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Sheep Farming in Barnet//Blue Meaning Import


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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
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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.
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.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat Interesting Lyrics Set To Very Non-Interesting Music Aug. 18 2011
By Sapient Fool - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was first exposed to Toyah while watching the movie "Urgh! A Music War" a few years ago. I thought the song she performed for that movie ("Danced") was pretty cool, and proceeded to look up some info on where it came from. I eventually found and bought the product on this very page. This 2 CD set collects the future Mrs. Fripp's first two albums in one place - I guess Safari Records thought that it would be cheaper this way - and I hate to be the lone dissenting voice here, but I just didn't find that much to enjoy on these albums, which was very disappointing to me.

Not that they're *bad* mind you, it's just that I found both "Sheep Farming" and "Blue Meaning" to be... very average musical efforts. Both are for the most part lacking in energy. The musicianship is alright although the band isn't really doing anything new here. Toyah Willcox has an okay voice - it sort of sounds like a cross between Siouxsie Sioux and Nina Hagen, although she lacks the emotional range of the former and is not as guano fornicating insane as the latter. Everything is just... okay, neither offensive nor sublime. Also, 75% of both albums lack a catchy melody... even after repeated listening (for the purpose of reviewing this) I can't remember how most of the songs go. And no, this doesn't mean that I'm some pop-hound that needs insanely catchy songs for the album to be good... I mean, I listen to The Residents for crying out loud (actually, The Residents just might be catchier than this in their own weird way). Overall I just found this CD set to be musically dull and uninspired.

On the positive side though I must admit that Toyah has a talent for writing some interesting lyrics, which make it a damn shame that there is no lyrics booklet included in this set. Also, "Danced" and "Ieya" are both awesome songs, and "Victims of the Riddle" is pretty good as well. Seeing as these are the singles off of these albums, I suspect that Toyah might be a better singles artist than an album artist (I wouldn't know, as I haven't heard any of her other stuff).

In the end I really can't recommend this product to anyone except maybe Toyah fans who have heard her later albums and want to see where she started out. While her lyrics are good and the singles on here are great, the rest of the material on these two albums is just too dull and average to recommend a purchase - I would suggest picking up stuff by Siouxsie and the Banshees, Wire, Bill Nelson's Red Noise or Lene Lovich instead. If you want the good songs off of here, I would advise getting a singles collection and giving this a miss.

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