Others, most, may have more familiarity with Depeche Mode. History and Hysteria. I only bought the export EPs when they came out in the early '80's. Depeche Mode at that time were against the grain of emerging hair metal and had a sense of melody that sounded fresh and fun. + true love of something. Depeche Mode were at the basis, a POP band, and as true of their time as Elvis, Beatles, etc..
This complelation of early singles "gets the balance right". It misses favorites like "Route 66" and extended mixes, but as a bargain toss, "everything counts...."
I first started listening to Depeche mode when a friend gave me the 101 album - which was very good. I got this singles collection cheap 2nd hand. I didn't realize how synth dominated their early career was. It is pure synth-pop and contrasts heavily with their later stuff. It lacks the harder techo-rock sounding stuff which gave more of a popular edge to say bands like Duran Duran. I do think 'People are People' is an excellent song concentrating on the paradoxical nature of mankind. Other bonuses are the schizo mix of 'just can't get enough' and 'photographic'. At first i didn't think much of this CD but it just gets better the more you play it. Overall it is a good album and if you can get it cheap even better.
If you like early Depeche Mode and don't want to put up with filler junk then get this one and be done with it! It will save you some money too. This album is cheesy, but in a good way, like ABBA. All the songs are guaranteed to get stuck in your head for hours on end. If your co-workers ask you what you are humming, tell them Depeche Mode and then they'll think you are an intelligent music fan.