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Quality Street [Expanded Edition]
     

Quality Street [Expanded Edition]

by World of Twist
 

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By the time World of Twist released their first and only album, Quality Street, in 1991, the band's moment had already passed. The buzz from their early singles "The Storm" and "Sons of the Stage" had become an inaudible hum, the band themselves had begun to splinter, and the U.K. scene had decided that a group reliving the best moments of Roxy Music, then

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By the time World of Twist released their first and only album, Quality Street, in 1991, the band's moment had already passed. The buzz from their early singles "The Storm" and "Sons of the Stage" had become an inaudible hum, the band themselves had begun to splinter, and the U.K. scene had decided that a group reliving the best moments of Roxy Music, then twisting them into something bright and danceable, wasn't exactly the thing they wanted just then. (Pulp was certainly listening though, and they reaped the rewards when the public decided they did want something like that after all a couple years later.) The sole long-playing document of the band's existence is a thrillingly poppy and fun album that succeeds despite the checkered history behind it. With majestically epic pop songs like "The Storm" and "Sweets" wedged up against the occasional heartfelt ballad ("This Too Shall Pass Away"), propulsive dance jams ("Jelly Baby") running next to wonderfully expansive psych-pop like "The Spring," and songs that are just so good and so catchy it's hard to believe they didn't take over the world ("Speed Wine," "Lose My Way"), Quality Street is something of a lost classic of the pre-Brit-pop era. To go with the strong tunes, the band had a well-defined, easy to love sound too. Influenced by Roxy and Bowie for sure, but also with some disco and AM pop of the 1970s, Orange Juice, and classic rock in the mix for good measure. Tony Odgen's sometimes snarling, sometimes sweet-as-punch vocals are the focal point of most of the album, but he's ably backed by some truly pummeling drums courtesy of Nick Sanderson, and surrounded by burbling synths, tightly wound guitars (that are lost a bit in the mix unfortunately) and glittering flashes of strings and horns. It's a fully realized and immaculately crafted sound that was made to capture the heady atmosphere of the times in London, but also to stand the test of time the way only classic albums can.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
3 Loop Music
UPC:
5013929351646
catalogNumber:
2935164
Rank:
101325

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World of Twist   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Grid   Producer
Cliff Brigden   Producer
Martin Colley   Producer
Martin Hannett   Producer
Martin Moscrop   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Mike Robinson   Producer
Tim Oliver   Engineer
Gordon King   Composer,Liner Notes
Simon Reynolds   Liner Notes
Hugo Nicholson   Engineer
World of Twist   Producer
Mark Goodier   Engineer
Nick Hopkins   Engineer
Jonathan Barrett   Engineer
John Pennington   Engineer
Steve Chase   Engineer
Anthony Ogden   Composer
Liam Mullen   Engineer
Spencer Britwistle   Remixing

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