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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B005YUL8FM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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THOMPSON TWINS Quick Step & Side Kick (1983 UK Special Edition 16-track double play cassette album including exclusive side of Extended Remixes picture sleeve)

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Format: Audio CD
It was my Lucky Day when I received both reissues of Side Kicks and Into The Gap today and overall I have been impressed with the sound and the liner notes are quite extensive. I guarantee listening to this album and mixes again will be a trip down memory lane. It was worth it to have and hear tracks like Love Lies Bleeding. You just have to turn the volume up loud for the drum solo.

The biggest suprise about this deluxe reissue of Quick Step And Side Kick and totally unexpected is the fact that Love On Your Back is a quite radically different version to the one I have always known and have on vinyl. It has some indian sounding instrumentation during the intro and is overdubbed with a lot of various piano riffs throught the track. It also have an added keyboard or percussion sound in the outro. It makes the track sound even more experimental that it already was like Tom was just messing around on the piano. That track alone makes the cd worth getting because it is something new. I would even say that I think Lucky Day 12" ends in an ever so slightly different way. I am discovering new things all the time and that is part of the fun. So go on bring back your teenage years and give this one a listen.
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Back in the day, when i was starting high school, The Thompson Twins were my favourite pop group. My prize possessions were the cassette versions of this album and a year or so later, Into The Gap. Having the albums on cassette was a big deal, because they were special extended play editions, which meant that the first side of the cassette played the whole album and the second side contained extended versions & b-sides, which I absolutely loved with a passion. I've held off buying CDs to replace the cassettes as I've been hoping Arista would re-release the albums on CD in their special extended play editions. I didn't hold out much hope for this happening as TT compilation album followed similar compilation album. But blow me down if reissue company EDSEL haven't just gone and given me what i was wishing for, but actually exceeded my hopes with this release. I really am looking forward to hearing this again in decent sound quality, those cassettes are really showing their age.
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Really pleased that I picked this one up. I had the cassette version of this album back when it was first released, which had the remixes on the b-side of the cassette. I enjoyed those b-side tracks as much as the standard album itself and played the cassette so much it snapped! So, it's really fantastic to have all those 'bonus' tracks here (CD1 - tracks 11-16) plus there's a whole swag of single & 12" mixes too on the second disc.

It's worth pointing out that the sound quality of this album is really good too - noticeably better than the reissue a few years ago. I have also picked up a copy of 'Into the Gap' (by the same people who re-issued this) and reccomend that too.

I hope that 'Here's to Future Days' also gets the same treatment - great sound quality, original cassette remixes and a bonus CD of other remixes & b-sides. I would definitely buy it!
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I first saw the Thompson Twins in 1981 or '82 (not really sure now!) after the release of their second album, "Set", and the moderate success of the "In The Name of Love" single, when the stage seemed to be overflowing with musicians. Fast forward to early 1983 (I think) and a free gig in Hitchin for the BBC's 'Live in Concert' (I had the video of the broadcast of that concert for years - and yes, you can see me!!), and that mass of band members had been reduced to just three!! And although I knew their sound was changing I was completely amazed and bowled over by the music they created that evening - songs that I would get to know really well a short while later through "Quick Step & Side Kick".

What a great album, the soundtrack of that year for me - so many great songs, and the added bonus of some marvellous remixes on the cassette version, my favourite always being "Love Lies Fierce" (and I wonder how many people, like me, bought both LP and cassette!). Over the months I built up an even bigger collection with the various different versions on the 12" inch singles. I was always disappointed that previous CDs had ignored many of the remixes, particularly those from the tape, so this 2CD set is a real treat. I probably haven't listened to the Twins for 20 years - and this albums sounds just as fresh to me now as it did all those years ago!!

"Quick Step" was the absolute pinnicle for the Thompson Twins for me, "Into The Gap" was OK but didn't quite cut it. After that I didn't really follow them, I was always interested to hear what they were doing but nothing for me matched those heady, post-Hitchin days!!
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'Quick step Side Kick' from 1983 is without doubt the album that launched the new pared down three piece band Tom bailey , Allanah Currie and Joe Leeway towards brief mega stardom. With the help of Allanah and a new producer the bands size and style was changed almost overnight. From a large go nowhere political fringe funk band to a cartoon style pop sensation. While the rest of the pop groups still clung on to the 'New Romantic' image which by then was fading the Twins set a new dance/synth trend. This is a very happy album and so different from there last 'SET' which was a commercial failure with only one pop track. This album with it's upbeat happy songs lifts it above many other pop acts of the era. 'Love on your side' , Lies , Judy Do , We are Detective , Lies are all brilliant songs and are not that dated even today. This album was a follow up to there best ever album 'Into the gap' in 1984. However 'Quick Step' taken as a stand alone album rates very highly indeed as a sample of perfect 80's syth/pop. It's a real pity that after two brilliant albums they lost there way, And failed to keep up with the moving musical trends so finally after 8 albums split up in 1992, which I suppose isn't a bad run. Of the CD there are three extra re-mix tracks which is a great move and well worth the 4 stars i have awarded this great album, go and buy this you won't regret it !.
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