1982 Toyah – The Changeling

The Changeling is a 1982 album by Toyah. Released in June 1982, the album peaked at number 6 on the UK Album Chart. It included the Top 30 single “Brave New World”.

Original vinyl issues of the album came complete with a lyric insert, the background of which featured drawings of circuit boards. Around the lyrics of each song were sections of poetry written by Toyah Willcox, which were not included on the album.

The album was produced by legendary record producer Steve Lillywhite (CBE) using early digital studio recording equipment. Some overseas editions such as the Dutch release, featured an additional ‘Digital Recording’ logo on the cover sleeve.

A completed out-take from the sessions for The Changeling named ‘Warrior Rock’ appeared as the B-side of the LP’s only single release ‘Brave New World’ and on the later CD reissue. Another out-take entitled ‘Paradise Child’, later surfaced on the Safari Records collectors album ‘Mayhem’. A rarer version entitled ‘Silly Little Girls’ using a similar music track but with alternative lyrics (featuring Toyah Willcox improvising ‘mild obscenities’), appeared on preparatory demos for the album which have since surfaced on bootleg releases. Several other instrumental tracks from the same demo sessions have never been commercially used.

Tracks

1  Creepy Room (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 03:20
2  Street Creature (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 04:00
3  Castaways (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 03:57
4  The Druids (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 03:31
5  Angel And Me (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 04:47
6  The Packt (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 04:52
7  Life In The Trees (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 03:16
8  Dawn Chorus (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen; Phil Spalding) 03:53
9  Run Wild Run Free (Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 04:01
10  Brave New World(Toyah Willcox; Joel Bogen) 05:30

Musicians

BassPhil Spalding
DrumsSimon Phillips
GuitarJoel Bogen
KeyboardsAndy Clark
KeyboardsJoel Bogen
KeyboardsSimon Darlow
HornsNeil Hutchinson
HornsVince Sullavan
HornsDave Lord
PercussionSimon Phillips
Background VocalsNigel Bennett
VocalsToyah

Liner Notes

Producer – Steve Lillywhite
Engineer – Mark Dearnley
Engineer (Assistant) – Ashley Howe, Neil Hutchinson
Recorder – Neil Hutchinson
Tape Op – Neil Hutchinson

Art Direction, Design – John Gordon
Photography – Roger Charitym Bob Carlos Clarke
Sleeve (Concept) – Toyah, John Gordon

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