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The Anthology

The Anthology

1 Jun 1987

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jun 1987
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: ZTT Records Ltd
  • Copyright: 1987 ZTT Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 3:51:41
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  • ASIN: B001LZ9FTA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,101 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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By J. GAUNT on 6 Sep 2014
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Love it . Brilliant, especially with the loads of extra material. I had the cassette when it came out originally, but this is streets ahead.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely The Best! 20 Sep 2005
By T. Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like Propaganda, Art of Noise, or Trevor Horn, this is definitely a must have record. Originally, Act only produced one album entitled "Laughter, Tears and Rage", around 1990, which was largely overlooked and definitely under-rated. This Anthology contains many of the same tracks as the original Act album, but includes tons of remixes and extended versions of many of the songs. It also includes some previously unreleased tracks that you've probably never heard, as well as instrumental versions of some of my favorite Act songs.

My favorite song from Act has always been "Laughter", and to my delight this new album includes the instrumental version as well. Another favorite is the well done "Absolutely Immune", which in my opinion should have been a hit song, with its catchy melody; most exciting is that you get no less than 6 different versions of it here! "Snobbery and Decay" is another favorite included here with several remixes. "Body Electric" is a tune that I had never heard before, also included in the album.

In my opinion, Act and Propaganda were way too sophisticated for any kind of broad acceptance, especially in the United States. They were ahead of their time. In Act's case, one of the problems was a lack of promotion and exposure, but even with that I don't think the majority of music audiences were ready for them at that time.

This album has been limited to 5000 copies worldwide. In my opinion, Act is the best kept secret in music, even if they did only produce these 2 albums. In this world of copy-cat and "cookie cutter" music, "Laughter, Tears and Rage: The Anthology" is a complete delight, and a very original treat. I hope you enjoy it as I have.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic boxset from a pretty good group 28 Jan 2004
By D. H. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 3 CD boxset is a really great documentation of the short lived, post Propaganda band Act. (Not to be confused with The Act, which had the guy from the Dream Academy in it). Act had several singles out at the height of the ZTT's labels heyday in the mid 80s. With post Frankie Goes to Hollywood cash, and based on the semi-success of Propaganda, ZTT poured money into Act with multiple singles and formats designed to push songs up the charts. The result were many 7 " singles, 12" singles, CD single and Cassingles, all with different tracks.
This set neatly collects all (most?) of these tracks plus the album, Laughter Tears and Rage into a neat 3 CD set. Music-wise consider act a slightly less aggressive Propaganda, and also slightly less interesting. I think as Propaganda Claudia Brucken and Co. made interesting, challenging posy modern pop. Act, well, Act made less interesting music, but still present well polished pop. "Snobbery and Decay" is a fave here, but "Absolutely Immune" and "Chance" are as good as anything Propaganda did.
So why not 5 stars? Well, aside from some brilliant moments, a lot of what is here sounds like the by-the-numbers stuff that would mare FGTH's "Liverpool" album. Lots of sequencer runs and funky basslines, big beats, but in the end not much there. And for goodness sake whoever though that their cover of "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" was a good idea should have been ashamed.
Fans will already have picked this set up (right? It is limited I hear!) Casual fans may want to stick with the single CD reissue also out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Winner! 20 Mar 2005
By Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
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This box-set is really everything what you can expect from a good anthology of a band. (Nearly) Everything is on here (except 2 remixes that came out of S&D in the same period, but they were on a white label, so no official one!) and I think it's a good choice to do the album with bonus tracks on the 1st disc, the remixes on the 2nd and the rarities on the 3rd. The 1st one is still available in stores and has the booklet as the cover. All 3 CD's are full of music, so there was no space left for anything more (if there was any). It has the original ZTT-logo on the box-set (very cool) and if you want a copy of it, search on ebay or something, because it's not available anymore (limited). Don't be surprised if you must pay twice the price of the original box-set. Otherwise... buy the single disc, it's not limited.

Pick a number!, spin the wheel!, play the game of chance! ;-)
big fan of Claudia 11 Jun 2014
By Francois Houle - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Claudia's voice. She was great with Propaganda (on the first album A Secret Wish, after that she was replaced and the band just wasn't as good). Snober and Decay is the best song by Act and over all there are 3 disk with a lot of different mixes of songs. A lot of them are quite good and others are fillers. A nice addition if you're a fan of Claudia.
Claudia, Continued 8 Mar 2013
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I fell in love with Claudia Brucken's voice through Propaganda's SECRET WISH and followed her from project to project since (though I haven't heard her last solo album). Claudia has one of "those" voices, totally unique and almost otherworldly. She can evoke the height of elegance or, frankly, scare you (see: the 12" intro of Propaganda's JEWEL (CUT ROUGH).

LAUGHTER, TEARS and RAGE is a critique of 80's excess and could it be any more bombastic, theatrical or HUGE? This anthology itself is an ode to the excess of ZTT Records in its prime. The art, the words and the absurdly good production are far beyond what a one-album wonder such as ACT would normally merit. Thanks, Trevor!

I have no idea how a non-fan might approach this 3-disc set. Being a fan of Claudia first helps, as you're willing to give her a lot of rope! Her voice here tends to be overly dramatic and, at times, "growly". It's deliberate, and fits the project, but doesn't represent the bulk of her work. There's some "pretty" Claudia here and there, but you'll find more "scary" Claudia. Nothing here as disturbing as the above referenced JEWEL, but Under the Nights of Germany, Bloodrush, and The 3rd Planet edge into that territory.

Kudos to Stephen Lipson for the stellar production. He is a musician who knows how to add a multitude of flourishes that keep you discovering new "moments" over the years (been listening to this since it came out in '88).
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