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  • Audio CD (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B004GHIHD0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dr. Mabuse (A Paranoid Fantasy) - Propaganda
  2. Duel - Propaganda
  3. (The Beta Wrap Around Of) P:Machinery - Propaganda
  4. Absolutely Immune - Act
  5. Snobbery and Decay - Act
  6. Kiss Like Ether - Claudia Brucken
  7. Absolut(e) - Claudia Brucken
  8. Delicious - Andy Bell/Claudia Brucken
  9. Cloud 9ine - Onetwo
  10. Thank You - Claudia Brucken
  11. Sequentia - Onetwo
  12. Light the Way (Feat. Claudia Brucken) (Radio Seduction Edit) - Chrome Seduction
  13. This Is Not America - Claudia Brucken & Paul Rutherford
  14. Night School - Claudia Brucken
  15. In Dreams - Claudia Brucken/Andrew Poppy

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There is a Zang Tumb Tumb re-issue campaign currently going on through the Salvo record label, which has seen the likes of Propaganda's "A Secret Wish" receive welcome and somewhat lavish re-packaging, and Claudia's own "Love: And A Million Other Things" has recently received the re-issue treatment from Cherry Red.

This sits rather well with these recent releases. Very nicely put together in a fold-out digipack with a glossy booklet containing a decent write-up and some good photos; this is however not an re-issue of an old album; it is a brand new compilation, showcasing the career of Claudia (and that voice) through the various acts and collaborations she has been involved with, as well as some of her solo material. It includes tracks from Propaganda, Act, OneTwo, and Chrome Seduction, along with duets with Andy Bell, Paul Rutherford and Andrew Poppy (but not Glenn Gregory) and four solo tracks.

Almost without exception these are brilliant tracks; in particular Propaganda's classic "Duel" and Brucken's own "Kiss Like Ether" stand out. Once again, I find myself wondering why, with a voice like this, Brucken never became a major star.

Nevertheless, it is a bit of a mixed bag, a clash of styles, and this CD possibly works best as a sampler, rather than a coherent career overview. Hearing these tracks, the obvious thing to do would be to hunt out the albums they came from, and hopefully Salvo (or Cherry Red, or any other company willing to put in the effort) will be able to make more of this back catalogue available - how about a re-issue of the compilation triple CD "Laughter Tears and Rage" from Act?

So, to sum up, a great showcase of a great talent, an excellent taster.
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I bought the original Propaganda album "A Secret Wish" when it was released and to this day it is still one of my most played albums, the 70's and 80's was an amazing time for music and ZTT truly ruled the world, with Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Propaganda amongst many others, at the time I, like many other's started to collect all the different "remixes" that they were making but at some stage I decided that it was getting silly and after about the 20th remix of Relax I think a lot of other people did too, Trevor Horn got a wee bit carried away :D

Fast forward to 1990 and a very different Propaganda released "1234" and although it was not the original band members, the album was great and quickly became a regular in my playlist, especially "Only One Word" with a great guitar solo by none other than Dave Gilmour !

And then last week as I was buying the 25th Anniversary edition of "A Secret Wish" I thought I would try this at the same and I have to admit this is one of the best "Best Of" albums I've ever purchased, it gives a really broad range of both Claudia Brücken's voice and song styles, and I have probably listened to it 40-50 times and still find it interesting. Some of the tracks such as "3 - (The Beta Wrap Around Of) p-Machinery" are Propaganda remixes and others such as "4 - Absolutely Immune" are from her work in Act, however it's the solo work ("6 - Kiss Like Ether" etc) I found the most interesting as it seems to have a broader vocal range, along with a couple of covers "13 - This Is Not America - Claudia Brücken & Paul Rutherford (The "Feet" from FGTH !)" and "15 - In Dreams...
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Having happened upon Dr Mabuse via Dr Beat (don't ask!), I have been a fan of Claudia since '85. The classic Propaganda singles are here, ACT highpoints and her classic singles from Love.. and all those other semi-solo gems with other collaboraters making this an unmissable collection for me and thousands others. Volume 2 to come perhaps? Oh, we'll take whatever we can get, believe me..!
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For an artist linked to some of the more "bizarre" 80s music, Propaganda, Thomas Leer, and married to one of the 80s' more experimental musicians (I suspect Paul is more to credit for the OMD experimental stuff than Andy) this is a real treat. Odd in paces, but stacked full of melody and with two of the most effective covers I have ever heard. A version of Bowie's "This is Not America" that manages to sound almost as good as the original, and a startling version of "In Dreams" by the Big O that is worth a fiver on its own.

But why is the case a different size from the standard CDS packaging - typical ZTT "dare to be different"? Why, because Frankie Says...?
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Very happy with this product.Postal Service from the USA and All Your Music is Super as always, Would love to get this album in SACD.Most of all .Claudia Brucken's voice sounds great...Gerry Bolger.
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