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Secret Wish

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Along with Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Art Of Noise, Propaganda were one of the original signings to ZTT in 1984 and A Secret Wish one of the most distinctive albums released by the label. Originating from Hamburg, Germany, Propaganda were often described as `ABBA from hell' and were one of the early progenitors of what is now known as `electronica'. Featuring the lead singles Dr Mabuse and Duel, A Secret Wish is the very definition of a cult classic. False Tuned. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dream Within A Dream
  2. The Murder Of Love
  3. Jewel
  4. Duel
  5. Frozen Faces
  6. P-Machinery
  7. Sorry For Laughing
  8. Dr. Mabuse
  9. The Chase
  10. Strength To Dream


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ZTT
  • ASIN: B000AMU11Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I read in a Q MAGAZINE synth pop special about how great this album was and that it was considered a essential synth pop album. All the reviews on amazon.com agreed. Given that I boughth the album and I can only say: WOW! What was the last time you heard an album for the first time and song after song perfection you wish the album would never end? This only happens with a few albums, those considered masterpieces. Well, there you have it. From the first chords of the very first song you will know you are hearing something special. I love all the songs! If you are a fan of Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Depeche, etc. you will instantly fall in love with this album.
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(I like this album so much that I sought out and am herewith reproducing my review from the discontinued 1984 CD version!)

" 5.0 out of 5 stars: Transcendent Synth, April 9, 2005 "

The absolute apotheosis of 80s synthesizer music. One of my favorite and most-listened-to albums by anyone, ever. Atmospheric, expansive, compelling. Redoubtable, riveting; full of miraculous chordal progressions which almost seem to defy logic, gravity, and all previous musical invention. Sounds crazy? Nope, it's really that good. A work of undisputed genius.

Propaganda never again reached this peak ...But then neither did anyone else.

Miss "A Secret Wish" at your peril!
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Propaganda joined the ranks of Kraftwerk in the electronica hall of fame with 'A Secret Wish' -- one of my favorite albums ever. The album symbolizes 80s pop/goth excess in the best way, and not without humor, but is visionary in production values and still sounds fresh. "Dr. Mabuse" and "P:Machinery" are standout tracks in this cohesive, even narrative, album.
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This album features two of my absolute all-time favourites, Duel and P: Machinery, you wouldn't believe how often I listened to these 2 singles as a boy.....
Unfortunately, none of the other songs on this album come near to these two, but this would be very difficult indeed, and they are still good to very good.
In total, not a perfect CD, but still great,typical 80ies and very original music.
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A Secret Wish was the second CD I bought (after Dark Side of the Moon) for the then brand new CD player that I purchased in 1984 and it did the new technology proud. This is truly a masterpiece work with every song flowing effortlessly into the next. Absolutely an amazing aural tour de force with exceptionally strong vocals, instruments and production values. From the opening spoken dialoge with swirling synths leading into A Dream Within a Dream to the closing pounding finish of Strength to Dream, this album takes you on an amazing sound journey. It is a shame that it is not widely acknowledged for the masterwork that it is. I listened to it again today and even after 25 years it has not aged a bit. Do yourself a big favor and discover one of the 80's hidden gems.

PS: Make sure to listen with headphones
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