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Greatest Hits [Arista]

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Thompson Twins 10/1/1996

Review

During the '80s, Thompson Twins arguably produced the finest synth-pop singles, and Greatest Hits recollects their industrious years with Arista in clear, digitally remastered sound. Numerous collections exist in the Twins' catalog and nearly equal their studio albums, but Greatest Hits prevails as the most essential as it offers a definitive chronology from 1982's infectious debut "In the Name of Love" through 1987's reflective "Long Goodbye." Featuring 16 tracks, this brimming retrospective recalls MTV's formative years ("Lies"), those unforgettable Dr. Pepper commercials ("Doctor! Doctor!"), the anti-Apartheid movement ("The Gap"), and countless other '80s pop culture memories. Nearly flawless, this collection contains only one inferior single, the hokey electronic hoe-down "You Take Me Up," and it also excludes non-Arista releases, which means 1989's minor hit "Sugar Daddy," a Red Eye label recording, is absent. Nevertheless, Thompson Twins' Greatest Hits, along with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's The Singles and The Best of Howard Jones, remain indispensable for any '80s synth-pop enthusiast. ~ Jacob N. Lunders
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 In the Name of Love Thompson Twins 3:53
  3. 2 Lies Thompson Twins 3:12
  4. 3 We Are Detective Thompson Twins 3:6
  5. 4 If You Were Here Thompson Twins 2:57
  6. 5 Love on Your Side Thompson Twins 3:58
  7. 6 Hold Me Now Thompson Twins 4:43
  8. 7 Doctor! Doctor! Thompson Twins 4:38
  9. 8 You Take Me Up Thompson Twins 4:24
  10. 9 The Gap Thompson Twins 4:42
  11. 10 Sister of Mercy Thompson Twins 5:8
  12. 11 Don't Mess With Doctor Dream Thompson Twins 4:41
  13. 12 Lay Your Hands on Me Thompson Twins 4:3
  14. 13 King for a Day Thompson Twins 5:18
  15. 14 Nothing in Common Thompson Twins 3:30
  16. 15 Get That Love Thompson Twins 3:55
  17. 16 Long Goodbye Thompson Twins 4:32

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