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  • Audio CD (4 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B001ASISDC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Don't Mess With Doctor Dream
2. Lay Your Hands On Me
3. Future Days
4. You Killed The Clown
5. Revolution
6. King For A Day
7. Love Is The Law
8. Emperor's Clothes (Part 1)
9. Tokyo
10. Breakaway
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Disc: 2
1. Lay Your Hands On Me [original remix]
2. The Lewis Carol (Adventures in Wonderland)
3. Lay Your Hands On Me [US remix]
4. Lay Your Hands On Me (extended Nile Rodgers + Tom Bailey remix)
5. Roll Over Again [12"]
6. Fools In Paradise [12"]
7. Don't Mess With Dr Dream [Smackattack!]
8. Very Big Business [12"]
9. King For A Day [Extended mix]
10. Rollunder [extended]
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Product Description

*Following the massive success of Edsel's Deluxe 2CD Editions of "Quick Step & Side Kicks" and "Into The Gap", we now present the Deluxe 2CD Edition of the Thompson Twins' 1985 chart-topping album "Here's To Future Days".
*"Into The Gap" turned the Thompson Twins into worldwide megastars. For the eagerly-awaited follow-up, they recruited the help of Chic's Nile Rodgers in the producer's chair, and added guitars.
*The album was preceded by the huge hits "Lay Your Hands On Me" and "Don't Mess With Dr Dream". "King For A Day" and a version of The Beatles' "Revolution" (which they perfomed at Live Aid with Madonna) continued their extraordinary chart run, and as before, each single featured different, extended mixes and non-album b-sides.
*This 2 CD release presents all the remixes from the bonus EP / cassette edition as well as the extended 12" mixes and the non-album b-sides, the majority of which appear on CD for the first time, and all mastered from the original mastertapes. All this adds up to 154 minutes of "Here's To Future Days"!
*The attractive poster booklet features comprehensive annotation and all the 7" and 12" sleeves.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stevie M. on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The third album in the Thompson Twins "big trilogy" is often dismissed as the least interesting of their hit albums. In most respects, this is true, but that's not to say this is a bad album by any means. Here's To Future Days was released in 1985, as the band's popularity was waning, but considering how over-exposed the band were during their peak in 1984, this was bound to happen. There is no easy solution for such a problem - release new material too early and the public will be sick of you, release it too late and they will have forgotten you. This album arrived 18 months after their previous one, which seems like a reasonable gap, though the timing was probably decided less by choice and more by unfortunate circumstances.

The material on this album continues the dance-pop style from the Twins' previous two albums, though some of it isn't quite as stylised and often sounds a little more like generic mid-80s pop/rock (the single "King For A Day" is evidence of this, though it's not a bad tune). The album version of their late 1984 hit, "Lay Your Hands On Me", was given a gospel-style makeover by the Twins' new producer, Nile Rodgers, but the newer version is vastly inferior to the Alex Sadkin-produced original. Sadkin's version had much more charm with its flowing, uplifting chorus and elegant production, whereas Rodgers' version is just far too clipped and jagged-sounding with annoying rock guitars thrown in, almost murdering the song. The second single, "Don't Mess With Doctor Dream", has its guitars and synths working well together. With its sampled "groovy gorilla" intro and Chic-style guitar work during the verses, it is an infectious dance-pop track that rises above its blunt "Just Say No" anti-drug message (a message lost on Joe Leeway, if reports from the time were accurate).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nisty on 23 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Having honed their songwriting skills to perfection, through Quick Step and Into The Gap, the Twins consolidated their reputation through this album. Bailey's vocals, as ever, soar; the production is crystal clear; and the sound is the crisp and melodic one that was common to all the 4 albums from Into The Gap to Big Trash. Unlike the other albums of this quartet, however, Here's To Future Days does dip slightly on 1 or 2 tracks - such as the weak title track and the superfluous Beatles cover. That said, there are some outstanding moments, like "Dr Dream", and "Breakaway" (possibly their best ever moment, and worth the cover price alone).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Duncan Cooper on 15 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
There are few albums from the polished period of the eighties that still shine so strongly in the 21st century, but this is one of them. Although it failed to dominate the single charts with the kind of impact of its predecessor, Into the gap, it still holds together extremely well. Probably it's downfall is the wonderfully integrated sound and superb production that make listening to this album such an sophisticated experience, yet don't quite shout out in the way that is necessary to get a big hit. Not that the opening track, Don't mess with Doctor Dream, didn't attempt to do just that. Personally I prefer the more understated King for a day and Lay our hands on me, a little bit short of anthemic and yet strong enough meodically to stick in the memory.

Probably the tracks that make this album stand out more are more sophisticated and atmospheric ballads like Emperors clothes and You killed the clown. They hold the album together so well and yet there aren't really any weak tracks at all. Truly late night listening when you want to slow down and block out the fizzy nastiness of 21st century pop.

Bored now. Turn down that resonant filter PLEASE!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Lloyd on 3 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I played the original CD (not this fancy 2-CD extended version) a lot when I picked it up decades ago and I also went back and got their 2 earlier studio albums on CD to compare. I actually thought this was easily the best of three, mainly because of the lack of fillers very obviously present in the earlier efforts.

I even thought the "Revolution" cover was perfectly fine, but I must admit I heard this version before the Beatles original (and I still think TT did a decent job of it in their style, unlike all the other reviewers here it seems!).

Revisiting the CD more recently, I did feel that the material overall - whilst generally good - wasn't quite the "masterpiece" I thought it was in my youth, but I still maintain there isn't one bad track on there, "Revolution" included. And it definitely still remains their best album to date, IMHO of course.
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Format: Audio CD
Although the title of this review is very subjective, I was very pleasantly surprised how strong a lot of this album sounds on this remaster/reissue. The mastering will no doubt help, but when this originally came out I was pretty unimpressed, so this is the last of the Edsel 2-CDsets I have forked out for.

OK, the songs are a mixed bag, and the album mix of "Revolution" is probably best ignored, but "Lay Your Hands" is a classic TT track. A lot of the album is enjoyable too, as long as you don't compare it to its 2 predecessors too much.

The bonus tracks make this a perfect set, pretty much. We have the 12" Remix version of "Revolution", which is much more interesting/playful than the standard versions, "Roll Over" in both guises, which is a very dark track lyrically (but very good), plus every mix imagineable of "Lay Your Hands" (including the 2 instrumentals), the catchy "King For A Day" (3 versions on disc 2), and the original 5 track EP versions (which includes the remix 12" of "Don't Mess", albeit under the title of "Shoot Out").

Sound quality throughout is very crisp, athough some may want to reduce the treble and increase the bass a little, as with the other Edsel sets. Volumes are consistent and everything sounds like its from master tapes, backing up the statement of this fact in the fold-out inlay.

The inlay has a nice montage of relevant single sleeves/labels, but text is very similar to earlier sets, ie it focuses on their whole history and only a smallish new section relating to this album, and the health issues that delayed it so much first time around.

This reissue is highly enjoyable, and made me view this album in a new light, some 25 years on! Thanks Edsel (and Tom, Alannah and Joe).
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