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  • Audio CD (May 28 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: AUS-Import
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B003IODNJA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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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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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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Although I'm a fervent admirer of Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order and Human League, I have to admit that this album tops anything I own from the eighties, even Depeche's masterpiece "Black Celebration". I think I must have listened to this cd a thousand times, and think I'll never get tired of listening to it. These songs were constructed with such perfection! and it's the debut & farewell album by this great german Industrial-Techno-Pop group (I'm not taking in account the later album "1-2-3-4", because it didn't feature the original group). "Duel" is one of those classic songs that stick to you forever, with gorgeous vocals by Claudia Brücken, and just the same can be said of the rest of the cd, especially "Dr. Mabuse", a wonderfully dramatic song, and "P Machinery". Do yourself a favour and be introduced to the definitive techno-masterpiece of the eighties, and it deserves ten stars!!!
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For the longest time I had the Do Well cassette blasting in my car. This was basically a 20 minute mash up of the wonderful track Jewel from the album under review here. Jewel was one of the best tracks I heard in the '80s, and I couldn't get enough of it - in all its forms. That wonderful chorus and Claudia's enticing vocals. But that song is just one highlight of Secret Wish. There are the great techno beats of The Murder Of Love and p-Machinery, the lovely melody of The Chase, and does anything compare with the 8 plus minutes of ecstatic electropop that is Dream Within A Dream? I have had the cassette version, the original cd version, the remixed version (Wishful Thinking), the Do Well EP, and now this great remastered release, and it still finds frequent time on my player. It's The Human League meets Amon Duul II, with some Alan Parsons thrown in. No, it's like nothing you ever heard before at the time. A classic.
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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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