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Quick Step & Side Kick Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Superfecta
  • ASIN: B0002ZDW7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jason W. Bellenger VINE VOICE on March 13, 2008
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.
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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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I HAD THIS EXTRAPLAY CASSETTE WHEN THIS ALBUM WAS NEW! AROUND 1990 IT GOT EATEN UP IN A FUNKY OLD BLAUPUNKT CAR STEREO! WOW DID IT GET EATEN! TO MY SURPRISE I FOUND THIS REVIEW FOR THIS DISC SET AND SEARCHED AMAZON AND THERE IT WAS! WHAT A GREAT ALBUM FULL OF GREAT TUNES AND THE NOSTALGIA WAS FREE!
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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!
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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.
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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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