List of Recoil sample sources by album/SubHuman

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In audio production, sampling refers to the use of a portion (or sample) from a sound within another recording. During Alan Wilder's tenure with the group, Depeche Mode were among the most prolific acts to make use of sampling technology within a traditional pop music format. Following his departure from Depeche Mode in 1995, Wilder would continue to employ sampling as a means to enhance the atmosphere of his music through the Recoil project, including passages of contemporary music, film soundtracks, sample library audio, and samples from his past work with Depeche Mode. The analysis of these sample sources and how they are manipulated is a popular topic of discussion amongst fans of both groups.

Key
Official
The sample is confirmed to have been used in the specified song by a past/present member of Depeche Mode, an individual involved in its production, or band archivist Daniel "BRAT" Barassi.
Confirmed
The sample is independently confirmed to have been used in the specified song.
Likely
The sample is likely to have been used in the specified song but has not yet been confirmed.
Unconfirmed
The sample is not yet confirmed to have been used in the specified song.
Disproven
The sample is confirmed to not have been used in the specified song.
Unknown
It is unclear if the sample was used in the specified song.

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This page aims to document all verifiable sound sources utilised by Alan Wilder in the production of the 2007 Recoil album SubHuman.

Due to the manipulated nature of the samples described in this article, there is unavoidable potential for error or sample misattribution. To ensure accuracy, this article strives to use verified quotes from band members and recording personnel with citations wherever possible, audio examples, and independent research voluntarily contributed by Depeche Mode and Recoil fans across the world. This article serves to provide an interesting document on this topic in a tabular format that is organized, well-researched, and reasonably accurate. Please bear in mind that due to the limited number of relevant quotes for each sample from band members or associates involved in the production of the music described on this page, audio samples that lack official confirmation are not guaranteed to be accurate.

This article differentiates samples by their origin: Self-made samples, which describes any material originally recorded by Depeche Mode or Alan Wilder for the Recoil music project, and Sourced samples, which describe samples which were not originally recorded by either group. In addition to confirmed samples, this article also covers samples that are commonly misreported as having been used but have been directly refuted by a member or associate of Depeche Mode or Recoil.

As ever, if you notice an error, wish to contribute or request the removal of information contained within this article, please feel free to contact us.

SubHuman (2007)

1. "Prey"

"Prey" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum elements Elbow - Asleep in the Back - "Scattered Black and Whites" - 2001
Confirmed
"Prey" employs a manipulated drum sample derived from Elbow's 2001 "Scattered Black and Whites".

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Vocal elements King Solomon Hill - Whoopee Blues / Down On My Bended Knee - "Whoopee Blues" - 1932
Confirmed
"Prey" employs a series of manipulated vocal samples derived from a 1932 recording of "Whoopee Blues" by King Solomon Hill. Lyrics included in the sampled audio include: "I'm gonna take my razor and cut your late hours," "[...] you made me love you," "[...] you wouldn't think I'd be servin' you right," "Undertaker been here and gone," "I gave him your height and size," "[I said] undertaker been here and gone."

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Guitar, drums, bass elements Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Experimental Remixes - "Greyhound Part 2" - 1995
Confirmed
"Prey" employs a manipulated sample of audio derived from "Greyhound Part 2", a 1995 remix of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's "Greyhound" by Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA.

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Vocal elements Trevor Jones - Angel Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - "Bloodmare" - 1987
Confirmed
"Prey" employs a manipulated sample of spoken dialogue derived from the intro of "Bloodmare" by Trevor Jones as featured on the 1987 Angel Heart film soundtrack. The dialogue featured in the sample is: ""[...] it's always the bad-asses who make a girl's heart beat faster."
Ambient elements The Digital Intervention - Capture - "Coma Idyllique" - 2003
Confirmed
A section of manipulated audio derived from "Coma Idyllique" by Paul Kendall]] and Olivia Louvel's experimental electronic music project The Digital Intervention (as arranged by Alan Wilder) is utilised mid-way through "Prey".
Guitar, ambient elements Zero-G - Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine - NASTY > 69. "Earthquake Guitar" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the intro section of "Prey" is derived from "Earthquake Guitar", a sample featured on the 1996 Zero-G sample library Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine.
Ambient elements Zero-G - Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine - NASTY > 79. "Journey" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the intro section of "Prey" is derived from "Journey", a sample featured on the 1996 Zero-G sample library Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine.
Ambient elements Zero-G - Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine - NASTY > 57. "Phantom Workshop" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the intro section of "Prey" is derived from "Phantom Workshop", a sample featured on the 1996 Zero-G sample library Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine.
Ambient elements, kettle boiling British Broadcasting Corporation - BBC Sound FXCD 8 - Comedy, Fantasy And Humour - THE HUMAN WORLD > "Kettle blowing its top" - 1987
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the intro and interlude sections of "Prey" is derived from "Kettle blowing its top", a sample featured on the 1987 British Broadcasting Corporation sample CD BBC Sound FXCD 8 - Comedy, Fantasy And Humour.
Ambient elements, whiplashes British Broadcasting Corporation - BBC Sound FXCD 8 - Comedy, Fantasy And Humour - HORROR > "Whiplashes (4)" - 1987
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio featuring the sound of a whip cracking audible in the interlude section of "Prey" is derived from "Whiplashes (4)", a sample featured on the 1987 British Broadcasting Corporation sample CD BBC Sound FXCD 8 - Comedy, Fantasy And Humour.
Ambient elements British Broadcasting Corporation - BBC Sound FXCD 8 - Comedy, Fantasy And Humour - HORROR > "Pendulum torture machine" - 1987
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio audible in the interlude section of "Prey" is derived from "Pendulum torture machine", a sample featured on the 1987 British Broadcasting Corporation sample CD BBC Sound FXCD 8 - Comedy, Fantasy And Humour.

2. "Allelujah"

"Allelujah" - Recoil
2007
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Guitar elements The double-tracked guitar chords originally recorded for use during the chorus sections of "In Your Room" are re-purposed for use throughout "Allelujah". Wilder describes the composition of this sound in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil website: "Affectionately known (to me anyway) as 'Splang' rather than 'twoo, twaa and twee', the sound is derived from a guitar. Each chord was sampled individually and then double-tracked with a second but different guitar sound."[1]
Synthesizer elements A manipulated synthesizer bass part originally recorded for use on Depeche Mode's "Higher Love" is utilised mid-way through "Allelujah".

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Guitar elements The Durutti Column - Vini Reilly - "Opera II" - March 1989
Confirmed
A manipulated, processed section of audio derived from "Opera II" by The Durutti Column is utilised in the intro section of "Allelujah".
Synth arpeggio and pad Tangerine Dream - "Rubycon, Part One" - 1975
Confirmed
"Allelujah" employs a manipulated sample of a synth arpeggio derived from Tangerine Dream's "Rubycon, Part One".

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Drum elements Elbow - Cast of Thousands - "Fugitive Motel" - 18 August 2003
Confirmed
A manipulated drum loop derived from "Fugitive Motel" by Elbow is utilised throughout "Allelujah".

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Piano, orchestral elements Air - The Virgin Suicides - "Highschool Lover" - 23 February 2000
Confirmed
A manipulated sample derived from "Highschool Lover" by Air as featured on the soundtrack of the 1999 film The Virgin Suicides is utilised sporadically in the opening moments of "Allelujah".

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Orchestral, acoustic guitar elements Beck - Sea Change - "Round The Bend" - 24 September 2002
Confirmed
A manipulated sample derived from "Round The Bend" by Beck is utilised sporadically throughout "Allelujah".
Guitar, synthesizer elements Whale - We Care - "Young Dumb N' Full Of Cum" - 3 July 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from "Young Dumb N' Full Of Cum" by Swedish rock group Whale is utilised sporadically throughout "Allelujah".
Synthesizer elements Node - Node - "Slapback" - 1995
Confirmed
Manipulated sections of audio featuring synthesizer elements derived from "Slapback" by Node is utilised throughout the outro of "Allelujah". Node is notable as an analogue synth music collaboration between Dave Bessell, Gary Stout, Ed Buller, and Mark "Flood" Ellis.

3. "5000 Years"

5000 Years - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Preaching, vocal elements Anthony Thomas - Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done (1988 TV Movie) - 6 April 1988 (television release)
Confirmed
An audio excerpt derived from filmmaker Anthony Thomas's 1988 TV movie Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done featuring sermons delivered by American televangelists Jim Bakker, W.A. Criswell, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Robison, Jimmy Swaggart, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, originally procured for use in the "Pump Mix" and live performances of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus", is utilised in the outro section of "5000 Years".[footnotes 1] The phrase sampled for use in the outro of "5000 Years" states: "Let me tell you something else about the character of God. If necessary, God would raise up a tyrant. A man who might not have the best ethics to protect the freedom interests of the ethical and the godly."

Violator engineer Pino Pischetola describes the origin of these samples in Kevin May and David McElroy's 2022 book Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode's Classic Album Violator:

During another mix of "Personal Jesus", I remember François listened to it many times and then he had this idea to put American-style preachers as a sample. That’s what became [the] "The Lord Jesus Christ himself" sample. In order to get that, François called a friend in Los Angeles that had a recording of everything you might want. So he calls him late at night and says, "Listen, I need something very quick. Something with preachers speaking." And his friend says, "Okay. I will FedEx it to you in a couple of hours." So two days later, using what must have used the fastest courier in the world [...] we got a cassette from LA with all the preachers on it. We spent two hours listening to all the preachers and different phrases, and then François picked up on that one and a few others to put into a sampler and fly in the song at a certain moment. That was really a fun thing to do.[2]

Orchestral, vocal elements Eric Martinez, Pascal Morel - Earth: Travels & Documentaries - "Mirage" - 1995
Confirmed
A reversed, manipulated section of audio featuring Arabic vocals and orchestral elements derived from "Mirage", a piece of production music featured on the 1995 Universal Production Music CD Earth: Travels & Documentaries, is utilised in the outro of "5000 Years".
Orchestral elements Genevieve Davis - Haven't Got A Dollar To Pay Your House Rent Man / I've Got Something - "Haven't Got A Dollar To Pay Your House Rent Man" - 12 August 1927
Confirmed
A manipulated section of audio derived from "Haven't Got A Dollar To Pay Your House Rent Man" by Genevieve Davis is utilised in the interlude section of "5000 Years".
Military marching, chanting Jac Holzman - Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7 - "Precision Drill Team Sounds Off" - 1964
Confirmed
A sample of military marching and chanting utilised mid-way through "5000 Years" is derived from "Precision Drill Team Sounds Off", a military field recording by Jac Holzman originally featured on the 1964 sound effects LP Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7.
Military marching, chanting Jac Holzman - Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7 - "Manual Of Arms" - 1964
Confirmed
A sample of standard military manual of arms parade drill utilised in the outro of "5000 Years" is derived from "Manual Of Arms", a military field recording by Jac Holzman originally featured on the 1964 sound effects LP Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7.

4. "The Killing Ground"

"The Killing Ground" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Orchestral strings, ambient elements Scott Walker - Pola X - "Closing" - 17 May 1999
Confirmed
A reversed sample of audio derived from "Closing" by Scott Walker as featured on the soundtrack of the 1999 drama Pola X is utilised in the intro of "The Killing Ground".

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Choral elements John Tavener, David Hill, Winchester Cathedral Choir, Solveig Kringlebotn - Thunder Entered Her - "The Lament Of The Mother Of God" - 1994 (recorded at the Winchester Cathedral in January 1994)
Confirmed
A reversed, manipulated sample of audio derived from a January 1994 performance of English composer John Tavener's "The Lament Of The Mother Of God" by the Winchester Cathedral Choir with Norweigan operatic soprano Solveig Kringlebotn as conducted by David Hill, MBE is utilised in the intro of "The Killing Ground".

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Brass elements George Gershwin, Wayne Marshall, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra - Second Rhapsody / Piano Concerto In F / Porgy And Bess: Symphonic Suite - "Porgy and Bess, a Symphonic Picture" - 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from a 1995 performance of a symphonic suite featuring musical selections from George Gershwin's 1935 opera Porgy and Bess by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wayne Marshall OBE is utilised in the intro of "The Killing Ground".

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Brass elements George Gershwin, Wayne Marshall, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra - Second Rhapsody / Piano Concerto In F / Porgy And Bess: Symphonic Suite - II. Adagio - Andante con moto - 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from a 1995 performance of Adagio - Andante con moto, the second of three movements comprising George Gershwin's 1925 composition Concerto in F by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wayne Marshall OBE is utilised in the intro of "The Killing Ground".

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Clarinet melody Juan Tizol, Joe Lippman, Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra - "Caravan" - 1937
Confirmed
A descending clarinet harmony derived from Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra's 1937 recording of "Caravan" is utilised in the intro of "The Killing Ground".
Drum elements Mos Def - The New Danger - "Sex, Love & Money" - 28 September 2004
Confirmed
"The Killing Ground" employs a manipulated drum sample derived from Mos Def's 2004 single "Sex, Love & Money".

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Drum, synthesizer elements The Golden Palominos - Dead Inside - "Belfast" - 8 October 1996
Confirmed
"The Killing Ground" employs a manipulated sample of audio featuring drum and synthesizer elements derived from "Belfast" by The Golden Palominos. Notably, several artists to have worked with The Golden Palominos are Recoil collaborator Nicole Blackman and Depeche Mode associate Knox Chandler.

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Drum elements Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden - "The Rainbow" - 1988
Confirmed
"The Killing Ground" employs a manipulated drum sample derived from Talk Talk's "The Rainbow".

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Guitar elements Earl Hooker - The Genius Of Earl Hooker - "End Of The Blues" - 1967
Confirmed
A sample of audio derived from the opening moments of "End Of The Blues" by Earl Hooker is utilised sporadically throughout "The Killing Ground". Notably, a separate sample derived from "End Of The Blues" was previously utilised throughout Recoil's "Strange Hours".
Orchestral elements Sofia Gubaidulina, Kronos Quartet - Short Stories - "Quartet No. 2" - 1993[footnotes 2]
Confirmed
A section of audio derived from a 1993 performance of Sofia Gubaidulina's "Quartet No. 2" by the Kronos Quartet is utilised mid-way through "The Killing Ground".

5. "Intruders"

"Intruders" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Electric piano, atmospheric elements Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned - "Flow My Tears, the Spider Said" - 24 February 2004
Confirmed
A sample of audio featuring electric piano and bird chirping ambience derived from "Flow My Tears, the Spider Said" by Mute Records artist Liars is utilised throughout "Intruders".

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Drums, bass guitar, piano elements Jimpster - Messages from the Hub - "Messages from the Hub" - 1999
Confirmed
A sample of audio derived from "Messages from the Hub" by British house producer Jimpster is utilised throughout "Intruders".

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Bass, drums, guitar elements Fonn - Field831 - "Wash" - 30 August 1999
Confirmed
A sample of audio derived from "Wash" by Fonn is utilised mid-way through "Intruders".

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6. "99 To Life"

"99 To Life" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drums, vocal, guitar elements Caspar Brötzmann - Home - "The Tribe" - January 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from "The Tribe" by German musician Caspar Brötzmann is utilised throughout "99 To Life".

7. "Backslider"

"Backslider" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Harmonica, tambura elements Canned Heat - Boogie with Canned Heat - "On the Road Again" - 22 January 1968
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio featuring harmonica and tambura elements derived from the left stereo channel of "On the Road Again" by Canned Heat is utilised throughout "Backslider".

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Bass, drums, guitar elements Whale - We Care - "Electricity" - 3 July 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from "Electricity" by Swedish rock group Whale are utilised mid-way through "Backslider".

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Vocal elements Anthony Thomas - Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done (1988 TV Movie) - 6 April 1988 (television release)
Confirmed
An audio excerpt derived from filmmaker Anthony Thomas's 1988 TV movie Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done featuring sermons delivered by American televangelists Jim Bakker, W.A. Criswell, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, James Robison, Jimmy Swaggart, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, originally procured for use in the "Pump Mix" and live performances of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" and later for the "Poison Dub" of "Drifting" is utilised in the outro of "Backslider".[footnotes 3] The phrase sampled for use in "Backslider" is as follows: "I had a nervous breakdown then. And I went through six psychiatrists becore the sixth one finally decided that she could probably help me [laughs]."

Violator engineer Pino Pischetola describes the origin of these samples in Kevin May and David McElroy's 2022 book Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode's Classic Album Violator:

During another mix of "Personal Jesus", I remember François listened to it many times and then he had this idea to put American-style preachers as a sample. That’s what became [the] "The Lord Jesus Christ himself" sample. In order to get that, François called a friend in Los Angeles that had a recording of everything you might want. So he calls him late at night and says, "Listen, I need something very quick. Something with preachers speaking." And his friend says, "Okay. I will FedEx it to you in a couple of hours." So two days later, using what must have used the fastest courier in the world [...] we got a cassette from LA with all the preachers on it. We spent two hours listening to all the preachers and different phrases, and then François picked up on that one and a few others to put into a sampler and fly in the song at a certain moment. That was really a fun thing to do.[3]

Guitar, ambient elements Zero-G - Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine - NASTY > 69. "Earthquake Guitar" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the intro section of "Backslider" is derived from "Earthquake Guitar", a sample featured on the 1996 Zero-G sample library Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine.
Ambient elements Zero-G - Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine - NASTY > 79. "Journey" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the outro section of "Backslider" is derived from "Journey", a sample featured on the 1996 Zero-G sample library Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine.
Ambient elements Zero-G - Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine - NASTY > 57. "Phantom Workshop" - 1996
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of ambient audio audible in the intro section of "Backslider" is derived from "Phantom Workshop", a sample featured on the 1996 Zero-G sample library Cuckooland Vol. 2 - Ghost In The Machine.

Ambient versions

1. "Prey (Ambient Version)"

"Prey (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum elements Elbow - Asleep in the Back - "Scattered Black and Whites" - 2001
Confirmed
"Prey (Ambient Version)" employs a manipulated drum sample derived from Elbow's 2001 "Scattered Black and Whites".
Vocal elements King Solomon Hill - Whoopee Blues / Down On My Bended Knee - "Whoopee Blues" - 1932
Confirmed
"Prey (Ambient Version)" employs a series of manipulated vocal samples derived from a 1932 recording of "Whoopee Blues" by King Solomon Hill. Lyrics included in the sampled audio include: "I'm gonna take my razor and cut your late hours," "[...] you made me love you," "[...] you wouldn't think I'd be servin' you right," "Undertaker been here and gone," "I gave him your height and size," "[I said] undertaker been here and gone."
Guitar, drums, bass elements Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Experimental Remixes - "Greyhound Part 2" - 1995
Confirmed
"Prey (Ambient Version)" employs a manipulated sample of audio derived from "Greyhound Part 2", a 1995 remix of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's "Greyhound" by Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA.

2. "Allelujah (Ambient Version)"

"Allelujah (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007
Self-made samples
Sample Notes Audio
Double-tracked "splang" guitar chords The double-tracked guitar chords originally recorded for use during the chorus sections of "In Your Room" are re-purposed for use throughout "Allelujah". Wilder describes the composition of this sound in a Q&A on Shunt, the official Recoil website: "Affectionately known (to me anyway) as 'Splang' rather than 'twoo, twaa and twee', the sound is derived from a guitar. Each chord was sampled individually and then double-tracked with a second but different guitar sound."[1]

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Synth arpeggio and pad Tangerine Dream - "Rubycon, Part One" - 1975
Confirmed
"Allelujah (Ambient Version)" employs a manipulated sample of a synth arpeggio derived from Tangerine Dream's "Rubycon, Part One".
Drum elements Elbow - Cast of Thousands - "Fugitive Motel" - 18 August 2003
Confirmed
A manipulated drum loop derived from "Fugitive Motel" by Elbow is utilised throughout "Allelujah (Ambient Version)".
Piano, orchestral elements Air - The Virgin Suicides - "Highschool Lover" - 23 February 2000
Confirmed
A manipulated sample derived from "Highschool Lover" by Air as featured on the soundtrack of the 1999 film The Virgin Suicides is utilised sporadically in the opening moments of "Allelujah (Ambient Version)".
Orchestral, acoustic guitar elements Beck - Sea Change - "Round The Bend" - 24 September 2002
Confirmed
A manipulated sample derived from "Round The Bend" by Beck is utilised sporadically throughout "Allelujah (Ambient Version)".
Guitar, synthesizer elements Whale - We Care - "Young Dumb N' Full Of Cum" - 3 July 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from "Young Dumb N' Full Of Cum" by Swedish rock group Whale is utilised sporadically throughout "Allelujah (Ambient Version)".
Synthesizer elements Node - Node - "Slapback" - 1995
Confirmed
Manipulated sections of audio featuring synthesizer elements derived from "Slapback" by Node is utilised throughout the outro of "Allelujah (Ambient Version)". Node is notable as an analogue synth music collaboration between Dave Bessell, Gary Stout, Ed Buller, and Mark "Flood" Ellis.

3. "5000 Years (Ambient Version)"

"5000 Years (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Arabic singing with orchestral instrumentation Eric Martinez, Pascal Morel - Earth: Travels & Documentaries - "Mirage" - 1995
Confirmed
A reversed section of audio featuring Arabic vocal stylings and orchestral instrumentation derived from "Mirage", a piece of production music featured on the 1995 Universal Production Music CD Earth: Travels & Documentaries, is utilised in the outro of "5000 Years (Ambient Version)".
Military marching, chanting Jac Holzman - Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7 - "Precision Drill Team Sounds Off" - 1964
Confirmed
A sample of military marching and chanting utilised mid-way through "5000 Years (Ambient Version)" is derived from "Precision Drill Team Sounds Off", a military field recording by Jac Holzman originally featured on the 1964 sound effect LP Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7.
Military marching, chanting Jac Holzman - Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7 - "Manual Of Arms" - 1964
Confirmed
A sample of standard military manual of arms parade drill utilised in the outro of "5000 Years (Ambient Version)" is derived from "Manual Of Arms", a military field recording by Jac Holzman originally featured on the 1964 sound effect LP Authentic Sound Effects Volume 7.

4. "The Killing Ground (Ambient Version)"

"The Killing Ground (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Drum elements Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden - "The Rainbow" - 1988
Confirmed
"The Killing Ground (Ambient Version)" employs a manipulated drum sample derived from Talk Talk's "The Rainbow".
Clarinet melody Juan Tizol, Joe Lippman, Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra - "Caravan" - 1937
Confirmed
A descending clarinet harmony derived from Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra's 1937 recording of "Caravan" is utilised in the intro of "The Killing Ground (Ambient Version)".
Drum elements Mos Def - The New Danger - "Sex, Love & Money" - 28 September 2004
Confirmed
"The Killing Ground (Ambient Version)" employs a manipulated drum sample derived from Mos Def's 2004 single "Sex, Love & Money".
Drum, synthesizer elements The Golden Palominos - Dead Inside - "Belfast" - 8 October 1996
Confirmed
"The Killing Ground (Ambient Version)" employs a manipulated sample of audio featuring drum and synthesizer elements derived from "Belfast" by The Golden Palominos. Notably, several artists to have worked with The Golden Palominos are Recoil collaborator Nicole Blackman and Depeche Mode associate Knox Chandler.

5. "Intruders (Ambient Version)"

"Intruders (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Electric piano, atmospheric elements Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned - "Flow My Tears, the Spider Said" - 24 February 2004
Confirmed
A sample of audio featuring electric piano and bird chirping ambience derived from "Flow My Tears, the Spider Said" by Mute Records artist Liars is utilised throughout "Intruders (Ambient Version)".
Drums, bass guitar, piano elements Jimpster - Messages from the Hub - "Messages from the Hub" - 1999
Confirmed
A sample of audio derived from "Messages from the Hub" by British house producer Jimpster is utilised throughout "Intruders (Ambient Version)".
Bass, drums, guitar elements Fonn - Field831 - "Wash" - 30 August 1999
Confirmed
A sample of audio derived from "Wash" by Fonn is utilised mid-way through "Intruders (Ambient Version)".

6. "99 To Life (Ambient Version)"

"99 To Life (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Atmospheric elements The Digital Intervention - Capture - "La Louve" - 7 October 2003
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from "La Louve" by The Digital Intervention, a music project of Recoil associate Paul Kendall, is utilised throughout the "Ambient" version of "99 To Life".

7. "Backslider (Ambient Version)"

"Backslider (Ambient Version)" - Recoil
2007

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes Audio
Harmonica, tambura elements Canned Heat - Boogie with Canned Heat - "On the Road Again" - 22 January 1968
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio featuring harmonica and tambura elements derived from the left stereo channel of "On the Road Again" by Canned Heat is utilised throughout "Backslider (Ambient Version)".

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Bass, drums, guitar elements Whale - We Care - "Electricity" - 3 July 1995
Confirmed
A manipulated sample of audio derived from "Electricity" by Swedish rock group Whale are utilised mid-way through "Backslider (Ambient Version)".

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B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes

"5000 Years (A Romanian Elegy For Strings)"

5000 Years (A Romanian Elegy For Strings) - Recoil
2010

Sample sources
Sample Source Status Notes
Arabic singing with orchestral instrumentation Eric Martinez, Pascal Morel - Earth: Travels & Documentaries - "Mirage" - 1995
Confirmed
A reversed section of audio featuring Arabic vocal stylings and orchestral instrumentation derived from "Mirage", a piece of production music featured on the 1995 Universal Production Music CD Earth: Travels & Documentaries, is utilised in the outro of "5000 Years (A Romanian Elegy For Strings)".

Notes

  1. Excerpts from Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done would see multiple uses in several Recoil songs, including "Faith Healer" and its remixes, the "Poison Dub" remix of "Drifting", and "5000 Years".
  2. Featured on the Kronos Quartet's 1993 release Short Stories. Composed in 1987 by Sofia Gubaidulina.
  3. Excerpts from Thy Kingdom Come... Thy Will Be Done would see multiple uses in several Recoil songs, including "Faith Healer" and its remixes, the "Poison Dub" remix of "Drifting", and "5000 Years".

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Source: Shunt Q&A: ARCHIVES  : DEPECHE MODE  : SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION
  2. Kevin May, David McElroy. Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode's Classic Album Violator. (Grosvenor House Publishing, 2022) p. 112
  3. Kevin May, David McElroy. Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode's Classic Album Violator. (Grosvenor House Publishing, 2022) p. 112