Yikes! I just became aware of this two days ago, but if you will remember the gripping xPropaganda show we discussed in March, that was enough to blindside me severely. Now comes the news that of course the show was recorded and producer/guitarist Steve Lipson has seen fit to take it to disc. This Friday, October 26th, sees the release of the live album of that show that no one [save for Logan Sky and SimonH who commented on that thread] was able to get tickets to. It’s entitled “A Secret Place” and it features the full show with Susanne Freytag, Claudia Brücken, and Steven Lipson along with a full band [and select laptop interjections] finally bringing the last great album of the 80s to the stage.xPropaganda: A Secret Place UK CD 
- Dream Within A Dream
- The Murder Of Love
- Frozen Faces
- Sorry For Laughing
- Dr. Mabuse
- The Chase
- Strength To Dream
- Femme Fatale
There were 1000 copies of this CD produced. 300 were signed by Brücken, Freytag, and Lipson. Those are already long gone. There remains 700 standard copies. These are currently for sale in the band’s Bandcamp store for the no-questions-asked price of £12.00 [$15.50] plus shipping. So I know where my discretionary stipend is going from tomorrow’s paycheck. Buy in haste, or regret in leisure: here. If you miss the CD the unlimited DL is £7.00 [$9.04] so there is always hope. And since it’s from Bandcamp, the preferred DL vendor, you have your choice of lovely digital formats… or MP3s if you are not particularly picky.
It was a full eight piece band that night and the layout of talent shows no quarter given. Album alumni in red.
- Susanne Freytag: voice and simmons drums
- James Watson: MD, keyboards, guitar, bass and additional snare
- Philip Larsen: keyboards
- Sam Tate: trumpet
- Luís Jardim: percussion
- Stephen Lipson: guitar
- Paul Jones: drums
- Claudia Brücken: voice, pitched percussion
I was impressed that they managed to have a live horn player for the concert instead of relying on synths. I had opined earlier that Paul Jones might have been the ex-Manfred Man vocalist who also sang on the first B.E.F. album in 1982, but he’s almost 80 and has become born again thanks to the ministrations of Sir Cliff Richard, so it’s probably a different Paul Jones. Seeing this reminds me that I’m two albums behind in my Claudia Brücken listening! I still need the “Where Else” album and the recent “Beginn” album as well! Perhaps some day. Just not very soon.
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