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  • Audio CD (23 July 2012)
  • (+CD) edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: There (There)
  • ASIN: B0086VT25E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kiss Like Ether
2. Sequentia
3. Dr. Mabuse
4. Absolut[e]
5. Cloud 9
6. Snobbery And Decay
7. Temptation
8. When Your Heart Runs Out of Time
9. Running Up That Hill
10. In Dreams
11. Dream Within a Dream
12. p:Machinery
13. Night School
14. Light The Way
15. Home (Tonight)
16. Delicious
17. Absolutely Immune
18. Duel
19. Thank You

Product Description

Claudia Brücken's illustrious career began in 1984 as the lead singer of the ZTT art-goth electro group Propaganda and in March 2011, as a celebration of 27 years of recording and performing as Propaganda, Act, Onetwo and as herself, Claudia took to the stage at the Scala in London. Using the nucleus of her current band Onetwo, Claudia performed an exciting 98 minute live set playing selections from her career with a host of guests / former collaborators. Andy Bell (Erasure) performed two songs, their collaboration Delicious from Andy s 2005 solo album, followed by Act s duet Absolutely Immune . Heaven 17 s Glenn Gregory and Martin Ware performed three songs, Act s Snobbery and Decay , a total one off performance of Heaven 17 s Temptation in early demo style, and a never performed live duet, When your Heart Runs Out of Time originally recorded by Glenn, Claudia and Midge Ure for the Nicolas Roeg film Insignificance . Halfway through the show, the entire band of musicians left the stage leaving Claudia and former ZTT label mate Andrew Poppy alone to perform two intimate songs from their 2005 album Another Language , first a show-stealing rendition of Kate Bush's 'Running up that Hill' and also Roy Orbison s 'In Dreams', as just piano and voice. The sold out crowd were treated to a rare Propaganda reunion of Claudia, Susanne Freytag and Ralf Dörper who performed 4 songs from their Secret Wish album which included their iconic hit Duel and a super rare live performance of Propaganda s beautiful and much loved Dream within a Dream ! The entire 98 minute show containing 19 songs was professionally filmed and recorded and is now available as a DVD video and also as an audio live album.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr Mabuse on 1 Aug 2012
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Anyone who likes the music of Claudia Brucken, Onetwo, Act, Heaven 17, and, of course, Propaganda will want this DVD/CD package, which features the best known songs from all of these plus a few cover versions.

Special guests include Glenn Gregory, Andy Bell, Martyn Ware, Andrew Poppy and two of the original members of Propaganda, Susanne Freytag and Ralf Dorper.

The house band is excellent and so is the sound thanks to Paul Humphreys, who was the musical director, producer and did the mixing.

While the integrity of the original studio recordings is maintained (the Propaganda tracks actually include samples licensed from ZTT, we are told), there are some nice "live" touches like the brilliant guitar solo at the end of "Cloud 9".

The CD omits a few of the tracks featured on the DVD though in my opinion the best ones were included. The DVD extras are minimal but that didn't seem to matter - these days the music is what counts.

Everyone on stage seems pretty relaxed and generous. It appears as though both the musicians and the audience were having a great time that night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Tiberi on 24 Aug 2012
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I had actually stumbled onto this when I was looking at something else, and decided to get it...

WOW!!!...what a good choice on my part!!!....

This is an amazing concert...so beautiful and intimate...like being invited into Claudia's living room...this is a rare find indeed, and is a must for any person that follows Claudia's music career!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Hayes on 17 Aug 2012
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This one-off Claudia fest that took place at the Kings Cross Scala in March 2011 is pretty much everything a CB admirer could wish for - it features the best examples from her career both as a solo artiste and as part of Propaganda, Act, Andrew Poppy duo, Onetwo (collaborator Paul Humphreys was musical director of this concert), played live and immaculately throughout. Solid support from all the musicians in the special band, plus rather striking backing singer/feature dancer Melissa D'Arcy.

Special guests popping up include Susanne Freytag and (a rather unenthusiastic looking) Ralf Dörper from Propaganda, Andy Bell, Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware of Heaven 17, and minimalist composer/pianist Andrew Poppy. CB herself never flags through the performance, although she looks a tad unrelaxed to begin with. The voice is as lyrical, powerful and assured as ever.

One was, however, left wondering how commercially successful a venture the gig turned out to be on the night. The impression is that the attendant audience did not actually fill the Scala to the rafters, and such shots of the audience that are included tend to reveal a highly appreciative crowd of blokes of the more mature variety (such as me), getting with the beat: is such CB's fanbase these days?

CB has been having somewhat of a renaissance over the last two years, but has it come too late to turn on new and more contemporary audience to her iconic status among certain sections of the cognoscenti? The CB cognoscenti, meanwhile, should purchase this release at all costs (well, to the value of ten quid, say) and with all speed. You will not be disappointed.

A tiny quibble is in the picture formatting of the DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Greenland on 17 Aug 2012
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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.

Just wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob W on 10 Sep 2012
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I love Claudia Brucken. From when Propaganda first came out through her solo album and collaboration with Thomas Leer and One Two. Her voice is wonderfully rich and exotic and, for me, is reminiscent of the 30s Weimar Kabarett singers. I was lucky enough to meet her briefly when she came to the recording studio I was working at to record Baby Sigh on her solo album and I have seen her live with OneTwo when they supported Human League a couple of years ago. Therefore, I was very keen to get this DVD as I really wanted to see her sing all of her classic songs live, together with guest singers. The concert is great and all the hits are here and more. I loved the duets with Glen Gregory who is always a star but, for me, the highlights were the Propaganda songs with Susan Freytag and Snobbery and Decay which is one of my all time faves. The DVD also comes with a CD so you can listen to it all in the car too which is great. My only slight disappointment with the DVD is the bonus material which is just a series of behind the scenes photos with one of the live songs as a background. Not that this is a major problem but I would have loved to have seen a proper interview with Claudia or a documentary on her career. Oh well, maybe next time.
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