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A Secret Wish [CASSETTE] [Import]

Propaganda Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea
  • ASIN: B00005POHW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound - and the complete album at last 19 July 2010
By not_a_real_folkie VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'll write a more contemplative review when I've lived with this 25th anniversary edition for a few weeks, but the initial play-through has been a great experience.

What you get on Disc One is, firstly, the original "Secret Wish" album as issued on CD on ZTT/Island in 1985, including the specially-remixed "Dream Within A Dream" that Stephen Lipson produced just for CD; the vinyl and cassette had a different version that became the one on the previous ZTT re-issue. Confused? You will be - the superb 10' 41" mix of Dr Mabuse is also here from that original 1985 CD. This is what we've been waiting for for so long. As if that weren't enough, the rest of Disc 1 contains the analogue format versions of the tracks above, plus trainspotters-only versions of Duel and p:Machinery that you'd be hard-pressed to tell apart from the earlier versions. But we do get all those riches in the form of "Dream Within A Dream" in both mixes and the unexpurgated "Dr Mabuse", which is wonderful.

Disc 2 is also a treasure-trove. People have commented on "Do Well", the cassette single version of Duel, and it's brilliant. Some of the other mixes etc. are more subtle (or not, as in "Echo of Frozen Faces"). Fans will probably bemoan the omission of some material e.g. the Beta Wraparound 12" version of p:Machinery but, after all, you've gotta leave something for those vinyl specialist record shops to deal in!

The mastering sounds perfect to me. I'm not sure what the reviewer who complained was expecting - the original tapes put through the too-good-to-be-true filter? (e.g. loads of artificial treble boost? horrible compression to make it sound 'louder'?). The compilers of this re-release seem to have decided that, what Stephen Lipson and Trevor Horn wanted us to hear, is what we get.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What can I say about this album that hasn't already been said? If you only ever buy one album of 80's electro-pop, make it this one. Every track shines out like a beacon, and it hasn't dated at all. Not one little bit. I first heard of this band when 'Miami Vice' featured the track 'P-Machinery' as the soundtrack to a fast night driving scene in the episode 'The Fix' and I went straight out and bought the album on the strength of ten seconds or so of the intro to this track.
In the intervening years it has never been far from my CD player (This is actually the second copy I've owned, as I wore the first out!!) If you like this, buy 'Outside world' as well, for the remixes.
As Paul Lester (Uncut) wrote:
'Sheer brutal beauty'
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Wish That's Worth Sharing 17 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
"A Secret Wish", an album of mystery without explanation and a musical journey best undertaken in completeness, much like Roxy's "Avalon" or Frankie's "Pleasuredome". I can't actually believe it has taken 25 years for the definitive version of this magnificent recording to finally be realised.

Packaged beautifully in a fold out digipack with a 24 page booklet, the release continues to uphold the extremely high standards that I have now come to expect from ZTT, Union Square and project producer Ian Peel. There's attention to detail on the minutest scale, from the thoroughly researched band history right through to the pinpointing of tiny differences between analogue and digital versions of the same song. People with a passion for what they are doing go to this much trouble, and again, that is what continues to set this re-issue series apart from those of others. Well, that and the excellent audio quality which abounds here, thanks to every track being sourced and enhanced (note, `enhanced' not `maxxed out to oblivion') from the original masters. It appears that in the ZTT archives, the Propaganda catalogue has been well cared for, meaning that the very best of what was recorded at the time has been available for inclusion here.

Turning to the original album, Propaganda, or as one journalist dubbed them in 1985, "Abba in hell" (I love that!) delivered a moment in time. It was one of the truly great albums of the year, a sonic masterpiece that ran the whole gauntlet of contemporary music and beyond. "Jewel" remains one of the most disturbing pieces of music I have ever listened to, truly the complete opposite of "Duel", a great pop record that probably ranks as one of the most commercial singles ever released by ZTT.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars New Mix!!! 12 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying that Secret Wish is one of my favourite albums of all time. The production work of SJ Lipson and the mixing of Trevor Horn were just genious. Musically the album extends so far beyond other electronic albums...there's elements of classical, jazz, progressive, hard rock, industrial, etc...that it's like a whole new genre of music that other albums have never matched.

Now onto this latest re-release newly mixed into 5.1 by Trevor Horn. There's certainly new suprises. There are portions of the mix that are now audible that we previously buried. There's now an interesting new intro to P Machinery (that is sort of a hybrid of the different 12" mixes that have been released). In addition, the mix is opened up and fills the room nicely. On the down-side, Trevor appears to have made little effort to emulate the original sound of the original mix. There are different drum sounds on some tracks. There is no reverb on some keyboard parts that were previously coverred in shimmering reverb. There's now an edit to Murder of Love (where a few bars of the song have been cut out from what was the US version). There are entire keyboard parts in the bridge of 'Duel' that are now almost inaudible. The really great accoustic drum section of 'Dream Within a Dream' has now been mixed way down. Why all the changes???? One would have hoped that the great original mix that we have all cherished over the years would have been faithfully reproduced and expanded into high resolution surround. Instead what we get is, in many cases, a completely new sounding mix.

It's still great, and I suppose that if anyone has a right to change it, it's Trevor Horn. But it still feels a bit like tampering with a masterpiece.
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Not been able to find this cd for ages really pleased I looked here as it's good value for money and takes me back to the 80's😃
Published 2 months ago by D Dye
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe in the music
Strange band Propaganda, one faction recorded the album while another toured and promoted it. This edition brings together the original album with some alternate versions and new... Read more
Published 5 months ago by William J. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel ,Duel, Jewelled, Bejewelled....TOTALLY!
For the longest time I had the Do Well cassette blasting in my car. This was basically a 20 minute mash up of the wonderful track Jewel from the album under review here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracking CD, forgot how much I loved em!
Whilst clearing my loft I came accross a couple of old home made cassette tapes, one of them was by Propaganda, long story short, I decided to see what I could find on Amazon. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cates
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Great sounds to replace or rather add to the vinyl original which is brilliant, but without the dust and crackles.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Paul Mercieca
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit And Miss.
I love my 80s music, (the proper 80s music - i.e. not Wham!), and my friend gave me a list of 20 essential 80s albums to buy, and this is the first one I listened to.

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Published 13 months ago by Richie77777
5.0 out of 5 stars Re Living my youth
I had forgotten all about Propaganda over the years and stumbled upon a You Tube clip of them playing Dr Mabuse and thought I would buy an album so bought htis without knowing all... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr Mark S Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Synth Classic
A great re-release of a classic 80's album with all the out-takes associated with it. This is a timeless synth album that fuses pop with classical and jazz forms, and informs... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Downe
Digitally remastered throughout and enhanced beyond measure by the addition of a bonus disc containing alternate versions, previously unreleased remixes and studio out-takes - PLUS... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Kelvin J. Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful.
This record still sounds ahead of it's time. ABC and Scritti around 84/85- Astute use Fairlights and endless tinkering in the studio where technological advancements aroused... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by M. J. Farnworth
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