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Quick Step & Side Kick [Original recording remastered, Import]

Thompson Twins Audio CD
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1. Love on Your Side
2. Lies
3. If You Were Here
4. Judy Do
5. Tears
6. Watching
7. We Are Detective
8. Kamikaze
9. Love Lies Bleeding
10. All Fall Out
11. Lucky Day
12. Love on Your Side (Rap Boy Rap)
13. Lies (Bigger & Better)
14. We Are Detective (More Clues)

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2008 deluxe two CD edition of the UK trio's hit release features the complete 1983 album plus all the remixes from the original cassette edition of the album as well as the extended mixes and the non-album b-sides, the majority of which appear on CD for the first time. Newly slimmed down to a trio from the seven-piece collective that had hit the charts in 1982, The Thompson Twins were set to conquer the world of Pop. With Island Records producer Alex Sadkin (Bob Marley, Grace Jones, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, Marianne Faithfull, Duran Duran, Foreigner, Simply Red etc) at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, they recorded Quick Step & Side Kick, which peaked at #2 in February 1983. Features the hits 'Lies', 'Love On Your Side', 'We Are Detective', 'Watching' and 'If You Were Here'. Edsel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Package May 9 2009
By RPS
Format:Audio CD
They did a great job remastering this 80s album - it sounds so clean and fresh. Way better than my old cassette copy. If you recall the old cassette version, it had the album on one side and the second side was all mixes of the songs. They have included all this on the CD plus a second CD of b sides and remixes from back in the day. A great purchase
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thompson Twins MOST Innovative and Captivating Album ! Oct. 26 2004
By Armando M. Mesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the Twins' most innovative album. It also marked a very new and sharp artistic direction. Quickstep and Sidekick was miles away from their late 70's experimental material. Yet, this material was not yet considered mainstream or new wave/pop at this point in their careers. Using state of the art (for the time) synthesizer technology, heavy,heavy doses of percussion infused with exotic global rhythms and sometimes offbeat and humorous lyrics you could quickly identify their unique trademark sound!The Thompson Twins were/are original! This is the album that spawned a few club tracks as well as college radio, alternative(for 1983) rock album and even R&B favorites. Their music could not be strictly classified as New Wave for it lacked the cold and artificially intelligent sounds of say groups like the Human League or Kraftwerk (yet, the only thing remotely comparable to the League was Tom Bailey's dead panned monotone vocals akin to Phil Oakey's). If you listened carefully to some of the bass lines on a few tracks and creative danceable beats there was plenty of funk derivative ingredients as well which made this album easily playable on R&B, Soul and dance stations at the time. Glad they included the re-mixes on this expanded edition. The re-mixes are essential in fully understanding what I'm talking about in the previous statement about the funk derivative bass lines and percussion (Love On Your Side-Rap Boy Rap, Lies-Bigger and Better) !

As a previous reviewer mentioned, I too lament the fact that there is still quite a bit of material missing as bonus extended tracks released on the 1982 U.S. Arista cassette release (then titled Sidekicks for the American market)not included on the remaster. However, this is still an awesome title to own by one of the 80's most distinct and creative musical groups from Europe !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe 2-CD Reissue! March 13 2008
By Jason W. Bellenger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
(Edited March 19, 2008 in order to reflect a changed opinion on the sound quality).

Finally, a record label that invests some time and effort in order to correctly put out a reissued album ... well, almost. I'm talking about Edsel Records, a division of the independent U.K.-based Demon Music Group. Licensed from Arista head Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Demon-Edsel went the extra mile by compiling a 2-disc collection of the Thompson Twins' 'Quick Step & Side Kick' project with extensive liner notes and great packaging to top it off.

I must admit that I never thought I would add a Thompson Twins studio album to my collection. The list price and excellent b-sides, cassette remixes, and 12" remixes are the real incentives here, since I do not own the majority of this music in my collection. I was only a couple years old when this album was released, so I have no memory of the time of the release of this album. However, I grew up with the hits from this album on the radio, so I was curious about the album tracks and bonus tracks which I haven't heard.

The remastering here is okay, adding clarity to the recordings. I must admit that the remastering treatment is not among the best upgrades that I've heard. In fact, it is rather disappointing. Most of the tracks sound good, but personally I think that they could have benefited from a little extra kick and bass. The mastering volume is rather low by today's audio standards, which may or may not be positive, depending on your own music tastes. Personally, I'll go for the punchy, wide sound, but if you're looking for that kind of mastering here you will be let down. Furthermore, a few of the bonus tracks sound like they could have been pulled from vinyl sources, perhaps do to the original master tapes being lost. However, most of the 12" versions sound fine and don't appear to be pulled from vinyl. CD mastering credits go to Alchemy Soho.

(In order to test to see if much could be done about the sound I worked a few of the tracks in an audio editing program. I was able to give them the "lift" that they so deserved. Perhaps that's the problem here -- that is, most of the songs were simple transfers from the original master tapes without an actual professional "remastering" upgrade, hence why they sound limited in their sonic dimensions. It's worth noting, too, that this release fails to mention any remastering in either it's product description or on the outside of the package itself.)

With liner notes by Damian Thomas, the booklet extends to a fold out double-sided poster, highlighting the band's single sleeves, vinyl pressings, cassettes, and other memorabilia from the era. Album credits and the original single and promo releases from which the bonus tracks are pulled are stated as well. This isn't just a simple straight reissue but rather an enhanced version of the project.

Usually when I see these types of reissues the record companies tend to mess up something by leaving out an essential b-side or a hit 12" mix. Fans may then have to wait several more years before the missing tracks appear on yet another reissue. Some of the best material may remain in the vaults, for whatever reason, and never see the light of day on CD. For the very first time, all the mixes from the cassette and 12" singles are available on this deluxe 2-CD set.

Again, I'm not the biggest Thompson Twins fan, but I can see when a reissue is done right in terms of packaging and tracklisting. The sound quality, in my opinion, could have been much better, so that's my only complaint. Despite this problem, the bonus material is still too good to be true, so I hate to rate it fewer than 4 stars since the booklet and overall design is still fantastic. It's really a shame that Demon didn't bother with a professional mastering engineer in order to give this release the audio upgrade that it so deserved. If you are concerned that this release won't meet your audio quality standards you may wish to skip this purchase. However, the tracklisting itself may be too hard to resist!

P.S. The Into the Gap 2008 Edsel reissue is available as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!! April 22 2009
By S. Halverson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have this album on cassette tape and was kind of bummed when it finally came out on CD, they didn't put the 12 inch mixes on it,which were on side two of the tape. This CD release is just awesome,not only are the 12 inch mixes on here but other mixes are as well. All for under ten bucks!!
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes the Thompson Twins or just GOOD 80's music in general.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good to have on CD, but where are the DOUBLE PLAY mixes?!! Nov. 5 2004
By G. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK, like everyone else, I am happy to finally have SIDEKICKS (aka QUICK STEP AND SIDEKICK) back in print on CD in the U.S. - BUT seeing as I paid mucho dollars $$$ to buy an original OOP CD version on ebay recently, and now THIS budget version appears, I wish they saw fit to include all of the mixes from the U.S. "Double Play" cassette-only release - I remember buying it when it first came out and playing it sooo much it literally fell apart! We need ALL the remixes of Lies, Love Lies Bleeding, and especially LONG BEACH CULTURE - wow! Still, this is a nice addition to anyone's CD collection. Count me in, reluctantly. JUDY DO rocks!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extended Mixes of Classic Album FINALLY on CD !! April 22 2009
By James D. Duddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have owned the European cassette release of "Sidekicks" since 1982. One side was the original album, the other side was the remixes of some of the songs on side one. The cassette has gotten old and I had longed for a CD release of the whole cassette. Finally it is here with even more original remixes than I had ever known existed. I feel this is Thompson Twins greatest effort and I thoroughly enjoy it. Now I can listen to it in crystal clearness, instead of the hissing and warping sounds of my aged cassette. THANK YOU !!
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