To tie in and celebrate the release of Claudia Brucken's 'Combined', the CD covering the greatest songs of her career, she, band including Paul Humphries and guests Susanne Freytag and Ralf Dorper of Propaganda, Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware of Heaven 17, Andrew Poppy and Andy Bell performed for one night only on March 2nd 2011 at the Scala, Kings Cross London.
Amongst the Propaganda, Act, Onetwo and solo songs performed the highlights are the 'Heaven 17' trio of songs, including an early version of 'Temptation' where Glenn Gregory puts on a fine performance, the gorgeous take on 'In Dreams' with Andrew Poppy, the crowd's reaction to the introduction of P:Machinery and the jewel that is 'Duel'. Rather cute is Susanne's awkwardness just standing there for sometimes minutes at a time doing nothing. Bless her! Dancing was never her strong point!
It shows a wonderful, intimate, relaxed and friendly night; and is a wonderful DVD to have, and of course a compulsory purchase if you are a Propaganda or Claudia fan and an interesting one for 80s fans too, showing the wonderful talent Claudia has and the varied career she has had. The band, thanks to director Paul Humphreys, sound tight and they even do the Propaganda songs justice, mixing samples with a great live sound.
Three little annoyances; firstly, someone should have told that bloke in front of Claudia to stop waving his arms about like that. There's always one to take your eyes away from the stage! Secondly the backing singer's moves during Duel are very questionable. I was waiting for her to get her kit off! Lastly, and more seriously, I do not know why they included 'Dream Within a Dream' on the CD when Claudia does not feature and exclude 'Delicious' with Andy Bell.