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Outside World Extra tracks, Import

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Ztt
  • ASIN: B000063BKP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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PROPAGANDA Outside World (2002 UK 11-track CD compilation album which collects remixes B-sides and extra tracks released on 7-inch and 12-inch records cassette singles and white-label DJ vinyl pressings during the bands tenure on the ZTT label in 1984/85 chosen by fans with many previously unavailable on Compact Disc booklet picture sleeve ZTT180CD)

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Serving to remind us that Dusseldorf could be famous for something other than Kraftwerk, Outside World is an accurately compact retrospective of German synth collective Propaganda's all-too-brief flirtation with popularity in the mid-1980s (and that's hardly surprising, given their label's obsession with tugging on the udders of Frankie Goes to Hollywood for all they were worth).

At a time when English musical ears were suspicious of post-Abba foreign accents--was "99 Red Balloons" really all our European neighbours could contribute to the EEC pop mountain?--and yet strangely in awe of all things efficiently cold and Teutonic when it came to synthesisers (the Mobiles, Ultravox, New Order) Propaganda were not found wanting. In Claudia Brucken, they had the archetypical blonde German ice maiden who sang with all the sang-froid of a devil-worshipping abattoir supervisor while their slickly produced (man of the moment Trevor Horn, of course) and sinuous synth-pop reached its classically melodic apex on the timeless "Duel" (a UK Number 21 in 1985) and its grievous, piston-rhythmed punk sibling "Jewel". As with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, you'd need a box set to collate the manifold vinyl remixes issued by designer label ZTT at the time, but Outside World cuts to the chase and tells the Propaganda novice all he/she needs to know in a delightfully silvery disc-shaped package. --Kevin Maidment

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. I. Butterfield on 19 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Propaganda were overshadowed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in the mid-eighties but the more musically astute of us had heard debut single Dr Mabuse and been stunned by its uniqueness.
Propaganda only lasted for one real album although they were early pioneers of the remix, illustrated by their second album and ably reflected by this new compilation Outside World.

There is no new material on here but much is appearing on CD for the first time and having had the priviledge of an demo cd, it sounds stunning. Unexpectedly Mabuse appears in two radically different forms but it is the opposite ends of Jewel / Duel that stand out as being relevant in the year 2002. This is more than a retro trip though, Femme Fatale and Frozen Faces are gorgeous, Claudias voice can rarely have been in better form.
For once, believe the Propaganda, an essential purchase.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By david500eyes on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Magnificent synth-pop from one of the most under-rated bands of the 1980s. This collection gathers some of the best 12" remixes and b-sides from Propaganda's hitherto unavailable back catalogue.

However ... the sound quality on this CD is really quite dreadful - a lot of it sounds as if it's been badly mastered from vinyl. There's a lot of clipping on several of the tracks.

You'd be much better off buying the UK edition of Outside World, which has far superior sound. The only significant difference is that the p:Machinery cassette single (unique to this CD) is replaced by the superior Complete Machinery - a track that originally appeared as the b-side to a 12" single in 1985 and claimed to be highlights from the cassette single, but actually featured a unique mix! Confused? It was never easy being a Propaganda fan ...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David C. on 29 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
A Propaganda fan since their emergence in this country back in 1984, I have been waiting for a release like this for some time. I have the recently obtained German version of this CD and await the English version (1 track different and no DVD !!)in mid July.
There is only one word to describe this band. Magnificent. Their songs are wonderfully constructed epic soundstages that totally involve the listener and demand repeated listening.
Anyone who has Propaganda material should buy this record for the alternative versions included. Anyone who has never heard them before should buy it as part of their musical education.
Get your order in now !! Highly recommended.
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