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A CD Full Of Hidden Gems,
This review is from: The Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
This is by far the best Thompson Twins hits cd on the market. As many reviewer here will state there are many compilation cds avaliable and it can be a minefield trying to navigate your way through them. The 12" collection was interesting for the extended versions of Twins tracks many on cd for the first time but was severely lacking in the design and presentation department. With a generic cover part of a series of cds with an abstract picture of the Twins on the front. But this release uses the original Thompson Twins font and colours and three headed logo on front with decent pictures of the Twins. An aproach that I think works well.
But its musically that this compilation stands head an shoulders about the rest of the best of cds. It is the inclusion of these rare previously unheard versions of songs that make this cd worth having in your collection. What sounds like an early demo version of Hold Me Now is the same one that was played when the Thompson Twins performed it on Top Of The Pops to an enthusiastic audience. A live sounding stusio version of In The Name Of Love, An Unsual dubby sounding Sister Of Mercy that should satisfy completists and fans who hunger for something new. The 7" of Roll Over is also a welcome addition.
I would have to say that its strange the record company never capitalised on the fact that there are rare versions of tracks on this cd. There is no information or stickers on the cover to suggest the music as such. With Hold Me Now being listed as just that. Sister Of Mercy is stated as being the 7" version of the song and that would suggest to me that it was the one with the Piano intro but that couldnt be further from the truth. If you took the cd at face value you would think all the tracks are just the same ones you have heard a 100 times over. But not so and to me that is by far the best selling point of this cd.