Depeche Mode and R.E.M

So here's my question - I never listened to Depeche Mode or R.E.M back in the day. However, now I've discovered them and want to buy some vinyl capturing the best elements from both groups. Recently, I bought R.E.M albums "Automatic for the People" and "Life's Rich Pageant". Similarly, I bought Violator by Depeche Mode. I really liked those LPs. Do you have other suggestions about either band that I should consider? Thanks in advance.
You have a good start with your REM collection. For further REM selections, I would go with:
1) Murmur
2) Reckoning
3) Document
and then,
4) Fables of the Reconstruction.
They have released a few of them on Mobile Fidelity.
Sorry, can't really help you with the Depeche Mode, but I am sure someone here will be of help.
Enjoy the music!
Depeche mode - get the "exciter" album. It's a must have. music for the masses is also very good.
Depeche Mode-"some great reward", "ultra", "black celebration" plus I'll second all of the above already listed.
R.E.M. get "Reckoning", "Murmur" and "Out Of Time".
Don't forget DM's violator!
I have been a REM fan from the beginning and the previous comments are good suggestions. I remember seeing them open for the Swimming Pool Q's in 1980 and thinking that they were going to be big someday despite the lead singer dancing like he was having an epileptic fit. The first 4 or 5 albums are the best. The albums after Bill Berry left are not as focused. I think that an often overlooked album is "New Adventures in Hi-Fi". It is an electric album that was recorded live during soundchecks. The band is really tight and Stipe's voice is very strong. One of my favorite REM songs is "Binky the Doormat." Peter Buck has been playing with Steve Wynn from the Dream Syndicate in The Baseball Project which is also a fun band. Buck has a solo album scheduled for release this Fall.
If by chance you get the CDs of DM, make sure they are the remasterred ones from Rhino. They sound really good.
I like DM too (not too much of REM), haven't followed if they've ever produced anything after "Exciter" which I also like very much. I consider their music perfect in terms of impossibility to add or subtract anything from any of their pieces played.
Hello everyone. Thank you for the great suggestions! I really appreciate you taking the time to share your music favorites with me. I'll check them out and buy several of them going forward.