|Construction Time Again|
|Studio album by Depeche Mode|
|Released||August 22, 1983|
|Recorded||April — July 1983|
|Label||Mute, Sire (US/Canada)|
|Producer||Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller|
|Depeche Mode chronology|
|Singles from Construction Time Again|
Construction Time Again is the third studio album by the British synthpop band Depeche Mode, released in 1983. This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder, who composed the songs "Two Minute Warning" and "The Landscape Is Changing" (as well as the B-side "Fools"). The title comes from the second line of the first stanza of "Pipeline".
The album was recorded at John Foxx's Garden studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones (who had also engineered Foxx's seminal electronic album, Metamatic). It was mixed in the famous Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin (where much of David Bowie's trilogy of seminal electronic albums featuring Brian Eno had been produced).
The album's cover artwork features the Matterhorn mountain.
In 2007, Construction Time Again was re-released with a bonus DVD. The first CD was remastered and (except in the USA) was released on a CD/SACD hybrid. The bonus DVD includes B-sides in addition to the single and B-side for "Get the Balance Right", a one-off single recorded prior to the album. The album is released as originally intended and does not include the bonus extended mix of "Everything Counts", but does keep the reprise.
The DVD includes a documentary on the album. The double-documentary discusses both "Get the Balance Right" and Construction Time Again, its two singles, the making of the cover, the lyrics, and the sampling technology used during the album's production. It also discusses Alan Wilder and Gareth Jones, a new member and a new engineer (respectively) and their impact on the band's sound. It also includes footage of the Construction Time Again tour from 1983, as well as excerpts from the music video for "Get the Balance Right".
The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl in April 2007 in Europe only.
Bonus Tracks (in PCM Stereo):
Cover Photography: Brian Griffin
Illustrations: Ian Wright
Design: Martyn Atkins
|German Albums Chart||7||Gold||450,000+|
|Swedish Albums Chart||12||50,000+|
|Swiss Albums Chart||21|
|UK Albums Chart||6||Gold||200,000+|
|US Billboard 200||300,000+|