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"These disturbdances are a perfect free-form accompaniment to A Secret Wish (SALVOMDCD14). Proof that Propaganda are capable of divine interpretations and, if you ve not already succumbed to their complex beauty, this could serve as an inspired introduction. These remix artefacts normally aren t worth the plastic they re engraved on but this limited edition is a real collector s item. Call it a private indulgence. MELODY MAKER, 1985 Propaganda s biggest hit, Duel , is well known for its freaky alter ego, Jewel . Expanding that concept, the landmark electronic pop album from which 'Duel' was taken, A Secret Wish (1985), was remixed and remodeled just a few months later (primarily for the American club market) into its clever, rather cool and occasionally a little disturbing counterpart, Wishful Thinking. This refashioning of A Secret Wish into a whole new album is a definitive example of a lost art form, the remixalbum , one of the formats and musical styles that made the middle of the 1980s quite different from any time before or since. Other classics of the genre had already been released by the time Wishful Thinking was created, with Soft Cell s Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing, The Human League s Love and Dancing and Imagination s Nightdubbing, all acclaimed pop-dub masterpieces, all appearing within a matter of months, all remixalbums (as opposed to remix albums) - full length, cohesive, brand new works, not compilations of disparate mixes. Wishful Thinking (as element 23) is a top class addition to the Salvo/ZTT catalogue. The album last saw the light of day on CD in 1990s and because we know that there was never enough output from Propaganda to satisfy their fans, it gives us great pleasure to present a newly remastered version with six bonus tracks, five of them previously unreleased, plus a 12-page booklet featuring rare photos and an excellent new essay from compiler Ian Peel. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It must be stressed that these are NOT the original 12" mixes - you'll need the recently-released "Outside World" compilation for those - but they are certainly good enough. The extended version of "Sorry For Laughing" is such a barnstormer that it's hard to believe it was never a single, and mixes of "P-Machinery" and "Jewel" brilliantly build on the drama of the originals.
If you're into synthpop, then you need to get into the classic, ZTT-era Propaganda. Buy "A Secret Wish" for the songs, and "Wishful Thinking" for the beats.
Abuse (1) is a great opening track (remix of Dr. Mabuse) - full of exciting and drama, that we're getting into an album that will be very different from you expect.
This collides into Machined (remix of P:Machinery) which makes the bass line the drive of the thing as it forces itself along.
Laughed (remix of Sorry For Laughing) is the dub idea, deconstructing the song as if it sounds like it is being sifted through a meat mincer, with the drums being a dominant part of the mix.
Loving (remix of The Murder Of Love) is a nice little coda that ends the first side of the album (if this was a record) which makes way for...
the crown of the collection is 'Jewelled' which I would say is the best version of the Duel/Jewel idea. It is fast, exciting and is everything it should be. A great song.Read more ›
If you only ever buy one album by 'Propaganda' then buy 'A secret wish'. But if you'd like to hear an alternative take on it, then "Outside World" is probably better than this. Although a completist like me would buy this as well.
Word is that Propaganda were not impressed by "Wishful Thinking" and saw it merely as an attempt by ZTT to cash in on the name with no real involvement from the band. I agree with them that "Outside World" knocks it into a cocked hat, but it's still an interesting recording to own, if only because one can never have too much Propaganda!
Favourite Propaganda tracks? 'Duel' and 'P-Machinery' (both taken from 'A Secret Wish')
There is no better track than 'P-Machinery' (12" Beta wrap-around mix) for playing loud when driving through a neon-lit cityscape late at night in an open top car. Try it. You'll see what I mean!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The album that first got me into Propaganda ...although a remix album its every bit as good as a secret wish....ZTT at there bestPublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by craig love
Literally, takes me back to the days of the Lombard RAC rally and memories just come flooding back. Buy it now.Published on 20 July 2013 by Nick Gould
Replacing, or rather adding to the original vinyl, which is still good and sometimes better with a crackle! That's it.Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by Michael Paul Mercieca
Bought this as i love 'secret wish' and loved it, only gripe is Duel is duel not Jewel but still a good mix.. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2012 by Carlos G
I was so pleased to see that this had finally been released on CD! This has been one of my prize possessions on vinyl since its original release and often encouraged me to create a... Read morePublished on 16 July 2012 by MARTIN HARMER
If you have - and like - A Secret Wish, but not this then give it a go. Personally for me it is the better of the two by far. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2012 by Mike the Fish
Remix albums can be hit or miss affairs, more often miss than hit. The original release of this album in 1985 was a commercial miss, although in the true ZTT style of... Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2012 by KM WHITEHOUSE