Act

Act

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Short lived collaboration between Propaganda vocalist, Claudia Brücken and cult favourite Electro pioneer, Thomas Leer. The pair released a handful of smart singles and an album before deciding to cut and run. Satirizing the glitz and indulgence of the entertainment industry, the first release, Snobbery and Decay, came at a time when perhaps the public had grown weary of ZTT's promotional style and just didn't 'buy' it. Ultimately, the duo suffered the cynicism of the industry they lampooned.
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Act Discography Tracks

Albums

Act Laughter, Tears And Rage (Album, Comp) ZTT, ZTT UK 1988 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Act Snobbery & Decay (Single, Maxi, EP) ZTT UK 1987 Sell This Version
Act Absolutely Immune (Single, EP) ZTT UK 1987 Sell This Version
J.B. 330 Act / Giuni Russo Con La Partecipazione Di Rettore Act / Giuni Russo Con La Partecipazione Di Rettore - Snobbery & Decay / Adrenalina(7", Jukebox) Ricordi J.B. 330 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Act Chance (Single) ZTT UK 1988 Sell This Version
Act I Can't Escape From You (Love & Hate) (Single, EP) ZTT, ZTT UK 1988 Sell This Version

Compilations

Act Love & Hate – A Compact Introduction To Act (Comp, Album) Salvo, ZTT Europe 2015 Sell This Version

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synthsaint

synthsaint

February 16, 2017
edited 9 months ago
A real treasure-box, especially the album's reissue of 3 CD. Incredible vocal, wonderful arrangements, exciting, extraordinary compositions. Interestingly, the 3 CD Anthology excludes 2 tracks, which the newly releases "Love & Hate" double album includes:

- Chance (full whammy) 8:01
- Winner 88 3:28 (I think this is the 7' version)

Altough I think the 3 CD Anthology exist in different version, which has these tracks and the name is De luxe disc, I think. That release is far the most complete Act album. It isn't listed here on Discogs by today for some reasons... If you are a completist, then you should look for this ZTT release:

https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Art-Of-The-12-Volume-Two-A-Promotion-Of-A-Way-Of-Life/release/3098068

It has the Chance (whammy mix) which is shorter than the "full" version and a Gestures (edited version) 1:25.
Numanoid

Numanoid

June 29, 2015
However much ZTT want to spin the greatness of ACT, the reason why they didn't take-off back in the 80's is that they sound fair enough, but nothing special.
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

January 23, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
Wonderful album, extremely colorful with exciting instrumentation, very versatile compositions, yet held together by Stephen Lipson's mastermind. Powerful and vivid movements. Synth-pop of the best kind. I prefer it over the Propaganda what was a bit rudimentary compared to this one. Thomas Leer's appearing voice is just perfect, but Claudia Brücken never was sooo good, nor since. Highest recommendation, even more for ZTT-artists fans. Interestingly the LP version contains a half minute long interplay with singing. Original piece and based on the I can't escape from you sounds. It isn't included on the German CD, nor on the 3-CD box set! The Original design was very georgeous, Claudia was very nice on it. Reissue isn't that good but has incredible amount of mixes and not yet released material! GREAT! Pity, the recording soundquality is as poor as usual on the other ZTT stuff of the mid-80's. Watch-out: there are multiple remix versions were released on some Art of 12" issues which are NOT appearing in the Act catalogue!!!

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