- Audio CD (9 Jun. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
- Label: EMI Records
- ASIN: B00008Y2IU
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Joy Of A Toy Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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'Girl On A Swing' features a light-headed piano pattern crossed with psychedelic guitar effects. This ability to experiment with unusual arrangements is even more effective on the mock-Romantic 'Lady Rachel' and 'Stop This Train'. 'Song For Insane Times' is more conventional but the thought-provoking lyric is the star, as is the case with 'Eleanor's Cake'. Undoubtedly, the weirdest, trippiest track is the mad 'Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong' which, if you're not careful, goes round your head for hours afterwards. The straightest track, 'All This Crazy Gift Of Time' is, significantly, the least memorable.
The bonus song, 'Singing A Song In The Morning' is, with or without Syd Barrett, the most exhilarating experience on the CD and should have been a hit. Trying to describe Ayers's music is akin to pulling the sword from the stone. Suffice to say that if you like imaginative, melodic music with a good dose of experimentation, this album is a must.
Robert Wyatt drums throughout most of the album and the rest of the Softs turn up regularly, separately and together, notably on Song For Insane Times.
Kevin Ayers has been musically likened to Nick Drake and Syd Barrett but he lacks the melancholy and some of the poetic genius of Nick Drake and also the manic intensity of Syd Barrett. Happily, unlike either of them, he also could not be described as a casualty, but is distinguished by his English sensibility and winsome eccentricity, which is eloquently displayed on this atmospheric debut.
In its re-mastered form Joy Of A Toy has acquired half a dozen bonus tracks including two remixed versions of Lady Rachel, one of his strongest songs, and early versions of his first single, Singing A Song In The Morning, under the working title Religious Experience. One of these has Syd Barrett himself playing guitar, though his mental health proved counter to the task and on the final single mix we can hear that Kevin Ayers himself provided a more than passable pastiche, abetted on organ and bass by David and Richard Sinclair from Canterbury compatriots Caravan
UK and Europe released June 2003 – "Joy Of A Toy" by KEVIN AYERS on EMI/Harvest 07243-582776-2-3 (Barcode 724358277623) is an 'Expanded Edition' CD Remaster and plays out as follows (67:15 minutes):
1. Joy Of A Toy Continued
2. Town Feeling
3. The Clarietta Rag
4. Girl On A Swing
5. Song For Insane Times
6. Stop This Train (Again Doing It) – Side 2
7. Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her)
8. The Lady Rachel (Lullaby For Children)
9. Oleh Oleh Bandu Bandong
10. All This Crazy Gift Of Time
Tracks 1 to 10 make up the album "Joy Of A Toy" issued November 1969 on Harvest SHVL 736 in the UK and Harvest SKAO 421 in the USA (all tracks are Ayers originals).
11. Religious Experience (Singing A Song In The Morning)
Take 9 recorded 28 Nov 1969 - featuring SYD BARRETT – Previously Unreleased
12. The Lady Rachel (Extended First Mix)
Recorded February 1972 – Previously Unreleased
13. Soon Soon Soon
Recorded September 1969 – first released as an album outtake on the "Odd Ditties" LP from February 1976 on Harvest SHSM 2005
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic in every way. Indispensable to anyone wishing to understand underground music from 1969 to 1971.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the first time I've heard this album, I'm shocked to say - and I'm not disappointed. Kevin Ayers is a rambunctious bundle of fun with a sensitive side too. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2015 by Sean Gilligan
Having seen Kevin Ayers in Hyde Park many decades ago I thought I would remind myself of his music.
I am not dissapointed the songs are beautiful and I cant stop humming them... Read more
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It's a great shame that it took the death of Kevin Ayers to get me to buy his work.
This is a sheet joyful toyful delight from start to finish. Read more