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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound - and the complete album at last
I'll write a more contemplative review when I've lived with this 25th anniversary edition for a few weeks, but the initial play-through has been a great experience.

What you get on Disc One is, firstly, the original "Secret Wish" album as issued on CD on ZTT/Island in 1985, including the specially-remixed "Dream Within A Dream" that Stephen Lipson produced just...
Published on 19 July 2010 by not_a_real_folkie

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3.0 out of 5 stars New Mix!!!
Let me start by saying that Secret Wish is one of my favourite albums of all time. The production work of SJ Lipson and the mixing of Trevor Horn were just genious. Musically the album extends so far beyond other electronic albums...there's elements of classical, jazz, progressive, hard rock, industrial, etc...that it's like a whole new genre of music that other albums...
Published on 12 Aug 2006 by Greg A. Carrigan


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 years later and I'm still playing it!!!!, 17 July 2001
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A. Worthington "B-right-on!" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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I first bought this album on vinyl - waaaayyyyy before cds became available. I wore it out pretty soon - such was the playing it recieved. So, I now have the cd and I can quite honestly say it has never strayed far from my player. A haunting, life-affirming, deliciously-melodic collection of songs. Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream..., 13 Jan 2004
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Propaganda's A Secret Wish (1985) stands out as one of those great records people forget about when reconsidering the 1980s. It was their only album with the original line-up of Claudia Brucken, Suzanne Freytag, Michael Mertens & Ralf Dorper- only Mertens would be in the line-up of Propaganda and their 1990 follow-up (alongside ex-Simple Minds members & Howard Jones). Brucken moved onto to the less succesful and almost as interesting Act (also getting their back catalogue reissued) & to a brief solo career whose best song was basically a rewrite of State of Independence...
But A Secret Wish is a joy- opening with the divine-ambient jazz of Dream Within a Dream, which easily stands next to things like Alchemy by David Sylvian (who guests here) & those Eno/Hassell albums. This track is In a Silent Way for the 80s even. The Murder of Love (predating Martin Amis' notion of 'the death of love' in his book London Fields)is the opening song proper- a pulsing industrial-pop that makes it clear why people cite Propaganda in reference to Tatu! (...the Trevor Horn connection, I suppose...) This album does feature an array of talents- SJ Lipson, Horn, Bobby Kraushaar, Paul Morley, Anton Corbijn, Sylvian, Stuart Copeland, Glenn Gregory & Steve Howe.
The double-whammy of Jewel/Duel is effective- the former sonic industrial & reminding you of alternate versions of the same song by someone like PIL. Duel is more familiar, the closest thing that Propaganda can call a hit (somewhere in the 20s I should imagine, they got on TOTP) & was even played on Steve Wright today. It's title appears to be one related to films- an imaginary compilation would have it next to In a Lonely Place, Shadow of a Doubt, Cries & Whispers, Performance & Torn Curtain. An immense pop song, the kind of thing that precedes Madonna's William Orbit/Mirwais trilogy of sonicpop- like many songs from the 80s (A Love Song from Outer Space, Heavenly Pop Hit, Partyfearstwo, Love Action, Thieves Like Us, The Word Girl) the kind of track I'd say the following about: "Probably the best popsong ever!"-
Frozen Faces features Freytag more on Nico-style vocals, sort of the missing link between Krautrock & Electronic music, one to put on a compilation between Do the Mussolini & Join in the Chant. The perfect segueway to P-Machinery, which was another single- one superior to Duel, I feel; imagine Nico fronting Kraftwerk, remixed by Daniel Miller after watching Fritz Lang's Metropolis for several weeks. Sometimes I get so sick of lovesongs, can't people sing emotional songs about something else?- Like machines! As great in the pop department is a bold cover of Josef-K's Postcard classic Sorry for Laughing (written by Paul Haig & Malcolm Ross)- pulsing drum beats and Neubauten-inflected clatters replace the guitar drones of the original in terms of rhythm. It has to be one of the greatest cover versions recorded- up there with Husker Du's Eight Miles High, Martin Gore's Smile in the Crowd, Johnny Cash's Hurt & Isaac Hayes' By the Time I Get to Phoenix. Nice to see the chorus coming in earlier than the Josef-K original, proving you can make a brilliant pop song from so-called alternative origins (cue a cover of We Are All Prostitutes by Sugababes?).
The Chase is the least track here, but still fine pop- the song part seems incomplete, the instrumental sections are wonderful however. The pay off comes with an epic take on their 1984 single Dr Mabuse, which refers to a cycle of horror films circa German Expressionism. Mabuse opens with the typical Propaganda use of spoken word & for many afflicted with John Hughes films in the 80s, will be familiar as the track Mary Stuart Masterson pretends to play drums to in the Pretty In Pink remake Some Kind of Wonderful. It's one of the songs on an imaginary album of cover versions by Kylie- alongside White Car in Germany, Life in Tokyo, Sensoria, Warm Leatherette,Surrender (To a Stranger), Alone (A/Z), I Travel, A Little Knowledge & Photographic. The song shifts styles, moving from pop song to ambience to industrial clatter to a demented take on strings that reminds me of Jim Thirwell, Bernard Herrmann and The The's Infected...Dr Mabuse is a wild ride, a classic single- which the Uncut Electronica compilation of a few years ago reminded you of...
A Secret Wish is a wonderful reissue, always having been a wonderful album- it showcases the great side of the 80s technology revolution: the sequencer also. It's of its time and timeless and an album I've listened to for years and will continue to with this fresh version...Good old ZTT (wipes tear from eye)...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unsung geniuses, 27 Nov 2004
This review is from: A Secret Wish (Audio CD)
Having been introduced to electronic music in the late 70's by listening to a vinyl recording of Jean Michelle Jarre, progressing to Kraftwerk, dabbling with (and still enjoying) Depeche Mode, eventually being consumed by the all encompassing dance & trance sound, what am I doing extolling the virtues of Propaganda? Well, the simple answer is sheer quality and class. When their refreshingly original sound, sadly, disapppeared with the beginning of the conflict in the FYR (it's worth reading up on), music lost the most innovative band of the mid/late 80's. Sure, they were reincarnated in a slimmed down version with the album '1234' but in truth, they were never able to match the brilliance of both 'A Secret Wish' and 'Wishful Thinking'. Personally, I feel they deserve huge credit for not only modernizing but, also greatly increasing the quality of modern electronic music. Painfully short-lived, but oh so influential, masters without peer. Favourites must be: Jewel, Dr Mabuse (classic) and of course P-Machinery. I'm glad I bought the CDs - they're now permanently stored on my ipod!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a cracking CD, forgot how much I loved em!, 14 Jun 2013
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Whilst clearing my loft I came accross a couple of old home made cassette tapes, one of them was by Propaganda, long story short, I decided to see what I could find on Amazon. I only hit the bloody jackpot, in a word BRILLIANT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Re Living my youth, 11 Feb 2013
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I had forgotten all about Propaganda over the years and stumbled upon a You Tube clip of them playing Dr Mabuse and thought I would buy an album so bought htis without knowing all of the tracks and it is awesome.
A very clever mix of the same tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RE-ISSUE OF 2010!, 18 Oct 2010
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What can I say that probably has'nt aleardy been said by music mags and fans alike. This really is an awsome pacakge in every respect. It's been put together with care and thought and sounds as good today as it did in the early 90's! No duff tracks and brilliant accompanying notes........well done Salvo!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best ZTT Album In The World......EVER!!!, 30 Sep 2010
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Yes, you heard right! Forget about Frankie Goes To Hollywood or even the Art Of Noise, the honour of most sublime recording ever released on Zang Tuum Tumb goes to Teutonic Synthpop Situationists Propaganda! From hearing their first hit (The Nine Lives Of) Dr. Mabuse blaring ominously from the radio chart rundown back in them far off days of early 1984, I was perturbed, intrigued, then ultimately hooked. No other top 30 record at the time grabbed me by the 'nads like this one did - all foreboding menace, propulsive, crashing drums, huge synth fanfares and strident vocals. The album that followed surely had to be a bit special.

And blow me, when it arrived a year later, was it just! Herrs Ralf Dorper and Michael Mertens, along with Frauleins Claudia Brücken and Susanne Freytag have fashioned a colossal symphonic suite of Wagnerian pop melodramas that, at that time, could surely move mountains!

Beginning with Susanne Freytag's choice quotations from Edgar Allen Poe (which, funnily enough also opened the credits to John Carpenter's eerie creepy classic horror yarn The Fog a couple of years earlier), the first track Dream Within A Dream unravels like a proper spaghetti western theme tune, cantering along at a steady ambient pace accompanied by Freytag's ongoing narrative before all manner of discordance that's been simmering underneath breaks to the surface, disrupting the track midway with guitar solos, frantic drum-breaks and the rest before some sort of calm is regained once more. An absolute MONSTER of an opening track and one of the best curtain-raisers to any album ever.

What distinguished A Secret Wish from other albums released at the same time was that there were two distinct versions - one on vinyl and one on CD. The CD version featured longer, different mixes of some of its tracks, and it's this latter one which kicks off this new 25th Anniversary edition - the shorter original album version ushers in the bonus tracks from 10 onwards.

There isn't a single weak track on the original album (be it the vinyl OR CD version!) as it's consistently strong material throughout. However, special mention has to be given to the ingenious pairing of the second hit single Duel, programmed here alongside its evil twin flip Jewel. The Two Sides Of Propaganda - The Definitive, certainly: summed up succinctly with these two songs: both essentially the same song, but one relentlessly harsh and abrasive (Jewel) whilst the other is gentle and melodic (the radio-friendly A-side). Most definitely a case of Yin and Yang....

The colossal 10+ minute [CD] mix of Dr. Mabuse is as definitive a statement of intent as you're ever going to get with this band...but even here they get clever and sneakily segue straight into The Last Word (Strength To Dream) for the final couple of minutes. By contrast, both these songs stand as separate tracks on the vinyl version - Dr. Mabuse being 5 minutes shorter.....

And that's just the first disc! The second features different takes, 12" mixes of the various album tracks and the stupendous 20 minute cassette mix of Duel/Jewel/Wonder/Bejewelled just to further one's listening pleasure. These extra 11 tracks take the running time to 72 minutes....

However! One glaring omission stops this 2CD set from being THE most perfect and essential reissue this year: and that's the inexplicable (some would say unforgivable?) absence of the superb cover of the Velvet's Femme Fatale (subtitled The Woman With The Orchid) along with the truly schizoid and disturbing Bernard Herrman-like strings deconstruction of the uncredited track which follows it on the original 12" B-side of Dr. Mabuse. These two tracks would still fit on the CD and take the running time to just under 79 minutes. Perhaps it might be because Femme Fatale was already issued on the [now deleted] alternative Propaganda versions compilation Outside World (2002) that justified its exclusion here...?

Whatever..... anybody who hasn't heard this seminal album should do the decent thing and get hold of it now. It's true that a lot of the early to mid-80s synth pop stuff has dated rather badly be it in the sounds of the instrumentation or the samey generic production values of the time (lots of reverb and flanging, Fairlight/ Linn drum programming etc), but this is one release that hasn't gone that way mercifully - sounding as fresh and vital today as it did all of 25 long years ago.

Get this now - and lose yourself in its huge all-encompassing widescreen enormity. Believe it my dears, this is one of the greatest debut albums ever. Kein Zuruck Für Dich - indeed!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, a long lost friend returns., 23 Sep 2010
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D. Mackay "Big D" (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Secret Wish [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
I loved this album when it came out. I was on holiday in Cornwall, aged 15, the same week as Live Aid and The Cure releasing 'In Between Days' - so it was a more eventful time than I thought. I listened to it endlessly, it was a perfect album, with a beginning, middle and end. Over time, I stopped listening to cassettes, and didn't hear it for a while, until in the mid-90's I bought the CD version, and thought that my ears must be playing tricks on me. I was so disappointed, this didn't sound like the masterpiece I had in my mind. And now I now why! It wasn't even the same album. Comparing the first 2 minutes of the first track tells you everything you need to know. It's not a case of slightly being mixed differently, but almost a completely different song! This version is punchy and driven, while the original CD was noodly and ambient. If you like great 80's music (early Human League, Black Celebration era- Depeche Mode, ABC's Lexicon of Love), then you need this version in your collection. Completely brilliant! A true one-off, that was never repeated, or even copied.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Umm, Ahhh, Tzzzz..., 13 Sep 2010
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Mark (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Now, this is the 7th time I am actually buying these 8 songs that was all Propagande ever recorded (9 songs if we include Femme Fatale, but more about that one later...)

The vinyl, the cd (with different Dream mix), the remix vinyl, the cd version of the vinyl version, the remix cd, the Outside World cd, and now:
The Ultimate edition of the World's Greatest Album by the World's Greatest (but shortlived) Pop Group.
The package is glorious; I would have liked some more unseen photos....Claudia in the dark recesses of Sarm Underground, Suzanne polishing her black leather cap or sinking her teeth into Trevor Horn's neck, Ralph reading Aleister Crowley and maybe even Michael actually playing an instrument!?

I won't comment on the songs we all know and love, the production still sounds fresh and modern, the extra bits are nice to have for us completists, but but but.....
Femme Fatale is missing, so this is NOT the only album to bring to the bunker when World War III comes along..

Perhaps ZTT saves that one for the 50th anniversary edition? :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good edition of a benchmark electro-pop album, but let down by disc 2, 28 July 2010
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Colin Mccartney (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Until now, it has actually escaped my attention that at the time of its initial release there were two different versions of this classic album: one for vinyl and one for CD. Disc 1 of the re-issue includes all the tracks from both - which probably makes it an essential purchase. Another (surprising) thing I didn't know about "A Secret Wish", as pointed out in the booklet: David Sylvian was the original choice for producer. Sylvian is also noted as a contributor along with, amongst others. Yes's Steve Howe, Stewart Copeland of The Police and Glenn Gregory.

However, much of the sonic beauty of this record came from the production and mixing talents of Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn respectively, both of whom are less heavily involved in the second disc - which contains way too many remixes by Paul Morley. Isn't that a bit like having Tony Wilson remix a New Order LP? It's OK, but personally I would have preferred it if more of the previously released 12" mixes could have been included - after all, the ZTT label were early pioneers of the 12" remix.

"A Secret Wish" was one of the first CD's I ever bought and one of the very few releases to do that format justice in its early days. It's good to have it back courtesy of this re-issue, although for me the first disc would have sufficed. That said, at the currently listed Amazon price, it is, in any event, a bit of a bargain.
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