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Singles Collection
Singles Collection
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good effort at a Singles anthology that fits one disc, 27 April 2003
This review is from: Singles Collection (Audio CD)
Although perhaps a double CD set would do the trick, or a box set that has everything, this is actually a very good collection, but not without its (minor)faults. The trouble is, the 'Twins released a lot of singles, and a lot more versions of those singles, remixes, b-side instrumentals, US and UK remixes, album versions, you name it. The trouble was choosing which ones to include, and for the most part they got it right here. Perfect Game is actually a track from the 'Twins debut album "A Product Of..." and is a great opener. Of the more famous singles they opted for the album versions of We Are Detective, Watching and Sister Of Mercy, glorious remixes of Hold Me Now and Doctor! Doctor! and my fave track on the CD: the simply amazing melodic US remix of the classic Lay Your Hands On Me. And you'll be getting top notch sound quality. The album also flows nicely from start to finish, and with the '88 remix of In The Name Of Love, a Get That Love remix (a lovely song) and remixes of Lies and Love On Your Side that really bring the songs to life, you're getting a rather unique package.


Arista Heritage
Arista Heritage
Offered by firefly-music-store
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bouncing along... a TT compilation, 27 April 2003
This review is from: Arista Heritage (Audio CD)
Great sound quality. It's digitally remastered. It includes Bouncing, a solid album track from their second album "Set". It also avoids popular singles and keeps with good album tracks like Who Can Stop The Rain, Day After Day and Perfect Day, the latter being a wonderful piece from their 1987 Close To The Bone album. All in all, it's a TT CD and has great songs on it. You can't go wrong. The Thompson Twins were probably the best electronic music act, making wonderfully layered music, with moving melodies and sharp lyrics. Their music is timeless.


The Greatest Hits
The Greatest Hits
Price: £6.39

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits, and it sure delivers, 27 April 2003
This review is from: The Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Another Thompson Twins compilation? As any TT fan will tell you, there are already a lot out there. Just off the top of my head we have Master Hits, The Collection, The Best Of, The Singles Collection, Hold Me Now, a few other Greatest Hits ones, a Greatest Mixes... on and on, and they all have mostly the same tracks, usually with a few variants, which means given long enough their entire back catalogue will at last be available on remastered CD. Anyway, it is criminal that their albums aren't on new digitally remastered CDs like so many other 80s acts. This compilation, however, is the best one yet, and you should choose this over all the others. It has all the greats, and the most common songs are actually here in superb alternate versions - the minimalist Sister Of Mercy and Hold Me Now being the best ones I've heard. The compilers of this album have written very praising and informative liner notes, the packaging is top notch, the sound quality is excellent and it includes the best b-side: Lucky Day, as well as Roll Over, a rarity, especially here in the UK. The Thompson Twins made superb music, buy this and wait for the albums to be re-released.


Hold Me Now
Hold Me Now

4.0 out of 5 stars A decent TT collection, 27 April 2003
This review is from: Hold Me Now (Audio CD)
It's neither a greatest hits, nor a rarities album. A bit of both. It has a couple of b-sides that are a joy to hear in digital - Love On Your Back and Beach Culture. Love On Your Side also curiously fades rather abruptly. On the whole, a strange album, lacking in any liner notes. Just nice graphics and good songs. Nothing In Common is here too. So you have ten solid tracks.


Hold Me Now
Hold Me Now

4.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre compilation., 19 April 2003
This review is from: Hold Me Now (Audio CD)
It sure is. I just don't understand what this CD is, other than a money-making venture for BMG/Arista, the company who releases a Thompson Twins compilation every ten minutes. But, I moan about this on every TT review that I do, so straight to the CD. It's neither a greatest hits, nor a rarities album. A bit of both. It has a couple of b-sides that are a joy to hear in digital - Love On Your Back and Beach Culture. Love On Your Side also curiously fades rather abruptly. On the whole, a strange album, lacking in any liner notes. Just nice graphics and good songs. Nothing In Common is here too. So you have ten solid tracks. If I were you though, I'd get the April 2003 "The Greatest Hits". TT forever!


Hold Me Now
Hold Me Now

4.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre compilation., 19 April 2003
This review is from: Hold Me Now (Audio CD)
It sure is. I just don't understand what this CD is, other than a money-making venture for BMG/Arista, the company who releases a Thompson Twins compilation every ten minutes. But, I moan about this on every TT review that I do, so straight to the CD. It's neither a greatest hits, nor a rarities album. A bit of both. It has a couple of b-sides that are a joy to hear in digital - Love On Your Back and Beach Culture. Love On Your Side also curiously fades rather abruptly. On the whole, a strange album, lacking in any liner notes. Just nice graphics and good songs. Nothing In Common is here too. So you have ten solid tracks. If I were you though, I'd get the April 2003 "The Greatest Hits". TT forever!


Singles Collection
Singles Collection
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Price: £7.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good effort at a Singles anthology that fits one disc, 19 April 2003
This review is from: Singles Collection (Audio CD)
I expect the record company didn't want to invest a whole lot of money in a 'Twins singles collection, so they crammed as much as they could onto the one disc, made a quick stab at liner notes (there's plenty spelling errors) and produced some nice packaging. The advantage to you? Over 70 minutes of wonderful music for a good price. This is actually a very good collection, but not without its faults. The trouble is, the 'Twins released a lot of singles, and a lot more versions of those singles, remixes, b-side instrumentals, US and UK remixes, album versions, you name it. The trouble was choosing which ones to include, and for the most part they got it right here. Perfect Game is actually a track from the 'Twins debut album "A Product Of..." and is a great opener. Of the more famous singles they opted for the album versions of We Are Detective, Watching and Sister Of Mercy, glorious remixes of Hold Me Now and Doctor! Doctor! and my fave track on the CD: the simply amazing melodic US remix of the classic Lay Your Hands On Me. And you'll be getting top notch sound quality. The album also flows nicely from start to finish, and with the '88 remix of In The Name Of Love, a Get That Love remix (a lovely song) and remixes of Lies and Love On Your Side that really bring the songs to life, you're getting a rather unique package. Just look at the songlisting. Can you afford not to buy it for that price? The downside for me is the lack of b-sides and rarities... who knows, maybe Arista will release a b-sides compilation soon. If I seriously believe they will I'm living on Passion Planet. Buy this CD and it'll be your Lucky Day!


Arista Heritage
Arista Heritage
Offered by firefly-music-store
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bouncing along... another TT compilation, 19 April 2003
This review is from: Arista Heritage (Audio CD)
Arista are just laughable. They own the rights to a superb 80s music act, and completely fail to remaster and re-release their back catalogue, and instead release compilation after compilation, using the same old tracks, usually in the same old order, with minimal liner notes and the same photo on the front. You're better off with the April 2003 "The Greatest Hits", however, this one does have some merits. Firstly, great sound quality. It's digitally remastered. It includes Bouncing, a solid album track from their second album "Set". It also avoids popular singles and keeps with good album tracks like Who Can Stop The Rain, Day After Day and Perfect Day, the latter being a wonderful piece from their 1987 Close To The Bone album. All in all, it's a TT CD and has great songs on it. You can't go wrong. The Thompson Twins were probably the best electronic music act, making wonderfully layered music, with moving melodies and sharp lyrics. Their music is timeless. I just wish their record company wouldn't keep selling them off for some quick cash. TT forever!


The Greatest Hits
The Greatest Hits
Price: £6.39

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another compilation, but the best one yet, 18 April 2003
This review is from: The Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
I am tired of Arista/BMG/whoever releasing endless Thompson Twins compilations. And as any TT fan will tell you, it really is an endless list. Just off the top of my head we have Master Hits, The Collection, The Best Of, The Singles Collection, Hold Me Now, a few other Greatest Hits ones, a Greatest Mixes... on and on, and they all have mostly the same tracks, usually with a few variants, which means given long enough their entire back catalogue will at last be available on remastered CD. Anyway, it is criminal that their albums aren't on new digitally remastered CDs like so many other 80s acts. This compilation, however, is the best one yet, and you should choose this over all the others. It has all the greats, and the most common songs are actually here in superb alternate versions - the minimalist Sister Of Mercy and Hold Me Now being the best ones I've heard. The compilers of this album have written very praising and informative liner notes, the packaging is top notch, the sound quality is excellent and it includes the best b-side: Lucky Day, as well as Roll Over, a rarity, especially here in the UK. Also, for £6.99, you can't go wrong. The Thompson Twins made superb music, buy this and wait for the albums to be re-released. TT forever!


Final Damnation
Final Damnation
Price: £9.41

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We're not doing it for the money..." A Damned reunion., 4 Dec 2001
This review is from: Final Damnation (Audio CD)
Final Damnation is an excellent live show from The Damned's Reunion Concert of summer 1988, which saw original members Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Brian James and Rat Scabies on stage blasting out some classic Damned from their early days. The track listing is heavily based on early Damned material, much more "punkier" than their later styles. Kicking off with fast and furious renditions of "See Her Tonite" and "Neat Neat Neat" the band doesn't fail to please the crowd. The band play with lots of energy; the songs are fast and furious. Following the blast of material from their debut album "Damned Damned Damned", excellent performances of "Smash It Up" and "Love Song" are well worth it. A favourite moment of mine on the CD is when The Damned's 'front man' Dave Vanian says to the crowd "We love you, you're the sweetest bunch of nicest people", followed by "We're not doing it for the money" to which the crowd reply "Oh yes you are..." then a rising cheer as bassist Paul Gray kicks into 'Neat Neat Neat'. A Beatles' song "Help" is performed, just after a round of thanks is given for everyone involved in the gig. "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" and "Wait For The Blackout" are performed very well, and the the set ends with a Jagger-Richards song "The Last Time". Final Damnation is a powerful live performance by The Damned, and although perhaps a bit too much emphasis on early material, it is still worth 4 out of 5 for sheer energy and on-stage skill (there are some excellent guitar solos).
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