Act ‎– Laughter, Tears And Rage - The Anthology

CD, Album, Reissue
2 × CD, Compilation
Box Set, Remastered, Limited Edition

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(More) Laughter, Tears And Rage
1-1 Absolutely Immune 4:37
1-2 Chance 4:08
1-3 Laughter 3:58
1-4 I Can't Escape From You 3:07
1-5 Short Story (Thinker) 0:32
1-6 Poison 3:55
1-7 Under The Nights Of Germany 4:31
1-8 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 3:53
1-9 The 3rd Planet 4:23
1-10 Gestures 4:00
1-11 Bloodrush 4:12
1-12 A Friendly Warning
Written-By – Dempsey*
1-13 Certified 4:27
1-14 Where Love Lies Bleeding 3:20
1-15 (Theme From) Laughter
Piano – Chris Senior
1-16 Snobbery And Decay
Arranged By [Strings] – David Bedford
1-17 I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You
Written-By – Lloyd Webber*, Rice*
1-18 (Theme From) Snobbery And Decay
Piano – Chris Senior
1-19 Absolutely Immune (Seven Inch Mix) 3:21
1-20 White Rabbit
Written-By – Grace Slick
1-21 Dear Life 3:19
1-22 (Theme From) I Can't Escape From You
Featuring – Chris Senior
Name Dropping (Songs From Beyond The Me-Decade)
2-1 Snobbery And Decay (That's Entertainment!) 9:48
2-2 Absolutely Immune (Extended Version) 6:14
2-3 Chance (Throbbin' Mix) 7:10
2-4 Winner 88 (Extended) 6:19
2-5 I Can't Escape From You (Love And Hate)
Mixed By – The Slot Brothers
2-6 Snobbery And Decay (Extended, For Stephanie Beacham)
Arranged By [Strings] – David Bedford
2-7 Strong Poison 6:02
2-8 Absolutely Immune II (Trevor's Twelve Inch Mix)
Mixed By – Trevor Horn
2-9 States Of Logic 5:04
2-10 (We Give You Another) Chance 4:20
2-11 (The Naked Civil) Snobbery And Decay 8:52
That's Entertainment! (Plundering The Vaults)
3-1 Laughter (Seven Inch Mix) 3:49
3-2 Chance (Seven Inch Mix) 4:01
3-3 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Lucky's Skank 2) 3:51
3-4 Absolutely Immune (Take 4) 4:02
3-5 (Alternative) Gestures 3:49
3-6 Under The Nights Of Germany (Trial Edit) 3:57
3-7 Body Electric 3:44
3-8 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (Lucky's Skank 1) 3:51
3-9 Laughter (Instrumental Seven Inch Mix) 4:14
3-10 Absolutely Immune (Instrumental) 3:27
3-11 Certified (Instrumental) 4:27
3-12 Under The Nights Of Germany (Instrumental) 4:52
3-13 Gestures (Instrumental) 3:49
3-14 I'd Be Surprisingly Instrumental For You
Written-By – Lloyd Webber*, Rice*
3-15 Winner 88 (Instrumental) 3:27
3-16 3rd Planet (Altered) 4:23
3-17 Bloodrush (Silent) 4:10
3-18 Gestures (Improvised) 10:12

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Comes in folding 8-panel digipak packaging with a booklet, housed in a slipcase. All tracks circa 1987-1988. Compiles original album, B-sides, remixes, plus previously unreleased alternate & instrumental versions.

Cover versions:
"Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" - The Smiths
"I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" - from Evita
"White Rabbit" - Jefferson Airplane

Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 055041 805126
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5055041805126
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): ZTT185CDX 15022 CD1
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): ZTT185CDX 15023 CD2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3): ZTT185CDX 15024 CD3
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L213
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 3706

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZQCD 1, ZQCD1 Act Laughter, Tears And Rage(CD, Album) ZTT, ZTT ZQCD 1, ZQCD1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
none Act Laughter, Tears And Rage - The Anthology(51xFile, FLAC, Album, Comp, RE, RM) ZTT none Europe 2004
XECZ-1024-25 Act Laughter, Tears And Rage(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, Gat) ZTT XECZ-1024-25 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
ZQMC 1 Act Laughter, Tears And Rage(Cass, Album) ZTT ZQMC 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ZTT185CD Act Laughter, Tears And Rage(CD, Album, RE, RM) ZTT ZTT185CD UK 2003 Sell This Version


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January 25, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
A solid and long-awaited collection containing a handful of surprises and a similar quantity of unfortunate disappointments.

Longtime followers of the band or their label will be overjoyed to discover that virtually all of Act's commercially-released output appears in this single package -- one of the advantages of the duo's relatively shallow back catalog. The casual fan need no longer haunt the dark corners of the '12" Vinyl: Misc A' bins in hopes of stumbling across a stray TIMM, VIMM, ZACT or XACT; their contents are all represented within.

But alas, a few holes in the plot: the rare remixes of "Chance", nicked on charges of Unauthorized Incorporation Of An ABBA Sample immediately after their original release, do not resurface here. Neither do the four otherwise-unavailable tracks from the "Snobbery & Decay" promo (possibly for similarly legalistic reasons), or the alternate single version of "Poison" (whose mix bears no distinguishing title and may therefore have simply been overlooked). There is an attempt at balance: new mixes of "Chance" and "Absolutely Immune" ease the pain somewhat. The same cannot be said of the samey-sounding flurry of previously-unavailable instrumentals that dominates disc three.

All told, it's a worthy effort; if you've ever heard an Act track you liked, it's almost certainly here to be enjoyed again. Only the most desparate of the die-hard anoraks -- this reviewer sadly among them -- will shelve the set unsatisfied.