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1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit E.P.
« on: 22 April 2012 - 01:14:40 »
This thread contains the few news items regarding Martin's first Counterfeit release.

Wikipedia gives the following info (with no source referencing):
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Released in 1989, Counterfeit is a six-song E.P. of cover songs, hence the name, implying that the songs were not written by Gore. Counterfeit was recorded during a band hiatus after recording and touring for the album Music for the Masses; bandmate Alan Wilder also recorded and released Hydrology under the pseudonym Recoil during this period.
Even though the release is strictly an EP, Mute issued it an album catalogue number (STUMM67) upon release.
In France and Germany a promo single for "In a Manner of Speaking" was released.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfeit_e.p.

Allmusic.com reviews this E.P. as the following:
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Although Martin Gore had written almost every song in Depeche Mode's catalog since the band's second album, 1982's A Broken Frame, his first solo effort is an EP of remakes. Counterfeit's opening track, a version of Joe Crow's "Compulsion" is a bouncy pop confection that wouldn't sound out of place on 1981's Speak and Spell, but he slows things down for the rest of the album, which includes material previously recorded by Sparks ("Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth") and the Comsat Angels ("Gone"). Gore's voice is heard only in a handful of Depeche tunes like "A Question of Lust" and "People Are People," but he possesses a sweet tenor with more range than that of Depeche Mode frontman David Gahan. Despite the wide variety of sources (the traditional "Motherless Child" is the most surprising cover here), Gore's underwhelming arrangements undermine the material, making Counterfeit sound like an album of demos. Gore was at least able to inject his personality into the music, which is often quite beautiful. While not an essential purchase for the casual listener, Counterfeit is a must for Depeche Mode fans, since it allows the band's true creative mastermind to step up front for a change.
http://www.allmusic.com/album/r8452

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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #1 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:16:07 »
1989-02-16 - Bravo (Germany) - Endlich Neues Album

http://www.soulys-art.de/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=41&page=2

[A small announcement about DM's 101 release, but also about the fact that Martin had gone into the studio to work on his then-unnamed solo LP.]


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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #2 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:16:50 »
1989-03-xx - Popcorn (Germany) - Neuen Depeche Mode

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(...)

Wie wenig die Jungs vom Ausruhe halten, selbst wenn sie Zeit dazu hätten, bewiesen Martin Gores Solo-Aktivitäten. Während sich der Rest der Band um die Filmfertigstellung kümmerte, nahm Marin im stillen Kämmerlein eine Solo-Mini-LP auf. "Ich habe alles alleine gemacht, nur ich und meine Maschinen", strahlt er voller Stolz und erzählt, daß auf der Mini-LP sechs Cover-Versionen von persönlichen Lieblingsstücken drauf sein werden. Um welche Titel es sich im einzelnen handelt, will er bis zur Veröfftentlichung der Scheibe im Mai/Juni jedoch nicht verraten. "Die meisten Nummern sind nicht so sehr bekannt, aber es sind alles Titel, von denen ich schon immer meine eigenen Versionen aufnehmen wollte", vertraut er POPCORN an. Eine Single beabsichtigt Martin nicht auszukoppeln, ebenso wie aus dem Depeche Live-Album außer "Everything Counts" keine Single mehr erscheinen soll.

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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #3 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:17:07 »
1989-06-14 - NME (UK) - Counterfeit Review

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1989-06-xx - Intercord - Counterfeit press release

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1989-06-xx - Sire Records (US) - Depeche Mode's Martin L. Gore releases solo LP

http://lansuresmusicparaphernalia.blogspot.com/2015/02/depeche-mode-dave-gahan-martin-l-gore.htm


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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #4 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:21:20 »
1989-07-xx - Best N° 252 (France) - Counterfeit

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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #5 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:21:38 »
1989-08-xx - Get it On! (Japan) - Counterfeit Review

http://depechemode.jp/scrap


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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #6 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:22:00 »
1989-08-xx - Popcorn (Germany) - Solo für Martin

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Hungarian version (I don't know the original source; I think it's from depechemode.fw.hu but I'm not sure):



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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #7 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:22:16 »
1989-09-xx - Rockstar (Italy) - Review

http://www.depechemodeitalia.com/rockstarset89.htm

I Depeche Mode sono bravi, forse sono loro che fanno davvero un bel mestiere, ma a me non vanno giù. Li incontro ed è come se intervistassi un bicchiere di acqua tiepida. E così restano. Me ne duole per quel simpaticone dell'anglo-germanico Martin, che non si sa dove abiti e che non si sa che musica scriva (ammesso che la scriva). Viene anche il sospetto che manchi sempre la forma per essere al meglio. Gore realizza un EP con sei canzoni alla Depeche, smorzate nel solvente dell'elettropop che sa d'amore soltanto per un paio di milioni di utenti. Tantissimi. Li rispetto, ma quando mi dice che è lui ad aver camminato e non i Prefab Sprout, mi calano gli zuccheri e vado in ipoglicemia secca. Come una comare che trinca di sottecchi. E' roba vecchia. Ma siano rincuorati i fans: per loro, che so (presuntuoso?) come la pensano, sfilo dalla tasca un 8 tondo. Per gli altri c'è in agguato un altro segno arabeggiante.
Enrico Sisti
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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #8 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:22:33 »
1989-09-xx - Revolution Magazine (US) - Interview

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[On the third page of this interview, Martin says:]

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Even more low-key is the solo album that Martin recently recorded. It'll feature six cover songs "from bands from the early '80s," and that's all he'll reveal for now. "None of them are really obvious - there are no Kraftwerk covers there," he says of his heroes. "I don't want to say any more because I just want the record to kind of sneak out without any publicity and we'll see how well it does."

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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #9 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:22:59 »
1989-11-xx - Magazyn Muzyczny (Poland) - Counterfeit review

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Albumy solowe artystów związanych z popularnymi zespołami cieszą i niepokoją zarazem. Zawsze ktoś rozpuści plotkę, że zespół się rozpadnie lub też autor albumu odejdzie i zacznie działać na własny rachunek. Czasami faktycznie tak bywa, najczęściej jednak chodzi po prostu o regenerację sił, wypoczynek, trochę potrzebnej każdemu swobody artystycznej.

Zanim płyta Martina Gore'a ukazała się w sprzedaży, fani oblewali się zimnym potem. Wydanie przez Depeche Mode longplaya koncertowego oraz solowe plany Martina błyskawicznie zrodziły ponure podejrzenie, że zespół się rozpadnie! Takie obawy potrafią narobić sporo zamieszania. Byliśmy więc pełni najgorszych przeczuć – zupełnie niepotrzebnie. Ten solowy ''album'' Martina trwa zaledwie 25 minut i składa się z sześciu cudzych utworów. Już słyszę zgrzyt zębów. Już widzę ponure grymasy na twarzach zwolenników talentu nadwornego kompozytora przebojów Depeche Mode. Ale dlaczego? Nadstawiamy uszu: muzyka w niczym nie odbiega od klimatu płyt grupy, utwory są nastrojowe, smacznie zaaranżowane i zaśpiewane tym samym charakterystycznym ciepłym głosem. Przede wszystkim radzę tej płytki posłuchać przeciwnikom Depeche Mode, uparcie twierdzącym, że to grupa dyskotekowa.

Gdy przebrzmi muzyka, wniosek nasunie się sam. Martin Gore komponuje repertuar DM od 1982 roku. To już siedem lat, pięć doskonałych albumów, sporo światowych przebojów. Odpowiedzialność rośnie. Aby kolejna płyta nie była katastrofą, potrzebny jest urlop. Co zatem należy zrobić? Przede wszystkim wydać zbiór zarejestrowany na żywo, a także video-kasetę – aby fani wiedzieli, że Depeche Mode żyje i ma się dobrze. Potem relaksująca zabawa w studio: wziąć na warsztat cudze kompozycje i zrobić je po swojemu. Już przed laty Manfred Mann udowodnił, że z obcych utworów łatwiej coś wykrzesać, niż samemu tworzyć po 10 eposów rocznie. Możliwość nagrywania solowych płyt sprawiła zaś, że np. Banks, Collins i Rutherford wciąż jeszcze nazywają się Genesis. Martin Gore o tym pamięta. Pamięta też o swoich fanach. ''Counterfeit'' jest doskonały, a wersja piosenki Tuxedomoon ''In A Manner of Speaking'' jest już w mojej piątce najpiękniejszych nagrań tego roku. (9) Tomasz Beksiński

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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
« Reply #11 on: 22 April 2012 - 01:29:32 »
1989-xx-xx - Unknown (Japan) - Counterfeit Review

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Re: 1989: Martin Gore's Counterfeit
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