Propaganda ‎– A Secret Wish

Action Series – 13
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Dream Within A Dream
Lyrics By [Words To Dream Written By] – Edgar Allen Poe*
A2 The Murder Of Love 5:13
A3 Jewel 3:07
A4 Duel 4:41
B1 P–Machinery 3:50
B2 Sorry For Laughing
Written-By – Malcolm Ross, Paul Haig
B3 Dr. Mabuse (First Life)
Producer [Uncredited] – Trevor HornWritten-By – Thein*, Mertens*, Dorper*
B4 The Chase 4:05
B5 The Last Word / Strength To Dream 3:00

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Comes with a printed inner sleeve

"IQ number 3 becomes number 13 in ZTT's Real Action Series. Propaganda also contributed number 2 and 8 in this series"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1, stamped): ZTTIQ 3 A -1U-1 - D 1 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2, stamped): ZTTIQ 3 B-1U- 1- 2 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 & 2, etched): TOWNHOUSE

Other Versions (5 of 90) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
90288 Propaganda A Secret Wish(LP, Album, TP) Island Records 90288 US 1985 Sell This Version
D 407.027 Propaganda A Secret Wish(Cass, Album) Island Records D 407.027 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
826 010-1, 826010-1 Propaganda A Secret Wish(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 826 010-1, 826010-1 France 1985 Sell This Version
ZCIQ 3 Propaganda A Secret Wish(Cass, Album, Pap) ZTT ZCIQ 3 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7 90288-4, 90288-4 Propaganda A Secret Wish(Cass, Album, AR,) Island Records, ZTT 7 90288-4, 90288-4 US 1985 Sell This Version


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September 14, 2018
One of the best Synth-pop records of the 80's, definitly... "ABBA from hell" as Ralf Dörper used to say ... ;-)


March 22, 2018

Surprised by some of the comments below to be honest. I've always held the view that this is one of the most ambitious and sonically brilliant albums of the 80s - few can touch it in terms of technical brilliance. Superb orchestral arrangements flow beautifully with the sequenced electronic elements - all very filmic and very clever pop music. The Pet Shop Boys did their own tribute to the Propaganda/ZTT blueprint with 1989's 'Left To My Own Devices' - high praise too and another superb track. This album is highly recommended if you love the 80's output of Mode, New Order, PSB etc.


March 13, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

As sampled by Dave Angel for his remake/remix of Sweet Dreams by The Eurythmics entitled the Nightmare Mix..
Great opening track Dream Within A Dream on this l.p. by Propaganda but the rest is not for me what so ever.. So 4 stars for the sample and nowt else..


May 21, 2016
The noteworthy list of session men and engineers printed on the edge of the inner sleeve gives no clues as to who played or sang where, but Steve Howe at least is safely on "The Murder of Love" - the tone and phrasing of that brief, tasteful solo have his fingerprints on them. I wonder who played the searing guitar on Dream Within a Dream, though? This long, expansive opener track is one of the peak points of the album and a triumph of playing, pacing, vocals and production.


July 18, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
"Did anyone know the CD and the Cassette version had slighlt different mixes."

The LP's remix of Jewel is shorter than the CD's version.


January 23, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Well, a nice album but I think it's a bit overestimated by some points.

I never liked some songs: Sorry for laughing is terrible, The chase is nice but just a filler. Some versions has the Femme fatale which I think is a terribly childish composition musicalwise and doesn't match to the mastery of the symphonic value of the strenght of the album.

Then, apart from the tasteless songs almost everything else suffers from similar factors: the synthesizer usage is sometimes rudimentary, sometimes is taste-less. The cold and almost plain sonic timbres of the high-tech instruments are sometimes painful. (That's valid exactly to the 95% of the Synclavier productions. I think there's only a very few people in the world had the time to tweak-out anything valuable from those monsters and the rest was based upon the factory presets. It's halway understood due to the incredible studio-fees and only top-end studios could afford such synths). A typical example is the most of the basses. They were harsh and teasing and a bit emptied-sounding (for me, even THOSE times).

The drummachine is bloody rudimentary. Boaaah... It was always the weakest point of the ZTT but on the FGTH albums it was still excuseable.

The recording soundquality is below the average due to my memories. No dynamics, no low ends and lack of transients. Info-less in overall just like many of the ZTT releases of the period. (Just think about the FGTH - Liverpool which was incredibly low - end recording partly due to the early digital machines, but even if it's so, there were excellent DDD recordings by then...) I had it on LP and still have some CDs... Remastering won't help it, especially there's NO way to digitalise the old material on a state-of art A/D converter if the maser was already digital. What was lost is lost...

Last don't least don't we forget: there were already all the counting synth-pop releases out by then in 1985! Depeche Mode was over with their first sampler LP and utilised incredible solutions sonic-timbred and bombastic drumming by then. Kraftwerk has introduced us the way of rhythmisation, the synth-sounds, drumsounds, elegance and transcendence. The Soft Cell was an immediate blast in 1981! Yazoo (Yazz)? No question: was a master. Human League was over with their best period. Alphaville showed us top-end of everything, icl. the drumming also. The Twins - Until the end of time (1985) was just incredible. Telex, Thomas Dolby, Yello was all much known by then... The new thing was here is the symphonic feel but (for me) was no consolation for the albums weaknesses.

Apart from it all, it's a very good album though, full of power, grandioso sound, incredible vocals, nice mixing and some very great compositions. Look further for Claudia Brücken + Thomas Leer's ACT -project! That's just incredible.


October 14, 2013
Anybody else noticed that the original vinyl pressing runs slightly faster than CD versions? Maybe a semitone higher in pitch?


February 4, 2012
Did anyone know the CD and the Cassette version had slighlt different mixes.