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  • Audio CD (May 28 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered deluxe two CD 25th Anniversary edition of the Synth band's 1985 debut including a plethora of bonus material. Propaganda were a Dsseldorf band, and with hindsight you can see them as the halfway point between the city's most famous sons Kraftwerk and the common European language of Techno-Pop that flourished in Ralf and Florian's wake. But Propaganda were pipe-banging confrontationalists before they became a waking Pop dream. Ralf D”rper, a bank employee, music writer and member of Dsseldorf Industrial-Electronic band Die Krupps, founded Propaganda with vocalist Claudia Brucken, part-time DJ Andreas Thein and jeweler/goldsmith Susanne Freytag. None was a musician in the conventional sense but they made a demo version of 'Discipline' by Throbbing Gristle which found its way to NME writer Paul Morley, then in the process of setting up ZTT with Trevor Horn and Jill Sinclair. The rest is history. 26 tracks. Salvo. 2010.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Arjomandi on June 16 2001
Format: Audio CD
Propaganda was a mid 1980's electro-pop group based in England, comprised of Claudia Bruecken, Susanne Freytag, Ralph Doerper, and Michael Mertens. 1985 saw the release of Secret Wish, their debut album for the ZTT records (also home to Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Art Of Noise). The fantastic medley of the songs Relax (Frankie's staple) and P. Machinery, by the Italo disco group P4F was an effort not unknown to many in the Euro disco scene of the time. Unfortunately though, after releasing a remix album later on in the same year, the group split apart and the members set to pursue their own musical projects. On one front, Claudia Bruecken --the lead Propaganda vocalist-- remained with the ZTT records for releasing "Laughter, Tears, and Rage" (1988), a splendid electro-pop effort in collaboration with Thomas Leer. Later on in 1991, Bruecken issued her solo album "Love, And A Million Other Things", but as far as I know since then she has been quiet in the recording business. On the other fronts, while Ralph Doerper returned to Die Krupps (his former electro-industrial outfit) for the 1989 release of the maxi single "Machineries of Joy" in collaboration with Nitzer Ebb, Michael Mertens recruited two former members of the Scottish supergroup Simple Minds, as well as Betsy Miller, a new lead vocalist, for the 1990 release of "1234" (also under the name Propaganda). I am not aware of any Susanne Freytag projects except for her vocal role in "Spirit Feel", a 1995 ambient techno album. There has been talks about a possible Propaganda reunion, but unfortunately as the time of this writing the reunion has not been materialized.
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By A Customer on Nov. 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
Claudia Brucken & Suzanne Freytag. The most deliciously tantalizing combination in electronic pop history. The band just wasn't the same after Claudia left. But this album is truly magical. If Kraftwerk invented the genre and gave life to it, Propaganda breathed emotion & passion into it. Solid synth work, and absolutely gorgeous vocal arrangements. They tried being like Kraftwerk.....but they did so much better than kraftwerk could ever hope to. (God strike me down for my blasphemy!) Featuring Trevor Horn's slick production, and contributions from celebrities such as: Glenn Gregory (Heaven-17), David Sylvian (Japan), and Steve Howe (Yes), this album is a literal who's who of musical talent. It's a crime that this album didn't do better in the States. A true Gem of 80's & pop music perfection. This album is the prefect way to introduce new listeners to the synth music genre. I was sold the first time I heard Duel & Dr. Mabuse. Americans may have invented the Synthesizer. But the Germans perfected it. And this album is living proof. Fans should also check out Claudia Brucken's work with Act, and Spirit Feel. And I can't WAIT for her very-soon-to-be-released & much-anticipated collaboration with Paul Humphreys of OMD. Should be out in early 2004 I hear. Buy this album....and it will get stuck in your CD Changer. I guarantee it.
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During the '80's there was an explosion of bands (a lot of them British) that used synthesizers to inovate their sound.A lot of them succeeded too..(Depeche Mode,Heaven 17,Human League etc.)in gaining a mass audience that welcomed each new album with relish.However, no one really established the chilling effect of synthpop like Propaganda did.Hailing from Germany, these four musicians made a masterpiece during 1985 that would define the '80s alternative music scene forever.With British ace producers Trevor Horn and Steve Lipson at the helm,A Secret Wish was born.The cinematic opener,A Dream Within A Dream is truly a standout.Singer Suzanne Freytag's icy narration lasts well over 8 minutes before turning over the major vocal duties to Claudia Brucken who has the most unsual but interesting voice that debut's on The Murder Of Love.Duel and P-machinery were the commercials high points.Both were sizeable hits with a heavy percussion sound.The rest of the album is much darker and forbidding .Dr Mabuse(their first single)tells the tale of evil doings,while Frozen Faces(another standout)and The Chase highlight Claudia's voice to the best effect.The closing track Strength To Dream establishes once again the chilling cinematic presence of the album opener A Dream Within A Dream.This album is truly a classic.I just hope that Propaganda would reform and make another masterpiece like this one.
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By orac_uk on April 10 2000
Format: Audio CD
Here's a much forgotten secret from the mid eighties, Propaganda's Secret Wish is one of the best albums from this period of golden pop. The album was produced by one of the UK's best known and most successful producer's Trevor Horn, who was also the driving force behind the trend setting debuts of ABC and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Horn's love of complex string arrangements are used to good effect giving Propaganda's well constructed songs an added dimension that starker electronic albums could sometimes lack. Propaganda proved they were on equal terms with fellow German innovators Kraftwerk by releasing an album where every track is a gem. Clever use of synth sequencing and analogue layers give many of the tracks a definite edge, and the album still sounds superb by today's techno standards some 15 years after it was released. This sort of music is always helped by a strong vocalist, and the enigmatic Claudia Brucken with her distinctive German voice is as important to the success of this album as Alison Moyet was to Yazoo. Brucken's vocals easily generate pure emotion against the harsh, industrial sequencing of some of the tracks. On Jewel she provides a manic performance that I really haven't heard from any female vocalist since. It's very difficult to pick highlight tracks as favourites, because they are all so good, but Duel remains as one of the best pop songs from this period. It's a perfect mix of classical interludes and melodic synths, something Horn was to revisit on the PSB classic Left To My Own Devices from 1988. Heaven 17's Glenn Gregory helps out on the vocals for the single P-Machinery, a song that has one of the catchiest synth leads I have ever heard. Japan's David Sylvian also provided the bleeps in the intro.Read more ›
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