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Sheep Farming in Barnet//Blue Meaning [Import]

Toyah Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Neon Womb
2. Indecision
3. Waiting
4. Computer
5. Victims Of The Riddle
6. Elusive Stranger
7. Our Movie
8. Danced
9. Last Goodbye
10. Victims Of The Riddle (Vivisection)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Ieya
2. Spaced Walking
3. Ghosts
4. Mummies
5. Blue Meanings
6. Tiger Tiger
7. Visions
8. Insects
9. Love Me
10. She
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

UK exclusive reissue of the British alternative act's first two albums, together in one package, 'Sheep Farming In Barnet' & 'The Blue Meaning', both from 1980. Includes 4 bonus tracks 'Bird In Flight', 'Tribal Look', 'Sphinx' & 'Street Addict'. For fans of Kate Bush.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The (Real) Best of Toyah In One Place!!! June 17 2002
By ILikeAmazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before Toyah wrote a bunch of top ten songs for the early 80s U.K. market (It's a Mystery, Good Morning Universe, I Want to be Free, etc.), she stuck with edgier, harder, warped sci-fi /impending doom / paranoid / fantasy themes. Call it alternative new-wave -- and it broke new ground without the total nihilism of punk. The two Toyah albums that most epitomize this trend are Sheep Farming in Barnet and Blue Meaning. I believe the albums represent Toyah at her most introspective, commenting on the failures of England and its social structures to create a bright future for its people. Neon Womb and Victims of the Riddle (on Barnet) sadly reflect on the desanctification of life. Spaced Walking, Ghosts, Mummies (on Blue Meaning) reflect different aspects of detachment. Ieya also calls out to gods/goddesses to save us from, well, most likely ourselves. Insects completes the death cycle, literally recycling us back while we're in the ground. Good Grief!
So, what is the music like? Imagine the Talking Heads meets Trent Reznor of NIN meets Blondie at a Trekkers Con. One could say this is conventional rock with a goth bent -- You'll just have to get some music samples. Just note there's hardly any top-ten bubblegummy stuff here. This is not light music and bears repeated listenings.
Closest matches in style: Nina Hagen, Lene Lovich.
If you like this album, please search out my other favourite Toyah "The Changeling" which is brilliant in its own way.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Toyah Album Feb. 24 2000
By Pernicious - Published on Amazon.com
Originally produced in 1979 this was Toyah's first album. Many tracks still remain some of the most vivacious and exciting studio recorded examples of Toyah's vocal talent available. Sometimes moody and austere, other times abrassive and anarchic. Toyah has the ability to drag you mind-first into her bizzare and often twisted world and throw you out the other side with a gutteral scream. To listen is to experience, and to experience is to play this album VERY LOUD with full treble and lots of bass! An intensely physical singer and amazing contautionist, Toyah can drag sounds from somewhere deep within -perhaps from her very soul... who knows? Sadly this re-issue lacks some of the depth of sound quality of the original LP. However is still well worth buying.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toyah's debut & masterpiece Nov. 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Toyah burst on the scene at the start of the 80's with this idealistic mish-mash of raw punk-pop. An excellent album, it opened the eyes of the music press to Toyah, even if her promise was only to reap dividends for the publishers on release of the 3rd album, Anthem. True fans still cherish Sheep Farming & The Blue Meaning as the Toyah that she intended us to hear, and we still enjoy these over & above the more commercial titles. Sheep Farming doesn't possess the artistic production of later albums, but Elusive Stranger has the eeriness, Victims... the angst, & Our Movie the oddity that made Toyah a supreme success & the best lyricist, I believe, that music has seen in modern times.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Toyah Jan. 16 2000
By ILikeAmazon - Published on Amazon.com
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Many people have heard of Toyah from her hits "I Want to Be Free" or "It's a Mystery" which aren't representative of most of her quirky new-wave oft sci-fi tinged euro-pop. If you've heard "Ieya" then you've heard the Sheep Farming Toyah. This album, which I've understand is a compilation of a couple of projects, is a dark, occasionally angry, and compelling song-cycle of birth, life, and death (from "Neon Womb" to "Danced" to "Victims of the Riddle"). The whole albums very listenable, with Toyah's quirky multi-faceted delivery showcased. Discover Toyah's intelligence and be amazed. BTW, the Great Expectations release PIPCD 014 sound quality is not anywhere near that on the Connoisseur Collection, be forwarned.
5.0 out of 5 stars A couple of smashers! Sept. 10 2007
By Gary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These two albums are incredible. Simply superb. "Sheep Farming" is a compelation of EP's and odds and ends but works as an album. An aural grafitti that is hard to categorize, but impossible to resist. Heavy Metal fans may even like it. It is avante-Guarde but furiously animating and danceable.

"Blue Meaning" is Toyah's first official album. It opens with a song that would normally be the climax to most albums. Hearing "Meaning" after twenty years is a different experience. It is genuinely terrifying and quite transfixing. When you're young you don't really notice, everything's a riot. Again, hard to describe musically, but the tone is a sort of daemonic erotica, sinister but poppy and sublime. The keyboard work alone is unique. An absolute masterpiece.

The only downside to this CD is I can't take the pace anymore at my age. For the young and energetic, this is a must-buy.

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