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From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 35 years she has amassed 13 top 40 ... Read more in Amazon's Toyah Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B005PQ5X1K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
With the commercial success of "Anthem" Toyah was always going to find it difficult to respond, but she did and produced a much better, tighter, more superior quality recording in "The Changeling." 1982 was a strange crossroads for Toyah. With "Good Morning Universe" doing so well as her second EP, "Brave New World" required her to break new ground and barriers in the singles chart by taking the pop and turning it into a fitting finale for the period of music that bridged punk with the forthcoming soft 80s. "Brave New World" also became the finale to "The Changeling" - a complete masterpiece. The highlights start with "Street Creature" but really it was side two of the original vinyl starting with "The Packt" and ending with "Brave New World" that just required that all important relistening over and over. "Run Wild Run Free" is probably the greatest track ever to be recorded by Toyah and its segue into "Brave New World" is a careful piece of editing. "Run Wild Run Free" alone more than justified the purchase of the Vinyl in 1982 and to hear it enhanced on CD is fantastic. Go for it, Toyah is the original warrior queen, enjoy reliving your youth, play it loud, play it proud.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nyssa's Little Sister on 30 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Following the success of 1981's 'Anthem' Toyah went back into the studio and delivered the superior 'The Changeling', released here for the first time on CD. I, personally, have been waiting for this to come out on CD for years as I own three copies on vinyl, each of which jump terribly all the way through 'Life In The Trees' and during 'Brave New World'. I don't know whether this is a fault on all the vinyl copies, but I found it both strange and frustrating that the jumps were in exactly the same places! Anyway, enough of that: here we have the full album plus bonus tracks comprising of the second half of 1981's single releases.

The album begins with the spectacularly realised 'Creepy Room'. This has to be one of the weirdest songs to have been written during the 1980s and underlines Toyah's theatrical origins displaying a nuttiness previously seen on Anthem's 'Elecution Lesson'. Stand out tracks here are 'The Angel & Me' (a live favourite), 'The Packt' which continues the theatrical/fantasy based ideas central to the album and the wondrful closing track (and the album's only single) 'Brave New World', extended from the single release with a beautiful, simple guitar coda. Ironically, the weakest track here is the previously mentioned 'Life In The Trees' with it's off-rhythm bell-jar percussion and 'Doo-duppy-con-corn' chorus. It's still a great track, though, but overshadowed by those around it. Also here is 'Thunder In The Mountains' (the single that may have topped the charts had they been able to produce enough in time at the pressing factory) finally here in unedited form.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ok I admit I'm an original fan (showing my age now, I'm 37!) but it's great not only to revisit my youth but listening to this is more than just nostalgia. After just listening to Radiohead I think this really does hold up after all these years (and no I'm not joking, though younger fans are going to scoff at this). I think this album holds up the best out of all her or rather I should say their, albums (Toyah was a group, and as a musician myself I knew the other band members got fed up with this lack of distinction) The later albums kind of sunk into inane pop as she/they ran out of ideas, but The Changeling is darker and the title is perfect, it's a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and many other things that came out of her fertile imagination. It's great to have the extra tracks (even if it does have yet another version of "Ieya"), most of which like "Voodoo Doll" only appeared on 12" vinyl single and other obscure sources(which I still have) so many people havn't heard it, but it always deserved to be on an album proper I thought. Buy this CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Cassidy on 29 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
How brilliant is Life In The Trees on this album with it's lilting,lazy chorus? I previously thought of it as quite a weak track,but am over the moon to have rediscovered it's coolness,(and madness!)

The Changeling as a whole is more of a grower than Anthem (to me anyway),but the songs really do benefit from repeated listening,especially true for tracks like Castaway which builds and swells beautifully .

My favourite track is possibly Angel and Me which I very often set on repeat mode whilst driving (with the windows down)

It really is a magnificent ballad/all-out rock song with a fantastic emotional punch.

Others of note are Brave New World (strangely affecting),Run Wild Run Free(agressive and threatening),and of course,the completely kooky Creepy Room(Strange nursery rhyme/rant showcasing Toyah's unique thespian influence)

The Packt is quite unsettling yet thought provoking and quite brilliant,whereas the two tracks I find a little out of place are Street Creature and Warrior Rock which although very good ,sound a little upbeat and optimistic as opposed to the rest of the album which is a little darker and more daring.

You can't really fault this album as it is quite unique and in a league of it's own;so if you're reading this whilst searching for new and interesting musical fodder,get those fingers tapping and give The Changeling a whirl.

P.S. If you're a child of the eighties,buy this cd,and rediscover the land of imagination and excitement that you visited in your teens.Another dimension beckons to you once again!Take the leap!
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