Birmingham Sunday Mercury
British synth trio The Thompson Twins names themselves after characters in the Tin Tin cartoon series, and this is a deluxe double-CD version of their chart-topping 1985 album produced by Nile Rodgers, including hits Lay Your Hands On Me and King For A Day, plus The Beatles’ Revolution, which they performed at Live Aid with Madonna. With loads of remixes, there’s 154 minutes of material.
The last of the Thompson Twins’ three big-selling albums joins Quick Step & Side Kick and Into The Gap in the Edsel catalogue and, like them, it is the subject of a magnificent makeover, which sees its original 42 minutes playing time bloated to 154 minutes by the inclusion of all the mixes from the cassette and 12-inch versions of its singles, plus their b-sides. A comprehensively annotated poster booklet completes an excellent set, which includes the hits Lay Your Hands On Me, Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream and King For A Day.
Record Collector, October 08
‘Madonna on backing vocals. Seriously!’
Ever pop group reaches a peak and, for the Thompson Twins’ classic trio line-up, this was it: their greatest single (Lay Your Hands On Me), their greatest album track (Breakaway) and their biggest gig (Live Aid, with none other than Madonna on backing vocals) all came in the form of Here’s To Future Days. After the club album (1983’s Quick Step And Side Kick) and the pop album (1984’s Into The Gap) came a nervous breakdown for singer/songwriter/instrumentalist/producer Tom Bailey, followed by a smoother US-centric sound courtesy of Nile Rogers and this album’s forcibly optimistic attitude. But while Bailey’s songwriting peaked, Alannah Currie’s image making couldn’t have been more off the mark. The month that the cream of UK pop stars were in jeans and T-shirts recording Band Aid, the Twins were in full diamante and pearls get-up for the Lay Your Hands promo. This bonus CD wont disappoint, though any disc kicking off with over 20 minutes of the same single will scare off all but the most ardent fan. B-sides and remixes aside, what really needs to be dug out and reissued is Quick Step and Gap producer Alex Sadkin’s pre-Rogers, pre-breakdown, pre-Steve Stevens gospel choir material, a real missing piece of the Twins jigsaw.