A Secret Wish

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A Secret Wish
Studio album by Propaganda
Released July 1985
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 52:01
Label ZTT
Producer Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson
Propaganda chronology
A Secret Wish
(1985)
Wishful Thinking
(1985)
Singles from 'A Secret Wish'
  1. "Dr. Mabuse"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Duel"
    Released: 1985
  3. "p:Machinery"
    Released: 1985

A Secret Wish was the 1985 debut album of synthpop band Propaganda. Released by ZTT Records, it was produced by Stephen Lipson and label boss Trevor Horn. The singles "Duel" and "Dr. Mabuse" were both Top 30 UK chart hits. The track "p:Machinery" was also released as a single and was featured in an episode of the 80's TV show Miami Vice and also on the video "Drum" by Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon for his Whitbread Round the World Race in 1985.

The album was followed up quickly in the autumn of 1985 by the Wishful Thinking companion remix album.

A Secret Wish has been reissued a number of times through the years – including as a deluxe 20th anniversary edition and as a multi-channel SACD. The most recent re-release is the 2010 double CD deluxe edition which marks the album's 25th anniversary.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1985 vinyl album release[edit]

A – WITHIN

  1. "Dream Within A Dream" – 8:04
  2. "The Murder Of Love" – 5:12
  3. "Jewel" – 3:10
  4. "Duel" – 4:43

B – WITHOUT

  1. "p:Machinery" – 3:50
  2. "Sorry for Laughing" – 3:25
  3. "Dr. Mabuse (First life)" – 5:00
  4. "The Chase" – 4:03
  5. "The Last Word/Strength To Dream" – 3:01

"Dream Within A Dream" has the lyrics of the poem "A Dream Within A Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe. "Sorry for Laughing" is a Josef K cover. "The Last Word" is an instrumental based on "Dr. Mabuse". "Strength To Dream" is the opening line from "Dream Within A Dream". On the sleeve and label, "Jewel" and "Duel" were listed as a single track, whereas "The Last Word" and "Strength to Dream" were separate.

Original 1985 CD release[edit]

  1. "Dream Within A Dream" [extended] – 09:09
  2. "The Murder Of Love" – 5:12
  3. "Jewel" – 6:22
  4. "Duel" [CD remix] – 4:42
  5. "Frozen Faces" – 4:25
  6. "p:Machinery" [single mix] – 3:51
  7. "Sorry for Laughing" – 3:27
  8. "The Chase" – 4:04
  9. "Dr Mabuse" [CD remix] – 10:41

"Jewel" is the 'cut rough' 12-inch (vocal) mix, with the opening seconds replaced by the album intro. "Duel" has minor changes within the mix, as does "p:Machinery", appearing here as the single mix. The version of "Dr Mabuse" here is the first 12-inch mix ('Das Testaments des Mabuse'), with the final minute replaced by the end of "The Last Word/Strength to Dream" from the original LP.

The three-month delay between the vinyl and CD releases gave producer Steve Lipson the opportunity to remix the album to his satisfaction, and he said that he considered the CD to be the definitive version.[2]

The original US release contained the UK CD in a longbox. Several years later, a US printing was done that had the vinyl tracks but mislabeled with the original UK CD artwork. Most subsequent reissues featured a hybrid tracklisting, following the vinyl for the most part, but with the addition of the longer vocal "Jewel" and "Frozen Faces".

Japanese CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Dream Within A Dream" – 8:04
  2. "The Murder Of Love" – 5:18
  3. "Jewel" – 3:11
  4. "Duel" – 4:48
  5. "Frozen Faces" – 4:25
  6. "p:Machinery" – 3:50
  7. "Sorry for Laughing" – 3:27
  8. "Dr. Mabuse (first life)" – 5:04
  9. "The Chase" – 4:05
  10. "The Last Word/Strength To Dream" – 3:02
  11. "Femme Fatale (The Woman With The Orchid)" – 3:21
  12. "Dr. Mabuse (13th Life)" – 6:36
  13. "Duel (bitter-sweet)" – 7:36
  14. "(the beta wraparound of) p:Machinery" – 10:47

20th Anniversary reissue[edit]

CD

  1. "Dream Within A Dream" – 9:08
  2. "The Murder Of Love" – 5:12
  3. "Jewel" – 6:22
  4. "Duel" – 4:42
  5. "Frozen Faces" – 4:25
  6. "p:Machinery" – 3:51
  7. "Sorry for Laughing" – 3:27
  8. "The Chase" – 4:04
  9. "Dr. Mabuse" – 10:41

DVD

  1. "Duel (Version 1)" – 4:52
  2. "p:Machinery" – 3:48
  3. "Dr. Mabuse (Version 1)" – 4:50
  4. "Dr. Mabuse (Version 2)" – 4:30

SACD release[edit]

  1. "Dream Within A Dream" – 8:06
  2. "The Murder Of Love" – 5:17
  3. "Jewel" – 6:23
  4. "Duel" – 4:48
  5. "Frozen Faces" – 4:22
  6. "p:Machinery" – 3:50
  7. "Sorry for Laughing" – 3:27
  8. "Dr. Mabuse" – 5:04
  9. "The Chase" – 4:05
  10. "Strength To Dream" – 3:00

2010 2CD Deluxe "Element Series" Edition[edit]

CD 1: "The Dark Religions Depart..."
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Dream Within A Dream"   Edgar Allan Poe Mertens 9:09
2. "The Murder Of Love"   Brücken/Dörper Brücken/Mertens 5:14
3. "Jewel"   Dörper Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 6:21
4. "Duel"   Dörper Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 4:42
5. "Frozen Faces"   Brücken/Freytag/Mertens Brücken/Freytag/Mertens 4:24
6. "p:Machinery"   Dörper Mertens 3:49
7. "Sorry for Laughing"   Haig Haig/Ross 3:28
8. "The Chase"   Dörper Mertens 3:55
9. "Dr. Mabuse"   Dörper Dörper/Mertens/Thein 10:42
10. "Dream Within A Dream" (Analogue Variation) Edgar Allan Poe Mertens 8:04
11. "Jewel" (Analogue Variation) Dörper Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 3:10
12. "Duel" (Analogue Variation) Dörper Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 4:42
13. "p:Machinery" (Analogue Variation) Dörper Mertens 3:49
14. "Dr. Mabuse (First Life)" (Analogue Variation) Dörper Dörper/Mertens/Thein 5:03
15. "The Last Word (Strength To Dream)" (Analogue Variation) Dörper/Mertens Dörper/Mertens 3:03
Total length:
79:38
CD 2: "...And Sweet Science Reigns"
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Do Well" (The First Cut/Duel/Jewel (Cut Rough)/Wonder/Bejewelled) Dörper Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 20:06
2. "Testament One"   (instrumental) Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 1:20
3. "Die tausend Augen des Mabuse"   Dörper Dörper/Mertens/Thein 9:47
4. "Sorry For Laughing" (Unapologetic 12" Version) Haig Haig/Ross 10:12
5. "Thought (Part I)"   (instrumental) Dörper/Thein 2:08
6. "Thought (Part II)"   (instrumental) Dörper/Thein 0:29
7. "p:Machinery" (Goodnight 32 Mix) Dörper Mertens 4:12
8. "The Chase" (The Goodnight Mix) Dörper Mertens 3:55
9. "(Echo Of) Frozen Faces"   Brücken/Freytag/Mertens Brücken/Freytag/Mertens 10:20
10. "p:Machinery (p:Polish)"   Dörper Mertens 9:24
11. "Testament Three"   (instrumental) Brücken/Dörper/Mertens 0:26
Total length:
72:28

Do Well is the cassette single version of Duel. Die Tausend Augen Des Mabuse is an extended version of the 6'31" twelve-inch mix (aka "13th Life"), without the early fade out. Thought (parts one and two) appeared together on Wishful Thinking (part two is the p:Machinery reprise). The Goodnight 32 mix of p:Machinery was released in 1985 on a 7-inch single as "p:Machinery (reactivated)".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farley, Keith. "Propaganda: A Secret Wish > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Quoted in sleeve notes to A Secret Wish 2010 CD reissue