was also certified Gold in Canada for shipments of 50,000 units.

The remastered album was released on “deluxe” vinyl 30 March 2007 in Germany and 1 October 2007 internationally.

The plant that appears on the cover of the album is part of the genus Agave.

Released: 14 May 2001

Recorded: June 2000 – February 2001 at RAK Studios, Sarm West Studios (London), Sound Design (Santa Barbara), Electric Lady Studios, Sony Music Studios (New York City)

Genre: Synthpop, Alternative Dance

Length: 56:40

Label: Mute

Producer: Mark Bell

Depeche Mode chronology: Ultra > Exciter > Playing the Angel (2005)

Singles from Exciter

  1. “Dream On” - Released: 23 April 2001
  2. “I Feel Loved” - Released: 30 July 2001
  3. “Freelove” - Released: 11 November 2001
  4. “Goodnight Lovers” - Released: 11 February 2002
  1. “Dream On” – 4:19
  2. “Shine” – 5:32
  3. “The Sweetest Condition” – 3:42
  4. “When the Body Speaks” – 6:01
  5. “The Dead of Night” – 4:50
  6. “Lovetheme” – 2:02
  7. “Freelove” – 6:10
  8. “Comatose” – 3:24
  9. “I Feel Loved” – 4:20
  10. “Breathe” – 5:17
  11. “Easy Tiger” – 2:05
  12. “I Am You” – 5:10
  13. “Goodnight Lovers” – 3:48
  • All songs written by Martin L. Gore unless noted.

On 2 October 2007 (3 October in North America) Exciter was re-released in a two-disc set, along with Ultra, in the fourth and final set of Depeche Mode reissues. The first disc was a remastered version of the original, on an SACD/CD hybrid (only a CD in the US). The second disc is a DVD which features the album in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo. The B-sides from Exciter as well as the single version of “Freelove” are included. There are also audio versions of all the live Exciter tracks played during the One Night in Paris movie.

Like the other reissues, there is a documentary on the making of Exciter titled “Depeche Mode 1999–2001 (Presenting the intimate and delicate side of Depeche Mode)”. The documentary begins with the talks of Martin Gore’s writer’s block and what they did about it. It also discusses the first three singles, the recording, the cover art and the Exciter tour (including one of the opening acts, Fad Gadget). The documentary is around 30 minutes long. The three members of the band are interviewed along with Daniel Miller, Christian Eigner, Peter Gordeno, Anton Corbijn, and Mute label representatives. The documentary ends with a “To Be Continued…”

Producer Mark Bell does not appear, and although they discuss the fact that the band decided not to have Corbijn direct Exciter’s music videos, they do not interview the two who did direct them. However, John Hillcoat, who directed “I Feel Loved”, “Freelove” and “Goodnight Lovers”, is mentioned in passing.

Mute: DMCD10 (CD/SACD + DVD)

Disc 1 is a hybrid SACD/CD with a multi-channel SACD layer. Disc 2 is a DVD which includes “Exciter” in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and PCM Stereo plus bonus material

  1. “Dream On” – 4:19
  2. “Shine” – 5:32
  3. “The Sweetest Condition” – 3:42
  4. “When the Body Speaks” – 6:01
  5. “The Dead of Night” – 4:50
  6. “Lovetheme” – 2:02
  7. “Freelove” – 6:10
  8. “Comatose” – 3:24
  9. “I Feel Loved” – 4:20
  10. “Breathe” – 5:17
  11. “Easy Tiger” – 2:05
  12. “I Am You” – 5:10
  13. “Goodnight Lovers” – 3:48

Live in Paris, October 2001 (in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo):

  1. “The Dead of Night”
  2. “The Sweetest Condition”
  3. “Dream On”
  4. “When the Body Speaks”
  5. “Breathe”
  6. “Freelove”

Bonus tracks (in PCM Stereo):

  1. “Easy Tiger” (Full Version)
  2. “Dirt” (cover of a song written and performed by The Stooges)
  3. “Freelove” (Flood Mix) [not listed on back cover]
  4. “Zenstation”
  5. “When the Body Speaks” (Acoustic)

Additional material:

  1. “Depeche Mode 1999–2001 (Presenting the intimate and delicate side of Depeche Mode)” – 30:00
  2. End Credits – 2:23

Credits for Exciter adapted from liner notes.

Depeche Mode

  • Dave Gahan – lead vocals
  • Martin Gore – lead vocals (8, 10); backing vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Andy Fletcher – backing vocals, keyboards

Additional personnel

  • Jonathan Adler – assistant engineer
  • Boris Aldridge – assistant engineer
  • Mark Bell – producer
  • Lisa Butterworth – assistant engineer
  • Knox Chandler – solo cello, string arrangements (4)
  • James Chang – assistant engineer
  • Anton Corbijn – art direction, cover art, photography
  • Natalie Cenovia Cummins – strings (4)
  • Andrew Davies – assistant engineer
  • Christian Eigner – drums (12)
  • Ralph H. Farris – strings (4)
  • Steve Fitzmaurice – mixing
  • Form – design
  • Paul Freegard – additional production, pre-production
  • Andrew Griffiths – assistant engineer
  • Leo Grinhauz – strings (4)
  • Joyce Hammann – strings (4)
  • Gareth Jones – additional production, engineer, pre-production
  • Jonathan Kessler – management
  • Mike Marsh – mastering
  • Airto Moreira – percussion (7, 9)
  • Alissa Myhowich – assistant engineer
  • Todd C. Reynolds – strings (4)
  • Nick Sevilla – assistant engineer

2001 Weekly Charts

  • Chart  -  Peak Position
  • Australian Albums Chart  -  20
  • Austrian Albums Chart  -  2
  • Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)  -  5
  • Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)  -  1
  • Canadian Albums Chart  -  3
  • Danish Albums Chart  -  3
  • Dutch Albums Chart  -  15
  • European Top 100 Albums  -  2
  • Finnish Albums Chart  -  2
  • French Albums Chart  -  1
  • German Albums Chart  -  1
  • Greek Albums Chart  -  1
  • Hungarian Albums Chart  -  1
  • Irish Albums Chart  -  13
  • Italian Albums Chart  -  2
  • Japanese Albums Chart  -  79
  • Norwegian Albums Chart  -  3
  • Polish Albums Chart  -  1
  • Spanish Albums Chart  -  2
  • Swedish Albums Chart  -  1
  • Swiss Albums Chart  -  2
  • UK Albums Chart  -  9
  • US Billboard 200  -  8

2001 Year-end Charts

  • Chart  -  Position
  • Austrian Albums Chart  -  53
  • Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)  -  39
  • Danish Albums Chart  -  57
  • French Albums Chart  -  59
  • Swedish Albums Chart  -  47
  • Swiss Albums Chart  -  39
  • Region  -  Certification
  • Austria  -  Gold
  • Canada  -  Gold
  • Finland  -  Gold
  • France  -  Gold
  • Germany  -  Platinum
  • Poland  -  Gold
  • Sweden  -  Gold
  • Switzerland  -  Gold
  • United States  -  Gold
  • Europe  -  Platinum

  • Info sourced from Wikipedia – retrieved 06-04-13

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