Combined: The Best of Claudia Brücken

Combined: The Best of Claudia Brücken

by Claudia Brücken
     
 
Paving the way for Alison Goldfrapp, Róisín Murphy, and a never-ending supply of "L"-monikered electro starlets, Claudia Brücken's ice-cool demeanor, striking film noir look, and sultry avant-garde vocals were integral to the success of the '80s German synth pop scene. Gathering 15 tracks from her

Overview

Paving the way for Alison Goldfrapp, Róisín Murphy, and a never-ending supply of "L"-monikered electro starlets, Claudia Brücken's ice-cool demeanor, striking film noir look, and sultry avant-garde vocals were integral to the success of the '80s German synth pop scene. Gathering 15 tracks from her intermittent and highly collaborative career, Combined: The Best of Claudia Brücken is a welcome reminder of her talents, which unlike the acts she influenced, never really broke through to the mainstream. With just one solo studio album under her belt, 1991's Love: And a Million Other Things, the idea of a career retrospective may seem rather redundant, but wisely opting to include material from the several innovative outfits she has fronted over her 27-year career, this Salvo compilation is far from filler-heavy. Kicking off with three of the singles from her brief spell with Propaganda, the innovative Dusseldorf quartet rumored to be an inspiration for Michael Jackson's Bad, the atmospheric Trevor Horn-produced "Dr. Mabuse" and the funky new wave follow-up "Duel," both U.K. Top 30 hits, and the La Isla Bonita-esque "p:Machinery" are all prime examples of Brücken's trademark Teutonic synth-based sound. But just as inventive are the two tracks apiece from her short-lived duo Act's sole LP, Laughter, Tears and Rage ("Absolutely Immune," "Snobbery & Decay"), her only solo record ("Kiss Like Ether," "Absolut[e]"), and her 2007 effort with OMD's Paul Humphreys, Instead, under the guise of Onetwo (the Martin Gore-penned "Cloud 9ine," originally intended for a never-materialized Propaganda reunion, and the brooding "Sequentia"). Elsewhere, there's her duet from Erasure's Andy Bell's Electric Blue album, ("Delicious"), her vocal contribution to Chrome Seduction's Italo-house anthem "Light the Way," and four new tracks, including covers of Roy Orbison's Blue Velvet theme, "In Dreams," and David Bowie's "This Is Not America" with former ZTT labelmate Paul Rutherford, and two new trip-hop-inspired tracks produced by Stephen Hague (Blur, Pet Shop Boys), which prove that Brücken doesn't always need company to shine. Ignoring 2005's teaming up with Andrew Poppy, Another Language, and her collaborations with Blank & Jones, Oceanhead, and Jimmy Somerville, Combined still leaves a few gaps in Brücken's sporadic back catalog, but overall, it's a fairly representative and always intriguing collection of one of the synth pop scene's unsung heroes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Salvo
UPC:
0698458814623
catalogNumber:
5881462
Rank:
55043

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claudia Brücken   Primary Artist,Vocals
Stewart Copeland   Drums
Chris Ballin   Background Vocals
Ralf Dörper   Vocals
Claudia Fontaine   Vocals,Background Vocals
Susanne Freytag   Vocals
Martin Gore   Guitar
Trevor Horn   Musical Direction
Michael Mertens   Vocals
David Sylvian   Ambience
Luke Tunney   Guitar,Keyboards
Rupert Webster   Guitar
Paul Humphreys   Keyboards
Jon Russell   Keyboards
John Uriel   Guitar,Keyboards
Andreas Thein   Vocals
Chuck Norman   electronics
John Murphy   Guitar
Propoganda   Vocals
Philip Larsen   Keyboards
Morris Micahel   Guitar
Synclavier   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Wim Mertens   Composer
David Bowie   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Ralf Dörper   Programming
Susanne Freytag   Programming
Stephen Hague   Producer
Renny Hill   Engineer
Trevor Horn   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Bob Kraushaar   Engineer
Lyle Mays   Composer
Michael Mertens   Programming
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Andrew Poppy   Arranger,Producer
Luke Tunney   Programming
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Claudia Brücken   Programming,Producer
Andy Bell   Producer
Pascal Gabriel   Producer
Noel Rafferty   Engineer
Paul Humphreys   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jon Russell   Programming
Jillian Edelstein   Cover Photo
Magnus Fiennes   Producer
John Uriel   Programming
Andreas Thein   Programming
Chuck Norman   Programming
Manhattan Clique   Producer
Onetwo   Producer
Humphreys   Composer
Propoganda   Arranger,Programming
Stephen Lipson   Producer
Chrome Seduction   Producer

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