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TOYAH The Safari Records Collection Part 2: 1981-1983
Cherry Red CDMRED267 (2005)

Part two in the series rounds off the Toyah discography neatly, and show’s the depth to the Toyah catalogue, featuring all the A and B sides, some never on any album.

True there’s plenty of forgettable kitsch here, equal downs and ups, but in places worth checking out.

It’s easy to think Toyah’s finished with “I Want To Be Free”, where this set opens, but highlight of the set must be the excellent “Thunder In The Mountains”, which also saw a rare writing credit for drummer Nigel Glockler, who would later go on to Saxon. The track shows that beneath the vocals the music was actually solid at times.

Brash pop, punk, touches of Kate Bush, yet some of the tracks show why they were single b-sides and that’s where they should stay.

Don’t forget her last single, “The Vow”, which was quite haunting.

Admittedly of limited appeal, but it fills the niche very well.


Review by Joe Geesin

DVD Review

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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