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World Of Twist - Quality Street - Expanded Edition

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Release Date: 25/11/2013

Discs: 2

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World Of Twist were the Roxy Music of their time, I can’t think, or give a better compliment than thatJeremy Deller

Quality Street is now re-issued as a 2-CD package, including the remastered original album with an extra CD of B-sides and radio sessions for John Peel and Mark Goodier together with 2 previously unreleased live tracks.  The luxuriously packaged set comes with a 24-page booklet featuring extensive sleeve notes by band member Gordon King and rare photos and memorabilia from the World of Twist archive.

Originally released in October 1991, Quality Street included the singles The Storm, Sons Of The Stage and a cover of The Stones She’s A Rainbow.

World Of Twist were something of a live sensation in Manchester, in part a consequence of their Heath Robinson stage sets which involved a lot of things which went round and round, including a hypnotists wheel, revolving mirrored barbers poles and spinning cut-out heads of band members.

After selling out the 1,500 capacity Manchester Ritz on December 23rd 1990, a gig fondly remembered by the Gallagher brothers of Oasis, they recorded the album in the summer of 1991. Having mixed the record at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire, where Nick would ask a bemused Gabriel to borrow his old Genesis masks for a photo shoot, the band would later spend a day in Tunbridge Wells trying to recreate the illustration on the front of the Quality Street tin for the album sleeve.

Their time following the album release was short lived and it wasn’t long before the band drifted apart, as Tony Ogden remarked; “We spent £250,000 making an album with the smallest bollocks in pop history. The band just fell apart. We were smoking marijuana for breakfast and that led to communication problems. I didn’t want to sing, the guitarist didn’t want to play. When the company didn’t get a hit they threw us in the bin. I was devastated – I spent four years on smack watching Third Reich movies because the good guys always win. I’m really sorry for letting our fans down. But I’d ask anyone to play that World of Twist album 20 times with every dial full on. If it doesn’t rock, come and smash it over my head.

1. Lose My Way
2. Sons Of The Stage
3. This Too Shall Pass Away
4. Jelly Baby
5. Speed Wine
6. The Lights
7. On The Scene
8. Sweets
9. The Spring
10. The Storm
11. She’s A Rainbow
12. Life And Death (extended mix)

1. Blackpool Tower Suite
2. This Too Shall Pass (chat)
3. She’s A Rainbow (12” version)
4. Sons Of The Stage (12” version)
5. Sweets (Barrett 200 mix)
6. Lose My Way (John Peel Session 25/6/91) *
7. St Bruno (John Peel Session 25/6/91) *
8. Kick Out The Jams (John Peel Session 25/6/91) *
9. Blackpool Tower (John Peel Session 25/6/91) *
10. I’m A Teardrop (Mark Goodier Session 22/9/90)*
11. Fire (Mark Goodier Session 22/9/90)*
12. Jelly Baby (Mark Goodier Session 22/9/90)*
13. Sons Of the Stage (Mark Goodier Session 22/9/90)*
14. She’s A Rainbow (Live at St Andrew’s University 21/10/91) *
15. Kick Out The Jams (Live at St Andrew’s University 21/10/91) *

* previously unreleased