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Laughter Tears and Rage: The Anthology Limited Edition, Box set


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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition, Box set
  • Label: Ztt
  • ASIN: B0000W40GI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Absolutely Immune 4:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chance 4:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Laughter 3:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Can't Escape From You 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Short Story (Thinker)0:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Poison 3:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Under The Nights Of Germany 4:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 3:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The 3rd Planet 4:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gestures 3:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bloodrush 4:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Friendly Warning 3:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Certified 4:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Where Love Lies Bleeding 3:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. (Theme From) Laughter 1:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Snobbery And Decay 5:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You 4:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. (Theme From) Snobbery And Decay 3:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Absolutely Immune (Seven Inch Mix) 3:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. White Rabbit 2:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Dear Life 3:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. (Theme From) I Can't Escape From You 3:05£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Snobbery And Decay (That's Entertainment!) 9:48£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Absolutely Immune (Extended Version) 6:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Chance (Throbbin' Mix) 7:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Winner '88 (Extended) 6:19£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Can't Escape From You (Love And Hate) 7:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Snobbery And Decay (Extended, For Stephanie Beacham) 8:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Strong Poison 6:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Absolutely Immune II (Trevor's Twelve Inch Mix) 5:36£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. States of Logic 5:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. (We Give You Another) Chance 4:20£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Snobbery And Decay (The Naked Civil) 8:52£0.89  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Laughter (Seven Inch Mix) 3:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Chance (Seven Inch Mix) 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Lucky's Skank 2) 3:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Absolutely Immune (Take 4) 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. (Alternative) Gestures 3:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Under The Nights Of Germany (Trial Edit) 3:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Body Electric 3:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Lucky's Shank 1) 3:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Laughter (Instrumental Seven Inch Mix) 4:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Absolutely Immune (Instrumental) 3:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Certified (Instrumental) 4:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Under The Nights Of Germany (Instrumental) 4:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Gestures (Instrumental) 3:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I'd Be Surprising Intrumental For You 4:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Winner '88 (Instrumental) 3:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. 3rd Planet (Altered) 4:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Bloodrush (Silent) 4:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Gestures (Improvised)10:12Album Only

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Sayers on 15 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm a lucky yank who got this 3 cd set early, and am listening to it as I type. I've always been a big fan of Claudia Brucken in Propaganda and the next project for her, Act. This cd has been out of print for over a decade and has commanded princely sums on Ebay, etc. It's a great synth-pop dance cd with lots of samples and never quite clicked with the buying public, but ZTT has finally re-released the original cd augmented with b-sides and short interludes on the original cd, and as if that wasn't enough, compiled a limited 3 cd box that, along with the original cd, gathers all the 7" & 12" mixes they could find, out-takes, instrumental mixes, etc plus one "new" song <Body Electric> that renders all those rare cd & vinyl singles obsolete. Even the withdrawn "Chance" 12" remixes are here, except for the one with the Abba sample that caused the non-release. It is replaced with a different, albeit inferior remix. Still, this a cause for celebration for fans - the sound quality is superb and is obviously a labor of love from ZTT.
Quite the bargain for the 3cd box, and since it's limited to 5000 copies and has all the superior 12" mixes of songs like "Snobbery & Decay" < their finest track IMHO - 3 excellent re-mixes of it as well> plus ALL of the rare b-sides, this is a must have for fans of Claudia Brucken and intelligent British pop music. Way to go ZTT!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul W on 11 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
Having recently paid a small fortune for a secondhand copy of the original "Laughter, Tears & Rage," this triple-CD release took me by surprise. I never thought for a moment that it would ever see the light of day again since its deletion in 1990.
This anthology spreads fifty-one tracks across three CDs. The first showcases ACT's only album with the addition of some b-sides (including cover versions of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" and "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" from Evita). Included also are two tracks only previously available on the original vinyl release ("Short Story" and "[Theme From] Laughter") plus the non-vinyl "The 3rd Planet."
Disc two contains long-deleted 12" versions of ACT's singles including the withdrawn single "Chance" and its b-side "Winner 88."
The third disc trawls through ZTT's vaults with a collection of alternate mixes, different takes and instrumental versions all of which are previously unreleased. Also never before released is "Body Electric" - hardly essential, but worthy of a listen.
Claudia Brucken's voice still sounds astonishing even if the music has that slightly cold, calculated and occasionally clinical 80s synth sound. The only real stinker, song-wise, is an ill-advised jazzy rendition of The Smiths' "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now."
ZTT completists should lap this up. And everyone else? Well, to borrow from the song title, it could be surprisingly good for you...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Grahame Robertson on 29 Jan 2004
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This is one of the most surprising, and certainly one of the most welcome releases of the last few years. Having bought the original CD back in 1988, it's been one of my favourite albums (and guilty pleasures) ever since. Years ahead of its time, Act have a sound and production value that remains as fresh as the day it was released. At turns dark and melodic, Brucken's unique voice has never sounded finer. This stunning 3CD Anthology collects the original album (with extra tracks) along with 7 and 12 inch remixes, instrumentals, new tracks and alternate takes. There are too many standout tracks from this 51 song collection to really pick highlights. But OK, seeing as you ask, Snobbery & Decay remains outstanding, but don't overlook stunning non-singles such as 'Laughter' and 'Chance'. ZTT (ever the label to do things in style) have recruited the original design team to re-package this Anthology, so you're not only getting the finest collection of tracks from the late 80's (ever!), you're also having it presented in cutting edge design and packaging. Nice. With only 5,000 copies of this Anthology pressed, you need to get your hands on this slice of musical perfection pretty much immediately. Just say it's a friendly warning...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Casey on 24 Jan 2004
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Having missed out on the original CD release, I was very excited to learn that Laughter Tears & Rage was to be released as a ltd edition CD boxed set. I am now in posession of the triple CD and I have not been disappointed , nor do I think I ever will be.
The music has an 80's feel to it, but to it's credit is very fresh and diverse. My highlights have to be the numerous mixes of Snobbery & Decay! ... and not forgetting all the other remixes and B sides.
ZTT has done Claudia & Thomas proud by realising that the little niche in the market has not been filled.........even after all these years.
Enjoy it ...... IT'S A MODERN DAY CLASSIC!
If you are a Propaganda or Claudia Brucken fan, this is a must for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. John on 25 Feb 2004
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Being a HUGE fan of Propaganda (well, the A Secret Wish phase, at least), I thought I'd give Act a try - having a decently priced boxset also helped quite a bit.
On first listen, the album (that's disc one) didn't really grab me, but the other discs are fantastic. In the two days since I've owned the album I've become a huge fan of both Snobbery & Decay and Absolutely Immune.
While these for me are the highlights, things like their cover of Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now are quite questionable. The "skank" versions are interesting in that they contain next to nothing of the original song (and thankfully sound completely new).
If you're a fan of Propaganda, this isn't 100% similar to suggest the next logical step, but it's a lot of fun and some of the singles are damn infectious.
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