Thompson Twins: “Remixes & Rarities” pre-order window open


Cherry Red’s Thompson Twins Remixes & Rarities two-CD set – compiled by SuperDeluxeEdition’s Paul Sinclair – is now available to pre-order across various Amazon sites.

This 24-track collection features classic remixes remastered from the original tapes alongside some rare B-sides. Six tracks are previously unreleased on CD including the single/AOR version of The Gap.

The booklet features a great selection of photographs from the Sony archive and a brand new interview with Tom Bailey where he talks about the heady era of the mid-eighties and offers an analysis of some of the tracks included on this set.

Remixes & Rarities is released on 22 September 2014. If you have any questions about this set then please ask away by leaving a comment.

Thompson Twins / Remixes & Rarities track listing:

CD 1

  • 1. Love On Your Side (Rap Boy Rap) 7:25
  • 2. Lies (Bigger & Better) 6:35
  • 3. Lay Yours Hands (US Remix) 5:51*
  • 4. In The Name Of Love (12” Dance Extension) 5:39
  • 5. You Take Me Up (Machines Take Me Over) 7:33
  • 6. Watching (You Watching Me) 5:53
  • 7. In The Beginning (7” B-side) 3:14*
  • 8. We Are Detective (More Clues) 5.50
  • 9. King For A Day (US Mix) 7:20
  • 10. Doctor! Doctor! (Extended Version) 7:20
  • 11. Long Goodbye (Extended Mix) 7:56
  • 12. The Gap (Single/AOR version) 3: 53*
  • 13. Big Business 4:13 *

CD 2

  • 1. Sister Of Mercy (12” Version) 9:26
  • 2. Roll Over (Again) 6:50
  • 3. Love Lies Fierce 6:58
  • 4. Lay Your Hands On Me (1985 Extended Edit) 5:12
  • 5. The Gap (Extended Version / Club Remix) 8:34
  • 6. Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream (Smackattack!) 6:10
  • 7. Nothing In Common (Club Mix) 7:38
  • 8. Hold Me Now (Extended Version) 9:54
  • 9. Revolution (Extended Mix) 6:25
  • 10. Rollunder 4:40*
  • 11. Fools In Paradise 4:45*

* Previously unreleased on CD

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Florian M. Kranz

Anyone interested in the 8 CD Box Set? Write me!

[…] Vinyl180 continue their Thompson Twins vinyl reissue series with a newly remastered version of 1984’s Into The Gap, with ‘initial pressings’ on blue vinyl. The album was an enormous success around the world and spawned the singles You Take Me Up, Doctor! Doctor!, Hold Me Now and Sister of Mercy. The 12-inch versions of all those tracks were featured on the SDE-curated Remixes and Rarities two-CD collection. […]

Sera Bishop

Hi, will this Pre-release for Thompson twin rarities signed by Tom Bailey be available for Australians? I am very keen to pre order!!


If a second T-Twins release happens it would be great to have remastered versions of the cassette remixes of “Fallen Out” and “Frozen in Time”. The full version of “Fallen Out” has never been released to my knowledge. It fades in on the tape and I assume there is a longer version with a proper beginning.

billy graham

Bloody time too we need a merchandise shop well and carry on


Another fantastic collection from the band who invented the 80’s.


I heard that this release has been delayed. True? If so, I hope the TT head logo is fixed (Joe’s bangs are chopped off) and the graphic designer did not use the Stop font for the band’s name (which is the more accurate font vs. Comaro). Sorry, I studied graphic design. It could be improved.


Hi Paul,
first a BIG thank you for all your work with SDE and several releases you were involved in!

I also would vote for an ABC Zillionaire SDE release full of rarities and unheard / unreleased promo stuff.

But first I’ll have a listen to this fab TT release …

[…] best of luck! The Thompson Twins Remixes & Rarities compilation is out in September […]

Simon S

The question is, will Amazon include an autotip? Always sounds better on my mp3 player


Very interesting interview with Tom Bailey here: http://www.rhino.com/article/interview-tom-bailey-thompson-twins-babble

Todd R.

Paul I’m adding kudos here because you’re doing it out of the need to organize what some would call lesser-than-great work from the past. I haven’t heard all the Edsel expanded series to make an overall rating comment, but I’ve heard that Tom B. had no involvement at all with those, so perhaps this time will make up for such. Thanks for taking the time, just as he’s hitting the road for the first time in three decades.


Agreed DOA are a massive missing market and the countless missing Bananarama. I think the TT one is ok but it doesnt have enough of a wow factor for me, it could have safely had 12 unreleased on cd and appeal to the mass market as well. This doesnt really hit the collector market enough. Nik Kershaw, given his attitude to his back catalogue is unlikely. ABC loads missing, vote for that!


Thanks Paul for all the hard work and efforts. Love The TT”s and am very happy they are getting a “new” release.

I second the request for Dead or Alive remixes. I do not understand why such a popular group has such limited content on cd. Could someone please explain this to me?


Nope… but i agree

Mike the Fish

Well it appears there’s a relationship with Sony, so more artists under that umbrella seem possible. I’m liking the tape sourcing and no crazy addiditional compression approach. Exciting work for you, Paul!

Gary c

I’m imagining ABC may already be pencilled in, which is a shame because apart from maybe half a dozen remixes, there isn’t much worthy of further investigation, or unreleased. I can easily imagine a list being scratched with a ragged nail on a desk as I type this…
We are all very familiar with the remixes from the Lexicon of Love, the paucity of material from Beauty Stab, the overkill of the Zillioniare period and it’s multiple editions, and the evils of Chicago house that blighted many a remix from Alphabet City.
Barring the unearthing of something hidden from Beauty Stab, which I like as an album more and more, I think ABC have had a fair crack of the whip already with reissues and remix releases…
I’d pick Eurythmics as the next project, not because I’m a big fan but because I think their fans got stiffed in the SDE stakes last time out.


The title does say “a collection of…”, and not “the complete collection of..”, to be fair!

I like the style and concept of these sets, like PY and TT and Bucks Fizz. They’re a damn sight better than all the cheap and nasty budget sets that were tossed out in the 90s and 00s.


Spot on!


Thanks to Paul for his job.
You can’t find everything !
I understand you.

john archbell

Well £10.99 hardly breaks the bank account. It’s a fine addition to my existing TT collection. I also enjoy reading the booklets and linear notes. After all its all in one package. Plus there’s a recent interview with Tom. I’m afraid if you enjoy music and collecting then the record companies are gonna get their blood. Quite honestly I don’t care as I enjoy buying my music. Duly ordered from Amazon!

Lee Carson

It’s a nightmare job pulling together a compilation that pleases everyone. Even putting absolutely everything into a collection won’t satisfy some people but Paul seems to have made a decision of the “style” and “type” of mix that he wanted to include and has done a good job based on that criteria

Anyway I would support an ABC collection as there are quite a few mixes which haven’t been released on CD and others which are spread all over the place


I’m really disappointed.
I thought “compiled by SDE” would make my dreams come true…
Where is the “Nothing In Common” Street Mix Vocal & Instrumental ?
No “Sugar Daddy”. No “Get That Love”.
Where is the alternate US 7″ Mix of “Bush Baby” ?
All 1988 Remixes of “In The Name Of Love” ?
The 7″ Version of “Dancing In Your Shoes” ?
Not the ( 5:25 ) “Extended Version” of “Fools In Paradise”.
Nothing from the 4 fantastic US Remixes of “Bombers In The Sky”…
All these rarities are missing here.
70% of the list were released otherwise in good CD quality in the last years.
No demo’s, no unreleased instrumentals ?
No unreleased, alternate versions ?
Nothing in the vaults to surprising us ?
I hope that the ( last week ) announced 3CD version
of Donna Summer’s “Another Place & Time” will bring a smile
in my DeluxeEdition-heart.


Well said i agree 100%


i tried now 4 times to leave a comment.
did i something wrong ?
why was my comment not published ?


I’m in. My copy is already on pre-order. I think Paul you should tackle ABC next and have Cherry Red compile all the 12″ mixes as well as some of those newly discovered masters that were announced.


Yes ABC.
I hope that the promo versions of all songs from
“How To Be A Zillionaire” will finally released soon.
They were only on promotional LP’s and have
different instrumentations.


Here’s another vote for ABC. Would love to see the following on CD:

Be Near Me (Ecstasy Mix)
Vanity Kills (Mendelsohn Mix)
When Smokey Sings (Detroit Mix)

Or Dead Or Alive, B-52s, Bananarama, Eurythmics or Robert Palmer!

Mike the Fish

See you there! Am excited :-)

Gary c

It’s a decent compilation, and if it’s remastered then it will be a worthwhile purchase. Some of the tracks on the Edsel editions were a bit shabby, so I for one am glad to see this happening.
Hands up who has a ticket to see Tom in Reading? See you there then!

Mike the Fish

Also there are 10 tracks on here that were not on the 2 disc sets (although the US 12″ edit of Lay Your Hands for the Greatest Mixes is arguably superfluous). It’s six tracks that are new to CD in general.

Mike the Fish

*…when in SOME cases…*

Mike the Fish

80s music doesn’t need remastering? I have spoken to someone from a big UK mastering house in person and on the phone, and they said that in the early digital mastering process what you ended up with could be as little as 12 or 14 bit audio. It is not correct that remastering is only extra dynamics squashing, when in done cases it may not be that at all.

abacab collins

Francis is correct. This is an un-needed compilation of tracks that are already available. Remastered usually means the volume was cranked up, which in turn removes the dynamics of the originals. Some digital effects will be applied and thats it. The fact is, 80’s music does not need remastering. Theres a reason its known as the decade that spent millions on production techniques and had the greatest producers around.



Fong KM

Anyone who had bought the Edsel reissues would acknowledge that tracks from those CDs were either ripped from vinyl or poorly remastered. The sound quality was uneven or downright poor.
These TT remastered tracks, if they sound as good as Paul Young’s, would be greatly welcomed.


CORRECTION – A better release would be a 2CD set of the Thompson Twins fifth album “Close To The Bone” rather than this compilation consisting of 18 tracks out of 24 that are already available on CD! – £11 for 6 unreleased tracks – No thanks!


Apologies for being pedantic, but wasn’t Close to the bone the sixth TT album?


I do not give a s*** whether “Close To The Bone” was their 5th, 6th or 100th album, I just wish it would get a 2CD reissue rather than this (another) compilation!


God this person is thoroughly unpleasant


A better release would be a 2CD set of the Thompson Twins fourth album, rather than this compilation consisting of 18 tracks out of 24 that are already available on CD! £11 for 6 unreleased tracks – No thanks!


So you said. Now bore off it’s about £11


One key track missing is: (Long) Beach Culture, one of my TT faves from the “Double Play” cassette of U.S. version of “Side Kicks”


I will buy this! And I vote for Nik as well (even a bootleg CD I bought of Nik in the 90’s or later, had more remixes than those 2 deluxe editions I bought)! So if Paul will come up with a 2CD set of Nik I’ll buy it :P

Gary C

Another vote for a Nik Kershaw collection with remixes please!

Mike the Fish

Good call, Steven.

Steven Roberts

Nik Kershaw next, please, Paul – including all the remixes and rarities which Mr Kershaw, in his wisdom, chose to leave off his recent deluxe reissues.

I can give you a list, if you like :)




Most of the tracks are already on their 2CD album reissues of a few years ago, so this collection is pointless!



Six unreleased (on CD) tracks; there’s six points for buying it, including the excellent single version of In the beginning, which is ace!

It’s a fairly comprehensive 12″ collection, which every 80s artist should be required by law to release; so there’s another point for buying it.

I like having a collection like this on CD with all the mixes in one place, because I like the ritual of putting on a CD or LP at home, reading the cover & inlays; I love holding the music in my hands (see strap line above).

Yes, I could make a playlist or mix cd of the majority of these tracks from the reissues, but not all.

And this isn’t superplaylist.com or superburnedcdr.com, it’s a place to celebrate the physical product, and commiserate when applicable, which I don’t believe is the case here. I think the term pointless is unnecessarily negative & unfounded.

Horses for courses obviously, and your entitled to your opinion, just as I am to mine which involves buggering off to amazon to make a preorder.

abacab collins

Can I sell you some fresh air?


I am not purchasing a 24 track collection just for 6 unreleased tracks which can easily be downloaded especially when I have all the rest. Feel free to waste your money! The same goes for the recent Paul Young remixes collection as most of those tracks are already on his previous reissues. It is releases like these with loads of duplicate tracks that are putting money into record companies greedy bank accounts. The same goes for all the constant T.Rex releases, of which there is another on its way.


Francis you are an idiot!


Agreed. Francis is a COMPLETE IDIOT!